Arc Angels, Frank Sinatra, Royal Crown Revue

Frank Sinatra – Duets II

Sinatra’s last recorded album. Wiki says the duet partners added their vocals to his pre-done recordings, so I don’t know if he sang them and they came in later, or if they just pasted the new vocals to old recordings (like Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable). Frank was still alive for this (he died in 1998), so I’m curious. The internet won’t tell me which. Anyway, this is FRANK. And that oughta be ‘nuff said about this genius at work. Gorgeous arrangements, great song selections, an impressive list of guest vocalists. Every time I listen to Frank, he’s all I want to listen to for a long, long time.

Arc Angels – Arc Angels

Cool blues rock. We were supposed to see them in concert, at Paddyfest, back in high school. We got Harem Scarem instead. Anyway, I liked this record a lot. Their song called Living In A Dream reminded me somehow of Bryan Adams’ In The Heat Of The Night. Overall, this has a very clean, satisfying sound, built to appeal to guys like me in 1992. The players here are excellent, Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramhall III, of course, and Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble? Oh yes.

Royal Crown Revue – Mugzy’s Move

The swing revival hit me hard, and these guys played a lot in my stereo. Tight arrangements, high energy, real respect for the roots of swing but still looking forward. They could turn on a dime and this record always made me smile. Superb record, and I love the artwork here too. Classic.

24 thoughts on “Arc Angels, Frank Sinatra, Royal Crown Revue

  1. deKE says:

    Arc Angels were supposed to be on the outdoor Adams tour of 92 the one with Extreme,Steve Miller,Drunk Sass Jordan but they imploded before the tour..bummer man …looked real forward to,seeing EM….oh well…I did review this tour on my site..hence where the unablogger pic came from! (Hahaha Sarca!)

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha drunk Sass Jordan. At our show in London, it was Miller who was f-in’ bollocksed, man. He didn’t even know the words to some of the songs, let the crowd sing for him! Arc Angels on that tour would have owned!

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  2. mikeladano says:

    Harem Scarem — excellent hard rock band. Saw them at Stages and they were fucking great! They played Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and the Lion Sleeps Tonight, because they only had one album out.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      They were very good. I remember being disappointed to not see Arc Angels, but HS was pretty damned good themselves. And they were the opening act. I can’t remember if it was Honeymoon Suite or Glass Tiger, but in that weird mid-90s logic the booking was wonky – either AA or HS ought to have been the headliners for HS or GT.

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  3. mikeladano says:

    The Sinatra album was assembled by producers. They recorded the backing music, Frank sang, and other singers recorded their parts separately for the most part. Couriering in tapes rather than sending files as they do today!

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