Capitol Years Compilation Holds Some Jewels

Capitol Records compiled all of Frank Sinatra albums he recorded (1953-1960) with them, but excludes all single and soundtrack recordings he released with the Capitol label. Placed on 16 discs and released the compilation in 1992, compact disc set was the first studio release of a major compilation from a complete era in Sinatra’s recording career.

Also included is “Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color,” an instrumental album new to compact disc, composed by eight distinguished Hollywood arrangers, with each composition inspired by the poetry of Norman Sickel. As well as a 60-person orchestra conducted by Sinatra this album marked the first musical collaboration between Sinatra and Gordon Jenkins. What is notable about the disc is that the instrumental odes are to emotions of colors. Sickel was known for his radio writing. His poetry was a guide for each of the composers. The composers were assigned different colors to reflect upon. A total of 12 colors become music in their own right. Fans, who are familiar with the album, will say it is the best album to take colors and turn them into music with full blown emotion.

Nancy Sinatra posted on Sinatra Family Forum, “Try something fun and don’t read the titles. Just play the tracks and see if you can figure out what colors they represent. I’ll bet you get most of them right because the composers were right on target.”

At the forum, you will also see three awesome pictures of Sinatra conducting the album, which are similar to the one above.

With that said, “Concepts” as a whole set is truly a Sinatra fan’s dream investment, particularly with the compilation showcasing Sinatra’s concept albums. The set is protected inside a wooden box with every single label from his original albums in place. Just because the set lacks Sinatra’s singles from Capitol is no reason not to want this set.

Here you will discover some of his greatest sounds he ever recorded on such albums as “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers,” “Come Dance with Me,” “Only the Lonely” and “In the Wee Small Hours.”

The list of talented arrangers and conductors are awe-inspiring with Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, Billy May and George Siravo. Nelson Riddle predominantly worked with Sinatra at Capitol compared to the others.

When Sinatra arrived a Capitol he was thirty-seven and Nelson Riddle was thirty-one. The next twenty-five years they would make some of the greatest music ever heard. Sure you could buy all the albums separately and save money, perhaps, but the wooden box and “Tone Poems of Color” are added benefits.

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3 comments


  1. To Someone Out There:
    I am a TV producer, who worked on a documentary about Sinatra a few years back. Clearing out my office I just found a stack of photos of Old Blue Eyes. Normally I would just throw them out, but I thought it’s something a real fan would love to have. Obviously the copyright will still belong to the photo agencies that licensed them to us, but I think a private collector might love what I’ve got. I’m not selling these. Just happy to give them to someone who would value them. I’m London-based. Drop me a line. Bill

    • kennamc

      Hi Bill,

      I’d love to take them off your hands and can pay for the shipping. I am in the States. What is the documentary about? I’d love to cover on here and on Movie Roar.

  2. Stanley Schweiger

    Bill — also inquiring about the Doc…and to see if there any photos remaining. Thank you.

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