Frank Sinatra

Duets/Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition

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During the 1970s and '80s, Frank Sinatra was so disheartened by the state of pop music and by the deterioration of his voice that he kept canceling album projects and recording sessions. This is a real shame because much of his best material from this same period has turned out to be from the very sessions that he quickly abandoned. This continued on until the early '90s, when Sinatra's wife Barbara persuaded him to record these two duets albums. She wanted to get him energized about his career again and she wanted to have a piece of his recorded legacy to call her own (royalties from Sinatra's Capitol Recordings go to charity, royalties from his Reprise recordings go to his children, while the ones from both of these duets albums mainly go to Barbara). Both of these albums were huge successes and have actually outsold most of his original releases. The only problem is that they shouldn't have been made in the first place. While neither disc is terrible, they are pretty bad when held against most of Sinatra's considerable back catalog. This matter only gets worse when all of the songs heard here are famous Sinatra standards done in the same tempos that everybody knows. So, not only is the 78-year-old Sinatra competing against his younger self, he's also competing against the exact versions of songs that he cut in his prime. This two-disc set is really aimed as a gift purchase during the holidays. If you really want to pick up some Frank Sinatra you'd be better served by getting a two-disc overview of his Capitol or Reprise years than this set.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 01:06:30
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