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This makes the third Sinatra box set that I've purchased over the years. I first bought THE COMPLETE CAPTIOL SINGLES COLLECTION because that's the era where I think he recorded his most enduring work. Nearly all of those songs were conducted and arranged by Nelson Riddle. Then I bought THE REPRISE COLLECTION. This includes songs I grew up with like "Strangers in the Night" and his duet with daughter Nancy on "Something Stupid."

The period of Sinatra's career that I was least familiar was when he was at Columbia. (I was born the year he recorded his last song for the label.) But to ignore this stage of his career would be a mistake. Sinatra was 27 when he signed with Columbia in 1942. During his stay at Columbia, Sinatra placed more than three dozen songs in the Top 40, including two No. 1's--"Five Minutes More" in 1946 and "Mamselle" in 1947 (all of them included here).

There is a 68-page booklet with several essays, lots of photos and track-by-track information on each song. If you think you know Sinatra from his Capitol and Reprise years, you only know part of the story. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED [Running Time - Disc 1, 75:36; Disc 2, 74:11; Disc 3, 76:01; Disc 4, 76:26]
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on November 28, 2011
Teenagers always assume that nothing interesting or important every happened before their memories begin, that their generation invented everything worth knowing about. My father understood this when I was a baby boom teen, and patiently told me that some day I might find even the most gifted pop idols of my era (the Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Hendrix) a bit musically limiting. And that I might someday appreciate the music of Frank Sinatra, who he told me was a bit of a pop idol himself in his youth.. It took a long while, but I came around, just as the old man predicted. Quality rules, and Sinatra always had Quality. And yet all my Sinatra listening to date focused on the great Capital Records and Reprise recordings of the 50's and 60's, when Sinatra was a mature singer,and no longer a pop idol. Thus it is fascinating to hear the voice that had the girls screaming back the 40's. And what a great voice it was.

In fact, Sinatra was arguably a better pure vocalist in 1944 or 1945 than he would ever be again. The young Frank was the Voice, with an impressive range, perfect pitch, smoothness and great feel for the often sophisticated lyrics he sang. True, the earliest recordings on disc 1 sound somewhat dated, but by the 2nd of the 4 discs in this set, the music begins to rival anything Sinatra ever recorded. The overall quality of this set is impressive. True, his later recordings of "Nancy with the Laughing Face" and some other classics are an improvement on the early originals in this set, but his ballads are the epitome of smooth during his young Columbia years. You can hear for yourself what all the female screaming was about.

Extra bonus treat for Baby Boomers: Sinatra's take on "Try a Little Tenderness" (young girls they do get weary) from 1944, 22 years before Otis Redding made it a hit. Not saying its better than the soul classic, but Frank's take was certainly a fine one a very long time before we ever heard it done.
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on October 20, 2007
As though to help his biographers, Frank Sinatra's musical career can be separated into clear-cut, chronological periods: the Tommy Dorsey years, the Columbia years, the Capitol years, and the Reprise years. These four CDs comprise the best of the Columbia Record years. The first is my favorite because of my familiarity with so many of the lyrics and songs, and the fourth segues nicely into the swinging and saucy style Sinatra adopted when he signed with Capitol Records (a sweet, nostalgic world-weariness alternating with a swinging, in-your-face sexiness, sometimes on the same record).
The maturing, confident Sinatra of the Columbia years in the '40s and early '50s reveals a resonant and deepening voice (compared to the Dorsey years) that combines with a gentleness and tenderness that had to appeal not only to bobby-soxers (whose younger sisters, seduced by early rock, would not find the Sinatra of the Capitol years ten years later anywhere as appealing) but also to their mothers and older sisters who, lonely keeping the home fires burning, were waiting for husbands and lovers to return from war. Anyone who remembers the '40s with anything approaching fondness will find memories forcefully stirred, and those who know those heady times only second- or third-hand will be equally stirred by a musical master whose style and command of the standards matched Bing and Perry's and perhaps, for strength and intimacy, even surpassed theirs.
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on July 4, 2012
Great sounding Sinatra recordings made during what was arguably the best period of his singing career as far as the quality of his voice. FS could make a good song sound great and that is what he does with the better songs in this set, such as, Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night, These Foolish Things, If I Loved You, Full Moon and Empty Arms, How Deep is the Ocean, Night and Day, The Song is You, Time After Time, and some others. But there are other songs in this set that, in my opinion, not even Sinatra could improve. Altogether, there is enough good stuff here to make this a worthwhile acquisition for Sinatra fans.
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on January 18, 2017
A very soft Sinatra, not as powerful as the Capitol Years when he had as stronger voice but the Columbia Years is a test to his talent in a more subtle way. A Sinatra coming into his own and owning it.
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on October 17, 2013
The very early Sinatra recordings are pure gold. His voice is truthful, young, tender and delicious. My father was a musician (he played viola) who was in the orchestra when these recordings were made. You cannot get any better Sinatra recordings than Best of Columbia Years. What a treasure to have this collection. Our home is now filled with Frank's singing. How happy this makes us.
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on February 7, 2013
What a voice!!! I always appreciated Frank over the decades but didn't really get INTO him until recently for some reason. The difference between his booze and cigarettes affected voice and his early voice is, to paraphrase Mark Twain, like the difference between a lightning bug and a lightning bolt. Just so pure and crystal clear. It's a great collection.
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on September 4, 2015
While the booklet speaks of "Archival Restoration and Digital Remastering," the sound quality is far inferior to the CD reissue of "The Voice of Frank Sinatra" from four years later.
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on July 28, 2016
For anyone who loves singing and listening to what music should be this collection is for you..
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on October 5, 2016
We enjoy and love it! So glad we could buy this cd's. Thank you
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