Possibly Sinatra's best Reprise album, certainly more thoughtful than 'Sinatra Swings' or 'Ring-a-ding-ding', this is a very impressive collection of songs as Sinatra attempts to remember, and thank, Tommy Dorsey. Many of the songs were hits during the second world war and written about relationships temporarily (or permanently) broken by men and women going off in uniform to war. Other songs - 'There are such things', 'I'll be seeing you', and 'Without a song' - were written in an attempt to uplift spirits, the message being that war would eventually come to an end, the enemy would be defeated, and everyone had to maintain an optismistic outlook. Recorded not quite 20 years after VJ Day 1945, the songs in 1961 still resonated with an audience who well remembered WWII. Today, the songs may sound stilted, hackneyed, out of time but transcend their 1940s topicality and this is an imensely important album in the Sinatra canon, as uplifting today as it was in 1961, and as upliftring a portfolio of songs as it was when originally sung by Sinatra as he fronted Dorsey's band as 'The Voice'. The arrangements on the album closely ape those of Dorsey's and Sinatra's voice was never better with Sy Oliver conducting the orchestra, the same Sy who wrote 'Yes Indeed!' which turns up on Sinatra's Capitol album, 'Come Swing With Me!'