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The Very Best of Frank Sinatra

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 10, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002NFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Stardust
2. A Foggy Day
3. Let's Fall In Love
4. The Girl Next Door
5. Old Devil Moon
6. The Way You Look Tonight
7. Fly Me To the Moon (In Other Words)
8. Nice Work If You Can Get It
9. I Get A Kick Out Of You
10. Come Rain Or Shine
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Disc: 2
1. It Was A Very Good Year
2. All Or Nothing At All
3. Night And Day
4. Nancy
5. Young At Heart
6. Love And Marriage
7. All The Way
8. Witchcraft
9. (Love Is) The Tender Trap
10. The Second Time Around
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A great, comprehensive collection of Sinatra's most popular Reprise tracks, and worth having for any number of reasons, Very Best Of features tons of familiar hits--but requires a caveat for casual Sinatra fans. When Sinatra formed Reprise, he began to re-record many of the sides he'd released on Capitol, in an attempt to transfer his catalog to the new label. It was a smooth move, but his re-recorded versions seldom replaced the originals in the way he'd hoped. And many of the familiar songs here are Capitol remakes. It'd be a task to compare the track listing here with that of the Capitol Years set, but if you want to get serious about your Sinatra, that's the way to go. If you're just a music fan, this is a gem. --Gavin McNett

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139 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Very Best is just that! December 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm convinced this 2-CD collection really is "The Very Best" way to begin your Sinatra collection: 'Disc one' is pure gold for those who love strong melodies and great standards from the American Songbook. So I'd like to focus on the lesser of the two CDs, 'Disc 2.' Because, while it contains some weaker songs (not many, and they may be more popular tunes in terms of record sales), Disc 2 drives home the point I'd like to make: Sinatra reserved his very best work for his own Reprise label, contrary to opinions expressed by some reviewers in favor of the Capitol Years -- an opinion I shared when that was my only Sinatra collection.

By 1963 (his very best year?) The Voice had mellowed to a rich baritone; the tone deepening from something like a 'violin sound' in his early Columbia years, to the 'viola' of his middle-period, Capitol years; finally 'expanding' in timbre to emerge as "a fine cello" (as his favorite arranger put it) for the first Reprise albums represented here.

