Steve Lawrence - Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra
Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra
By Steve Lawrence
Very Good Condition
Okay, first things first: Steve Lawrence is a very good singer. His voice is as strong and sure as ever. (On the edge of being cruel, I must say that I always liked him better without his wife sharing the microphone.) Actually, Steve has a better voice than Sinatra had. He also swings better. Frank tended to throw in "Sinatra-isms" in lieu of actual swinging. The arrangements (by whatever means Steve acquired them) are all top-notch, and hearing them with the current musicians is a treat. Some of the originals were in mono. It's nice to hear them in stereo and in excellent sound. Of course, you lose things, like the absolutely perfect trombone solo in Frank's recording of "I've Got You Under My Skin." Many trombonists have tried to copy this over the years, as in Frank's live performances of the tune, but none has matched the intensity and build of the original. But here comes the "but":
I have to agree with several other customer reviews that bemoan the fact that Steve merely tried to copy the originals, instead of having his own charts done of these songs (as with most other Sinatra tributes). I have been an arranger for many years, and whenever a singer comes to me with a song and says "Copy this recording," I ask, "Why? It's already been done that way. Do it your own way!" (Usually I lose the argument.)
This, after all is said and done, is an enjoyable album, which I've listened to several times since I bought it. But I find it limiting and frustrating. Frank did it his way; now do it yours!