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Sinatra Sings Cole Porter [Best of]

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1. Night And Day
2. Begin The Beguine
3. I Get A Kick Out Of You
4. I Love You
5. Easy To Love/I've Got You Under My Skin
6. Don't Fence Me In
7. I Concentrate On You
8. Why Shouldn't I?
9. Just One Of Those Things
10. Why Can't You Behave?
11. So In Love
12. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
13. Cherry Pies Ought To Be You
14. You Do Something To Me
15. I Am Loved
16. You Don't Remind Me
17. Begin The Beguine
18. Night And Day

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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is how Cole Porter 's music SHOULD be sung July 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well - I listened to the recently released "De-Lovely" soundtrack a couple of times and it left me empty so I went looking to fill my cup and found what I was looking for in my stack of cd's. If you REALLY want to hear Cole Porter's stunning music at it's very best get this cd. There is a reason why Frank Sinatra has 550 available items here in music at Amazon.com. You won't feel so empty after seeing the movie if you fill your soul with music from these tracks.
Sinatra sings:
"Night and Day;"
and my favorite Cole Porter tune: "Begin the Beguine;"
"I Get a Kick Out of You with" a kick;
the most loveliest of lovely -"I Love You;"
Medley: "Easy to Love/I've Got You Under My Skin;"
"Don't Fence Me In;"
"I Concentrate on You;"
"Why Shouldn't I;"
"Just One of Those Things;"
"Why Can't You Behave?" - Phil Moore Four;
"So in Love;"
"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" - June Hutton;
"Cherry Pies Ought to Be You" - Rosemary Clooney;
"You Do Something to Me;"
"I Am Loved"
"You Don't Remind Me"
These beautiful songs deserve this special treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU'LL BE ASKING FOR MORE Sept. 5 2003
By alain robert TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
After all the collections,bests of and others pieces of nostalgia available under the name of FRANK SINATRA,we could ask ourselves is their anything left worth buying?Buy judging with this cd,it seems that the COLUMBIA vaults are still full of hidden treasures.These are not leftovers,they are worthwhile recordings that will pleased both FRANK SINATRA and COLE PORTER fans.Those radio era recordings have a spontaniety that make them special.The duet with ROSEMARY CLOONEY:CHERRY PIES OUT TO BE YOU is certainly the highlight because all the other songs if you except YOU DON'T REMIND ME are of course well known by PORTER devotees.Don't be ashamed to buy this,you should not regret it.My little finger tells me that the collection won't stop with PORTER and GERSHWIN...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "classic sounds of radio recordings ~ Sinatra" July 27 2003
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Another winner from an ongoing series from Columbia/Legacy "Sinatra Sings Cole Porter", all the brilliant songs from Porter done in the Sinatra style. Listen to the swooning and screaming girls in the audience when Frank sings the tune "I Love You", you can relive all those wonderful moments through the magic of digitally remastered original recording sessions.
Stand outs are "I CONCENTRATE ON YOU", as Sinatra's lyric interpretation grabs you and your heartstrings are being tugged ~ "WHY CAN'T YOU BEHAVE", featuring the Phil Moore Four and Frank's laid back style with a hint of Johnny Mercer coming to the surface ~ "SO IN LOVE", haunting arrangement by Axel Stordahl as the power of the vocalist is right on.
Highlight has to be "CHERRY PIES OUGHT TO BE YOU", featuring a singing duet of Rosie Clooney and Frank give out a super-duper performance, sounds as if they enjoyed themselves...I know we did.
And Sinatra fans, when Frank sings "I AM LOVED", we know what he's trying to say...we loved you Frank, and still do and always will...you have left us a legacy that will go on forever ~ great job Didier C. Deutsch, Charles L. Granata and Andreas Meyer are the folks who compiled this wonderful selection of tunes that we are enjoying ~ a must have collectible collection for all Sinatra and Porter Fans!
Total Time: 53:17 on 18 Tracks ~ Columbia/Legacy 61058 ~ (7/22/2003)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fine album of Sinatra singing Cole Porter tunes to perfection--and beyond... June 20 2008
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sinatra Sings Cole Porter is another fine album by a young Frank Sinatra whose voice made bobby socksers swoon and men jealous of his "stealing" their sweethearts! Frank's voice is in excellent form here; and the quality of the sound is really rather good. The artwork is very nicely done as well.

"Night And Day" starts the CD with Frank singing along with a very lush musical arrangement. The strings sound so sweet--but Frank is in charge here and he's the one who makes this number fly! His voice is excellent, very sweet and full of the warmth that made so many people happy. "Begin The Beguine" features Frank Sinatra singing a rarely heard vocal version of this tune alongside the usually heard musical arrangement. The tempo is kicked up a little to add some zest to this tune and it all holds its own very well. Impressive! In addition, there's also "I Get A Kick Out Of You." "I Get A Kick Out Of You" is one of my favorite numbers on this album and the tune is one I could never tire of; Frank sings this with panache and the music is very beautiful. I really like "I Get A Kick Out Of You."

Listen for Frank Sinatra to perform a lovely medley of "Easy To Love/I've Got You Under My Skin." "Easy To Love/I've Got You Under My Skin" showcases Frank's voice and he never misses a beat. This is truly Frank Sinatra at his very best; his voice made everyone stop and listen and there's no need to explain his incredible popularity even as he got older through the years.

"Don't Fence Me In" has Frank clowning around a bit. I first heard this song performed by The Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby; but Frank also manages to put his own mark on this great ballad with some improvisation and a great upbeat burst of energy that is unmistakable. Great! Similarly, "I Concentrate On You" is a tender love song that many sweethearts danced to in their living rooms all alone at night; Frank does this brilliantly and it leaves you wanting more.

