Frank Sinatra

The Inimitable

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"Recordings transcribed from radio broadcasts," reads a legend on the back of this British budget album, and that's as much information about the sources of the music as is offered. Aural evidence doesn't help much more. The early tracks sound like live recordings from the 1950s. In introducing "Dancing in the Dark," Frank Sinatra says: "This is from a new album recently released here. The album is called Come Dance With Me!" Come Dance With Me! was released in the U.S. in January 1959, and Sinatra was on tour in Australia that spring with the Red Norvo Quintet, so some of these tracks may come from then. But others clearly date back to the 1940s. Sinatra fans may welcome these rare performances, wherever they're from, but the muffled sound, skimpy packaging, and nearly nonexistent annotations mark it as a barely legitimate, poor-quality entry in the Sinatra discography. (In an amusing misstatement, the uncredited liner notes claim that From Here to Eternity is a James Joyce novel. There's a big difference between James Joyce and James Jones, who actually wrote the book that served as the basis for the film that helped boost Sinatra's 1950s comeback, just as there's a big difference between this kind of shoddy release and a good Frank Sinatra album.)

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