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New Sinatra Box Coming from the U.K.

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Another massive box set coming toward collectors from the U.K.: a set compiling all of Frank Sinatra’s albums for his own Reprise Records label.

Half a century after Sinatra founded it himself, The Reprise Years collates mini-paper sleeve replicas of all of Sinatra’s standard albums from 1961’s Ring-a-Ding Ding! to 1984’s L.A. is My Lady and adds a deluxe booklet and DVD of Sinatra’s A Man and His Music television specials from 1965 to 1967.

Most of this material has been released before; longtime collectors no doubt remember the “suitcase,” 1995’s The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings, and we’ve also seen reissues from Concord and Shout! Factory covering some of this material. But for those who can’t miss the Chairman of the Board, this is a set to get.

Details on this set, due November 22, are still partial – Amazon’s page doesn’t have a track list as of yet (this thread at the Sinatra Family Forum is the best resource I’ve seen keeping up so far) – but here’s a track list of all those original albums after the jump. If anything changes, we’ll of course let you know. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

November 3, 2010 at 23:45

Sentimental Journeys: Day and Vee Compilations Still on Track

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It’s an inevitability in the catalogue world that, despite the best intentions of compilers, producers and labels, projects often get delayed.

Doris Day made headlines last week when the legendary actress, singer and animal rights activist gave a rare, lengthy interview to longtime New York radio personality Jonathan Schwartz for WNYC-FM and Sirius/XM Radio. In the interview, Day revealed an immense modesty about her impressive body of work. On August 19, we reported on a new collection sure to please Day’s fans. My Heart would commercially release the recordings made in 1985 with Day’s son, producer Terry Melcher, for the television program Doris Day’s Best Friends. These tracks saw her covering the likes of Paul Simon, John Sebastian, Elton John and Melcher associates Bruce Johnston and Mike Love, among other rock and pop luminaries. Sony/Columbia’s U.K. arm had planned on a late 2010 release of My Heart, but it’s since been confirmed that the album has been pushed back to a Spring 2011 release instead. A career-spanning box set, with the artist’s involvement, will likely follow by September 2011. While Bear Family’s complete Day box sets are exhaustive and essential, a more concise, less expensive set (especially containing unreleased material!) would undoubtedly be a welcome treat for Doris Day’s many fans around the world.

Even further back on July 6, The Second Disc was excited to share news of a two-CD, 61-track set compiling the best of 130 unreleased tracks by Bobby Vee confirmed to reside in the EMI vaults. Vee’s Rare and Unreleased Gems from the EMI/Capitol Vaults was initially slated for an October release, but it’s now going to make the perfect collection to kick off the New Year in reissues, with a scheduled U.K. release date of January 4, 2011. Amazon U.K. is currently listing the collection under the simplified title Rarities, but the tracks appear the same.

Written by Joe Marchese

November 3, 2010 at 09:26