August 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Curio Corner

Compilation: Frank Sinatra in Hollywood
Songs from films including:

  • High Society (with Bing Crosby)
  • Anchors Aweigh; Till The Clouds Roll By; On the Town;
  • Three Coins in the Fountain; Young At Heart; Guys and Dolls;
  • The Man With The Golden Arm; The Joker Is Wild; Pal Joey and Can-Can
  Produced by Didier C. Deutsch and Charles L. Granata
  REPRISE/TURNER MOVIE CLASSICS PRCD 400062   [69:36]

Frank Sinatra in Hollywood

Probably a must for Sinatra collectors but not one, I fear, for the "CD generation", the most recent track being from a film 38 years ago!

A selection of classic Sinatra tracks from the movies but one that many Sinatra fans may feel, however, lacks the familiarity of well known and loved non-movie hits such as 'My Way', 'Strangers in the Night' and others.

Undoubtably a rare overview of Hollywood Sinatra, including songs from Ship Ahoy, Anchors Aweigh, From Here To Eternity (including his Oscar acceptance speech), Guys &Dolls and High Society. Duets with Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby and Maurice Chevalier are highlights.

Whilst listening to a selection of tracks from Three Coins In A Fountain one is treated to a beautiful interruption by Louella Parsons interviewing a relatively young and very cheeky Sinatra who is at that time (May 1954) undecided whether to give up singing and acting and direct. What the music world might have missed should he have taken this path doesn't bear thinking about when one considers the classic chart hits he had later in his career.

The lack of contemporary hits leaves me thinking who is it going to appeal to and who might buy it? A collection, nevertheless, that grows on you the more you play it!

Tim Clark

***

Ian Lace adds laconically,

A wonderful album full of memories for the cinema-goers of the 1950s/60s.

Ian Lace

****(*)

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