Sinatra at the Movies

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Sinatra at the Movies
Compilation album by Frank Sinatra
Released April 15, 2008
Recorded 1955-1959
Genre Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Swing music
Label Capitol
Frank Sinatra chronology
Romance: Songs From the Heart
(2007)
Sinatra at the Movies
(2008)
Nothing But the Best
(2008)

Sinatra at the Movies is a 2008 compilation album by Frank Sinatra.

After Bing Crosby, no jazz vocalist had more success in the movies, or was better at intertwining his performances with his films, than Frank Sinatra. From 1940 to 1970, he was never far from Hollywood, and his film successes often went hand in hand with his popular fortune. (Even his movie personals aligned with his musical themes and ambitions, from his breakthrough starring role, in Higher and Higher, to the ambitious On the Town, the scrappy From Here to Eternity, the quintessentially swinging Pal Joey, and the self-satisfied Ocean's Eleven.) Sinatra at the Movies isn't the career-spanning movie retrospective that it should be—instead, it concentrates on his Capitol period of the '50s. (Even his big film hit from 1943's Higher and Higher, "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night," is present here only in its 1957 version.) The '50s are virtually defined by Sinatra's great music, but the quality of his movie titles was scatter shot. Yes, there were some big hits from the film world -- "Three Coins in the Fountain," "All the Way," "(Love Is) The Tender Trap," "All of Me" -- and virtually all of them were great performances. Sinatra was also making sure he recorded plenty of great material, classics like "I Could Write a Book" (from Pal Joey), "The Lady Is a Tramp" (Pal Joey again), and "Just One of Those Things" (Young at Heart). Yet he was occasionally becoming lighter and more pithy by the end of his Capitol era, never more so than when a children's choir began "High Hopes." Overall, it's not a great choice for beginners, although note that it provides a great complement to his studio albums of the '50s. An added bonus here is the inclusion of several songs that are comparatively rare on Sinatra retrospectives: "Not as a Stranger," "Monique," and "C'est Magnifique."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "(Love Is) The Tender Trap" [From "The Tender Trap"] (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 2:58
  2. "From Here to Eternity" [From "From Here to Eternity"] (Freddy Karger, Robert Wells) - 2:59
  3. "I Love Paris" [From "Can-Can"] (Cole Porter) - 1:50
  4. "How Deep Is the Ocean?" [From "Meet Danny Wilson"] (Irving Berlin) - 3:14
  5. "I Could Write a Book" [From "Pal Joey"] (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 3:53
  6. "All the Way" [From "The Joker is Wild"] (Cahn, Van Heusen) - 2:52
  7. "Young at Heart" [From "Young at Heart"] (Carolyn Leigh, Johnny Richards) - 2:50
  8. "Not as a Stranger" [From "Not as a Stranger"] (Van Heusen, Buddy Kaye) - 2:46
  9. "All of Me" [From "Meet Danny Wilson"] (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) - 2:08
  10. "High Hopes" [From "A Hole in the Head"] (Cahn, Van Heusen) - 2:41
  11. "The Lady Is a Tramp" [From "Pal Joey"] (Rodgers, Hart) - 3:15
  12. "Monique" [From "Kings Go Forth"] (Cahn, Elmer Bernstein) - 3:17
  13. "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" [From "The Joker Is Wild"] (Fred Fisher) - 2:12
  14. "Three Coins in the Fountain" [From "Three Coins in the Fountain"] (Jule Styne, Cahn) - 3:06
  15. "I Believe" [From "It Happened in Brooklyn"] (Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman) - 2:31
  16. "Johnny Concho Theme (Wait For Me)" [From "Johnny Concho"] (Nelson Riddle, Jo Stafford) - 2:51
  17. "C'est Magnifique" [From "Can-Can"] (Porter) - 2:01
  18. "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" [From "Higher and Higher"] (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) - 3:25
  19. "Just One of Those Things" [From "Young at Heart"] (Porter) - 3:15
  20. "To Love and Be Loved" [From "Some Came Running"] (Cahn, Van Heusen) - 2:55