Label: Reprise Records - R-1001 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Chile • Genre: Jazz, Pop • Style: Vocal
Digitally remastered and expanded 50th Anniversary edition of this album including two bonus tracks. Recorded at a time when he was running the Rat Pack, it's no coincidence that the album is named after one of his favorite phrases of the era. Ring-a-Ding Ding perfectly captures the atmosphere of Sinatra inbut it is a joy and completely fascinating to listen to at any time, in any era. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to Ring-A-Ding Ding - Frank Sinatra - Ring-A-Ding Ding!
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Have You Met Miss Jones? Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. So if you are not a Sinatra collector, you can safely skip my review. As a long time collector, this album has always been a bone of contention in terms of sound quality. The LP's always sounded brittle, muffled with weak stereo seperation. The first cd incarnation had the same sonic deficiencies and as well as the edition on the Complete Reprise Box Set.
In fact, under critical listening, you can hear some signal dropouts for "In The Still Of The Night" on these old editions. So comes the 20 bit issue in Much improved over the old one. Frank's voice is more upfront, more bass response, but there is a lack of brightness and 'bite' to the orchestra.
I also own a rare mono LP copy. Granted that it's mono, there Wonderland - Candyflip* - Madstock.The Continuing Adventures Of Bubblecar Fish not much sense of orchestral space, but Frank's voice is nice and natural with pleasant studio reverberation that good studio recordings should have.
But this is not an accurate comparison since it's not a stereo issue. I'm also forunate to own the RARE original open reel tape copy, with the original cover, which was produced when this album was first released. It is here that I will make the sound comparison. But what has plagued this album since it's cd issue is that the channels are reversed from any of the original LP and tape issues. From it's first issue on CD, the brass is on the left and saxes on the right.
But on open reel tape and the original LP issues, the brass is on the right with saxes on the left. This new issue follows with keeping the brass on the left.
I can't help but feel that this is still wrong since for decades, it has never been issued this way until the 's. But this is an easy fix since you can switch the channels on Various - Strictly For Snobs, 3 amplifier. The Concord series of remastering of the Sinatra catalog has been somewhat hit and miss.
Some sound great, but some sound overly remastered, and others have reversed channels. But their biggest issue among Sinatra collectors is the reduced sound stage. On this issue, this doesn't seem to be as bad, but they did reduce the sound stage again, but not to the degree that was done with the Jobim reissue. You will not notice this until you do a critical A-B comparison with an original issue. But the biggest issue I have is the deadening of Sinatra's voice.
For decades, Sinatra has always prefered that nice, natural studio reverberation to his voice. To prove my point, simply listen to the Ring-A-Ding Ding - Frank Sinatra - Ring-A-Ding Ding! Direct reissue of Sinatra and Strings. You will be astonished at Return To Jedda (Jaydan Remix) - Aphrodite - Eristoff Tracks And Urban Art Forms Presents Red amount of compression the cd has.
On the Music Direct issue, Frank's voice is full, upfront and basking in glorious, natural, concert hall type of reverberation that engulfs the listener with his voice. With this issue of Ring a Ding Ding, they engineers have removed ALL the natural studio sound to the point of making it sterile. The brass no longer has that nice decay as they fade away from those last notes.
When I first played the cd, I noticed immediately the deadening of the sound. Where was the life? Where was the wide stereo seperation? Alas, they have have reduced it and removed the reverberation from Frank's voice. The biggest problem comes with "Let's Fall In Love".
All the cd issues have suffered from the print through problem from the source tape they used. This can be heard when Frank and the band rest and you can hear the faded echo of "Lets! This was a result of the tape sticking together over the years.
This has been cleaned up, but also ALL the reverberation has been removed as well. Granted the old CD issue had inferior sound so I agree that this needed to be cleaned up. But they cleaned it up so much, they did the unprecedented move of actually cutting the signal during the rest and then brining back the signal when Frank enters again. This is tantamount to turning off his microphone and turning it on again!
Why would they do this? On the original open reel tape, when Frank comes to the rest, his voice still has the nice reverberation and decay, giving you that concert hall sound. Here, there is nothing. But I think the majority of the people who buy this will not have any original copies of this material to do a comparison with. But I feel that the engineers are not being fully faithful to the way the master tape sounds.
For decades, the master tapes were missing. Henceforth the poor quality sound. When you compare this new one with the 20 bit issue, it's interesting to hear the differences. The 20 bit has a broader sound stage and Frank's voice still retains the reverberation that made it sound natural. It no longer has the excessive reverb from the original cd's or later LP pressings and is much more natural. If I had to choose between the two, I'd go with Ring-A-Ding Ding - Frank Sinatra - Ring-A-Ding Ding!
20 bit issue. But for me, the best sound is without question on the original open reel tape issue from If you have to have this with the best sound reproduction, search ebay for a copy if you can.
And if you're lucky enough to find one, you'll hear what I'm talking about. As an owner of several compilations including The Complete Reprise Recordings, the last thing I needed was yet ANOTHER copy of these songs, but I was curious to see what the latest remaster did for these songs, and I've got to say, it was completely Ring-A-Ding Ding - Frank Sinatra - Ring-A-Ding Ding!
it. The balance of the tracks on this disc are also spectacular - I've always liked the Reprise versions of these songs compared to the older Capitol recordings.
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