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FELIX SLATKIN <br> Street Scene <br> 1961 (Liberty Records – Out of Print)

Details: Liberty Premiere Series LSS 14008, stereo, deep groove “Visual Sound”, gold label with logo to the left of hole, audiophile stats printed on back cover “Frequency response is from 20 to 20,000 cycles per second”, gatefold cover with window cutout, 1961.

Condition: Vinyl VG+, Jacket VG (minor damage to spine)

Out of Print and Not Available as CD.

NOTE: Felix Slatkin was Frank Sinatra's regular string conductor and arranger in the 1950s through the early 60s.

From the All Music Guide:

Among the most consummate of studio musicians, Felix Slatkin achieved fame for violin performance, directing recordings of both standard symphonic fare and appealing arrangements of light music, and for being the leader of a string quartet fondly remembered as one of the finest of its time. Through his affiliation with Capitol Records, he and his wife, Eleanor Aller (cellist with Slatkin's Hollywood String Quartet), were afforded the economic base to pursue performance in areas notoriously unprofitable. Slatkin's death from a heart attack in 1963 caused genuine upset in the Hollywood/Los Angeles studio music world: He had become, by that time, all but irreplaceable. His luxuriant sound attracted listeners beyond the classical audience; Frank Sinatra chose to record with the group, also relying on Slatkin for musical direction.

Below is a quote from Felix Slatkin’s son Leonard, from the book “Sessions with Sinatra”:
"When he died, I was the one who tried to keep calm in the family. My mom, I think, was confused by my father's death - she didn't know what to make of it. They'd had a rocky marriage; somehow, they'd always stayed together, but it had its problems. And Sinatra kept saying, `Anything I can do for you . . . but no matter what, you're my cellist.' And so he tried to bring her back, as a form of therapy (not that my mother needed it - she was a very, very strong woman), but perhaps to make her realize that friends and colleagues supported you in both ways, that they were not people who were going to abandon you, although some did. But Sinatra didn't. For some of them, all of a sudden my father wasn't there, and my mother was just a cellist . . . but Frank never felt that way. She was a friend first, who happened to be a cellist. I think he liked the idea that my mother would be a constant in his life as well."

The tracks are:
1. Street Scene
2. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
3. Easy Street
4. On the Street Where You Live
5. Pigalle
6. Street of Dreams
7. Lullaby of Broadway
8. The Streets of Laredo
9. Standing on the Corner
10. Lonely Street
11. On the Sunny Side of the Street
12. The Lonesome Road

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