More Frank Sinatra Catalog Being Issued on Vinyl

Frank Sinatra Enterprises and Universal Music (UMe) will, in the coming months, continue their vinyl reissue series of the albums of Frank Sinatra.

The classic Songs For Swingin' Lovers (1956), with classics like I've Got You Under My Skin and You Make Me Feel So Young, was released on January 29 in celebration of its 60th anniversary.

Coming on February 26 are two 60's albums, Ring-a-Ding-Ding (1961) and That's Life (1966). Ring-a-Ding-Ding was Sinatra's debut on his new Reprise label and was conceived as "an album without ballads". While it didn't produce any charting hits, it got as high at number 4 on the Billboard Albums chart and proved a good start for the fledgling label.

That's Life didn't do quite as well on the charts, only making it to number 6, it did include the title song which peaked at number 4 on the Hot 100 and continued Sinatra's resurgence on the charts which had previously seen It Was a Very Good Year, Strangers in the Night and Summer Wind get extensive airplay among the artists of the British invasion.

Next, on April 15, is the 1961 compilation album All the Way. Sinatra was gone from Capitol but they continued to issue product in the years after his departure including this hits set that included such favorites as the title song, High Hopes and Witchcraft along with a number of b-sides from his 50's recordings. The album peaked at number 4.

Finally, on May 6, the 1962 album Sinatra-Basie: An Historical Musical First and the 1966 set Sinatra at the Sands will be out on vinyl.

Sinatra-Basie was Frank's first recordings with the Count Basie Orchestra and included music arranged by Neil Hefti. The album peaked at 16 in the U.S. and 2 in the U.K.

Sinatra at the Sands was a double LP and, once again, featured the Count Basie Orchestra with Quincy Jones arranging and conducting. It was Sinatra's first live album and contained many of his best known songs along with an over ten-minute segment called The Tea Break featuring Sinatra talking and joking about himself and other cohorts like Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. The album reached number 9 in the U.S. and 7 in the U.K.


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