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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 10 August 2012
Putting a brilliant vocalist in front of Basie is a recipe for gourmet succulence. There is little to chose between the 1962 session with arrangements by Neil Hefti and the 1964 collection arranged by Quincy Jones. What bursts through are the inspirational captivating vocals of Sinatra. Best known for his popular ballads (crooning), here he has the blast of Basie behind him. If you can't swing with his orchestra, then goodbye. Hard to pick a standout song. 'Learnin' The Blues', 'I Can't Stop Loving You'. 'The Good Life', 'My Kind of Girl', are personal favourites. Not a dud amongst them. Basie's band blow big time. The soloists burst through, particularly Frank Weiss. I recently reviewed Tony Bennett with Basie. Get them both and enjoy two masters. I have my preference but they are both wonderful examples of songsters and superlative big band at their peak. Matchless.
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on 21 October 2013
There is no question that Frank Sinatra and Count Basie enjoyed working together. This collection, which conveniently. comprises their two studio albums (1962 & '64 respectively), is a welcome release. The real riches, however, are in the first set arranged by Neal Hefti and featuring some dazzling section and solo work from the Basie personnel. The second set - originally released as "It Might as Well Be Swing" is slightly less satisfying. The musical direction this time is in the hands of Quincy Jones who, in electing to add strings to the Basie sound, has altered the band's identity. The arrangements are strictly by-the-numbers transforming the band into a sort of makeshift Nelson Riddle - but without Riddle's skill and warmth. Sinatra's vocals are OK but they lack the commitment that he shows in the earlier tracks.

By and large,though, this is a collection to cherish simply because it presents the complete studio output of these two musical giants.
Ken B.
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on 19 May 2012
a truly great album all recorded with the big sound of basie & his band, him & sinatra are a perfect partnership.loads of classy classic songs, hey what's not to like.
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on 27 April 2012
This C.D. gives us real music, beautifully played by the Count and sung superbly by the one and only Frank Sinatra. More of this type of popular music is needed - it is so much better than the "rubbish" so frequently produced these days !.
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on 21 April 2014
Bought this for my husband as he had mislaid his original one. He says
that this is a very good CD and often plays it.
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on 31 July 2013
Sinatra teams up successfully with the Basie band to produce a swinging recording of many of the standards these musicians are famous for. It's a a perfect marriage and deserves a wide audience.
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on 28 December 2012
This is the highest quality of workmanship and artistry.
Unusual combination of two outstanding singer.

I learned about it from the music press.
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on 20 February 2015
This has got to be one of the all-time greats. fantastic playing from Count Basie, and fantastic singing from King Sinatra!
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on 22 December 2015
timeless music, a great voice backed by one of the greatest ever big bands. Every track a winner.
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on 3 June 2015
we are both Frank and Basie fans whats not to like and some fantastic tenor sax solos.great .
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