Sinatra-Basie - Recorded 1962

 

Recorded April 10-11, 1962

Arranger: Neal Hefti (uncredited)

Conductor: Neal Hefti (uncredited)

Producer: Neil Hefti (uncredited)

Engineer: Uncredited

Original Release: January 21, 1963 

Thanks as always to SHTV’s “Bob F” for providing information vital to these pages.

Items at left from Billboard, January 26, 1963.  Advertisement at right also from Billboard, January 19, 1963, and adapted from a post at the Sinatra Family Forum by “AndrewT.”

Frank and Splank:  Less is More, or Less is Less?

Here we have Sinatra with the great Basie Band, idiomatically and effectively arranged by Neil Hefti, and it’s a powerful combination for the most part, with the band, the arranger, and The Voice seemingly enjoying themselves immensely.  That said, it does seem to be a bit of a “short shrift” in terms of content, and it seems to have been conceived as such.  Previous albums consisted of sessions for at least 12 songs, with the exception of GREAT SONGS FROM GREAT BRITAIN, for which 11 songs were recorded.  (Technically, 11-1/2 were recorded for SINATRA and STRINGS, I guess.)  In some cases, a song would be dropped, resulting in fewer released tracks, but here (to my knowledge), only 10 were planned and recorded over only two planned recording dates, meaning fewer $$$ for less session time, marking the start of a trend: Reprise albums that come across as being a little skimpy.  Had two more songs been recorded (three sessions rather than two), and 12 songs recorded, the album would have clocked in at a length akin to NICE ‘N’ EASY -- nothing earth-shatteringly long.

AUDIO SAMPLES

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Sinatra and Basie, in session at

United Recorders, October 3, 1962.


At left: running down “I Only Have Eyes for You,” amid a sea of

RCA 77s, favored microphone of Bill Putnam, United owner.

Above: 1963 A2 R-1008 mono promo LP, pressed at Waddell, courtesy Martin Melucci.

Above: c. 1963 A4 R-1008 mono LP, pressed at Waddell.

Above: c. 1964(?) 1A F-1008 mono LP, pressed at Columbia, courtesy Martin Melucci.

Above: 1963 B4 R-1008 mono promo LP, pressed at Waddell, courtesy Martin Melucci.

Above: c. 1964(?) 1B F-1008 mono LP, pressed at Columbia, courtesy Martin Melucci.

Above: c. 1963 B2 R-1008 mono LP, pressed at Waddell.

Above: 1963 A1 R9-1008 stereo LP, pressed at Waddell, courtesy Martin Melucci. Original stereo mix.

Above: c. 1965(?) 1D FS-1008 stereo LP, pressed at Columbia, courtesy Martin Melucci. Original stereo mix.

Above: 1970 VS 144 Valiant Label UK stereo LP, courtesy SHTV’s “Hodgo.”  Original stereo mix.

STEREO - PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Above: c. 1982  FS 1008 LW1 stereo LP, mastered at Warners for Capitol’s Los Angeles plant. Original stereo mix.

Above: c. 1985  FS 1008 JW1 stereo LP, mastered at Warners for Capitol’s Jacksonville plant, but pressed at Specialty. Original stereo mix.

Above: 1992 CD, courtesy SH.TV’s “Hodgo.”  Remixed by Lee Herschberg. Stereo Mix #2. (Reused in the “suitcase.”)

Above: 1999 EOTC CD, courtesy Martin Melucci, with mastering credit: “Digital Mastering by Lee Herschberg; Additional Engineering by Keith Blake.” Stereo Mix #3.

Above: 2011 Concord CD, remixed by Larry Walsh. Stereo Mix #4.

Above: 2016  FSe stereo LP, which reuses the EOTC files.  Courtesy SHTV’s “BFerr1.”  Stereo Mix #3.

STEREO


PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Above: 1963 A1 R9-1008 stereo LP, pressed at Waddell, courtesy Martin Melucci. Original stereo mix.

Above: c. 1965(?) 1C FS-1008 stereo LP, pressed at Columbia, courtesy Martin Melucci. Original stereo mix.

Above: 1970 VS 144 Valiant Label UK stereo LP, courtesy SHTV’s “Hodgo.”  Original stereo mix.

STEREO - I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

Above: c. 1982  FS 1008 LW1 stereo LP, mastered at Warners for Capitol’s Los Angeles plant. Original stereo mix.

Above: c. 1985  FS 1008 JW1 stereo LP, mastered at Warners for Capitol’s Jacksonville plant, but pressed at Specialty. Original stereo mix.

Above: 1992 CD, courtesy SH.TV’s “Hodgo.”  Remixed by Lee Herschberg. Stereo Mix #2. (Reused in the “suitcase.”)

Above: 1999 EOTC CD, courtesy Martin Melucci, with mastering credit: “Digital Mastering by Lee Herschberg; Additional Engineering by Keith Blake.” Stereo Mix #3.

Above: 2011 Concord CD, remixed by Larry Walsh. Stereo Mix #4.

Above: 2016  FSe stereo LP, which reuses the EOTC files.  Courtesy SHTV’s “BFerr1.”  Stereo Mix #3.

STEREO


I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

The vocal mic is likely an AKG C60.  See discussion starting here.

Above: c. 1964(?) S9-1008 7.5 IPS Stereotape reel, courtesy SHTV’s “zoltantamas.” Original stereo mix.

Above: c. 1964(?) S9-1008 7.5 IPS Stereotape reel, courtesy SHTV’s “zoltantamas.” Original stereo mix.

MONO - PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Above: Yugoslavian mono LP, courtesy SHTV’s “zoltantamas.”

STEREO - PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Above: c. 1966(?) 1E FS-1008 stereo LP, courtesy SHTV’s “zoltantamas.” Original stereo mix.

MONO - I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

Above: Yugoslavian mono LP, courtesy SHTV’s “zoltantamas.”

STEREO - I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

Above: c. 1964(?) 1A FS-1008 stereo LP, courtesy SHTV’s “zoltantamas.” Original stereo mix.