The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

by Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra


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At the beginning of his career, Frank Sinatra already possessed a large number of the qualities that would make him one of the music powerhouses of the century. His elegance, his warmth, his relaxed yet controlled performing persona, his gift of conveying innumerable subtleties even while singing a song straight -- all of these were apparent in the early '40s, before he began appearing under a solo billing. The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra doesn't include his first recording, which came in July 1939 with Harry James, but it does feature two full discs of his early material, previously available on CD via a parade of spotty single-disc collections or the mammoth RCA title The Song Is You, a five-disc box set for completists only. Some critics think that Tommy Dorsey is responsible for Sinatra's early vocal style -- Dorsey's lyrical, flowing trombone indeed had much in common with Sinatra's singing -- but a far more plausible explanation is that the bandleader appreciated a similar approach to music-making. (After all, Sinatra's early style was nearly intact even before joining Dorsey.) The rewards of their collaboration are evident on this compilation, which include a monster hit from 1940 in "I'll Never Smile Again" as well as many more Hit Parade entries from 1940-1942: "Our Love," "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me," "Stardust," "Oh! Look at Me Now," and "Dolores." Sinatra fans who already have extensive representation of his Capitol, Reprise, and Columbia periods will want to add this to their collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828767116624
catalogNumber: 71166

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist
Pied Pipers   Ensemble
Axel Stordahl   Conductor
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Billy Hill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Joe Bushkin   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Heine Beau   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Nancy Sinatra   Liner Notes
Cathy Dennis   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
David M.   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Henry W. Sanicola   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Victor Young   Composer
Roger Edens   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Dick Robertson   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Charles Granata   Liner Notes
John DeVries   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Michael Stoner   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Ruth Lowe   Composer
Don Marcotte   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
Martin Block   Composer
Nelson Cogane   Composer
Stanley Cowan   Composer
Marcus Cummings   Composer
Alfred d'Artega   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Composer
Bobby Worth   Composer
J. Meyer   Composer
George W. Meyer   Composer
Lily Lew   Packaging Manager
Lucille Harmon   Composer
Sammy Mysels   Composer
D.B. Leonard   Composer
Detchapat Arttasan   Art Direction
Carl Nutter   Composer
Sol Parker   Composer
Harry Pease   Composer
Paul Hand   Composer
Freddie Stulee   Arranger
Pat West   Composer
John M. Elliott   Composer

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The Essential Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice introduction to the early career of Sinatra as the soloist for the Tommy Dorsey orchestra, before he went out on his own. It is fascinating to hear early versions of some songs that he recorded later with different arrangements. Here, you get the exquisite, heartbreakingly beautiful voice in all its youthful glory and it's easy to understand why Sinatra became the idol of the bobby-soxers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sound quality is bad and Sinatra is not very upbeat as he sings these songs. Listen to "Oh, Look at Me Now!" on this CD, then listen to "Oh, Look at Me Now!" on the CD titled "A Swingin' Affair!" It's like night and day.