Where Are You - Unabridged Stereo Editions

 

UNABRIDGED STEREO LPs

Although the vast majority of WHERE ARE YOU stereo LP releases contain, at most, eleven songs, there are four stereo LP editions that contain all twelve songs, following the running order of the original 1957 mono LP release, with “I Cover the Waterfront”  in mono or *fake stereo.  Those four editions are:


•1975: *Dutch EMI/Capitol #5C052.81302, in the “Frank Sinatra Story” series (Thanks, Bob F, for pointing this one out)

•1983: MFSL 1-134 from the SC-1 16-LP boxed set (digital mastering???), mastered by Jack Hunt

•1984: British EMI/Capitol’s “Alan Dell” series release, #CAPS 2600181 (also in “The Capitol Years” 20-LP boxed set) (digital)

•1984 Dutch EMI/Capitol “Alan Dell” series release, #1A 038-2600181 (digital DMM)



CLICK PHOTOS TO HEAR CLIPS FROM THE TITLE TRACK:

(Note: all sample clips mirror the 90-second, free clips available via iTunes, audible by clicking “VIEW” in the iTunes link, below.

1975(?) 12-song Dutch LP, The Frank Sinatra Story - Volume 6: Where Are You

1983 12-song MFSL LP, half-speed mastered by Jack Hunt

1984 12-song digitally mastered UK LP

1984 12-song digitally mastered DMM Dutch LP

CLICK PHOTOS BELOW TO HEAR CLIPS FROM “LONELY TOWN”

1975(?) 12-song Dutch LP, The Frank Sinatra Story - Volume 6: Where Are You

1983 12-song MFSL LP, half-speed mastered by Jack Hunt

1984 12-song digitally mastered UK LP

1984 12-song digitally mastered DMM Dutch LP

UNABRIDGED STEREO CDs

(Note: for information regarding the 2013 MFSL monophonic SACD/CD, see page one.)


WHERE ARE YOU appears to be the only original Capitol “concept” album to have its initial CD release appear in Japan in a unique mastering, #CP28-5779, pictured above.  This 1988 CD utilized the common 1959 stereo LP mix.


Additional stereo CD releases followed:


•Larry Walsh mastered a Capitol release in 1991, remixed from the 3-track session tapes.  As far as I can tell, the tracks that were used in 1990’s The Capitol Years set, produced painstakingly from original tapes by Ron Furmanek, were “lifted” from that set and re-used here, causing me to wonder if Furmanek and Walsh may have transferred all of the extant 3-track tapes for the album while working on The Capitol Years, anticipating a then-forthcoming CD issue of the entire LP, but this is strictly speculation.  Regardless, the title track appears to be an exact clone in both the 1990 box set and this individual CD release.  Note: This release is a remix, and either intentionally or by accident, the orchestral left and right channels are reversed when compared to all other stereo releases.  Typically, the first violins are to the conductor’s left, but on this mix only, they appear on the right, so I suspect this was in error.


•The excellent Walsh-remixed CD was eventually phased out and replaced by a newly-mastered version engineered by Bob Norberg in 1998.  (I think this one used the original mix, but it is so heavily processed as to make it tough to tell.)


•In Britain, another mastering was included in the 21-disc THE CAPITOL YEARS boxed set in 1998.  Like the earlier Japanese CD, this release was created from the original mix, not a remix, freshly mastered.



CLICK PHOTOS TO HEAR CLIPS FROM THE TITLE TRACK:

1988 Japanese CD (1959 stereo LP mix), courtesy “MMM”

(Note: all sample clips mirror the 90-second, free clips available via iTunes, audible by clicking “VIEW” in the iTunes link, below.

1991 CD (New remix by Larry Walsh), courtesy “MMM”

1998 CD (Norberg), courtesy “stevelucille”

1998 UK boxed set CD (1959 stereo LP mix), courtesy “stevelucille”

CLICK PHOTOS BELOW TO HEAR CLIPS FROM “LONELY TOWN”

1991 CD (New remix by Larry Walsh)

1998 UK boxed set CD (1959 stereo LP mix)

Please continue to page four, which looks at some of the curious differences between mono and stereo releases.