|Continuing the worldwide centennial celebration for legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, on 27 May 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a suite of four titles in ‘The Frank Sinatra Collection’. On license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the definitive collection pulls together some of the finest performances on television and in concert from the greatest entertainer of the 20th century.
First in the series is ‘A Man And His Music’ / ‘A Man And His Music Part II’[EREDV1230] which combines his first two hour-long television specials from the mid-sixties.
Sinatra’s first television special, A Man And His Music, broadcast in 1965 on NBC to commemorate Sinatra’s 50th birthday. The spectacular performances include favorites “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “Come Fly With Me” and “The Lady Is A Tramp.”
A Man And His Music Part II, with special guest Nancy Sinatra (1966, CBS), thrills from start to finish, with unforgettable performances of signature songs such as “Luck Be A Lady” and “That’s Life.” Sinatra opens the show with his celebrated Quincy Jones arrangement of “Fly Me To The Moon.” Nancy Sinatra, clad from head to toe in pink fringe (and signature boots), sings “Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” and “On Broadway,” followed by a series of duets with her father that includes “Downtown,” and “These Boots Are Made For Walking.”
Second in the series comes ‘A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim’ / ‘Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing’ / ‘Sinatra’ [EREDV1231] which presents three TV specials from the sixties. On the truly memorable A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967, NBC), the dazzling Ella Fitzgerald performs two equally impressive solo numbers: the haunting “Body And Soul” and the swinging “It’s All Right With Me.” Fitzgerald is then joined by Sinatra in a historic pairing of the two preeminent vocal talents of the era. The following sequence, particularly treasured by music lovers, is Sinatra’s only filmed meeting with Brazilian composer, guitarist, singer Antonio Carlos Jobim, who joins Sinatra for a stunningly intimate medley of the Brazilian composer’s classics, including “Change Partners,” “I Concentrate On You” and “The Girl From Ipanema.”
Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing (1968, CBS) was a memorable night of television on many levels. Having established himself in American households with his previous A Man And His Music specials, Sinatra made a bold move in 1968, in the middle of the civil rights era, with a special celebration of black music and its impact on American popular culture. Highlights include a medley of spirituals sung with Diahann Carroll and a swingin’ pop interlude with chart-toppers The 5th Dimension.
In Sinatra (1969, CBS), the final installment in what had become an annual tradition of televised specials, Sinatra casts a backward glance at some of the highlights of a storied career. He also provides a glimpse into his musical future with an early rendition of “My Way,” soon to become his personal anthem.
This collection gathers many classic Sinatra performances including: Ol’ Man River, The Lady Is A Tramp, Pennies From Heaven, Something, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Theme From New York, New York and many more.