Posted April 27th, 2011 04:54 PM IPThat short period when Sinatra sang "pop music" fascinates me. I can't figure out if his heart was really in it, or not. Even though on many songs, such as this one, he supplied his own incomparable phrasing, it just comes out awkward at times. This particular song, "Downtown" is a good example; it perplexes me. Frank throws in these little "oooh"s or kind of "yech"s. He does the same thing on the studio recording. What does it mean? Is he mocking the song or what? It's like he is voicing his displeasure - during the song - about something.
Posted April 29th, 2011 03:53 AM IPSome more Francis Albert. This song is a little rare, but quite touching. Notice how Frank is struggling a bit with his voice, then all of a sudden he sings "it must go on...". Man, how did he hit that note; where did he pull that from? Such an artist...The studio version is even better BTW.
Posted April 29th, 2011 04:21 AM IPWell, Frank always sang pop music. That is what Cole Porter was, Irving Berlin and all the rest of those songwriters.
But you meant post-Beatles pop, right? That Downtown thing always makes me laugh. He was definitely mocking the song, just as he does with Strangers In The Night on the fade.
I love Try To Remember too.
Posted May 7th, 2011 12:37 AM IPThis is a Doors' song I never heard before, called "Goin' To NY Blues". It's similar to "Close To You", "Money", and "Build Me A Woman", but I could listen to Jim and the band crank this stuff out anytime.
Posted May 14th, 2011 08:16 AM IPBack in 1982 the BBC screened a series of gigs filmed at the bandstand in Liverpool's Sefton Park - from memory they were Echo and The Bunnymen, Big Country, Nick Heyward (who got pelted with cider bottles througout by the local 'scallie' males - presumably because he was such a hit with the local scallie females), and Bow Wow Wow. I went to every one of these gigs (even Nick Heyward - they were free after all). I must say, looking at this, it's quite horrific to realise it's almost 30 years ago now. Where does the time go?
Posted May 15th, 2011 07:06 PM IPThanks for that ^^ Rob; I think that was Bow Wow Wow's first single. I also like "Baby, Oh No" by them. Another group that got a lot of airplay on early MTV was Split Enz. This is a great one. Don't they look so young? Well, it was 30 years ago!
Posted May 30th, 2011 08:09 PM IPSo I was just sitting outside, enjoying the Memorial Day holiday, with a cold drink and my old AM/FM cassette player, listening to The Sounds Of Sinatra with Sid Mark on AM1210 in Philadelphia. I was in heaven, with the old familiar sound (hiss) of AM radio, the summer wind, and one Sinatra classic after another.
In this video, Frank is tired, overweight, and he doesn't have his voice. But, if you look up the definition of an artist putting his heart and soul into a song, this video is a perfect example. The ending is especially good...
Posted May 30th, 2011 10:07 PM IPI think his voice sounds incredible there. His voice was pretty much gone in the 90's, though.
Great performance, extremely underrated. I'd rather hear him sing it than The Beatles any day.
Posted May 31st, 2011 12:49 AM IPI love Frank's interpretation of "Something" (by Lennon/McCartney ). Actually, I like the earlier, swinging version as well. His 1971 performance of "Something" at that concert where he's introduced by Grace Kelly rocks!
You know, I miss Frank more than I thought I would. I mean, I still haven't accepted Jim Morrison's early demise; I never enjoyed The Beatles' songs the same way after John's death; it's painful to see The Who today; and of course Dennis and Carl Wilson's loss is immeasurable. And so on. Elvis, Johnny Cash...
But Frank is different. Yeah, he didn't die suddenly or prematurely. I guess he got every ounce of talent out of himself over 82 years. He recorded and performed til he literally couldn't get out of bed anymore. We have so much on tape and film, thankfully. Yet, I still miss his concerts (I actually saw him live), the occasional TV appearance, or interview, or just seeing him "around" in that tux flashing that smile. Or, performances like the above video; I re-watched it for the fourth time and it gave me shivers. What an artist. A genius. I think I'll start a Sinatra thread!
Posted February 1st, 2012 04:06 AM IPI was going through some old VCR tapes and found this old classic. The parts are pre-recorded (I think), but this is pretty cool, and it really gets going. Charlie Daniels and Billy Preston rock the place. To save some time, start the video at 3:02