Released in January 2002 as part of the great rush of Valentine-themed releases, Greatest Love Songs outclasses most of the romantic-themed compilations in its genre -- which is only appropriate for the great Frank Sinatra. It outclasses the competition not just because it contains a generous 22 tracks, but because it cross-licenses, containing four cuts from his classic Capitol recordings before delving into his rich '60s Reprise recordings for the majority of the album. Of course, this also means that it has the artificial duet with Celine Dion on "All the Way," but ignore that one misstep and concentrate on the other 21 tracks, which -- unlike many love-themed comps of 2002 -- include many hits and anthems ("My Funny Valentine," "I've Got a Crush on You," "Fly Me to the Moon," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Night and Day," "Strangers in the Night") plus a great selection of lesser-known album tracks. Taken together, it all makes for a collection that doesn't just provide good romantic mood music, it provides a substantial listen. Of course, this doesn't mean that most die-hard fans will need this, since everything is readily available elsewhere, but for those looking for a romantic Sinatra album and who already have Songs for Swinging Lovers, this is a very good choice.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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