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The Very Best Of The Rat Pack

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A new collection of chart-topping smashes from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. featuring 18 studio hits from their golden Vegas period including 'Come Fly With Me,' 'Ain't That A Kick In The Head,' 'Too Close For Comfort,' 'Luck Be A Lady,' 'Volare,' 'Witchcraft,' 'Everybody Loves Somebody,' and more. Includes a previously unreleased Sinatra recording of 'I'm Gonna Live Until I Die' and new liner notes by noted Sinatra author Bill Zehme.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Come Fly With Me - By Frank Sinatra
  2. Ain't That A Kick In The Head - By Dean Martin
  3. Too Close For Comfort - By Sammy Davis Jr.
  4. I've Got You Under My Skin - By Frank Sinatra
  5. Who's Got The Action? - By Dean Martin
  6. A Lot Of Living To Do - By Sammy Davis Jr.
  7. Ring-A-Ding Ding - By Frank Sinatra
  8. Eee-O Eleven - By Sammy Davis Jr.
  9. Luck Be A Lady - By Frank Sinatra
  10. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) - By Dean Martin
  11. Birth Of The Blues - By Sammy Davis Jr.
  12. Witchcraft - By Frank Sinatra
  13. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - By Dean Martin
  14. I Get A Kick Out Of You - By Frank Sinatra
  15. Sam's Song - By Sammy Davis Jr. & Dean Martin
  16. I'm Gonna Live Until I Die (Alternate Version) - By Frank Sinatra
  17. Everybody Loves Somebody - By Dean Martin
  18. Me And My Shadow - By Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr.


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B00440OFWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By the early `60s the Rat Pack that had once included Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Judy Garland had evolved to a Sintara-centric group (that called itself "the Summit") that included fellow vocalists Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. All three were solo recording and concert stars, but it's their impromptu performances on one another's Las Vegas bills that solidified their reputation for suave masculinity. The trio, along with Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, starred in the films Ocean's Eleven and Sergeants 3, but didn't often record together. The 18-songs in this collection rotate through each singer's solo recordings, and includes duets of Sinatra and Davis on "Me and My Shadow" and Davis and Martin on "Sam's Song."

Sinatra's tracks are selected from his early Reprise years, and include the brash "Luck Be a Lady" and the title track from his label debut, Ring-a-Ding-Ding. The bulk of these are remakes of songs that Sinatra initially recorded for Capitol in the 1950s, including "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Come Fly with Me," "Witchcraft" and "I Get a Kick Out of You." These `60s performances find Sinatra in good voice, jazzily stretching out the rhythms, playfully punctuating his syllables and snapping his fingers on "Come Fly with Me," but they don't have the inventive vitality of the Capitol originals. The early Reprise-era Sinatra often sounds like an entertainer coasting on his top-of-the-world success rather than an artist brashly reinventing himself, as he had at Capitol.
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No one ever embodied suave masculine cool like The Rat Pack. I remember Dr. "Bones" Brennan on the TV show of the same name saying, "They must be extraordinary rodents" Booth said, "And talented, too." She answered, "Oh, you've heard of them?" (she obviously hadn't!) Fortunately, we have.

This is a great compilation of the best of Mr. Francis Albert Sinatra, Mr. Dino Crocetti, and Mr. Samuel George Davis Junior. If you have other Rat Pack compilations like Boys Night Out and Eee-O-11: The Best Of The Rat Pack, you will have most of these songs. That may be a little disappointing. But THE VERY BEST does include a couple of not-too-different "alternate versions" of a couple of Rat Pack standards. It also has the Rat Pack's theme song, "Ring-A-Ding-Ding."

Is this a GREAT album? You betcha. It's well worth the purchase price. I went through the bank drive through with the top down listening to this CD, and the pretty Latina teller started to do a little swaying. Then she asked me out on a date. Think this is a GREAT album now???
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this is great having Dino, Sammy, Frankie all together. The CD has some of their best songs on it, love it!! Sound is of good quality also, I feel like im there with them enjoying the show. I recommend it for those that would like a flashback to the Fab 60's.
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Excellent album - downloaded the MP3 and received the CD. Nice selection of songs where they sing together and their signature songs. One minor thing...a live album would have been better methinks. But it was a good purchase in any event.
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I purchased this CD becasue I am a huge Rat Pack fan. They were talented and in my opinion, talent such as theirs no longer exists. It is fun to listen to. One problem is that some of the material must have been recorded at a Vegas show, so you can't truly appreciate it. You can't see what hijinks these nutcases were up to.
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The item came within a week of the order, The sound was great. What I liked most was the CD gives you a taste of the Rat Pack's show(s), without the now dated and politically incorrect banter between songs. Some of which would be considered racist by today's standards.

Still the talent shows through on all three singers. Sinatra's full-vocal sound, that is unmistakeable and why he was "Chairman of the Board", is constantly displayed throughout the CD. Martin always comes across with that "cool-water" voice that goes down like 20-year-old scotch. My favorites are: Ain't That A Kick In The Head (from Ocean's Eleven) and Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu). Last but not least is the most talented one of the Pack. Davis sings: Birth Of The Blues and Eee-O Eleven (from Ocean's Eleven).

After a hard day, I like to turn on CD player, open a beer, sit in the recliner, dim the lights, close my eyes,...and I'm back at the Sand's for the mid-nite show.
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For the price this is an enjoyable CD. Most of the songs are winners with maybe two that I wouldn't have included. I still have never figured out how the decisions are made as to what is to be included in such a CD but, overall, it is a fun, enjoyable listening experience.
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By SnoShu on February 20, 2013
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I've always liked these guys - movies, shows, whatever. Wanted a variety of music by them and this album is awesome for me. Just toss the CD in the player, select "random" mode and enjoy the tunes. Never get tired of it.
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