Frank Sinatra

Portraits from the Past

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The rating is for the fact that this is, as far as we can tell, an unofficial release of radio broadcast performances from September to November of 1944. This is not a continuous program, but a compilation of performances from no less than five dates with guests that include Milton Berle, Bing Crosby, Joan Leslie, and others. The one constant is the conductor of the orchestra, Alex Stordahl. There are fine standard Sinatra tunes here, such as "I'm in the Mood for Love," "I'll Remember April," "I've Got You Under My Skin," as well as some bizarre selections, such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "And Then You Kissed Me," and "Don't Fence Me In," among others. There's even a V-Disc recording of "A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin." These broadcasts are widely known as the "Vimm's Vitamins," broadcasts after the program's sponsor. This is Sinatra scaling the heights vocally, his delivery was there but the mannerism wasn't fully. His bravado was in full swing, and it shows on "What a Difference a Day Makes," and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive." By and large, though, it's best to stick with the Capitol and early Reprise sides for the true genius. Stuff like this is for collectors and fanatics only.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:04
2 2:35
5 4:07
6 1:43
7 2:40
8 2:58
9 1:40
10 2:41
11 3:08
12 2:19
13 2:59
14 1:59
15 1:27
16 2:02
17 1:44
18 2:49
19 3:42
20 2:58
21 1:41
22 4:09
23 3:35
24 3:58
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