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  • Audio CD (March 26, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: March 26, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002LOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Last Dance
2. Night And Day
3. I Get A Kick Out Of You
4. Luck Be A Lady
5. The Way You Look Tonight
6. My Kind Of Town
7. The Best Is Yet To Come
8. Fly Me To The Moon
9. It Was A Very Good Year
10. Love And Marriage
11. I've Got You Under My Skin
12. Strangers In The Night
13. Summer Wind
14. All Or Nothing At All
15. That's Life
16. My Way
17. The Lady Is A Tramp
18. Send In The Clowns
19. Nancy
20. Theme From 'New York, New York'

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BMG / 20 tracks

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A 20-track collection from the Reprise years that tries to cover too much ground. Very Good Years sweeps from the early 1960s to 1979's "New York New York," focusing on the most obvious Sinatra standards. The watchword here isn't art but populism. That's not a problem, really--but it means that serious fans (or those aspiring to be) will be better served elsewhere. It would be a fine introduction for the casual music lover, but so would any decent collection. For a compact Reprise-era sampler, try either this one or something from the Greatest Hits series. --Gavin McNett

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Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years is an excellent collection of signature songs from the one and only Frank Sinatra.
Todd7
I highly recommend this CD for fans of classic pop vocals, Frank Sinatra, and for people who want to get familiar with Sinatra's work in his later years.
Matthew G. Sherwin
As a matter of fact, I had purchase at least 3 additional copies of the cd because the first one got worn out because I played it so much.
Anthony Nasty

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jon Warshawsky on November 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you're contemplating buying a Sinatra allbum, it would be difficult to go wrong with this one -- most of what is included here really is among the best of Sinatra's work at Reprise. To some extent, however, this represents the most commercial of his later recordings, which means that many artistic highlights are excluded.
On the plus side, the 1963 re-recording of 'I've Got You Under My Skin' is sensational, even if the 1956 Capitol original is often mentioned as the best popular song of the century. 'Summer Wind', from the 'Strangers in the Night' album of 1966 is perfect, but the title track -- included here because it was a huge hit when released -- is schmaltz. Sinatra said he hated it when he recorded it and rarely if ever performed it. In contrast, 'Wave' (not included here) recorded with Antonio Carlos Jobim, rated as one of Sinatra's personal favorites and it is a piece of vocal nirvana -- but it was less successful than 'Strangers' and so is omitted. A magnficent 1967 collaboration with Jobim ('The Girl from Ipanema', 'Corcovado') is inexplicably not represented here.
'Luck Be A Lady,' a Billy May arrangement that originally appeared in the Reprise Repertory version of 'Guys and Dolls', is one of the most exhuberant Sinatra recordings ever. It swings, and the vocals are a tour de force -- when he sings that 'a lady doesn't wander all over the room', listen to the inflection and the long lines without obtrusive breathing. Astounding.
'Night and Day' and 'All or Nothing at All' are Sinatra standards that he recorded for Columbia, Capitol and here Reprise. While the Capitol version of 'Night and Day' is one of Sinatra's best recordings of all time, this version is especially stately and grand and worth hearing.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman VINE VOICE on August 26, 2002
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Why was Frank Sinatra considered one of the 20th century's greatest singers (some say THE). Sinatra Reprise The Very Good Years is one of the key Sinatra CDs that'll show you precisely why.
Sinatra fans will love this collection. And young people who are interested in singing-non rock (in his final years Sinatra's biggest fans included some of the rock's biggest names, who publically attested to his influence and their admiration for him) can find in this recording not only a good role musical model but proof (as rock's Bruce Springsteen now also clearly shows with The Rising) that a teen idol CAN age, create, innovate and wear well musically. Talent doesn't evaporate at age 30 or 40.
The 20 tracks on this CD are somewhat unusual since they're incredibly diverse, include some re-makes of his earlier Capitol hits and even a "live" performance in front of an audience. Usually you can't find a collection that gives you the studio and live recordings in one. This CD's songs reflect the 60s/70s/and-yes-80s Sinatra, the show-stopping singer who had survived being a washed-up teen idol and had been born again in the early 50s as a "swinger" using only the best arrangers and orchestras at Capitol Records. By the 60s/70s and 80s Sinatra had managed to pierce the rock charts and get extensive radio play as many of his easy listening/jazz contemporaries vanished from the airwaves, not due to lack of talent but due to musical/demographic changes. But Sinatra's work, talent and song selection were so overpowering that his songs not only were played but SOLD while still getting critical rave reviews.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the first Sinatra CD I ever heard, and it's still my favorite. I grew up on 70s rock (Eagles, Frampton, etc.) and never thought I would get into music like this. I'm glad I took the plunge and bought it.
For those of us weaned on guitars, I think this CD has more accesible music than the Capitol years issues, making it a great way to get hooked. "I've got you under my skin" is live (with Count Basie!) here and has more kick than the delicate Nelson Riddle version from "Singing Lovers" CD. The same goes for "Lady is a Tramp" (also live, from 1970s), and "I get a kick out of you." Toss in "New York New York", "Luck be a lady" and a version of "My Way" that outdoes even the King, and you've got Sinatra at his swingin' best.
The only downers are "Send in the Clowns" (a dreary, self pitying arrangement of a dreary, self pitying song) and "That's Life." (Frank was many things, but a gospel singer was not one of them.) I also despise "Love and Marriage", but only because it reminds me of Al Bundy.
I took my favorites from this CD, added a half dozen tracks from the Live at the Sands CD and have a 90 minute cassette that I play constantly in my car.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "lisadiva" on May 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of Frank Sinatra you must buy this CD . . . it contains every great song and is the essential Sinatra CD. I bought this a long time ago because it had all the songs I was looking for: "Summer Wind," "The Way You Look Tonight," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "New York, New York" . . . . the list goes on! I have also given this as a gift numerous times and each recipient has loved it. If you are only familiar with a one or two Sinatra songs, get this CD and you will consider yourself the biggest fan. This is Frank at his all-time best . . . a wonderful collection of his greatest songs. Trust me, you will find yourself humming "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" in no time at all! I listen to this CD all the time at work and it definitely makes me smile all day long. No one will ever compare to Frank -- he is a legend, and this CD proves it.
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