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It Might As Well Be Swing Sessions 1964/Palm Springs 1995 [no label, 1CD]

1964 sessions, very good soundboard. Final performance: Marriot’s Desert Springs Resorts, Palm Springs, CA; February 25, 1995. Very good soundboard.

Gregg Field,

There was no grand announcement, no farewell tour. He had tried that 20 years earlier, and it didn’t stick. But on February 25, 1995, after singing for more than 60 years for kings, queens, pirates, and presidents, Frank Sinatra stepped out on a stage in front of adoring fans for what would unknowingly be the last time.

As his drummer, I knew the day would come. With every year and every passing performance, Frank’s prophetic “My Way” lyric, “And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain,” became more difficult to ignore…

The year 1995 only had one date on its calendar: the invitation-only Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational gala in Palm Desert. It was tradition for Frank to sing one or two songs before sending everyone off to the bar. It was to be an easy performance, but a performance nonetheless…

That night he opened with “I’ve Got the World on a String,” and it was the Frank of old. Didn’t miss a word or note. Then, he called another song. And then another song, and then another. By the time he left the stage we had done a mini-Sinatra concert with Frank performing six classics. And with mic and the audience in hand, he sang his final message: “The best is yet to come, come the day you’re mine… And I’m gonna make you mine!” It was perfect. Frank swinging on top, owning it, and then disappearing into the chilly desert night.

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It Might As Well Be Swing Sessions 1964
Produced by Quincy Jones, with Count Basie

Track 01. I Wanna Be Around 2:42 (4.5MB)
Track 02. I Wanna Be Around 1:01 (1.7MB)
Track 03. I Wanna Be Around 1:55 (3.2MB)
Track 04. I Wanna Be Around 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 05. I Wanna Be Around 0:12 (346k)
Track 06. I Believe In You 3:38 (6.1MB)
Track 07. I Believe In You 2:17 (3.8MB)
15 mins

Final Performance: Marriot’s Desert Springs Resorts, Palm Springs, CA
February 25, 1995

Track 08. Intro 1:17 (2.2MB)
Track 09. I’ve Got The World On A String 3:04 (5.1MB)
Track 10. You Make Me Feel So Young 3:50 (6.4MB)
Track 11. Fly Me To The Moon 3:00 (5.0MB)
Track 12. Where Or When 3:36 (6.1MB)
Track 13. My Kind Of Town 2:57 (5.0MB)
Track 14. The Best Is Yet To Come 0:17 (484k)
Track 15. Outro 4:49 (8.1MB)
23 mins

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  2. thanks very much big o!

    By Robbie Mathiason on Jan 28, 2017

  3. Let me get in a big thank you before all of the typical Saturday Sinatra bullshit starts. Thanks Big0!

    By Jeff Hitz on Jan 28, 2017

  4. What a great final show.

    By ScarRad on Jan 28, 2017

  5. Same here , before the inevitable troll fest starts , thanks , These Sinatra recordings are great and historic

    By Bill on Jan 28, 2017

  6. Sinatra was around 80 years old here , amazing that he was able to perform at that age , I probably won’t be able to feed myself at 80 much less perform like that , thank you

    By Victor on Jan 28, 2017

  7. Yes A great performer on stage and in the sack , The Big Dick is back

    By Dino Martin on Jan 28, 2017

  8. The write-up by drummer Greg Field makes an interesting read.

    By Beat Pest on Jan 28, 2017

  9. I sure miss Smokey on top of my mountain.

    By Very Ol' Blue Eyes on Jan 28, 2017

  10. he got to disappear into the chilly dessert night on his own terms ,unlike Jimmy Hoffa and the rest of the guys his mob buddies murdered

    By Sarah Novak on Jan 29, 2017

  11. Frank Sinatra Giant Cock and giant mob connections

    By Baron on Jan 29, 2017

  12. Believe he was married to Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow, a real stud with the ladies by all accounts

    By Baron on Jan 29, 2017

  13. The trolls are starting again ! anyway thank you for this treasure

    By Stanley on Jan 29, 2017

  14. Thanks much for this classic performance. Frank and Quincy Jones were an unbeatable combination together. Would love to find some alternative performances from their time together in Las Vegas.

    By Tony on Jan 29, 2017

  15. believe Sinatra had Jimmy Hoffa wacked for having his friends JFK and Bobby wacked.Jimmy is buried across NYC in various body bags

    By Barth is Moron is Corey is Camper is Chuck is Willis is Bruce is Sluggo is Dickhead etc on Jan 29, 2017

  16. Much appreciated! Sinatra’s legacy on popular song will continue to be underestimated as time rolls on, but those of us who know better will not forget, nor let others forget. The songwriters of the first 2/3rds of the 20th century owed FS a huge debt of gratitude, as their songs lived on far past their “sell-by” dates due to Frank keeping them alive with his superb interpretations.

