The soothing sounds of Frank Sinatra seem more of an elixir for the world's wounds than ever before.
The soothing sounds of Frank Sinatra seem more of an elixir for the world's wounds than ever before. This thoughtful collection of romantic songs, recorded between 1953 and 1965, plays like silk brushed against velvet. Whether singing ultimate standards like "My Funny Valentine" and "I've Got a Crush on You" or songs that are historically stamped with his own signature, like "Strangers in the Night" and "All the Way" (which, here, is presented as a wonderfully matched duet with Celine Dion, thanks to some technological wizardry), Sinatra consistently shimmers. A live orchestra backs each cut, and while the fidelity is a far cry from today's standards, it's still easy enough to close your eyes and conjure a dim Vegas club with the ultimate lounge singer in front, cigarette in hand, having the time of his life. Among so many compilations out there, Greatest Love Songs is packaged beautifully. Any fan will dig it.—CT