The Essential Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years [2-CD]

The Essential Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years [2-CD]

by Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra


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The beauty of any Frank Sinatra collection is that, depending upon how it is put together by the producers for whatever purpose they have in mind, each one allows the listener to focus on a different aspect of the singer's work and pick out new and varied details. On one level, this double-CD set is a good compromise for listeners who aren't prepared to spring for a four-disc collection (much less a complete set of Columbia recordings), but want something that goes a little deeper into his output than any of the single-CD compilations of Sinatra's Columbia sides. The portrait constituted by this release may also perhaps be a little confusing -- for those expecting a step-by-step account of the man's music -- due to the fact that it doesn't follow anything resembling strict chronological order; just two songs past "All or Nothing at All" (done with the Harry James band), we're into "Sweet Lorraine" from a half-decade later, and "The House I Live In" -- which is buried pretty deeply on most hits compilations -- is given almost a place of honor here as the seventh song on Disc One, well ahead of "All of Me" and more familiar fare. And this order works, stirring up the pot of Sinatra's most familiar fare of the era into new shapes and juxtapositions, so what we end up with is an engaging and informative, slightly abstract "portrait" of the singer in all of his different manifestations and settings -- big band, small group etc. As with most Sinatra Columbia collections, the emphasis is on ballads, though even here he surprises us with some of the entries in the latter category -- the way Sinatra sings it, the normally jaunty entertainment anthem "There's No Business Like Show Business" comes off like a ballad, at least in its first half, and with his voice, it does work that way. And with the remastering at such a high level of quality, the presence of The Voice -- but also the band, of whatever size -- is close and bracing. The annotation, featuring an essay by pop music maven Will Friedwald, is thorough, informative, and highly entertaining. [This collection was previously released as Portrait of Sinatra: Columbia Classics, and is entirely different from an identically titled 2003 collection that included only one disc.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2010
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886977867323
catalogNumber: 778673
Rank: 4330

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist
Bobby Hackett   Cornet
Arthur Baker   Clarinet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Andy Gibson   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
George Siravo   Arranger
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Harry Warren   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Charles Granata   Photo Courtesy
Jack Strachey   Composer
J. Lawrence   Composer
Joel Herron   Composer
L. Allan   Composer
Cliff Burwell   Composer
E. Robinson   Composer
F. Eyton   Composer
C. Conrad   Composer
E.A. Swan   Composer
R. Henderson   Composer
S. Simons   Composer
I. Taylor   Composer
G. Marks   Composer

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