    By J Hand on Jan 29, 2017

  17. Baron- you misspelled ‘dud’ as ’stud’, maybe it was your autocorrect. Frankie was a flop with the ladies, that’s why they all moved on very quickly. He just didn’t know how to use that giant cock properly. I dropped his skinny, unemployed, useless ass after a year. Go back to the earlier postings for the details, I’m tired of repeating myself to you dick worshiping assholes.

    By Ava Gardner's ghost on Jan 29, 2017

  18. Frank challenged me to a cock measuring contest at the sands hotel back in 61 for 20 grand,Ill never forget how depressed he was as he pulled the cash out of his wallet and gave it to me poor boy

    By UNCLE MILTIE on Jan 29, 2017

  19. Appreciate these recordings by The Chairman of the Board.Keep em coming,Ignore the trolls ,thanks

    By Antonio on Jan 29, 2017

  20. The trolls are as offensive as they are pathetic, but I guess they have to do something when their rock gets turned over.
    Thank you for these great recordings. They show the man’s talent at phrasing and timing even as his voice showed his age. Superstar is overused today but Frank truly was.

    By Paul Davis-Cooke on Jan 29, 2017

  21. Paul- these nuts have something to do on your chin when it gets turned over.

    By Paul Davis-Cooke Moron on Jan 29, 2017

  22. How do you like me better ? As a boy or a girl ?

    By Sarah Jason Boom Boom Novak on Jan 30, 2017

  23. Thank you - this is history!

    By Eric on Jan 30, 2017

  24. Where is Carlos ? Miss his funny takes on Frank

    By Tommy on Feb 3, 2017

  25. I still don’t get how this is fun for you corey m??? nobody misses carlos’ homophobic rants except the guy making them-corey m

    By Sara Jason Novak on Feb 3, 2017

  26. Yeah Sara/ Everyone else/ Rod Simon /Liquid 99 / Barth / Skinbed Knees /Chuck / Sluggo /Willis/ Ava’s Ghost / Carlos /Reems /Holmes / Uncle Miley/ tony C / Tony Pizza , Dickhead / too many more to mention , anything you say Darth / Moron

    By Eli on Feb 3, 2017

  27. Eli ,whats the point of this comment,whats it got to do with music and who is Skinbed Knees ,ive never made any comments on any Sinatra post, i only come here for the music and music will set you free……

    By skinned knees on Feb 4, 2017

  28. sorry skinned.i was being sarcastic,this moron troll has hijacked the blog,now hes implying that people have multiple usernames True or not who cares but he is the one assuming the most identities .Talk about the pot calling the kettle black

    By Eli on Feb 4, 2017

  29. I don’t get why certain people are so fixated on Corey,Other than politics ,he dosen’t make stupid statements.Others are far worse,This moron asshole,Carlos ,Reems etc,mancini isn’t offensive to me only amusing

    By Terrence on Feb 4, 2017

  30. just chill out and enjoy the music

    By Terrence on Feb 4, 2017

  31. Sure, let’s enjoy the music, “Terrence”. Enjoy these nuts on your chin “Terrence”.

    Eli doesn’t want to hijack this blog, does he? Talk about these nuts on your many chins, moron.

    By Terrence Moron on Feb 4, 2017

  32. The only blog hijacker is you Moron AKA Rod Simon / Ava’s Ghost / Everyone else / Carlos / Dickhead / too many more to mention right now

    By Eli on Feb 4, 2017

  33. Please just shut up “eli”

    By golden on Feb 4, 2017


    By Eli supreme moron on Feb 5, 2017

  35. You shut up Golden errrrr imean Moron another name for you ehh ? So many names and faces

    By Eli on Feb 5, 2017

  36. Sorry eliar, i’ve never posted as moron. Do you think regular people here don’t hate your posts?

    By golden on Feb 5, 2017

  37. So many names and faces indeed eli, now how was it you immediately called out someone for posting as boom boom mancini the other day? Care to explain how you knew that???

    By the bubbler on Feb 5, 2017

  38. Hey great stuff here, thanks very much.

    By Go Birds! on Feb 5, 2017

  39. By the way Sarah Jason Novak, did your sex change happen or do you still have both your tiny willy and your big tits ?

    By Tranny Anny on Feb 6, 2017

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