Frank: The Man. The Music. The Videos.
Shout Factory, one of the classiest repackagers of classic pop material, has released the Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music TV specials in a new DVD set. These performances are well known to songbook video fans. Three of the shows represent the Chairman of the Board in the mid sixties with his powers intact and his collaboration with Nelson Riddle still in peak form. The fourth show is an early-80′s finale to the series with Count Basie and his orchestra. Installments with Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim are especially tasteful and clearly a treat for everyone onstage.
This is a great set for revisiting the swinging stage style of Sinatra, though it does have evidence of the sixties efforts to keep up with changing pop tastes and sometimes drops in applause and laughter to what were clearly studio-only productions. Luckily, the bossa nova movement served Sinatra in good stead, and that part of his 60′s repertoire remains a worthy addition to his stellar catalog.
A more complete review will be posted soon.