The Voice of Frank Sinatra

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The Voice of Frank Sinatra
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released March 4, 1946
Recorded July 30, 1945 Hollywood
December 7, 1945 New York City
Genre Classic pop
Length 24:01
Label Columbia C-112 (78 rpm)
Columbia CL-6001 (33 rpm)
Legacy CK62100
Frank Sinatra chronology
The Voice of Frank Sinatra
(1946)
Songs by Sinatra
(1947)
Alternative cover
The 1948 reissue as the first LP record developed by Columbia Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Voice of Frank Sinatra is the first studio album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released on Columbia Records, catalogue C-112, March 4, 1946. It was first issued as a set of four 78 rpm records totaling eight songs, and went to #1 on the fledgling Billboard chart. It stayed at the top for seven weeks in 1946, spending a total of eighteen weeks on the charts. The album chart consisted of just a Top Five until August 1948. The cover depicted to the right is that of the original 78 rpm release cover, also used on the compact disc reissue.

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The tracks were arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl and his orchestra, on both dates consisting of a string quartet and four-piece rhythm section, augmented by flutist John Mayhew in July, and, ironically given the part he would play with Sinatra at Columbia in the early 1950s, oboist Mitch Miller in December. Sinatra would record most of these songs again at later stages in his career.

Certain critics have claimed The Voice to be the first concept album. Beginning in 1939, however, singer Lee Wiley started releasing albums of 78s dedicated to the songs of a single writer, Cole Porter for example, a precursor to the Songbooks sets formulated by Norman Granz and Ella Fitzgerald in 1956. These may loosely be termed concept albums, although Sinatra with The Voice inaugurated his practice of having a common mood, theme, or instrumentation tying the songs together on a specific release.

It also holds the distinction of being the first pop album catalogue item at 33⅓ rpm, when Columbia premiered long-playing vinyl records in 1948, ten-inch and twelve-inch format for classical music, ten-inch only for pop. The Voice was reissued as a 10-inch LP, catalogue number CL 6001 in 1948. It was also later issued as two 45 rpm EPs in 1952 with catalogue number B-112 in 1952, a 12-inch LP with a changed running order including only five of the original tracks in 1955 with catalogue number CL-743, and a compact disc with extra tracks in 2003.[2]

Track listing[edit]

10-inch LP release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Go to My Head"   Haven Gillespie, J. Fred Coots 3:00
2. "Someone to Watch Over Me"   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 3:18
3. "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)"   Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey, Harry Link 3:08
4. "Why Shouldn't I?"   Cole Porter 2:53
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)"   Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert 2:46
2. "Try a Little Tenderness"   Harry M. Woods, James Campbell, Reginald Connelly 3:08
3. "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You"   Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young 3:11
4. "Paradise"   Nacio Herb Brown, Gordon Clifford 2:37

2003 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Mam'selle"   Mack Gordon, Edmund Goulding 3:26
10. "That Old Feeling"   Lew Brown, Sammy Fain 3:19
11. "If I Had You"   Ted Shapiro, Campbell, Connelly 3:01
12. "The Nearness of You"   Ned Washington, Hoagy Carmichael 2:41
13. "Spring is Here"   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 2:42
14. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"   Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom 3:01
15. "When You Awake"   Henry Nemo 3:07
16. "It Never Entered My Mind"   Rodgers, Hart 3:09
17. "Always"   Irving Berlin 2:55
18. "(I Don't Stand) A Ghost of A Chance (with You)" (alternate take) Crosby, Washington, Young 3:32

1955 track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)"   Turk, Ahlert 2:43
2. "Try a Little Tenderness"   Woods, Campbell, Connelly 3:03
3. "(I Don't Stand) A Ghost of A Chance (with You)"   Crosby, Washington, Young 3:16
4. "Paradise"   Brown, Clifford 2:41
5. "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)"   Marvell, Strachey, Link 3:15
6. "Laura"   Johnny Mercer, David Raksin 3:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "She's Funny That Way"   Neil Moret, Richard A. Whiting 3:25
2. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread"   Mercer, Bloom 3:04
3. "Over The Rainbow"   Yip Harburg, Harold Arlen 3:20
4. "That Old Black Magic"   Mercer, Arlen 2:37
5. "Spring Is Here"   Rodgers, Hart 2:42
6. "Lover"   Rodgers, Hart 2:39
Preceded by
The Bells of St. Mary's by Bing Crosby
Billboard Top Albums number-one album
April 6, 1946 - May 24, 1946
Succeeded by
Benny Goodman Sextet by Benny Goodman

Personnel[edit]

New York sessions[edit]

Hollywood sessions[edit]

  • Mischa Russell, David Frisina — violins
  • Sam Freed — viola
  • Fred Goerner — cello
  • Jack Mayhew — flute
  • George Van Eps — guitar
  • Mark McIntyre — piano
  • John Ryan — bass
  • Ray Hagan — drums

Production personnel[edit]

  • Bill Richards — producer
  • Charles L. Granata, Didier C. Deutsch — compact disc reissue producers

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Charles L. Granata, The Voice of Frank Sinatra. 2003, Columbia Legacy CK 62100, liner notes.