22 MAY 09 ANNE FARNSWORTH
Concord Music Group is celebrating its new relationship with Frank Sinatra Enterprises with a powerful one-two punch. On the heels of the anniversary edition of My Way, comes Live At The Meadowlands, a previously unreleased recording of a 1986 concert that puts you right in the front row.
The storied Meadowlands Arena is located a scant 7 miles from Hoboken, Sinatra's birthplace, making this concert truly a homecoming. The several references to his "hometown crowd" and past concerts in nearby Atlantic City thrill the adoring audience, whose excitement is described by opening comic Red Buttons as "World War III out there!"
The concert begins with an orchestral overture, whose commanding first chord is reminiscent of the opening strains of Mozart's Don Giovanni. The overture is a medley of Sinatra hits, like you would hear at the start of a Broadway musical. Which makes perfect sense, for if Sinatra's life and career aren't the stuff of great theater, what is?
The concert play list hits all the high points in Sinatra's discography. Perennial chestnuts "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Mack The Knife" are paired with less familiar classics like "Nice N' Easy." Throughout, the boss takes the time to note the arrangers, conductor and featured players, showing, as he always does, his respect and camaraderie with the "little guys" who were such a big part of his sound.
I've Got You Under My Skin
Rosemary Clooney, from Rosemary Clooney ...
Mack The Knife
Louis Armstrong, from Live At The 1958 ...
in this playlist.