Nothing But The Best
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However, as the release date grew nearer and I got word from several people who were able to hear it before it officially hit the market told me it was totally worth it, I slowly warmed up to it and by last week was all set on buying it.
When I received the cd this afternoon, I was extremely excited, even though I thought myself, "I heard these songs thousands of time before." The first thing that struck me was how beautiful the packaging was: the cd comes in a cardboard case with one of the best pictures of Frank ever taken. The cd's booklet is made from a elegant, smooth velvet like material and the liner notes by Charles Pignone as well as the various rare photos of Frank at work are excellent. Honestly, the packaging alone is enough to grab your attention.
But enough about the artwork. What about the music?
As stated already, my biggest concern with this collection was that I heard all these songs before. I had already received the mammoth "Complete Reprise Studio Recordings" boxed set, which had all these songs (except one) as well as over 400 additional tracks, all of which featured more than satisfactory sound quality. Still, undaunted, I popped the cd onto my Ipod and went for a listen.
Needless to say, I was blown away.Read more ›
Ignore the liner notes' suggestion that Sinatra's best period--vocally or artistically--was during the '60s for his own Reprise label, the primary source for the tracks on this anthology. And take with a grain of salt any suggestion that songs like "Somethin' Stupid," "Strangers in the Night," "Nothing But the Best," "Drinking Again," "My Way," even "NY, NY" and "That's Life" are, however worthy, representative of Sinatra's "best" among his Reprise treasures. Nor are even the Capitol recordings the last word: as we approach another Independence Day, his sublime, still politically-relevant 1945 Columbia recording, "The House We Live In," is the one deserving the American public's (and world's) attention.
But any like-minded Sinatra fan who's read this far would do well to scroll down to #22 on this collection and download it to their computer. When Sinatra revisited "Body and Soul" in 1984, the #1 popular song of all time was still considered to be "Stardust.Read more ›
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You guys listening with ipods and cheap digital cd players need to upgrade your sound system. I collect high end vintage Pioneer and McIntosh amps and Klipsch Heritage speakers,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kyle Sterling
I got this for my son who has fallen in love with Sinatra songs. He was very pleased with it.Published 27 days ago by Joanna Slabaugh