Review - Young Blue Eyes: Birth of the Crooner

Artist: Frank Sinatra

Early recordings by Frank Sinatra are typically -- and deservedly -- dismissed as little more than documentary evidence of The Voice's formative years. His stint with Tommy Dorsey was straight-up dues-paying, and his Columbia years were pockmarked with silly material designed to appeal to the shrieking girls who made him a teen idol. Although it would be nice to say that Young Blue Eyes does something to contradict that conventional wisdom, it doesn't. The same material from the Dorsey band's early '40s radio broadcasts that RCA has been rehashing forever gets another (remastered) airing here. But no amount of sonic loveliness can make up for Sinatra's less-than-developed voice and the Dorsey band's saccharine numbers like "Snooty Little Cutie" and "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You."

Scroll to read more Music Stories + Interviews articles
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.