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‘WORLD ON A STRING’ CAPTURES FRANK SINATRA IN FULL SPLENDOR ON INTERNATIONAL STAGES THROUGHOUT HIS LEGENDARY CAREER

Frank Sinatra never had a problem with language barriers, he spoke to the heart. His songs served as the soundtrack to people’s lives around the world. Set for worldwide release on October 21 by UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises via Universal Music Canada, World On A String is a portrait of the iconic American entertainer in his prime on international stages. As a time capsule of Sinatra’s enduring appeal across the globe, the 4CD/DVD box set (also available in digital audio) is a treasure trove of live recordings from 1953 to 1982, totaling more than four hours of previously unissued audio and video footage.

Many of the performances were benefits for local children in each country, highlighting a lesser-known fact that throughout his life Sinatra raised more than one billion dollars for charity.

More than 90 live performances are collected on the collection’s four CDs, most of them officially available for the first time, including classics such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Strangers In The Night,” “Moonlight In Vermont,” and “I’ve Got The World On A String.” A DVD of entirely unreleased footage features Sinatra on a whirlwind 1962 good-will tour meant to raise money for underprivileged children.

“I really don’t know what jet lag is — I don’t understand it!” Sinatra once said. “Luckily, it never bothered me.”

The globe-trotting performances showcase Sinatra in eight different countries (Monaco, Australia, Egypt, Dominican Republic, Japan, Israel, Greece, and Italy), from cozy supper clubs to cavernous stadiums to one of the seven wonders of the world. But a familiar refrain threads through these recordings: The innate warmth and ease with which Sinatra imbued his concerts. As always, his backing musicians were impeccable, and the arrangements – by Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Quincy Jones, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May, among others – simply sumptuous.

Listening to the nearly 30-year span of performances, it’s remarkable to realize how the passage of time never diminished Sinatra’s way with a song; if anything, it deepened his understanding of his material. Comparing renditions of “Bewitched” from 1958 and 1979 reveals a more pronounced resonance in Sinatra’s delivery.

“It was always obvious that Frank enjoyed touring abroad,” longtime production manager Hank Cattaneo notes in the accompanying booklet, which also includes reflections from Frank Sinatra, Jr., beloved sidemen Al Viola and Bill Miller, and more. “You could see it in his gait, hear it in his voice, and see the smile upon his face.”

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Frank Sinatra: World On A String [4CD/DVD; digital audio]

CD 1

SPORTING CLUB, MONTE CARLO – JUNE 14, 1958

  1. Introduction by Noel Coward

  2. Clarke Street (Play On)

  3. Come Fly With Me

  4. I Get A Kick Out Of You

  5. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

  6. Where Or When

  7. Moonlight In Vermont

  8. On The Road To Mandalay

  9. When Your Lover Has Gone

  10. April In Paris

  11. All The Way

  12. Monique

  13. Bewitched

  14. The Lady Is A Tramp

  15. (Love Is) The Tender Trap (Play Off)

  16. You Make Me Feel So Young

  17. (Love Is) The Tender Trap (Bows)

Bonus Tracks (RAI Radio Club, May 20, 1953)

  1. Radio Club Introduction

  2. Welcome and Greetings

  3. September Song – Frank Sinatra

  4. Presentation and Announcements

  5. Laura – Frank Sinatra

  6. Baseball segment

  7. Ninna Nanna – Domenico Modugno

  8. Night And Day – Frank Sinatra

  9. Closing Remarks

CD 2

SYDNEY STADIUM, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 2, 1961

  1. Introduction By Tommy Hanlon Jr.

  2. I’ve Got The World On A String

  3. I Concentrate On You

  4. Night And Day

  5. Moonlight In Vermont

  6. In The Still Of The Night

  7. I’ll Be Seeing You

  8. Day In, Day Out

  9. The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young)

  10. You’re Nobody ’Til Somebody Loves You

  11. Monologue

  12. Come Fly With Me

  13. April In Paris

  14. A Foggy Day

  15. Without A Song

  16. Imagination

  17. The Second Time Around

  18. Young At Heart

  19. Witchcraft

  20. Embraceable You

  21. The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)

  22. My Funny Valentine

  23. My Blue Heaven

  24. Angel Eyes

  25. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

  26. The Lady Is A Tramp

CD 3

THE PYRAMIDS, EGYPT – SEPTEMBER 27, 1979

  1. Mrs. Sadat’s Comments

  2. The Song Is You

  3. Where Or When

  4. The Lady Is A Tramp

  5. Someone To Watch Over Me

  6. Something

  7. My Kind Of Town

  8. All The Way

  9. Bewitched

  10. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

  11. The Gal That Got Away /It Never Entered My Mind (Medley)

  12. Monologue

  13. Try A Little Tenderness

  14. Strangers In The Night

  15. Street of Dreams

  16. April In Paris

  17. Theme From New York, New York

  18. My Way

  19. Bows (My Way)

  20. Closing Comments by Frank Sinatra

CD 4

ALTOS DE CHEVON, LA ROMANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – AUGUST 20, 1982

  1. I’ve Got The World On A String

  2. I Get A Kick Out Of You

  3. Come Rain Or Come Shine

  4. When Your Lover Has Gone

  5. The Lady Is A Tramp (with Reprise)

  6. The House I Live In

  7. Searching

  8. My Kind Of Town

  9. Something

  10. The Best Is Yet To Come

  11. Strangers In The Night

  12. All Or Nothing At All

  13. Introduction of Musicians

  14. The Gal That Got Away/It Never Entered My Mind (Medley)

  15. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

  16. Send In The Clowns

  17. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)

  18. I Won’t Dance

  19. Buddy Rich Band Introduction

  20. Theme From New York, New York

  21. Bows (Theme From New York, New York)

DVD

HIBYA PARK, JAPAN – APRIL 21, 1962

  1. Introduction

  2. Too Marvelous For Words

  3. Imagination

  4. Moonlight In Vermont

  5. Day In, Day Out

  6. Without A Song

  7. The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young)

  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

  9. I Get A Kick Out Of You

  10. At Long Last Love

  11. My Funny Valentine

  12. In The Still Of The Night

  13. Embraceable You

  14. Night And Day

  15. April In Paris

  16. The Lady Is A Tramp

  17. Bows

  18. Monologue and Band Introductions

  19. All The Way

  20. Chicago

  21. I Could Have Danced All Night

  22. Bows (Closing)

FRANK SINATRA WITH ALL GOD’S CHILDREN, 1962

SINATRA IN ISRAEL, 1962

PERUGINA COMMERCIALS, 1962

  1. Night And Day

  2. My Funny Valentine

  3. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

  4. Moonlight In Vermont

  5. I Love Paris

  6. Come Fly With Me

  7. My Blue Heaven

  8. Chicago

  9. Imagination

  10. Witchcraft

  11. A Foggy Day

  12. The Lady Is A Tramp

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