I think the 50+ tracks Sinatra recorded with a small combo at NBC in Los Angeles, led by Bill Miller on piano, for "To Be Perfectly Frank" are important and vastly under-rated. I read, on one of those Sinatra fansites that Nancy forced off thenet, that there were two studio recording sessions in the fall of 1953. The songs were not for album release, but to air on the program. Sinatra himself was probably the creative producer, choosing the material and working out arrangements. These recordings are among the best performances he gave in the decade. A number of songs were just Sinatra and piano. The combo varied from three to five instruments. The austerity and intimacy of the small combo brings out the best in Sinatra. These are committed, intense performances. Several of the songs he would never record again. The two CD's are bootlegs, but every home should have one of each. The sound quality is okay, and suggests a better-quality source. Sound quality issues aside, these recordings equal or surpass his work at Capitol, and that's saying a whole lot.
There is so much untapped Sinatra material in his radio appearances. Some public domain labels have scraped the surface. I've heard full episodes of "To Be Perfectly Frank" (sourced from mostly speeded up tapes of the original platters) and it is a dated program, with Sinatra introducing then-current hit records and playing them on the air, then adding one or two of his own songs. In view of the quality of the songs and of the performances it is inconceivable to me that the Sinatra family hasn't officially released them, although Nancy has played some of the songs on her Syrius radio program. The problem, evidently, is that there are no records (the paper kind) at NBC to indicate who the musicians were and what contracting had been done. The boots were sourced from radio station transcription platters sent to Armed Forces Radio, and today may only exist in private hands. What Nancy uses for a source, nobody knows. A dedicated producer and/or Sinatra collector is needed to lead the charge and pull it all together. If a public domain label can release the material (then drop out of existence) so can a legit label.
I found a guarded discussion about it here:http://www.sinatrafamily.com/forum/fran ... how-37764/
Old-time radio sites that provide a samples and mp3's:http://www.radioechoes.com/frank-sinatr ... ctly-frankhttp://www.otrcat.com/to-be-perfectly-f ... 50157.html