World On A String!

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

To be Released Globally on October 21, New 4CD/DVD Box Set Collects

Over Four Hours of Previously Unreleased Audio and Video Footage,

Spotlights Sinatra’s Charity Work for Children Around the World

 

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 US release on October 21 and international release on October 28 by UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, 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)

18. Radio Club Introduction

19. Welcome and Greetings

20. September Song - Frank Sinatra

21. Presentation and Announcements

22. Laura - Frank Sinatra

23. Baseball segment

24. Ninna Nanna - Domenico Modugno

25. Night And Day - Frank Sinatra

26. 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

 

 

 

About Frank Sinatra

Throughout his six-decade career, Frank Sinatra performed on more than 1,400 recordings and was awarded 31 gold, nine platinum, three double platinum, and one triple platinum album by the Recording Industry Association of America. Sinatra demonstrated a remarkable ability to appeal to every generation and continues to do so; his artistry still influences many of today’s music superstars. The Oscar® winner also appeared in more than 60 films and produced eight motion pictures. 

 

Sinatra was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy, The Screen Actors Guild and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Today, he remains a legend and an inspiration around the world for his contributions to culture and the arts.

 

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