The Rat Pack is a cheaply made album compiled out of archive performances from Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. The album suffers for a variety of reasons; the first and most important is that the songs taken from these artists are from entirely different moments in all of their careers. The Dean Martin songs are the best ones here, if only because both the production is clear and the music is pretty good. The Sinatra songs may in fact have even better music on them, but the production is atrocious and varies from song to song. And the Davis songs probably have the best production, but are mostly dull country songs from the end of his career. The few times they perform together are all quite good, even though the production mars these songs too. An album like this would be perfect if it would just either take songs from the same performance or at least take some nice-sounding recordings and cobble it together that way. And as far as calling it The Rat Pack, where are Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, the other two members of the elite group? This is a badly compiled album that should be avoided by any real fans of the singers, as well as those curious about the music of the famed Rat Pack.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano
feat: Jerry Lewis