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My Way: The Best Of Frank Sinatra (2CD)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2003
This two-CD Reprise collection includes among its 46 selections many of the very best recordings Frank Sinatra ever made. Count this reviewer among those who believe FS reserved his very best performances for his own record label (please see my review for "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra"). The simple fact is, Sinatra didn't reach the peak of his vocal powers until 1963---three years after the first Reprise recordings included here.
It's now fully 40 years since two of the selections here---"Bewitched" and "America the Beautiful"---were recorded for what the singer himself considered his crowning achievement (in his best 'bel canto' style) --- "The Concert Sinatra" album. Almost 30 years elapsed before "America the Beautiful" finally was released on the 4-CD Reprise box set. For "The Concert Sinatra" arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle assembled, on the singer's orders, his largest-ever symphony orchestra, recorded on a huge sound stage at the MGM film studios. Riddle claimed near the end of his life that he never saw the singer better prepared or more focussed for a recording session.
Among other highlights of this splendid 2-CD collection are:
- The opening track from the June 1962 "Great Songs from Great Britain" album---the Ray Noble classic "The Very Thought of You" arrranged/conducted by Robert Farnon.
- Three from the 1961 Don Costa arranged "Sinatra and Strings" album, which many consider the singer's best 'ballads' from the Reprise years: "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Night and Day" and "All or Nothing at All."
- Sinatra's best version (with Nelson Riddle) of the Glen Miller/Mitch Parish classic "Moonlight Serenade" from the "Moonlight Sinatra" album; also, what many fans consider the singer's very best 'swinger'---arranged by Riddle in the early 60s---the Kern & Fields Oscar winner "Just the Way You Look Tonight."
- Great tunes from his earliest Reprise (1960) recordings for the classic "Ring-a-Ding Ding!" album---the only one arranged by composer ("Shadow of Your Smile") Johnny Mandel. Among those: Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance."
- Definitive re-recordings of Capitol-era classics such as "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" which find the singer in perfect voice, with revised and improved Riddle arrangements. Also worth noting: markedly improved sound quality achieved at Reprise (compared to the Capitol Years) by the best engineers in the best Hollywood recording studios.
This collection provides, arguably, the best overall mixture of 'old and new' Sinatra, ever assembled on two CDs. The 46 tracks here include all-time best-sellers---disdained perhaps by some of us, as 'weak tea' compared to the strong meat of the Great American Songbook otherwise well-represented in this collection. Yet those same commercial hits, struck the chord with 'baby boomers' needed to re-establish Sinatra's career in the Beatles' era---and beyond to a fifth, then a sixth decade of public performances. To borrow a phrase from song titles here, it's from these songs that the "best" (really was) "yet to come" at Reprise Records---as well the (very) "bad, bad." But whatever your tastes, be certain at least 40 of these tunes you'll love and never tire of playing. Could we name other great singers whose "best of" compilations could meet those criteria?
Mark Blackburn
markbla@hotmail.com
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2003
We've all seen them.
They're often the sign of their respective artists lack of ideas. The feared "greatest Hits." albums that clog the bargain Bins and 'reduced' shelfs of the superstores.
but Not this album.
Frank Sinatra, in his long musical career has had dozens of Greatest Hits albums, but "My Way- The Best Of Frank Sinatra." is simply a brilliant compilation. It features his most well known hits- Fly me to the moon, Something stupid. My Way, New york New York, That's Life, The list is endless. It is definitley a great buy for the occasional Frank Sinatra Listener, or as a CD for the open musical listener. It may disappoint for Seasoned Frank Sinatra collectors in that it omits some of the less "Glamarous" songs in favour of his hits, But as is its title, it is a greatest hits, If you do not own this, or perhaps are looking for a good compilation of swing/jazz music that almost everyone had heard the author of, then 'My Way- The Best Of Frank Sinatra' is a must buy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2002
Ultimately any compilation CD of Frank Sinatra is going to contain some not so good recordings, however, for the price and for some of the little gems included, it is certainly a CD worth buying.
