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  • Audio CD (July 25 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KC8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Product Description

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.

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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.
Recommended.
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By Caponsacchi on 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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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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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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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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This recording features Ol' Blue Eyes in all his swaggering glory. The songs are unbelievable. His rapor with the audience is unparalleled. I only wonder why this album is different from the actual live broadcast (I thought it was only one night); this is definitely the better version, though, performance wise. It comes off as so perfect and flawless, when you actually watch the concert you may be let down to see tired and old Frank looks, yet I HIGHLY recomend the DVD, because the NYC audience reaction is indescribeable, not to mention all decked out in 70s wardrobe! (How could you resist seeing it? "Carol Channing -- 'Hello, Dolly!'"). If you want to own only one Frank Sinatra album, or are just starting a Frank collection, this is the one to get!
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