Non-Album Tracks, 1954

Thank you to SHTV’s “Bob F” for his invaluable assistance in compiling this information.

Ongoing discussion at the Steve Hoffman Music Forum (LINK)           

Album Index         <---- 1953 Sessions     1954 Singles:  March 1   April 2                               May 13   August 23   September 23    December 13     ----> 1955 Sessions

 

March 1, 1954 - Day In - Day Out, Last Night When We Were Young,

Three Coins in the Fountain

Song #1:

“Day In - Day Out”

Arranger/Conductor: Nelson Riddle

Original Release: Melody of Love EP, 1955

Original LP Release: Like Never Before, 1973

Original CD Release: Nice ‘n’ Easy (bonus track), 1991


Releases sampled for this comparison:

•1973 Like Never Before LP

•1978 UK The Rare Sinatra LP

•1985 Time-Life Legendary Singers LP

•1991 Nice ‘n’ Easy CD

•1998 UK The Rare Sinatra CD

•2002 Nice ‘n’ Easy CD

Recommended top choices:


The Rare Sinatra LP

•1991 Nice ‘n’ Easy CD


A slight step down:

Legendary Singers LP, which has a somewhat flat/bland overall tone on this track.

Not as good:


•1998 UK The Rare Sinatra CD - treble heavy, slightly left-heavy non-mono (stereo playback on mono machine??)


Avoid:

•1973 Like Never Before LP - reverb-added fake stereo

•2002 Nice ‘n’ Easy CD - Norberg

NOTES


•No release is 100% satisfying to my ears.

SAMPLE AUDIO CLIPS


All clips posted here mirror those freely available via iTunes.  To access the 90-second iTunes free samples, click

“View,” then “View in iTunes.”

Audio Clips

Above: 1978 UK The Rare Sinatra LP, courtesy “Bferr1,”

Above: 1991 Nice ‘n’ Easy CD, mastered by Larry Walsh

Above: 1998 UK The Rare Sinatra CD, courtesy “rangerjohn”

Song #2:

“Last Night When We Were Young”

(LP track: Please see the In the Wee Small Hours review)

Song #3:

“Three Coins in the Fountain”

Arranger/Conductor: Nelson Riddle

Original Release: 45 & 78 RPM #2816, 5/17/54

Original LP Release: This is Sinatra, 1956

Original CD Release: Australian The Frank

    Sinatra Collection, (link) 1986


Releases sampled for this comparison:

•1953 45

•1956 This is Sinatra LP

•1967 This is Sinatra Star Line LP

•1967 The Movie Years mono LP

•1968 The Sinatra Touch mono LP

•1974 NZ His Twenty Greatest Hits LP

•1978 UK Twenty Golden Greats LP

•1980 UK Screen Sinatra LP

•1980s Japan This is Sinatra LP

•1983 Capitol/Pair All-Time Classics LP

•1983 Japan The Hit Maker LP

•1985 UK This is Sinatra LP

•1989 UK Screen Sinatra CD

•1989 Collectors Series CD

•1989 Gold CD*

•1989 Japan Hit Collection CD

•1990 The Capitol Years CD

•1991 All-Time Favorites by Frank Sinatra CD

•1991 Japan Around the World CD

•1992 Aussie The Essential Frank Sinatra CD

•1992 At the Movies CD

•1992 UK Twenty Golden Greats CD**

•1993 Holland The Classic Tracks CD

•1994 UK This is Frank Sinatra 1953-1957 CD**

•1995 Sinatra 80th: All the Best CD

•1997 Aussie The Frank Sinatra Collection CD

•1996 Complete Capitol Singles CD*

•1996 The Movie Years (Mastercard Series) CD

•1996 Sings the Select Sammy Cahn CD*

1998 UK This is Sinatra UK CD

•2002 Frank Sinatra in Hollywood CD

•2004 Taking a Chance on Love CD

•2005 Young at Heart (Proper) unlicensed CD

•2006 Supreme Jazz unlicensed SACD

•2006 Sings the Great Love Songs unlicensed CD

•2008 Sinatra at the Movies CD**

•2009 UK 25 Classic Tracks CD**

•2014 This is Sinatra HD download

•2014 This is Sinatra LP


*Sourced from same raw digital transfer

**Sourced from same raw digital transfer

BLUE = Shared mastering

BROWN = Shared mastering

GREEN = Shared mastering

PINK = Shared mastering

Recommended top choices (essentially tied):


