A Voice on Air 1935-1955

A Voice on Air 1935-1955

by Frank Sinatra

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Overview

Filling in a gap in Frank Sinatra's history, Legacy's 2015 box A Voice on Air collects over 100 radio broadcasts recorded between 1935 and 1955. This is the first collection to chronicle this era -- over 90 of its 100 tracks are previously unreleased -- and it's pulled from a variety of sources, including the Sinatra estate's vaults, the Library of Congress, and the Paley Center for Media, each strand assisting in sterling re-creations of original broadcasts from Frank's bobbysocks days, World War II, and the nascent saloon singer of the '50s. Sinatra wound up singing some of these songs in the studio but not necessarily in these arrangements, a wrinkle that would be tantalizing enough but a good portion of A Voice on Air is devoted to songs he only sang on the air. Some of these are little more than novelties -- the flashiest being "(Li'l Abner) Don't Marry That Gal," a song co-written by cartoonist Al Capp cashing in on his hit strip -- and there is a fair share of duets, with both musicians (Nat King Cole, Slim Gaillard) and cultural figures (Gov. Jimmie Davis comes in to sing his "You Are My Sunshine"). Part of the appeal of this set is how the very fact that it's grounded in specific years accentuates transience: there are jokes that need footnotes, broadcasts from World War II, commercials for cigarettes, and other musty conventions that never quite seep onto Sinatra's studio recordings. Here, they're part of the main text. There might be a fair amount of standards peppered throughout the set but they're unwitting anchors for a set that's proudly not timeless. Instead, it showcases a Sinatra on the rise, a singer relying on his inventive phrasing and incandescent charisma, elements that are undeniable and vital even when heard in these appealing old-fashioned surroundings.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888750997128
catalogNumber: 509971
Rank: 239773

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Vintage Radio Tuning In/Major Bowes' Show Opening/S-H-I-N-E
  2. Fred Allen Introduces Frank Sinatra and the Four Sharps/Exactly Like Yo
  3. Moon Love
  4. Fame and Fortune Show Opening: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/Marie
  5. Deep Night
  6. Ruth Lowe Interview/I'll Never Smile Again/Fame and Fortune Show Openin
  7. Frenesi
  8. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  9. Carnaval de Broadway Opening: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/The One
  10. Say It/Carnaval de Broadway Closing: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  11. She's Funny That Way
  12. I Don't Believe in Rumors
  13. I'll String Along with You/As Time Goes By
  14. That Old Black Magic
  15. I Heard You Cried Last Night
  16. For Me and My Gal
  17. Moonlight Mood
  18. There Are Such Things
  19. Broadway Bandbox Show Opening/All or Nothing at All
  20. My Heart Stood Still
  21. The Right Kind of Love
  22. Close to You
  23. As Time Goes By
  24. It's De-Lovely
  25. Nature's Remedy Commercial

Disc 2

  1. Songs by Sinatra Show Opening: This Love of Mine/Paper Doll
  2. Kiss Me Again
  3. If Loveliness Were Music
  4. Lover Come Back to Me/Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Aw
  5. My Heart Tells Me
  6. My Ideal
  7. News Bulletin/Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower Briefing/President Franklin D.
  8. Frank Sinatra D-Day Announcement/The Frank Sinatra Show Opening: This L
  9. Frank Sinatra Commentary on Special D-Day Broadcast/America the Beautif
  10. Frank Sinatra Dedication to Canadian Soliders at Rockcliffe Hospital, O
  11. Frank Sinatra Dedication to Soldiers at Halloran Hospital, Staten Islan
  12. It Had to Be You
  13. Don't Fence Me In
  14. Lonely Love
  15. Long Ago and Far Away
  16. Songs by Sinatra Opening: Night and Day/Aren't You Glad You're You
  17. It Might as Well be Spring
  18. Birthday Greetings for Frank Sinatra's 30th Birthday/Frank Sinatra intr
  19. Day by Day
  20. Lily Belle
  21. The Ol' Man River/Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away
  22. Comedy Sketch: The Battle of the Century
  23. Songs by Sinatra Old Gold "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Commercial
  24. The Frank Sinatra Show Vimms Vitamin Commercial
  25. Songs by Sinatra Max Factor Commercial

Disc 3

  1. Songs by Sinatra Show Opening: Night and Day/I'm an Old Cowhand/Tumblin
  2. Along the Navajo Trail
  3. Frank Sinatra Introduction to "Home on the Range"/Home on the Range
  4. Frank Sinatra Introduces Louisiana Gov. Jimmie Davis/You Are My Sunshin
  5. Exactly Like You
  6. Cement Mixer (Put-ti Put-ti)
  7. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
  8. I Only Have Eyes for You
  9. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  10. Don't Forget Tonight Tomorrow
  11. Sweet Lorraine
  12. Personality
  13. Who's Sorry Now?
  14. Don't Marry That Girl
  15. A Salute to Al Jolson Show Opening & George Jessel Introduces Frank Sinat
  16. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
  17. These Foolish Things (parody)
  18. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
  19. Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)
  20. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  21. Help Me to Help My Neighbor/Irving Berlin Commentary on Frank Sinatra W
  22. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  23. Your Hit Parade Show Opening: Lucky Day/(It's Going to Be a) Great Day
  24. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
  25. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  26. There's No Business Like Show Business
  27. Serenade of the Bells
  28. Frank Sinatra Receives the Modern Screen Ed Sullivan Award nad the 1946
  29. Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away

Disc 4

  1. Haunted Heart
  2. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  3. I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
  4. Nature Boy
  5. Little White Lies
  6. On a Slow Boat to China
  7. Light Up Time Show Opening: Lucky Day/It All Depends on You
  8. Some Enchanted Evening
  9. Full Moon and Empty Arms
  10. It's Only a Paper Moon
  11. Mad About You
  12. A Fine Romance
  13. I've Got a Crush on You
  14. Why Try to Change Me Now
  15. Birth of the Blues
  16. To Be Perfectly Frank Show Opening: Walking and Whistlin' the Blues/I'v
  17. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  18. A Hundred Years from Today
  19. This Can't Be Love
  20. Them There Eyes/To Be Perfectly Frank Closing: Walkin' and Whistlin' th
  21. The Frank Sinatra Show Opening: Young at Heart/Tenderly
  22. Hello, Young Lovers
  23. It's Alright With Me
  24. Our Love Is Here to Stay/The Frank Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dream
  25. Sam's Song (The Happy Tune)
  26. Half As Lovely (Twice as True)
  27. Light Up Time/Lucky Strike "LSMFT" Commercial
  28. Frank Sinatra sings Bobbi Home Permanment/White Rain Commercials

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