A Voice On Air (1935 1955)

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Review Text 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

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Vintage Radio Tuning In/Major Bowes' Show Opening/S-H-I-N-E - 3:49
  2. 2. Fred Allen Introduces Frank Sinatra and the Four Sharps/Exactly Like You - 3:41
  3. 3. Moon Love [Live] - 3:59
  4. 4. Fame and Fortune Show Opening: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/Marie - 4:42
  5. 5. Deep Night - 3:37
  6. 6. Ruth Lowe Interview/I'll Never Smile Again/Fame and Fortune Show Opening: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - 6:31
  7. 7. Frenesi - 4:35
  8. 8. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) - 4:45
  9. 9. Carnaval de Broadway Opening: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/The One I Love - 4:26
  10. 10. Say It/Carnaval de Broadway Closing: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - 5:00
  11. 11. She's Funny That Way - 2:08
  12. 12. I Don't Believe in Rumors - 3:45
  13. 13. I'll String Along with You/As Time Goes By - 3:28
  14. 14. That Old Black Magic - 2:27
  15. 15. I Heard You Cried Last Night - 3:19
  16. 16. For Me and My Gal - 3:37
  17. 17. Moonlight Mood - 3:21
  18. 18. There Are Such Things - 3:10
  19. 19. Broadway Bandbox Show Opening/All or Nothing at All - 4:28
  20. 20. My Heart Stood Still - 4:44
  21. 21. Right Kind of Love - 2:51
  22. 22. Close to You - 3:46
  23. 23. As Time Goes By - 3:20
  24. 24. It's De-Lovely - 2:00
  25. 25. Nature's Remedy Commercial - 1:09

CD: 2

  1. 26. Songs by Sinatra Show Opening: This Love of Mine/Paper Doll - 2:38
  2. 27. Kiss Me Again - 4:43
  3. 28. If Loveliness Were Music - 4:50
  4. 29. Lover Come Back to Me/Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away - 5:28
  5. 30. My Heart Tells Me - 4:51
  6. 31. My Ideal - 1:27
  7. 32. News Bulletin/Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower Briefing/President Franklin D. Roosevelt Address of D-Day (Excerpts)/Music for Millions Introduction & Buy a Piece of the Peace - 6:42
  8. 33. Frank Sinatra D-Day Announcement/The Frank Sinatra Show Opening: This Love of Mine/Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer - 4:40
  9. 34. Frank Sinatra Commentary on Special D-Day Broadcast/America the Beautiful - 3:42
  10. 35. Frank Sinatra Dedication to Canadian Soliders at Rockcliffe Hospital, Ontario/I'll Be Seeing You (Rehearsal) - 3:15
  11. 36. Frank Sinatra Dedication to Soldiers at Halloran Hospital, Staten Island, NY/The Way You Look Tonight - 4:19
  12. 37. It Had to Be You - 3:30
  13. 38. Don't Fence Me In - 3:33
  14. 39. Lonely Love - 3:54
  15. 40. Long Ago and Far Away - 3:24
  16. 41. Songs by Sinatra Opening: Night and Day/Aren't You Glad You're You - 2:18
  17. 42. It Might as Well be Spring - 3:32
  18. 43. Birthday Greetings for Frank Sinatra's 30th Birthday/Frank Sinatra introduces June Hutton/Button Up Your Overcoat - 2:21
  19. 44. Day by Day - 3:06
  20. 45. Lily Belle - 3:35
  21. 46. Ol' Man River/Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away - 5:29
  22. 47. Comedy Sketch: The Battle of the Century - 4:26
  23. 48. Songs by Sinatra Old Gold "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Commercial - 2:44
  24. 49. Frank Sinatra Show Vimms Vitamin Commercial - 1:21
  25. 50. Songs by Sinatra Max Factor Commercial - 1:22

