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International Pop - Released February 4, 2019 | Housemaster Records

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International Pop - Released December 4, 2018 | Housemaster Records

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International Pop - Released July 25, 2018 | Housemaster Records

International Pop - Released July 6, 2018 | Profil

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International Pop - Released May 18, 2018 | Profil

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Crooners - Released November 20, 2015 | Columbia - Legacy

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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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International Pop - Released October 30, 2015 | Springstoff

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International Pop - Released October 6, 2006 | RCA Records Label

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International Pop - Released March 17, 2006 | WEA Latina

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International Pop - Released November 22, 2005 | Nonesuch

At the dawn of the 20th century, the record business did not yet exist, so songwriters relied exclusively on the sales of sheet music to make a living, hoping to come up with hits that everyone would want purchase to perform at home. This collection of 14 songs published between 1884 and 1909 became hits, though most of them are long forgotten in the 21st century except by those born prior to 1960 or so. The husband-and-wife team of William Bolcom and Joan Morris treat each of these songs with passion; the accomplished pianist's accompaniment of the rich-voiced mezzo-soprano brings out the best in each tune. Though some of the songs, such as the badly dated "After the Ball," haven't particularly stood the test of time, the gems by Harry Von Tilzer ("A Bird in a Gilded Cage" and "Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie"), Kerry Mills ("Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis"), and Ernest R. Ball's "Will You Love Me in December As You Do in May?" more than make up for the occasional museum piece. Morris' detailed liner notes and the inclusion of the complete lyrics to each song are an added bonus, and six previously unreleased tracks were added for the CD reissue. ~ Ken Dryden
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International Pop - Released July 25, 2000 | RCA Records Label

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Crooners - Released August 26, 1994 | RCA Bluebird

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Crooners - Released October 25, 1993 | RCA Records Label