Disc 2, for instance, features Sinatra's finest recording of an early signature tune, "All or Nothing at All." This version, recorded November 22, 1961, arranged/conducted by Don Costa, is more beautiful even than the (later) Nelson Riddle arrangement of May 16, 1966. Oddly enough, that Riddle-arranged take was selected in place of this Costa version for the larger, 4-CD Reprise Collection. But I believe most serious musicians would agree the aural feast concocted by Costa is lovelier.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the finest of all Sinatra albums April 10, 2000
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"The Very Best of Frank Sinatra" on Reprise gets panned for certain things. Other reviewers here disparage the wide variety of songs, like "Pocketful of Miracles," a children's song, or the prevalence of remakes.
But this album succeeds in presenting Frank at his finest. His voice is still nearly as strong as in his 1950s peak. And he sings with great conviction, styling, power and emotion, and perhaps greater maturity than in his Capitol years. This is a man at the height of his strength.
Sinatra, as chairman of Reprise, had the creative freedom he didn't always have at Capitol. Most of these songs are arranged and the bands led by the same leaders Sinatra had made history with, including Nelson Riddle and Billy May. I believe he wanted to seal his place in history with these recordings. They feature fabulous, creative arrangements, with no expense spared on the orchestra, rather than the humdrum backups he sometimes got with Capitol. "Witchcraft" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" are both more powerful here than on the Capitol album. They are perfect. Sinatra's singing is devoid of kidding around here and has very little ad libbing. His phrasing is perfect but he is not yet using it to compensate for a failing voice. This is a man taking himself seriously as an artist and wanting these recordings to capture that.
I disagree that there are huge gaps on this album. Sinatra's 50 year career is too big to capture on any conventionally sized set, and bigger sets are unmanageable and invariably contain chaff. This one has as many, if not more, of the big hits than any other selection. It captures every phase of his career from crooning, to the 50s songs, be they swinging or sad, to movie and show tunes, to 60s hits.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sinatra? you've got to be kidding! November 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Frank Sinatra? What the hell do I care about old Blue Eyes? I'm in my 30s and prefer listening to someone who didn't pre-date TV. But, well, my dad was visiting and he didn't want to listen to Travis or Seal in the car so I did the good son thing of getting him a Frank CD. I knew some of these songs, of course. They're old and classic. Dad sang along to them. I grated my teeth and kept on driving. The CD finished and dad looked disappointed, so I played it again. And again. Somewhere during the fifth play, I had my epiphany. This guy really was incredible. There is something, some quality in his voice that I don't think you can put a finger on, but it's there. Dad said, "Okay, let's change the CD" but I said that I'd let him listen one more time.
Dad has headed back home now, but I find myself listening to Frank still. Sinatra did something that nothing else has done - bridged a generation gap. I have encouraged friends to listen to his stuff too and they have the same reaction: while Dido or Madonna get old after a couple of listenings, Sinatra can stay in your CD player a run through a hundred times without sounding tired. That's just amazing.
Next time, Dad wants me to get an Al Jolson CD for us to listen to, but I think there are limits.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good companion to "The Capitol Years" May 21, 2002
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Although both "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra" and "The Capitol Years" qualify as greatest hits compilations, Sinatra fans would be well served to own both sets.
Even though many of the selections on this 2-disk set are remakes of the earlier Capitol recordings, there is enough new stuff to make "The Very Best" worth the extra investment.
"A Foggy Day", "The Way You Look Tonight", "The Summer Wind", "That's Life", "It Was a Very Good Year", "Wave", "Luck Be a Lady" and "New York, New York" are unique to this collection (as well as the execrable "Strangers in the Night"). And I prefer the Reprise rendition of "Night and Day", which Sinatra sings as a slow torch song. On the Capitol recording, it's done as a rerun of "I've Got You under My Skin." The more upbeat reading of "Witchcraft" also suits my tastes better than the earlier version. On the other hand, the introduction-only "Stardust" stikes me as strange.
On the whole, I prefer the Capitol recordings, even though the sound quality is somewhat lacking. And of course, there are simply more songs on the 3-disk Capitol collection.
Still, I'd strongly recommend this compendium to old Sinatra fans and those less familiar with his work. Flaws and all, it's classic Sinatra!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Frank Sinatra CD set. All his great music.
The best Frank Sinatra CD set.
All his great music.
I would recommend to anyone who is curious about Sinatra's music. Love this CD set!
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Franciosi
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Published 1 month ago by Jukebox Dave
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The item arrived in the condition as described. Works perfectly and looks presentable. However, it took a little over three weeks to arrive, and I was kind of ripped off with the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Dumaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tunes gathered here
This is a good Sinatra compilation; I know he has many, but this one has many of my favorites in one place. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Northern SW
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank is Frank is Frank
This is the very best of Frank. There really is nothing more to say, you like Frank, you buy this.
Published 5 months ago by Chris Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening to it.
Great gift for the 40+ crowd and we love it as well. Just great music to pass the day away at work, in the car or puttering in the house.
Published 10 months ago by The Philistines
5.0 out of 5 stars It is too
Excellent CD, this is a good CD to showcase some of his best for a new fan to get acquainted with his music.
Published 15 months ago by NJD
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Very good . Lp sent on time as required. Good description. of Lp . Cannot be bought in UK or anywhere other than usa
Published 16 months ago by D A LAWFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars FRANK SINATRA
I ordered this compilation of his greatest hits for my Dad. This set was so good that I added it to my own collection!
Published on February 3, 2012 by JUAN-CARLOS ESCADA
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the Capitol years better...but this has some earlier and later...
This OTHER Sinatra album is actually my favorite single Sinatra album:

Classic Sinatra

It was remastered right around the turn of the millenium and sounds... Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by MWebb
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