This is one of the odder Capitol collections of Sinatra's 1950s singles and B-sides, and it contains a couple of Cahn/VanHeusen tunes from their musical version of Our Town. Sinatra starred in this live television special, which was a musical version of the famed Thornton Wilder play. Unfortunately, these songs don't really work when taken out of the context of the show. Likewise, the melodramatic movie theme "Not as a Stranger" mainly shows off lyricist Sammy Cahn's ability to turn any awkward film title he's given into a love song. Thankfully, Sinatra fans will find all of these "misses" beautifully sung and interesting, and there are a couple of real gems in this collection. Two oddly overlooked definitive Sinatra performances are here: the hell-for-leather swinger "I'm Gonna Live 'til I Die" (which comes complete with beatnik bongos) and "I Could Have Told You," a melancholy condolence to a one-time romantic rival. This collection made the Top Ten in 1958.
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AllMusic Review by Nick Dedina