Exquisitely presented and painstakingly assembled, this six-CD retrospective of Sinatra's contributions to the music of film is exhaustive in its completeness.
Exquisitely presented and painstakingly assembled, this six-CD retrospective of Sinatra's contributions to the music of film is exhaustive in its completeness. It's also totally impressive musically, starting with Sinatra's early days in the 1940s with such stellar outfits as Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, and Andre Previn—and brilliant composers like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Along the way, Sinatra hooks up with well-known contemporaries (Gene Kelley, Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr). There's plenty of familiar material, including "That Old Black Magic," "All the Way," and "The Lady Is a Tramp." But more charming are such lesser-heard inclusions as "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg" from Take Me Out to the Ball Game, "It's Only Money" with Groucho Marx from Double Dynamite, and "Ad Lib Blues" with Louis Armstrong from Finian's Rainbow. Also fascinating are the outtakes, promotional spots, interviews, and Sinatra's acceptance speech for his best supporting actor Oscar in 1954. Like the Chairman himself, this collection is first class, baby.—RW