The Voice of Frank Sinatra
is the first studio album
by American singer Frank Sinatra
, released in 1946
It was released on Columbia Records
, Set C-112, March 4, 1946. It was first issued as a set of four 78 rpm
records totaling eight songs, and went to #1 on the fledgling Billboard
chart. It stayed at the top for seven weeks in 1946, spending a total of eighteen weeks on the charts. The album chart consisted of just a Top Five until August 1948.
It also holds the distinction of being the first pop album catalogue item at 33⅓ rpm, when Columbia premiered long-playing vinyl records in 1948, ten-inch and twelve-inch format for classical music, ten-inch only for pop. The Voice
was reissued as a 10" LP
, catalogue number CL 6001 in 1948. It was also later issued as two 45 rpm EP
in 1952, a 12" LP
with a changed running order including only five of the original tracks in 1955, and a compact disc with extra tracks in 2003.
Certain critics have claimed The Voice
to be the first concept album
. Beginning in 1939, however, singer Lee Wiley
started releasing albums of 78s dedicated to the songs of a single writer, Cole Porter
for example, a precursor to the Songbooks
sets formulated by Norman Granz
and Ella Fitzgerald
in 1956. These may loosely be termed concept albums, although Sinatra with The Voice
inaugurated his practice of having a common mood, theme, or instrumentation tying the songs together on a specific release.
The tracks were arranged and... Read More