Wednesday, November 4, 2015
I've been wanting to post this for years but never seemed to find a presentable version...until now.
Frank Sinatra's version of "Angel Eyes" is untouchable. The great, New Orleans treasure James Booker handed in a stunning instrumental which can be found on his "Classified" record, but no vocalist, no matter how great, ever truly nailed the song the way Sinatra did on his album, "Frank Sings For Only The Lonely."
And then there's Bruce...
Bruce Springsteen's opening tribute to the Chairman Of The Board is something that I always refer to when discussing this performance from Frank's 80th birthday bash. Sharp and funny, the brief speech given by Springsteen is concise and still manages to speak a lifetime. I love it so much, I tend to forget that Bruce sang something, as well.
I freeze in my tracks at both the audacity and the subtle power of his delivery of "Angel Eyes." I can't think of any other artist who could pull this off, especially with the man sitting 25 feet to his right.