Frank Sinatra: Love and Marriage


Love and Marriage


Frank Sinatra (vocals)


Capitol Collectors Series (Capitol 92160)

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Frank Sinatra (vocals),

unidentified orchestra


Composed by Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, October 21, 1965


Rating: 78/100 (learn more)

Thanks to FOX, the first thing listeners will think of when hearing Frank Sinatra's "Love and Marriage" is not the Chairman of the Board. The cut is best known today as the Married With Children TV theme song, but on the Capitol Collectors Series it appears in its entirety and contains several lines that were edited out upon its resurrection. At some point in the recording's past, the track would not have been as instantly recognizable. After being introduced by Sinatra for a 1955 television production of Thornton Wilder's 1938 play Our Town, it must have remained at least fresh enough to warrant this rendition a decade later. As the popular FOX television comedy has consistently aired for 20 years, though, this familiar recording is much too overexposed to consider as anything other than a cliché of '80s pop culture, regardless of its compositional elegance. However, the track does benefit from strong orchestration and decent vocalizing, and it is easy to understand why it experienced new life during the Reagan era: Jimmy Van Heusen's lyrics evoke a cowboy romance amidst perceptions of carriages, gentries and horses, and such imagery was true to the myth of the former TV show host turned President.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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