Legendary for his ability to melt hearts en masse with his unmistakable voice, Frank Sinatra was unquestionably a master at the art of seduction. As author Bill Zehme observes in the liner notes, "He was, of course, nothing less than the human embodiment of a curled beckoning finger that signaled only, inarguably: 'Come here, baby . . .'"
The inspiration behind SEDUCTION is to bring together those classic songs that represent the pinnacle of Sinatra's vocal persuasion. It opens with "Prisoner Of Love" and closes with "That's All" - songs from Sinatra & Strings (1962), an album of romantic ballads featuring lush arrangements by Don Costa. While Costa's romantic orchestrations serve as the bookends for SEDUCTION, much of the collection spotlights Sinatra's recordings with arranger Nelson Riddle, with whom the singer recorded a number of his most beloved albums. This collection includes nine unforgettable Nelson Riddle collaborations such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Witchcraft," and "It Had To Be You."
SEDUCTION contains several notable collaborations, including Sinatra with Count Basie and His Orchestra performing Quincy Jones' arrangement for "More," the theme from the 1962 Italian movie Mondo Cane. The song first appeared on the 1964 album It Might As Well Be Swing. Influential Brazilian guitarist and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim appears on two tracks: "I Concentrate On You" and "This Happy Madness (Estrada Branca)." The first is from 1967's Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the other from 1971's Sinatra & Company.
Produced by CHARLES PIGNONE
Executive Producers: ROBERT FINKELSTEIN & JIMMY EDWARDS
Tape Review & Mixing: LARRY WALSH & CHARLES PIGNONE
Remastering: DAN HERSCH at DIGIPREP
Product Managers: MATT ABELS & MIKE ENGSTROM
Editorial Supervision: SHERYL FARBER
Photo Credits: FRANK SINATRA ENTERPRISES,
Project Assistance: CASEY ESTEVEZ, MARIA McKENNA, ANDREA CRAIG, STEVE WOOLARD
Special thanks to: Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Tina Sinatra, Terry Woodson, Ken Barnes, Pete Moore, Keith Robinson, Ted Springman and Steve Lang.