‘The Concert Sinatra’ Reissue Draws from Original Masters

Concord Records utilizes contemporary digital technology to remix 1963 recording

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Jeff Tamarkin

Frank Sinatra

Concord Records will reissue Frank Sinatra’s 1963 album The Concert Sinatra on Jan. 17, remastering the live recording from the original multi-channel masters for the first time in nearly 50 years.

According to a press release, “This reissue represents a perfect marriage of technological and artistic innovation by harnessing the combined brilliance of Sinatra’s timeless voice, Nelson Riddle’s legendary arrangements, and some of the finest songs to emerge from the Broadway tradition. It all comes together via a recording process that was well ahead of its time in the 1960s, and has been further enhanced by modern-day digital remastering technology.”

The press release further explains, “When The Concert Sinatra was recorded in February 1963, multi-track master tape machines were not yet a reality in the recording studio. In order to facilitate the sound mixing advantage of multiple channels of audio, The Concert Sinatra was recorded on a motion picture scoring stage with the use of multiple synchronized recording machines that employed 35mm magnetic film. This master recording has not been used in any re-release of The Concert Sinatra since the original sound mix was prepared nearly 50 years ago.

“Producers located the original film canisters where the masters had been stored for nearly a half-century. Despite considerable degradation over time, a team of engineering experts, led by Frank Sinatra, Jr., used contemporary digital recording technology delivered a completely new sound mix for the 2012 re-release.”

Track list

I Have Dreamed

My Heart Stood Still

Lost in the Stars

Ol’ Man River

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Bewitched

This Nearly Was Mine

Soliloquy

Bonus tracks (not on original LP):

California

America, The Beautiful