Frank Sinatra

Greatest Hits [Timeless]

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Frank Sinatra was, well, Frank Sinatra, and he virtually defined the role of how to be a pop singer in the modern world, exuding style and cool even as he became fodder for the invasive emerging style of pop journalism that has since grown into an industry all its own, an industry where simply being a celebrity is all too often more important that said artist’s body of work. However much of a front-page commodity Sinatra became, he was always a gracefully nuanced singer and the best of his recordings are acknowledged and timeless classics. This three-disc, 36-track set (it could easily have been boiled down to a double-disc package, if not a single one, with a little juggling and editing) collects several of Sinatra's 1950s sides for Capitol Records, including enduring singles like 1955’s “Love and Marriage” and 1958’s “Witchcraft.” It doesn’t include any of his later hits like 1965’s “It Was a Very Good Year” and 1969’s “My Way,” by which time Sinatra had left the label, so calling this his “greatest hits” really means “his greatest hits from the ‘50s on Capitol Records.” That’s fine. There’s plenty of substance here.

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