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Best Of Columbia Years 1943-52 [4-CD SET] [Box set]

Frank SinatraAudio CD
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Only Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson can rival Frank Sinatra for biggest-selling solo artist of all time. His jazz-influenced singing remained internationally renowned whatever whims, fashions or innovations were introduced by new generations. In a solo career that included over 70 albums and hundreds of singles, from the late-30s until the mid-90s, Sinatra remained universally loved even as ... Read more in Amazon's Frank Sinatra Store

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007QCN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Close To You
2. People Wil Say We're In Love
3. If You Are But A Dream
4. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night In The Week)
5. White Christmas
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
2. Full Moon And Empty Arms
3. Oh, What It Seemed To Be
4. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance
5. Why Shouldn't I?
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Stella By Starlight
2. My Romance
3. If I Had You
4. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
5. But Beautiful
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Bye Bye Baby
2. Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go)
3. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
4. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
5. American Beauty Rose
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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This four-disc, 97-track collection compiles the highlights of the first major period of Frank Sinatra's solo career, beginning with 1943's "Close To You," and ending with 1952's "Why Try to Change Me Now." Sinatra was the preeminent singing idol of American teenagers (the female ones, at least) during this period, thanks to the dreamily smooth crooning style he exhibits here on "People Will Say We're in Love," "I Should Care," "Embraceable You," and dozens of others. Sometimes the still-callow singer isn't up to the material ("Ol' Man River"), sometimes the material isn't worthy of the singer ("The Hucklebuck"), and Sinatra would certainly go on to greater artistic achievements during his Capitol and Reprise years. Still, this box set is an absolutely essential purchase for any self-respecting Sinatra fan. --Dan Epstein

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic and disarmingly great music January 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Recordings from the 1940s have a lot going against them as we begin the next century. From antiquated recording technology to the changes in our musical tastes from then to now, the listener must be ready to take a journey when slipping WWII era tunes into the CD player (or whatever comes next). The Sinatra 'Best of the Columbia Years' set makes that journey absolutely worth the ride.
Some of the finest popular recordings are found in this collection -- along with more than a couple that are less timeless and could have been left in the '40s. Forget the hard swinging Sinatra of the late '50s and early '60s. Listen to 'Stella by Starlight', 'The Song is You' and 'What'll I Do.' The long vocal passages, sung by a guy who really wants to know what he will do when his girl is gone -- and really hurts -- are still spellbinding. 'Night and Day' was an incredible song even in this early recording, and the quality of the recording is plenty good enough to recognize how impressive many of these songs really were -- and are.
With 94 tracks, it is pointless to list all the highlights here. It is riveting, however, to hear the origins of Sinatra classics such as 'Where or When', 'That Old Black Magic' and 'Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry.' What is remarkable is not that many of these songs sound dated ('Old Fashioned Walk' would be laughed off the shelves today, as would 'The Hucklebuck') but that many more make the listener forget the age of the music and feel the message.
The Sinatra of 1943-1952 is not for everybody, and there are some numbers here that have not aged well. But if you want to know Sinatra before the cigarettes and booze started to take his voice (after the '60s the effects are pronounced), this is a superb set.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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"Frank Sinatra was like the Mount Everest for a songwriter: if you got Frank to do one of your songs, it was done right." ~ Antonio Carlos Jobim ~

This is *the* most comprehensive CD package I've ever came across in all Sinatra recordings. It's a 4-CD set consisting of his best recordings from Columbia Records from 1943 through 1952, which includes ninety-seven songs, most are rare recordings and some alternate takes. With the package is a very detailed and informative booklet of 76 pages that documents Frank Sinatra's fruitful tenure at Columbia Records. The introduction was written by his celebrated daughter, Nancy Sinatra, who singled out the most outstanding quality of her father, his honesty - "honesty that comes through in the lyrics, in the music, in everything that he does. It's that feeling that enables him to take for example, a Sammy Cahn lyric - with Sammy's deepest, most profound feelings - and make it understood by everybody. That's the mark of a great communicator, and not many people are able to do that sort of thing in the honest way he does!"

