Non-Album Tracks, 1959

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


September 22, 1959 at 20th Century-Fox

Let’s Do It

(Duet with Shirley MacLaine)

Top Choice, despite two minor caveats:

•Reprise In Hollywood CD (stereo remix) -- See NOTES at right


•Despite having a slightly shorter edit than the original LP version, and despite having Shirley MacLaine’s harshly recorded vocals wonkily presented “hard right,” the 2002 IN HOLLYWOOD CD is, by a substantial margin, the best-sounding version to my ears.

•Recorded at 20th Century-Fox, assumedly to multi-track 35mm mag film for 70mm 6-track Todd-AO theatrical release.

Mix/edit variants:

Original mono mix:  Dry vocals; slightly dull tone. Full length.

Original stereo mix: Soupy vocals, both singers positioned just right of center.  Full length.

1989 stereo remix (re-used in 1991): Dry-ish vocals; Frank centered in mix; Shirley at far right; First word (“Why,” spoken by Sinatra) not included.

2002 stereo remix: Dry vocals; Frank centered in mix; Shirley at far right; First word (“Why,” spoken by Sinatra) not included,

Arranger/Conductor: Nelson Riddle

Original Release: Can-Can soundtrack LP, mono and stereo, March 28, 1960

Original CD Release: Can-Can or Great Films and Shows (UK), both 1989

Releases sampled:

•1960 Can-Can mono LP

•1978 Twenty Golden Greats LP

•1984 UK Can-Can stereo LP

•1989 Can-Can CD (stereo)*

•1989 UK The Great Films & Shows CD (stereo)

•1991 UK 20 Golden Greats CD (stereo)*

•1997 Australia Can-Can CD (stereo)

•2002 Reprise In Hollywood CD (stereo)

*Shared remix/transfer, differently mastered

Audio Clips - MONO

<---- 1958 Sessions  1959 Singles, etc.:   March 25     May 8    May 14                                 Aug. 27    Sept. 22      Oct. 13  ----> 1960 Sessions

Above: D8 Can-Can LP

Audio Clips - STEREO

Above: MONO MIX 1982 Japan The Hit Maker LP

Above: 1984 UK Can-Can LP (original stereo mix), mastered (from digital?) by Harry Moss

Above: 1989  Can-Can CD, courtesy SH.TV’s Bob F. Remixed and mastered by Robert Norberg (reused in the 1989 German EMI-Electrola CD - thanks to SH.TV’s “wvk3”)

Above: 1997 Australia Can-Can CD (original stereo mix), courtesy SH.TV’s “progrockfan”

Above: 2002 Reprise Frank Sinatra in Hollywood CD (stereo remix), courtesy Bill Wright

Above: 1991 20 Golden Greats CD (1989 Norberg remix, newly remastered)

Above: 1978 UK Twenty Golden Greats LP (original stereo mix), mastered by Nick Webb

Above: 1989 UK Great Films & Shows CD (original stereo mix)