Frank Sinatra

First Definitive Performances

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Before he became an Icon, Francis Albert Sinatra was "the boy singer" (the term for the male singer that sang with the big bands of the Swing Era) that struck out on his own. The recordings on this 2-CD set are from the years 1943 through 1945, when Sinatra began his solo career. Those expecting the trademark exuberant swing and I've-got-the-world-on-a-string swagger won't find it here. This is Sinatra the ballad singer: very smooth (just getting out from under the shadow of proto-crooner Bing Crosby) and full of vulnerable youthful romanticism. The musical settings are heavy on the strings and choruses, though there are some spots where The Voice's swinging side begins to assert itself a bit. "Saturday Night" and "You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me" are hints of what was to come in the'50s, but mostly this is full of lush strings, languid tempos, sentimental background singers and, of course, The Voice that virtually defined American popular singing.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:24
2 2:52
3 2:10
4 4:06
5 3:05
6 3:19
7 3:11
8 3:26
9 3:22
10 3:05
11 3:16
12 2:51
13 3:35
14 3:25
15 3:19
16 3:10
17 3:19
18 2:42
19 1:40
20 2:58
21 2:49
22 3:34
23 3:28
24 3:01
25 2:23

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:15
2 2:59
3 3:22
4 3:18
5 4:18
6 3:08
7 3:31
8 3:04
9 3:25
10 3:01
11 3:18
12 2:49
13 3:28
14 2:54
15 3:06
16 3:05
17 2:36
18 3:05
19 3:12
20 3:14
21 2:58
22 2:51
23 3:09
24 3:23
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