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Main Event [Live]

Frank Sinatra Audio CD
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1. Main Event Tribute By Howard Cosell. Overture: It Was A Very Good Year / All The Way / My Kind Of Town
2. The Lady Is A Tramp
3. I Get A Kick Out Of You
4. Let Me Try Again
5. Autumn In New York
6. I've Got You Under My Skin
7. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
8. Angel Eyes
9. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
10. The House I Live In
11. My Kind Of Town
12. My Way

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Live performance - one the best ever! March 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
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 that the CD version elicits this feeling despite not being able to actually see it. The only negative I have with the recording is the long laborious introduction provided by Howard Cosell. I listened to it the first couple of times, however, thanks to magic of track skipping I can get right into the "The Lady Is A Tramp".
Frank's bar room style of singing really hits the high point with "Angel Eyes", a song that quite frankly I was not really enamored with when it first came out. The live version provides a great way of presenting this song, with Frank convincing you that HE is the down and out man speaking to "anyone who would listen."
The highlight of this CD is "I've Got You Under My Skin", simply one of the greatest live recording of any one song, ever. If I listen to this same song in another forum, even if it is Sinatra singing it, I am left incomplete because it doesn't have the soul that this performance provided. Of course, it was not all Sinatra. The orchestra and the arrangements used in this performance were SUPERB, especially with "Let Me Try Again" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life".
Highly recommended!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Larger than life Jan. 8 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the better albums from Sinatra's post-retirement period -- his voice is in fine form, and the set list includes enough of the great standards (Autumn in New York, Lady is a Tramp, I've Got You Under My Skin) to make some of the 1970s music (Sunshine of My Life, Bad Bad Leroy Brown) more palatable. 'My Way' is wonderful live, and even the lesser songs benefit from the deliberately larger-than-life feel to this media event.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Misstep May 22 2000
Format:Audio CD
Admittedly, it's hard for those of us who remember the telecast to separate the event from the recording, which is actually a mixing of the best material from two nights at Madison Square Garden. Sinatra gambled on this one and lost. He was in bad voice that Sunday night, noticeable to even casual listeners who were all too ready to write him off the following Monday. The contrived hysteria surrounding the event, represented by the presence of Howard Cosell's self-parodying introduction, did little to rescue the reputation of the giant from the has-been status he already had achieved in the minds of much of the television-watching American population. But once again, Sinatra rose to the top, mesmerizing audiences in concerts throughout the eighties and nineties, concerts that left no doubt who was sole possessor of the crown of America's greatest singer and entertainer. The album, however, is a memory some of us would prefer had not been saved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perennial Sinatra In-Concert Disc! April 26 2001
Format:Audio CD
There is a reason that Francis Albert Sinatra has been dubbed as "The Entertainer of the Century"--- and this is why. No one delivers like Sinatra. And if Sinatra isn't enough to get worked up about, then the set list is! This album could easlily double as a greatest hits collection. With the trademark songs like "The Lady Is A Tramp", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and the live set staple, "I've Got You Under My Skin"... you couldn't hope to hear Sinatra sing any better of songs. And he, of course, closes with the biographically-themed hit "My Way". And, as always, Frankie is backed by a brilliant jazz orchestration and some of the best brass you've ever heard in your life. Frank Sinatra at the Garden is one of the better live albums and ranks right up there with Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way a concert should be Feb. 13 2000
Format:Audio CD
Playful as ever, Sinatra ad-libs at several points throughout the recording; many times he caused audience roars with some mildly off-color quip.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good,but the Toil of the Years Does Show... Jan. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
At this point Frank was pushing 60, his voice a bit coarse and hoarse, and some "new" material just plain BAD (like LEROY BROWN and SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE, the former one of the absolute worst songs Frank ever did). The Cosell intro is plainly obnoxious too.But the fact is THIS WAS FRANK,with the WOODY HERMAN band, and even if they were not in their prime, they could still swing and have a ball. Compare Frank during this period with aging rockers (say, Jagger and the Rollingstones), and you realize how he and his band simply blow away these newcomers! Plus, Frank is in high spirits, good humor, and doing some of his all-time greats here. Frank's "Live at the Sands with Count Basie",7 years earlier, surpasses this one. Still, another milestone concert and CD from the #1 megastar of them all!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Time Great...
This CD is a wonderful live performance. Even though at this point he was getting on up in age, he still sounds great. Read more
Published on June 15 2003 by Julia L Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars It's An Awesome Album
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 by "joe_fire"
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic,live record of Old blue eyes,from1974
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 more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by Bob Waskiewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars SINATRA LIVE!
This incredible Frank Sinatra cd is simply one of his best.The 1974 release is recorded live at Madison Square Garden. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2001 by john scotto
5.0 out of 5 stars FRANKIE THE WAY WE LOVE HIM
This recording features Ol' Blue Eyes in all his swaggering glory. The songs are unbelievable. His rapor with the audience is unparalleled. Read more
Published on May 5 2000 by Carol Channing Fanatic from NYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Francis Albert - BEST of the '70s
This concert is one of the most exciting, high energy recordings ever put out by Sinatra. Although in the '70s his voice was worn a bit, when you consider that this man had... Read more
Published on April 30 2000 by F. Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars sinatra proves he can fill a stadium.
for a singer who is almost 60 years old, it is remarquable to create that excitement. from the first sounds of the disc, you know you're gonna expect something never heard of. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 1999
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