Sinatra: Top 10 Rock Swingers - JazzWax

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May 04, 2009


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Brian Sheridan

Yes Yes Yes! Don't forget "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." Not since the album "Hey Jude! Hey Bing!" where Der Bingle croons the Beatle tune has a brilliant vocalist massacred a song. Reportedly, or allegedly, Neil Diamond said his favorite version of "Sweet Carolina" was Frank's. It is, after all, Frank's world - Neil just lives in it. Also, don't forget Frank's version of Bread's "If" - an awful song no matter who does it.

John Cooper

"Plunge" is the right word. Desperate years, desperate times. Thank God it's over.


Sinatra is my favorite male singer in the jazz/pop mode, a truly great artist. Nevertheless, these "rock" recordings range from merely wrongheaded to ghastly. His voice and style were simply unsuited for this material. And those arrangements--godawful.


Frank was never desperate

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