This 12-song sampler is made up of a dozen key tracks from the 12-CD The Columbia Years: The Complete Recordings set released on Sinatra in 1995. A promotional-only item, it utilizes the cover from the 1955 LP Frankie and the label art from a 1947 promotional 78 rpm disc by the singer. Unlike most samplers, this one comes with full annotation on the songs, and would have made a very special and effective commercial CD itself. "Night and Day" is still one of the greatest records ever made by anyone, and the rest of this CD -- which brackets that jewel with "Sweet Lorraine" and "Body and Soul," and also includes "Over the Rainbow," "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Time After Time," and "The Birth of the Blues" -- isn't far behind. The only flaw might be that, as with most of Sinatra's output on Columbia, the emphasis is on the ballads. But that's what he was about for most of the 1940s.
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