Matt Monro died 20 years ago, on 7th February 1985, and this is presumably the motivation behind the release of this collection of some, not all, of his best-known material.
Popularly dubbed the "Singing Bus Driver" (his occupation between National Service and turning professional as an entertainer) when he came to fame on BBC Radio in the late 1950s, George Martin hired him to imitate Frank Sinatra (as "Fred Flange") on Peter Sellers' comedy LP "Songs For Swinging Sellers". Apart from that little commission, Matt mostly steered well clear of Sinatra numbers when it came to his own recordings, but his easy style and phrasing, not unlike Nat King Cole or Dean Martin, and clarity of diction, drew compliments from Bing Crosby and Sinatra himself.
His forte was the easy-going love-ballad, nothing over-wrought or emotional, such as "Portrait Of My Love", "Softly As I Leave You", both big hits, and the Beatles' "Yesterday", with which he made the Top Ten in both the UK and USA. His style leant itself easily to movie music of the day and it is for "From Russia With Love" and "Born Free" and (strangely not included here) "On Days Like These" (from The Italian Job) that most people will know him. He was not averse to the odd uptempo number - "My Kind Of Girl" and "Gonna Build A Mountain" are the only two included here, and were both 1960s successes.
Most of his hits and best known numbers are here - we could argue all day over tracks I thought might have been included. The shops and Amazon listings are not short of Matt Monro collections, some of which provide fuller coverage and/or better value and it's very much a case of paying your money and taking your pick. Matt was a very fine singer who managed to cover much the same ground as some of the big American names of the 50s and 60s, without copying them, by making the songs his own (just ignore "Bridge Over Troubled Water"). If you like Sinatra, or Cole, or Andy Williams, Matt will be right up your street.