CD: 3

  1. 51. Songs by Sinatra Show Opening: Night and Day/I'm an Old Cowhand/Tumblin' Tumbleweeds - 4:05
  2. 52. Along the Navajo Trail - 3:44
  3. 53. Frank Sinatra Introduction to "Home on the Range"/Home on the Range - 4:59
  4. 54. Frank Sinatra Introduces Louisiana Gov. Jimmie Davis/You Are My Sunshine - 3:39
  5. 55. Exactly Like You [Frank Sinatra Introduces Nat "King" Cole] - 3:13
  6. 56. Cement Mixer (Put-ti Put-ti) [Frank Sinatra Introduces Slim Gaillard] - 6:44
  7. 57. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me - 2:46
  8. 58. I Only Have Eyes for You - 3:36
  9. 59. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - 1:29
  10. 60. Don't Forget Tonight Tomorrow - 2:52
  11. 61. Sweet Lorraine - 2:36
  12. 62. Personality - 1:14
  13. 63. Who's Sorry Now? - 1:20
  14. 64. Don't Marry That Girl - 2:54
  15. 65. Salute to Al Jolson Show Opening & George Jessel Introduces Frank Sinatra/Rock-A-Bye Your Baby - 4:19
  16. 66. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - 1:29
  17. 67. These Foolish Things (parody) - 2:14
  18. 68. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons - 4:36
  19. 69. Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better) - 2:29
  20. 70. Alexander's Ragtime Band [Frank Sinatra Introduces Irving Berlin] - 4:56
  21. 71. Help Me to Help My Neighbor/Irving Berlin Commentary on Frank Sinatra Winning the Jefferson Award - 4:30
  22. 72. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive [Frank Sinatra Introduces Johnny Mercer] - 4:54
  23. 73. Your Hit Parade Show Opening: Lucky Day/(It's Going to Be a) Great Day - 2:39
  24. 74. I Wish I Didn't Love You So - 2:05
  25. 75. Take Me Out to the Ball Game - 3:44
  26. 76. There's No Business Like Show Business - 2:27
  27. 77. Serenade of the Bells - 2:11
  28. 78. Frank Sinatra Receives the Modern Screen Ed Sullivan Award nad the 1946 "Radio Father of the Year Award"/Come Rain or Come Shines - 6:34
  29. 79. Songs by Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away - 1:22

CD: 4

  1. 80. Haunted Heart - 3:52
  2. 81. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - 3:45
  3. 82. I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover - 2:19
  4. 83. Nature Boy - 3:56
  5. 84. Little White Lies - 2:22
  6. 85. On a Slow Boat to China - 2:22
  7. 86. Light Up Time Show Opening: Lucky Day/It All Depends on You - 3:52
  8. 87. Some Enchanted Evening - 4:25
  9. 88. Full Moon and Empty Arms - 3:55
  10. 89. It's Only a Paper Moon - 2:39
  11. 90. Mad About You - 2:13
  12. 91. Fine Romance - 3:08
  13. 92. I've Got a Crush on You [Dean Martin Introduces Frank Sinatra] - 3:18
  14. 93. Why Try to Change Me Now - 3:59
  15. 94. Birth of the Blues - 4:45
  16. 95. To Be Perfectly Frank Show Opening: Walking and Whistlin' the Blues/I've Got the World on a String - 3:02
  17. 96. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - 2:42
  18. 97. Hundred Years from Today - 2:21
  19. 98. This Can't Be Love - 2:31
  20. 99. Them There Eyes/To Be Perfectly Frank Closing: Walkin' and Whistlin' the Blues - 3:10
  21. 100. Frank Sinatra Show Opening: Young at Heart/Tenderly - 3:55
  22. 101. Hello, Young Lovers - 4:35
  23. 102. It's Alright with Me - 3:05
  24. 103. Our Love Is Here to Stay/The Frank Sinatra Show Closing: Put Your Dreams Away - 5:23
  25. 104. Sam's Song (The Happy Tune) [Gary Crosby Introduces Frank Sinatra] - 4:19
  26. 105. Half as Lovely (Twice as True) - 3:26
  27. 106. Light Up Time/Lucky Strike "LSMFT" Commercial - 1:09
  28. 107. Frank Sinatra sings Bobbi Home Permanment/White Rain Commercials - 1:10

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Release Date
11/20/15 

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