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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Time Great... June 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a wonderful live performance. Even though at this point he was getting on up in age, he still sounds great. He had true talent and there aren't many singers out there today with that good ol' true talent. I'm 17 and absolutely love Frank Sinatra. I recommend this CD as well as every single one of his CD's. Also the Rat Pack CD's go along great. Everytime I listen to this CD, I wish I had been there when he performed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's An Awesome Album Feb. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is, perhaps, the greatest Sinatra live album ever. No one who even thinks he might like Sinatra should be without it.
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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 A fantastic,live record of Old blue eyes,from1974 Aug. 24 2001
Format:Audio CD
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.My favorite number,"I get a kick out of you," is one cut I can't stop playing.I bought this tape at the record store for under 4 bucks,but I would have paid alot more to hear this fantastic live, Main Event.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perennial Sinatra In-Concert Disc! April 27 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars SINATRA LIVE! Jan. 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
This incredible Frank Sinatra cd is simply one of his best.The 1974 release is recorded live at Madison Square Garden.Howard Cosell does a magnanimous live introduction which gets you moving from the very beginning!The cd includes such Sinatra classics as the lady is a tramp,i`ve got you under my skin and i get a kick out of you.We are taken through an emotional roller coaster as only sinatra can do. From the soft ballads of let me try again,angel eyes and autumn in new york to the fast bad, bad leroy brown we are always kept on the edge of our seats!With the great Don Costa producing this musical treat soars to great heights! Sinatra ends the concert with his signature song,MY WAY!A must for all Sinatra fans!!!
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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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