Frank Sinatra Bootlegs and Selling – Trading Concerts

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If you visit YouTube or similar video sites, you are very likely to watch an amazing Frank Sinatra performance from Frank Sinatra bootlegs. Then you will look for more videos from the concert, but you will not see any. This is because the person who uploaded the video is one of the bootleg traders, and the video you have just watched was a sample from that concert. You can either buy that concert for 10-15$ or you can skip to another sample performance video from a different concert. Yes, this article is about the bootleg trading.

Let’s consider the “I’ll Be Seeing You” performance from the 1961 Sydney Concert, which is absolutely amazing. If you want to watch more songs from Sydney Concert, there are only 7 of them on the internet, as far as I could find. But sometimes you are not even this lucky. Most concerts have 3-4 videos on the internet. The rest? Waiting for you to buy from a guy crazy about money. If you search the terms Frank Sinatra Bootlegs in Google, you will find many lists of people that include all concerts they have for sale.

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Of course, it is the person’s choice to sell them or to upload the whole concert on the internet. This must be a good way to earn money and the idea of getting 10 dollars for a DVD can be very tempting. But it is a shame if the seller is a fan of Frank Sinatra. We, Sinatra fans, know how great he is and if more people see different videos of him, then it will help to keep the flame burning. It is really a shame for a Frank Sinatra fan to sell the Frank Sinatra bootleg concerts instead of sharing them for free.

Now, if we consider what the Sinatra Family thinks about sharing the Frank Sinatra bootlegs, we clearly see from the posts in Sinatra Family Forum that Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra, is strongly against the sharing of Frank Sinatra bootlegs materials. The main reason is that in many of these videos, the performance of Frank Sinatra is not that good. So they only want a concert to be released if Frank would want it to be. Of course, no singer would want any of his bad performances released since they would affect the singer in a negative way. But is this case also valid for Frank Sinatra, too?

I would say, NO. Frank Sinatra is in such a position that he is almost untouchable. All his recordings, officially released concerts and his image among public is like he was the God once. Sinatra himself and his music are so highly respected that even if people watch a bad performance of him, they would not think badly about him. When I watch a performance which is not good, I say “Mhmhm this sucks, let me watch the amazing x concert”, and that’s it. And this is the same for many other people. In fact, who would think that Sinatra sang all the songs all the time in a perfect way? Of course he had his ups and downs, nothing wrong with that. I am not saying that bad performances should be officially released, but they should at least be shared among Sinatra fans.

What’s more, many of his concerts are really great. Nothing wrong with them! All these “bad” performances are not even bad. They are quite listenable and enjoyable. So why let others decide for us about what we can listen and what we cannot?

By | 2017-06-10T00:19:38+03:00 June 14th, 2011|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments


  1. Rat Pack Impersonators June 16, 2011 at 14:45 - Reply

    Very interesting article. I kind of get both points here and understand where Nancy is coming from, but I also agree with your point that Frank is indeed untouchable. I enjoyed reading your viewpoint and look forward to visiting the blog each week to see what you have to say! Keep up the great work and long live the memory of Frank and the Rat Pack!

  2. silvia June 23, 2011 at 17:54 - Reply

    I agree with your comment and feel that Frankie is now a propriety of all of us their Sinatramaniacs !
    I enjoy your blog and invite you to visit mine

  3. Des August 21, 2011 at 04:47 - Reply

    I’m not a huge fan of bootlegs because it robs the artist of rightful income, but I’m less righteous about it in the case of major, established artists. And even less again in Frank’s case because of his iconic position in entertainment. I enjoy watching any of the stuff on YouTube and I have heard many “unofficial” concerts on CD but I wouldn’t have – in a million years – considered duplicating them for financial gain. I think part of the reason Nancy carries on so much is not so much from a legalistic point of view, or the high moral ground of protecting his musical legacy, but more that she and her siblings don’t make any bucks out of Dad from bootlegs.

    • thefranksinatra August 21, 2011 at 14:29 - Reply

      I totally agree with you Des, thanks for your comment.

  4. Ron Bencangey October 18, 2011 at 08:23 - Reply

    Sorry to disagree but I think his very late concerts where he can’t recall the lyrics and is obviously frustrated don’t need posting at all. Even toward the very end there are many excellent performances to post…list these!!

  5. tonyd July 24, 2012 at 00:28 - Reply

    One of the greatest Sinatra concerts ever recorded-Still unavailable.
    Washington DC-The White House-April 17,1973-Marine Band Orchastra
    1.Intro by President Richard Nixon
    2.You Make Me Feel So Young
    3.Moolight In Vermont
    4.One For My Baby
    5.I’ve Got You Under My Skin
    6.I Have Dreamed
    7.Fly Me To The Moon
    8.Try A Little Tenderness
    9.Ol’ Man River Got The World On A String
    11.The House I Live In
    12.Thanks by President Nixon

  6. tonyd July 31, 2012 at 23:44 - Reply

    Anthony great rare concert:
    “For The Good Times”-Boardwalk 501
    All tracks recorded at Resorts International,Atlantic City,1969.
    1.I’ve Got The World On A String
    2Just The Way You Are
    3.I’ve Got You Under My Skin
    5.The Song Is You
    6.It Had To Be You
    7.Summer Me,Winter Me
    8.I Can’t Get Started
    10.For The Good Times
    11.It Was A Very Good Year
    12.My Kind Of Town
    13.A Foggy Day
    14.New York,New York
    15.Introduction Of Burt Lancaster
    16.My Way

    A rare choice of songs.

  7. Cook879 August 27, 2012 at 16:40 - Reply

    Hey. As I got all my concerts free online, I thought I’d upload some somewhere more fans could easily access them, as forums and download sites are hardly the easiest thing to use. You can find two at the moment, plus a rehearsal from 1992 at the moment. I plan to upload more stuff every week, so enjoy!


  8. mike December 21, 2013 at 07:15 - Reply

    I agree with you completely

    • Marie Boa January 27, 2014 at 08:29 - Reply

      I would love a copy of the Sinatra Concert in Sydney 2nd December 1961 cd or dvd.

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