As compilations go, this is an odd one. First assembled by the British discount label Music for Pleasure on LP in 1981 and subsequently reissued on CD, 20 Classic Tracks is not, despite its title, a typical Frank Sinatra best-of. It is, rather, a truncated, somewhat rearranged version of two of his original Capitol LPs: 1958's Come Fly With Me and 1959's Come Dance With Me. Both of those albums originally contained 12 tracks, and 20 Classic Tracks pares them down, but there are also other changes. The compiler has replaced "Isle of Capri," originally the third track on Come Fly With Me, with the 1959 single "French Foreign Legion," which, in a Nelson Riddle arrangement, is out of place among the Billy May charts that make up the rest of the disc. "On the Road to Mandalay" and "Blue Hawaii" have been deleted, and "London by Night" and "Brazil" have been switched in the running order. Looking at the Come Dance With Me tracks (which take up side two of the 1981 LP, though the sides of course run together on the CD), "Day in, Day Out," which had been the eighth track on the original album, has been moved to the end, with the final two songs, "The Song Is You" and "The Last Dance," removed. What's left includes some terrific Sinatra performances of some pop standards as well as songs specifically fashioned for him, notably the title tracks of the two original LPs. But Come Fly With Me and Come Dance With Me are infinitely better in their original forms than in this re-jiggered version.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann