Over 100 Rare Frank Sinatra Recordings Will Be Released

News   Over 100 Rare Frank Sinatra Recordings Will Be Released
In honor of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, Legacy Recordings will release a box set featuring over 100 recordings of Sinatra performances (91 of which have previously been unreleased).

The box set, titled "Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air (1935-1955)," will focus mainly on Sinatra's work on the radio. The collection will be released Nov. 20.

According to Rolling Stone, "The collection is the first official release to anthologize Sinatra's radio performances from the era, and spans from Sinatra's first radio performance – singing 'S-H-I-N-E' with the Hoboken Four in 1935 – to the last episode of 'The Frank Sinatra Show' in 1955. The broadcasts' openings, closings, announcements and commercials are also preserved in A Voice on Air, which will house a 60-page book featuring a remembrance by Nancy Sinatra, an essay by Sinatra historian Charles L. Granata and more."


The collection features dozens of tracks from the Great American Songbook that Sinatra performed, but never recorded in the studio. Selections include "Don't Fence Me In," "I Wish I Didn't Love You So," "Long Ago and Far Away," "Aren't You Glad You’re You" and "My Ideal." The set also features duets with Nat 'King' Cole, Benny Goodman, Doris Day, Peggy Lee and more.

Recordings were pulled from Sinatra’s collection, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and the Paley Center for Media, and remastered by recording engineer Andreas Meyer and producer Charles L. Granata.

There will also be a companion release available outside the box set that features an additional 26 radio recordings (including 23 unreleased performances and 12 songs that were never commercially released) due to a partnership between Legacy Recordings and the Smithsonian Institute. 

For more information on the companion release, click here

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