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This review is from: The 1954-1961 Albums - 15 complete albums (Audio CD)
Let me start by saying that if you are already a Sinatra fan that the recording quality of these CDs is excellent. Some of the albums from the 50s are not quite as good as those from the 60s but they are still surprisingly good, especially when you consider how the recording quality of many pop albums from the 50s or 60s (or even the 70s in some cases) can be so very poor. It is claimed that these have all been re-mastered and I can believe the claim - they are simply brilliant.
The bonus tracks are not from poorly recorded live concerts or takes that weren't considered for inclusion on any of the albums, they are just as good as anything else in the set. Some are single releases, for example 'Chicago' and so they are definitely a bonus.
OK now, if you are not a confirmed fan of 'old blue eyes' then you should be, imo he was the greatest 'American Songbook' singer of all time. At the time of these recordings he had much competition from great singers like Tony Bennett, Ella Fitgerald, Sammy Davis Jnr, Billy Eckstine et al. But sadly there is no one today who can compete with these recordings, please forget the likes of Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart they simply are not in the game compared to Sinatra.
The quality of songs in this set speaks for itself, composers like the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Sammy Kahn, Gus Cahn, Jimmy van Heusen, Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kergy, Hoagy Carmichael - the list goes on. Just beautiful songs - music and lyrics!
Then we have the quality of the musicians. This set feature the Orchestras of Nelson Riddle, Johnny Mandel and Billy May.
Summing up then: This box set is about as good as gets and at £100 it would be great value - but just look at the current price.
Go on buy it. Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on!