The booklet offers a chock-full of goodies such as photos of Sinatra with some of the musicians involved in these recordings -- mini photos of music sheets, album covers and single records; photos of songwriters Irving Berlin, Jonny Mercer, Rodgers & Hart, George & Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn; alphabetical song titles and CD location listing; a discography; a complete orchestra personnel listing in New York and Hollywood studios; brief information on arrangers Heinie Beau, Sy Oliver, Ray Conniff and Percy Faith; and the following interesting articles.

1. At The Heart of American Music by Daniel Okrent, Managing Editor of Life Magazine
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This 97-song, 4-CD set includes a large 68-page handsomely illustrated booklet and contains the best of Sinatra's work, mainly ballads and some swingy tunes, of the period 1943-52. One can easily hear the smooth phrasing and pure tonal quality of young Sinatra's voice in the 1940's, the silky sound that made 'em swoon, a time before years of overuse and overdoing took their toll on his instrument.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Sinatra's work at Columbia was true crooning. The Bing Crosby influence is at its most pronounced on these recordings. It's easy to see why young Frankie's weepy, longing voice kept WW II wives company while their GI husbands were away. Much more sentimental stuff than anything he did for Capitol or Reprise. The remastering of the original recordings (they took the master from a re-pressing of the record mold) is marvelous. You won't believe that records this old can sound this good. Romantic music of a bygone era. If you like Bing and Perry, you'll love Frank "Swoonatra" when he was a teen idol here. Note the very different way Axel Stordhall arranged as opposed to Nelson Riddle (at Capitol). It's not as swinging, but will tug at your heart.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Sinatra's work at Columbia was true crooning. The Bing Crosby influence it at its most pronounced on these recordings. It's easy to see why young Frankie's weepy, longing voice kept WW II wives company while their GI husbands were away. Much more sentimental stuff than anything he did for Capitol or Reprise. The remastering of the original recordings (they took the master from a re-pressing of the record mold) is marvelous. You won't believe that records this old can sound this good. Romantic music of a bygone era. If you like Bing and Perry, you'll love Frank "Swoonatra" when he was a teen idol here. Note the very different way Axel Stordhall arranged as opposed to Nelson Riddle (at Capitol). It's not as swinging, but will tug at your heart.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quick delivery and excellent quality!
Published 19 days ago by Loretta fan
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful Cd collection of 92 songs from the war years ...
What a wonderful Cd collection of 92 songs from the war years to 1952.
Sinatra"s voice was amazing!! Love this collection
Published 27 days ago by cynthia d. donnells
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Introduction
I lived with this and wore it out so much since it's release that even though I've turned fanatic and moved on to the Complete Columbia Years Box Set, I still consider this one of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by michael j. sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars AllgooD
Bought it for my mother for Xmas' She loves it . Can't miss with this collection of most if not all his greatest songs.
Published 6 months ago by D. T, Lupberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank As He's Seldom Heard
This is the best of Frank from years you never here about anymore. The arrangements are different than the ones from the 50's and 60's, but THE VOICE. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Best summary of early Frank
Frank Sinatra's career can be roughly summarized in 4 timeframes: (1) Dorsey 1940-42; (2) Columbia 1943-52; (3) Capitol 1953-1962; and (4) Reprise 1960-1995. Read more
Published 9 months ago by PhilipHS
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST OF COLUMBIA YEARS is also THE BEST OF SINATRA!
The very early Sinatra recordings are pure gold. His voice is truthful, young, tender and delicious. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jubes
3.0 out of 5 stars Best of Columbia years ....Frank Sinatra
The songs bring back wonderful memories, but the quality of the recording was much to be desired ...
I was very unsatisfied with the reproduction. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Phil C. Strome
5.0 out of 5 stars Met my expectations.
Who could resist Sinatra's 4-CD set? Hours of pleasure to listen to the most recognizable voice of XX century and reading booklet.
Published 16 months ago by Tatyana MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars 4got How Gr8 He Really Sounded
What a voice!!! I always appreciated Frank over the decades but didn't really get INTO him until recently for some reason. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jim Altfeld
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