Shout! Factory, that repository of buried music and TV treasures, will release a 7-DVD tribute to the Chairman of the Board on Nov. 2. The box set, “Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection,” which retails for roughly $80, boasts more than 14 hours of television and concert performances spanning from the ’50s through the ’80s, including four installments of “The Man and His Music” series that began with his first TV special on NBC in 1965 to commemorate his 50th birthday.
One rarity, “Sinatra In Japan: Live At The Budokan Hall, Tokyo” (1985), has only been released in Japan, and is said to capture Ol’ Blues Eyes, then on the sunny side of 70, in top form on such classics as “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Strangers In the Night” and “Come Rain Or Come Shine.” Other highlights include Sinatra duetting with Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim in the 1967 NBC special “A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim.”
The package contains a 44-page book of rare photographs and notes by Sinatra scholar Bill Zehme, two rare specials that feature classic 1950s TV performances, and ABC’s “Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank” (1957). “Concert For The Americas,” included in the set, will be released separately Dec. 14.
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