It contains the best arrangement of 'I get a kick out of you', by Neal Hefti, that I have heard, and although there aren't any recordings from the 50's, there are 13 songs arranged by Nelson Riddle. For those people who have not heard Frank sing the Nelson Riddle arrangements, then this is a very good start.
Of the new stuff, I was surprised at the version of 'Yesterday'. The arrangment by Don Costa is beautiful. Very different from the original.
If you have many Sinatra recordings, like me, you will find one or two little gems. If Frank is new to you then this is a good starting block.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Frank's career began in a very different era, when swing bands were fashionable. He maintained this style long after it ceased to be fashionable, yet continued to sell records in huge quantities. Indeed, he recorded some of the best music of his career during the sixties and seventies.
My way actually began as a French song - it was titled Comme d'habitude and recorded by Claude Francois in 1967. Paul Anka later translated it into English and the rest is history.
This collection contains many other Sinatra classics - New York New York, Strangers in the night, Somethin' stupid, Come fly with me and so much more. Most of his songs were culled from the Great American Songbook, but he showed that he could do contemporary songs well - among those to be found here are Mrs Robinson (Simon and Garfunkel), Yesterday, Something (both Beatles) and You are the sunshine of my life (Stevie Wonder).
This set works well as an introduction to Frank's music, but for those who only want one collection, this is the best of many compilations available. A single-CD version is also available for those who want it - it has a different color cover and merely contains the first of the two CD's here - but you can't buy the second CD separately,
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2002
This is a wonderful collection and one that introduced me to Frank. As the sleeve says, his voice can cut through any crowded room/ bar/ coffee shop. Of course, his music has become commercially mainstream and used in advertisements across the world, but that should not detract from the beauty and power of his voice and tunes.
From 'Fly me to the Moon' to 'I've Got You Under My Skin' his silky vocals are enough to woo any young lady with. So, draw yourself a bubble bath, light some candles, lie back and listen to his voice float over you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2003
I had never really listened to Sinatra before, save for the few that are on various ads etc. However, always looking to expand my music catalogue I picked this up 1 day from a supermarket and I've been in love with it ever since!
He has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard, and almost every song on this album is a true work of genius - Definitely something to sing along to on your way down to the Jazz Hall on a Saturday night!
Its an excellent collection starter or a stand alone compilation, buy it, buy it now!!!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2001
If, like me, you love the music of Sinatra, but don't know where to begin, then this is the CD for you. It is a compilation of some of the finest moments of his musical career. It's great to listen to when you have friends to visit or if you're holding a dinner party. There is a romanticism here, that recalls the heady post-war decades of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Frank's music is evocative of the era. Without doubt one of the greatest performers/artists of our time. If you only buy one Sinatra CD, make it this one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2000
Everone knows some Frank Sinatra songs, even if it's only drunken singing of My Way. The first track is My Way and I defy you to play it without singing along. If you only have one Frank Sinatra album (and this is mine), make sure you get one like this. Buy it, put it in the car, sing along at the top of your voice.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2005
I read all the glowing reviews (which are coincidentally on the first page, not the latter pages) and bought this. If you think Sinatra was at his best in his Las Vegas era, thumping out songs like New York NY, you shuld buy this. But if when you think of Sinatra you hear honey-voiced swing, buy Sinatra's early CD "Songs for Swinging Lovers" instead. The "Best of" Cd, frankly, has some dire rubbish on it, so you're forced to jump songs and can't just sit back and enjoy it. Plus, it covers such different eras the tracks on the CD don't gel together well. In contrast, Songs for Swinging Lovers has an overall beautiful mood and feel to it, plus it has many of his classics.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2002
Oh boy how do you start to review a 46 track best of Sinatra? Do I start to tell you about the smooth as silk vocals, the timeless songs or the swinging band lifting his every word up to heaven? I can only scratch my head and tell you to buy this Best Of cd if you love easy listening of the highest quality. This is the voice, they are one hell of a swinging band and you gotta sit down before they knock you down with the power of their music. You can hear the clink of champagne glasses, the rustle of cocktail dresses and the murmur of sweet romance. Kick back with the King of the Swingers.
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