There's a lot to like in this video. Check out:
- the small size of the audio console considering how large the orchestra. The recording was done at the famed United Western studio (now called EastWest), so the console was undoubtedly one custom-designed by the legendary Bill Putnam (that might be him at the console but can't tell for sure). The console is pictured on the left.
- there was not a headphone in sight.
- the good humor that Frank is in. None of his legendary surliness here.
- the fact that he's playing to a small audience of friends. When was the last time you saw that during a session?
- Walter Cronkite doing the voice-over. That's two legends on the same tape.
- the fact that this is a live record. No overdubs here. It's over when Frank is satisfied, which happens relatively quickly as the man was known for few takes.
- how many people are dressed formally with jackets and ties.
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