Frank Sinatra

Greatest Hits: The Early Years

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This Harmony Records reissue, dating from around 1970, is not to be confused with the differently (and slightly more generously) programmed LP of the same name (or its volume two companion) issued by Columbia in 1966. These are, of course, tracks from Sinatra's Columbia library, the most woefully under-exposed and under-utilized part of his output at that time (and for two decades after). The point of interest for fanatics, completists, and collectors, apart from the music -- which speaks (or sings) for itself -- is the presence of three alternate takes among the ten tracks here. And the notes by Morgan Ames are surprisingly full and informative, in what is a very well-written essay.

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