Strange indeed to hear Sinatra singing Great Songs From Great Britain. Pleasant though many of them are they collectively emerge as being rather small beer compared with The Great American Songbook, of which the singer was such a wonderful exponent. Among the eleven tracks, which run for no more than 38 minutes (short rations indeed), numbers such as Now Is The Hour and Roses Of Picardy are not really suitable material for the singer. The Very Thought Of You (a true classic), A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and London By Night are better propositions but because the songs are all slowish ballads a certain monotony prevails. The distinctly fulsome liner notes by the late Benny Green fail to give a single mention to the eminent arranger and conductor Robert Farnon and, indeed, there is more than a slight implication that the singer ran the whole show himself. The lush arrangements are the sort one suspects the great Nelson Riddle might have provided had the album been recorded in the United States. Sympathy for Mr Farnon, then, to add to the other reservations. Still - that incomparable voice remains.