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Frank Sinatra's 'World On A String' 4CD/DVD Box Set to Be Released 10/21


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, 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 (alsoavailable 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."

Preorder World On A String:

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

CD 1
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
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
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
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)

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)



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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