'Live' At The Orpheum, Vancouver June 8th 1957
Styles: Easy Listening, Jazz
Catalogue Number: ACMCD4351
This is, we think, the first time that this recording of one of the first three concerts which Frank Sinatra did on the American north-west coast in June 1957 has been made available commercially. In 1957, Frank Sinatra was at the peak of his commercial success and creative output. Since rehabilitating his career in 1953 with his Oscar-winning role in “From Here To Eternity”, he had signed to Capitol, and working with Nelson Riddle, had invented the concept album, with a string of brilliant and massively popular LPs such as “Songs For Swinging Lovers” and “Wee Small Hours”, drawing on both classic and new material from the Great American Songbook composers. He had also had a string of screen successes, with ’57 delivering the definitive Sinatra movie “Pal Joey”. This concert, with Riddle arranging and conducting, seems to have been part of a jaunt through Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco with his LA musician buddies, and sees him in relaxed and confident mode, working with Riddle’s peerless big band jazz arrangements to interpret a hand-picked selection of songs from his recent hit albums. The recording quality of this album is by no means flawless, but it captures the magical style of the great man performing in front of an audience at the top of his game, and is essential listening for any Sinatra fan, or indeed anyone who wants to know why he is regarded as one of the best there ever was.