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Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording

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Featuring 100 photographs of Frank Sinatra working with orchestras and arrangers, listening to playbacks, and, of course, singing, this book tells the whole story of how he created the Sinatra sound and translated the most intense personal emotions into richly worked-out songs of unrivalled expressiveness. One of the thrills of listening to Sinatra is wondering how he did ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1999)
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Lisa
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Not in the traditional way but a really good book. A look into the creative mind and all the help it takes to frame it. Not rich on details of his personal life, which I appreciated. Find myself listening to the music in two different ways: the voice and the orchestration. A little over my head at times, it'd help to be a music engineer, still fascinating. Overall, a keeper in my music library.
Glenn Berger
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sessions with Sinatra by Charles Granata is one of the best books on music, and recording, that I have ever read.

Mr. Granata has a rich vein to mine in his subject, which is Frank Sinatra in the recording studio. The author’s deft writing and deep research make it great fun to hang with one of the world’s greatest recording artists as he created his timeless works.

Sinatra was considered by virtually everyone he worked with – writers, arrangers, musicians, engineers, and producers - to be a consu
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Carole
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toward the end of this marvelous book, its author suggests that to fully appreciate the importance of the recording experience, the technology, the contributions of Frank Sinatra to the canon of musical literature embodied in the Great American Songbook, and the musical genius with which he was endowed, the reader stop from time to time and listen to certain recordings. Why he didn’t state this first is a mystery, but my instincts already had led me to do just that. I would put the book down, se ...more
Anita
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been fascinated by Sinatra's voice & music for several years now, but am not terribly interested in hearing all the gory details about his personal life (the well-known highlights are impressive enough.) I really wanted to know more about how he evolved as a singer and performer during his long career, and this book fit the bill perfectly. On top of giving the reader a real feeling for how Sinatra the artist arrived, trained, and grew in talent and social stature, the author does a fabu ...more
Federico
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every fan of Frankie
It's true what you can read on the cover of this book: "If yu can buy only one Sinatra book... this is one to have" (Kirkus Reviews). It talks only about the music of Frank Sinatra, and one of the rare books that don't speak about Sinatra and mafia, Sinatra and women, Sinatra and politics. You can find a lot of first-hand material from the sessions, and you have, once, the illusion you're going to enter in the recording boot with Frankie and Nelson Riddle... That's incredible, that's great!
Sam Torode
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fairly obsessive Sinatra fan since the early 1990s (when I was in high school), but I learned a lot of new things from this book. It's all about the music, which makes it far better than any of the sensationalistic biographies.
David
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read for musicians, singers, lovers of song, and fans of Mr S
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