Screen Sinatra CD

•1985 UK This is Sinatra LP

Collectors Series CD (and it’s assorted re-uses in BLUE at left)

•UK Twenty Golden Greats CD and UK This is Frank Sinatra 1953-1957 CD (shared mastering)


Good:


•1980s Japan This is Sinatra LP

•Japan The Hit Maker LP


Good, but flawed:

All the Way: The Hit Collection CD (see notes at far right)

Not as good:

•D1, Star Line LPs - compressed

•D4 45 has odd, hollow tone

•UK This is Sinatra CD - hard tone, somewhat compressed

Young At Heart (Proper) CD - runs 2% slow; needledrop?

•2014 This is Sinatra HD download and LP - dull sounding


Avoid:

The Sinatra Touch LP - compressed and hard sounding

His Twenty Greatest Hits LP, The Movie Years mono LP, and Screen Sinatra LP - Reverb added

Gold CD, Complete Capitol Singles CD, and Sings the Select Sammy Cahn CD - all Norberged

•Japan Around the World CD - wet tapes??; bad EQ

Twenty Golden Greats LP and All-Time Classics LP - Fake stereo


Even worse than any of those:

Supreme Jazz unlicensed SACD and Sings the Great Love Songs unlicensed CD - horribly EQ’d and processed dupes of the Furmanek/Walsh masteringShamefully bad.

NOTES

•Japan’s All the Way: The Hit Collection was transferred on a stereo machine, and for four seconds early in the song, the image shifts heavily to the right, then returns to normal.


•The PINK mastering is a compressed version of the BROWN mastering (see list at far left).

SAMPLE AUDIO CLIPS


All clips posted here mirror those freely available via iTunes.  To access the 90-second iTunes free samples, click

“View,” then “View in iTunes.”

Audio Clips

Above: 1953 D4 45, courtesy “Arkoffs.”

Above: 1967 This is Sinatra Star Line LP.

Above: Dr. Robert’s 1980s Japan This is Sinatra LP.

Above: 1985 UK This is Sinatra LP.

Above: This is Sinatra D1 pressing, courtesy eharmonica.

Above: 2005 Young at Heart unlicensed CD, courtesy “OldCoder.”

(Needledrop?  Runs 2% slow.)

Below: 1998 UK This is Sinatra CD, courtesy “rangerjohn.”

Above: 1989 UK Screen Sinatra CD.

Above: 1989 Collectors Series CD.  Mastered by Ron Furmanek and Larry Walsh, reused in at least 8 CDs listed in BLUE above left..

Below: 1992 UK Twenty Golden Greats CD, reused in the 1953-1957 CD set.

Above: 1989 Gold CD, mastered by Bob Norberg.

Above: 1989 Japan All the Way - Frank Sinatra Hit Collection CD, courtesy Chuck Granata.

Above: 2006 Supreme Jazz unlicensed SACD, courtesy “OldCoder.”

Above: 2006 Frank Sinatra Sings the Great Love Songs unlicensed CD, courtesy Bob F.

Above: 1989 Japan Around the World CD, courtesy Bob F.

Above: 1996 Complete Capitol Singles CD, mastered by Bob Norberg.  (Same mastering appears in Sings the Select Sammy Cahn CD, 1996.)

Above: 1985 Time-Life half-speed mastered Legendary Singers LP.

Above: 1983 Japan The Hit Maker LP.

Above: 2014 This is Sinatra HD download (at 16/44.1 resolution)

Above: 2014 This is Sinatra LP, courtesy SH.TV’s “AxeD”