Fans of Frank Sinatra and Tina Turner can look forward to the latest CDs featuring their hits
Frank Sinatra: The
Platinum Collection (EMI, 3 CD set, Rs. 620)
TWENTY GOLDEN Greats and The Best of Frank and now The Platinum Collection. But why not? One has not one but 48 reasons to buy this three-CD pack and they include "Chicago", "Come Fly With Me", "High Hopes", "Witchcraft", "Nice 'n' Easy", "Lady Is A Tramp", "Love And Marriage" and "I've Got The World On A String". Though there are some notable numbers missing in the pack, it is a good buy for anyone who has never collected Old Blue Eyes before.
"He loved, he brawled, he had style, he had guts, he could even act. And, oh yeah, he defined American pop," was how Time Magazine described him and it is a pretty good description.
The songs featured in this pack are those that he recorded for Capitol between 1953 and 1961. They stand as one of the most significant catalogues in music because they were composed at a time when modern rock and roll, as we know it, was still a nascent phenomenon.
The recordings were a bridge between America of the 1950s and the 1960s, which is an age that saw Sputnik, the Civil Rights Movement and Elvis Presley.
Compiled with the approval and cooperation of the Frank Sinatra estate, this compilation is in league with other great collectors' packs like Beatles One and Elvis. It showcases the very cream of his recordings from a bygone era. The sheer number of classics he recorded during this period is the reason for the collection being sold in three CDs.
If ever there was a way to compile a list of songs then this is the blueprint. The gentle transition of moods from one track to another leaves you wanting to listen to the CDs over and over again. From the exuberance of "I've Got The World On A String" to the wistfulness of "September Song" this collection is mellow, sensual treat. It proves that even six years after his passing, Frank Sinatra will always remain "Young At Heart".
Tina Turner: All the Best (EMI, 2 CD Pack, Rs. 620)
THIS AFRO American has been a true protagonist of rock music. If you can remember Gloria Gaynor (I Will Survive) and Donna Summer (McArthur Park) and liked them, then you will like Tina. The lady has been around for a long time, but has been quiet for some time, particularly after her theme song for the Bond film, Goldeneye. With sensual, soulful and powerful vocals that have been part of her music for over four decades Tina is already in the stands and doing good rounds in the cities all over the world.
For the first time, the highlights of Tina's career have been packaged together. All The Best is a comprehensive collection of recorded works by this unique and iconic performer. Across two discs and 33 tracks, it features the songs that first made her famous in the 1960s, reviews two decades of spectacular solo recordings, and then brings the story right up to date with three newly recorded songs. One of these, "Open Arms", produced by Jimmy Hogarth, was released as a single in October.
This is an album that will delight the legions of fans that have followed Tina's extraordinary creative journey, just as it will seduce new admirers. The array of hit songs is mesmerising, from "River Deep Mountain High", "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits", via Turner's early emergence as a solo superstar with "Let's Stay Together", "What's Love Got To Do With It" and "We Don't Need Another Hero" right through to hits of the 1990s like "I Don't Wanna Fight", "Goldeneye" and "When The Heartache Is Over", the latter from her album released in 1999 Twenty Four Seven.
But this is no time warp. All The Best features three completely new recordings by Tina, all of them showing that her vocals reign to this day. "Complicated Disaster", produced by Steve Robson and "Something Special", by Trevor Horn, join the powerful new performance, "Open Arms". As if that wasn't enough, there are some gems for the Tina collector in there too, including a live in London version of "Addicted To Love" and her duet with Italian superstar Eros Ramazotti, "Cose Della Vita".
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