And that's precisely what you're going to get. "Just One Of Those Things" is a fantastic Cole Porter tune that Frank sings in great spirits and the tempo is just right to make this rendition of "Just One Of Those Things" a highlight of this album. "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" has some surface noise but this duet Frank does with Rosemary Clooney really shines brightly just the same. "Cherry Pies Ought To Be You" features Rosemary Clooney doing an electric duet with Frank; they sound great together and this is a strong duet that makes both Rosie and Frank look great.

"You Don't Remind Me" is another very sensitive ballad that Frank sings with lots of feeling; and that turns "You Don't Remind Me" into one of the better songs on this CD. Just for good measure, there's another version of "Begin The Beguine" and the CD ends with another version of "Night And Day." Wonderful!

Frank Sinatra could have sung them all--and we'd have stayed all night! His treatment of Cole Porter tunes must have made Porter very happy--they're all THAT good. I highly recommend this CD for Sinatra fans and people who enjoy Cole Porter music.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "classic sounds of radio recordings ~ Sinatra" July 27 2003
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Another winner from an ongoing series from Columbia/Legacy "Sinatra Sings Cole Porter", all the brilliant songs from Porter done in the Sinatra style. Listen to the swooning and screaming girls in the audience when Frank sings the tune "I Love You", you can relive all those wonderful moments through the magic of digitally remastered original recording sessions.
Stand outs are "I CONCENTRATE ON YOU", as Sinatra's lyric interpretation grabs you and your heartstrings are being tugged ~ "WHY CAN'T YOU BEHAVE", featuring the Phil Moore Four and Frank's laid back style with a hint of Johnny Mercer coming to the surface ~ "SO IN LOVE", haunting arrangement by Axel Stordahl as the power of the vocalist is right on.
Highlight has to be "CHERRY PIES OUGHT TO BE YOU", featuring a singing duet of Rosie Clooney and Frank give out a super-duper performance, sounds as if they enjoyed themselves...I know we did.
And Sinatra fans, when Frank sings "I AM LOVED", we know what he's trying to say...we loved you Frank, and still do and always will...you have left us a legacy that will go on forever ~ great job Didier C. Deutsch, Charles L. Granata and Andreas Meyer are the folks who compiled this wonderful selection of tunes that we are enjoying ~ a must have collectible collection for all Sinatra and Porter Fans!
Total Time: 53:17 on 18 Tracks ~ Columbia/Legacy 61058 ~ (7/22/2003)
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU'LL BE ASKING FOR MORE Sept. 5 2003
By alain robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After all the collections,bests of and others pieces of nostalgia available under the name of FRANK SINATRA,we could ask ourselves is their anything left worth buying?Buy judging with this cd,it seems that the COLUMBIA vaults are still full of hidden treasures.These are not leftovers,they are worthwhile recordings that will pleased both FRANK SINATRA and COLE PORTER fans.Those radio era recordings have a spontaniety that make them special.The duet with ROSEMARY CLOONEY:CHERRY PIES OUT TO BE YOU is certainly the highlight because all the other songs if you except YOU DON'T REMIND ME are of course well known by PORTER devotees.Don't be ashamed to buy this,you should not regret it.My little finger tells me that the collection won't stop with PORTER and GERSHWIN...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful album Dec 16 2004
By Lynne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy listening to this tremendously. Though not particularly a Sinatra fan, the album provides a good playlist of Porter tunes and Sinatra's interpretations. Some songs come from live performances and the screaming girls in the background distract to some extent. Nevertheless, it's a great collection of well known and not so well known Porter tunes. I especially love "Cherry Pie Oughta' be You" which isn't normally part of Porter retrospectives. Listening to this almost always elevates my mood.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll listen to this Night and Day! March 13 2008
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sinatra Sings Cole Porter collects Frankie's Porter recordings from his 1943-1952 era, including a large number of previously unreleased radio and TV broadcasts. All of Porter's signature songs are here, including Night and Day, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Don't Fence Me In, Cherry Pies Ought To Be You, and Begin the Beguine.

The earliest songs are from 1944 (Begin the Beguine, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Easy To Love / I've Got You Under My Skin, Begin the Beguine), and the latest from '50, so there's a fairly narrow range here. Arrangements are by the consistent, constant Columbia-era collaborator Axel Stordahl.

Sinatra's not breaking any new stylistic ground from his Columbia roots, but the many broadcast recordings capture a live playfulness, such as the sassy tit-for-tat exchange with Rosemary Clooney on Cherry Pies Ought To Be You or the exasperated "Too many words!" ad-lib on Don't Fence Me In. Sinatra allows himself more breathing room on the live tracks, and even the band sounds like they're having fun. That's important, since that element of playful spontaneity is largely lost on studio recordings. On Why Can't You Behave, the jazz backing verges on blues, and Sinatra's delivery is molasses-slow but loaded full of sultry, wistful longing.

The perfunctory liner notes by Sinatra historian Will Friedwald lack the usual in-depth tidbits of his Sinatra notes. There are several vintage photos that, again, seemed to sparkle less than usual. Finally, there is a tracklisting with original recording / release dates, and sources.

As these are live recordings, there are the predictable infatuated screams from the bobby-sox crowd, which are distracting, but not a fatal flaw. Due to the rarity and age of some of the source material (lacquer discs and tapes, glass, aluminum and vinyl transcription discs, and film elements), tracks 6, 11, 12 and 18 contain audible flaws that were not able to be fully restored, but as a historical record, they're priceless.

Verdict: Sinatra Sings Cole Porter is a must have for both fans of early Frank Sinatra and for fans of Porter and the Great American Songbook. Sinatra was at his finest when recording Porter under Columbia, and these many rare, previously unreleased performances are a testament to his versatility, subtle phrasing, and utter understanding of the material.
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