February 22nd, 2015
Frank Sinatra. Chairman of the Board. Considered by many to be the best singer of the 20th century. There isn’t much more I can say that readers don’t already know or will do him justice, so I won’t try. Let’s just go to the CDs.
Sinatra’s recordings have been divided among Capitol Records, Warner Bros., and Sony over the years. All three labels released Sinatra albums on CD starting in the mid-1980s. Focusing on the Warner Bros. period, several Sinatra titles released in the U.S. can be found as West German or Japanese pressings. Here, we consider a two-disc compilation first released on LP in 1965, A Man and His Music. The CD set, containing 32 tracks across the two discs, was released on Reprise, part of Warner Bros., under catalog number 1016-2. The set is advertised on the back insert as “An Anthology of the musical career of the most exciting entertainer of our time…narrated and sung by Frank Sinatra. With the orchestras of Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, Billy May, Sy Oliver, Count Basie, Ernie Freeman, Johnny Mandel, Don Costa. Plus other highlights of the Sinatra career.”
A Man and His Music first appeared on CD in the U.S. as a Japanese pressing. Specifically, the two CDs were pressed in Japan by JVC. The discs were packaged in individual jewel cases, as opposed to a single double-disc case. Each jewel case has a back insert listing the tracks on the particular disc. The jewel case for Disc 1 contains a booklet, while the jewel case for Disc 2 has a simple paper insert with the album artwork printed on the front side and nothing printed on the reverse side.
The catalog number, 1016-2, is shown on each CD. Next to the catalog number in parentheses is 0001 or 0002, denoting Discs 1 and 2, respectively. Both discs have “MADE IN JAPAN” printed at 6 o’clock. Additionally, a legal paragraph at 9 o’clock on each disc ends with “Mfg. by the Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.” The inserts for both discs were printed in the U.S. A barcode is printed in the top right corner of each back insert.
Shown below is the cover artwork for A Man and His Music, both Japan-for-U.S. CDs, and both back inserts.
The cover for two-disc compilation Frank Sinatra A Man and His Music (Reprise, catalog number 1016-2). This is the standard cover artwork for this compilation.
Disc 1 of the two-disc compilation Frank Sinatra A Man and His Music (Reprise, catalog number 1016-2). As noted at 6 o’clock, the disc was pressed in Japan. The paragraph at 9 o’clock indicates that it was pressed by JVC.
The back insert for Disc 1 of the two-disc compilation Frank Sinatra A Man and His Music (Reprise, catalog number 1016-2). As noted at the bottom, this insert was printed in the U.S.
Disc 2 of the two-disc compilation Frank Sinatra A Man and His Music (Reprise, catalog number 1016-2). As with Disc 1 shown above, this disc was pressed in Japan by JVC.
The back insert for Disc 2 of the two-disc compilation Frank Sinatra A Man and His Music (Reprise, catalog number 1016-2). Like the back insert for Disc 1, this back insert was printed in the U.S.