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The First Great Era
on March 3, 2012
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]