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Main Event Live
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2010 reissue of this live album, originally recorded in 1974 at Madison Square Garden, NYC. From his days in the '40s fronting Big Bands through his enormously successful recording and acting career and right up to his early '90s duets albums, Francis Albert Sinatra was, and remains, the most beloved and respected male vocalist of the 20th Century. While Elvis and The Beatles may have defined the true spirit of Rock 'n' Roll, it was Sinatra who ushered in the era of cool. From the Rat Pack to Vegas, the East Coast to the West Coast, it's Frank's world, we're just living in it. 12 tracks. Universal.
Recorded live at New York's Madison Square Garden, this 1974 album provides ample testament to Sinatra's Mt. Rushmore-sized status as an American icon: This isn't the performer singing here, but the legend. (The introduction, by famously obnoxious sports commentator Howard Cosell, is hardly intended to minimize the sense of occasion.) From "The Lady Is a Tramp" to "My Way," every one of the Chairman of the Board's vocal inflections seems calculated to convey maximum Sinatra-ness; if he occasionally lapses into self-parody ("Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"), and his voice has lost a few steps, at least it sounds like he's having a good time. --Dan Epstein
Top Customer Reviews
As one of several hundred million Americans who finds Howard Cosell irritating, the introduction seems a bit long, but somehow it belongs here on a live Sinatra album in 1974. The Woody Herman Band provides an exciting backing for FS, playing the arrangements -- by Nelson Riddle, Don Costa and others -- with a lot of punch.
This may not be one of the classic Sinatra albums, but it is very enjoyable, upbeat and nostalgic. When you think about what else was happening in the '70s, The Main Event may be one of the better records of its era.
Though Sinatra's spoken band introductions become a bit tedious, they are more than compensated for with his excellent music.
"America," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "Leroy Brown" stand out as enjoyable, but "My Way" tops them all. Sinatra's rendition, flubbed as it may be, is arguably better than the original. I often find myself muttering the lyrics of "My Way" according to Sinatra's extemporaneous additions and not Paul Anka's original wording. Simply put, "The Main Event Live" ranks among the top CDs I have heard; "My Way" is undoubtedly the best song. For less than $12.00, it's hard to go wrong.
Most recent customer reviews
Great album, wonderful selection of songs. Sinatra could sing the phone book and sound great. I and millions of his fans miss him a lot.Published 3 months ago by Aunt Nan
If you like Frank this is kind of a sentimental representation of his later years. The concert was great and the orchestration is great.Published 5 months ago by jazzman
This CD is a wonderful live performance. Even though at this point he was getting on up in age, he still sounds great. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by Julia L Moss
This is, perhaps, the greatest Sinatra live album ever. No one who even thinks he might like Sinatra should be without it.Published on Feb. 6 2003
There's no question,Sinatra was cool.There will never be another performer that will come close to him.This live recording,from 1974,is a must have for all of Old blue Eyes fans. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2001 by Bob Waskiewicz
This is one of the best live performance albums, not by just Sinatra, but of any singer. Since 'blue eyes" is at his best performing and connecting to his audience, it is no wonder... Read morePublished on March 15 2001 by Michael P. Vimont
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