FORGET BASIE -
Dakota Horvath | chicago, il United States | 12/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Every one who buys this dvd or vsh is looking for basie and sinatra well frank and basie do 3 songs on the hole intire video this video should be called "Frank Sinatra the man and his music with the Vincent Falcone orchestra" because vinny plays with him on nearly every thing on this tape and also conducts the hole show but moving on to give my review i think its a great show, for one- frank does some really great tunes on this show, two there is a part in the show where frank does some thing with just 4 guys (Vince Falcone - piano , Tony Mottola - Guitar, Irv Cottler - drumbs and I beleave Ralf Panena on bass) the segment is the best part of the show because it shows you the side of Frank his Fans hardley ever see (The Jazzy Sinatra .) other than that there are some great arrgengments by Don Costa, Nelson Riddle, Vince Falcone,ect. I egrge any Sinatra fan to see this video just for the qaurtet segement and for franks great singing on (Best is yet to come, Good thing Going,New York,New York, and the Cole Porter classic I get a kick out of you) So in all I know will enjoy this video just as much as I did."
Save this one for last....get the other Sinatra DVDs first
Anthony Paul | 01/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While this, his last television special, has memorable songs and performances, many times his voice seems tired, weak, and his performance uninvolved. If you are used to his earlier TV specials, you will be taken aback by these later renditions, in which he closes off many long notes early and struggles for the high ones. The song selections are a little sub-par as well. However, when you think of his age, all in all, it is still Sinatra and that is always impressive. Sinatra fans, of course, have to have this entry anyway....just start with the earlier ones. Incidentally, there is a concert that was recorded later than this one, The Concert For the Americas... It is SUPERB! Unfortunately, it is yet to be released by Reprise on DVD. The video tape was available through a TV offer awhile back, but I don't find it anywhere here. ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ABOUT THIS>>>please email me. One outstanding performance is his rendition of the then-relatively-new NY, NY...it is everything it should be... For this alone...get the DVD!"
SUBLIME SINATRA MUSICAL TREASURE~BRAVO FRANK!!!
Bradly Briggs | TOLUCA LAKE, CALIFORNIA | 02/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...and "Thanks For The Memories" to you Mr. Frank Sinatra! Great production values plus Frank in excellent form make tremendous music event the Ultimate Sinatra performance from his mature years and his last solo Television Special and one of his all-time finest! Having read a few of the really tired reviews about this incredibly great special, I felt it was time...forget those who think that this legend was only great in his early years and open up to one of the most wonderfully soulful performances ever from a major legendary icon...anyone that I have played this wondrous special for has gone out and purchased it! From the opening "Nice "N" Easy", it is clear that Sinatra is in top form vocally and at his soulful best. "The One I Love" is a romp and "Pennies From Heaven" with Count Basie is infectious and has never sounded finer. Deeply emotive in the moody "I Loved Her" mades this classic one to play back over and over again and "The Girl From Ipanema" with Tony Mottola on guitar is so fine and it is fascinating to watch these two masters at the top of their game. Brooding and again deeply soulful in George Harrison's "Something" make this a memorable performance of this classic and "Monday Morning Quarterback" continues this mood and is another great vocal and a beautifully moving performance. A definitive version of the standard "The Best Is Yet To Come" is infectious and a catchy single release "(We Had A) Good Thing Going" would have been a hit in better musical times than the bland mid-eighties, and Sinatra clearly is having the time of his life with the exhuberant "Say Hello". Never has anyone come close to Sinatra's classic reading of "I Get A Kick Out Of You" and this stellar version is magnificent as is the soulfully sung "New York, New York" which is also a joy to see Frank sing with Liza and Sammy in the great VHS concert "The Ultimate Event" which is exactly that and this is another masterpiece that should have been released on DVD long ago...makes one wonder where are the heads of these marketing morons...little wonder the music industry is suffering from declining sales and the closing of major chains! Closing this classic and spectacular special is a moving "Thanks For The Memory" and this version is as good as it gets...if you love Sinatra, don't miss this incomparable special! Thank you Ole' Blue Eyes for the best in music and entertainment for so many very good years!!!!!"
Nice And Easy
J. Boreczky | 09/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Frank looks and sounds great on this one. He starts out with Nice 'N' Easy, and that pretty much sums up this session. He has great musical accompaniment throughout. The Basie Band sounds terrific. He ends with the very old standard, Thanks For The Memory, and does a bang up job on it, with some very nice lyrics. Check this one out. You will dig it."