Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"The Frank Sinatra Collection" to Include Eight of His Television Specials From 1965 to 1982

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Frank Sinatra Enterprises have come together to release The Frank Sinatra Collection, a series of four DVD sets encompassing eight of the singers specials from between 1965 and 1982.

Set for a May 27 release, the collection pulls together some of the finest performances on television and in concert from one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century.

First in the series is A Man And His Music / A Man And His Music Part II which combines his first two hour-long television specials from the mid-sixties.

Sinatra's first television special, A Man And His Music, was 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), includes 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 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 swinging 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.

The third release, Sinatra And Friends / The Man And His Music features TV specials from the seventies and eighties and offers the likes of For Once In My Life, My Way, Fly Me To The Moon, Hello Young Lovers, I've Got You Under My Skin, Night And Day, Put Your Dreams Away, and many more.

Spanning multiple genres and featuring some of the leading names in pop and country, the rarely seen special Sinatra And Friends (1977, ABC) offers wall-to-wall performances. Guests include Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Loretta Lynn and John Denver, all of whom return one-by-one for a final embrace with Sinatra as he sings the Paul Anka-penned Everybody Ought To Be In Love.

Sinatra: The Man And His Music (1981, NBC), is the final installment of the series, occurring 16 years after the first A Man And His Music special, and a few weeks before his 66th birthday. Working with three different ensembles, including the accompaniment of the legendary Count Basie and his orchestra, performances include George Harrison's Something, and his climactic Theme From New York, New York, Pennies From Heaven, and The Best Is Yet To Come.

The final release in the series, Concert For The Americas (1982, Showtime), was recorded at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater, a 5000-seat open-air Greek-style amphitheater in the Dominican Republic. This 90-minute epic performance features the legendary Buddy Rich on drums and a special guest appearance by guitarist Tony Mottola on a memorable rendition of Send In The Clowns. This is the first-ever U.S. DVD release of this spectacular concert.