There are two ways to view EMI-Capitol Special Markets' Gold. Either it's sacrilege, a bastardization of Sinatra's classic Capitol albums and an imperfect, shoddily assembled attempt at a greatest hits comp, or it's a not-bad budget-priced sampler that offers 12 classics -- "Young At Heart," "All the Way," "Witchcraft," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Chicago," "I've Got You Under My Skin," etc. -- at a reasonable price. Depending on your needs -- whether you're a dedicated fan, a curious collector, or just a dabbler -- you'll find your interpretation of Gold will vary. Ultimately, anyone who is serious about Sinatra -- no matter if they plan to collect albums or just want a strong compilation -- will want the more comprehensive collections, but budget-minded listeners who just want a sampling of the Chairman of the Board will find this to be a good cross-section of some of his finest work.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine