The Rat Pack

The Rat Pack: 56 Great Songs from the Kings of Cool

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This budget-priced compilation is not a collection of recordings by the Rat Pack. Rather, it's just some miscellaneous tracks recorded separately by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., and thrown onto this disc to give the false impression that the album offers their collaborative efforts. European copyright law puts all recordings more than 50 years old into the public domain, and Prism Leisure, from which the tracks were licensed) takes advantage of that to swipe some of Frank Sinatra's Columbia Records recordings of the late '40s and early '50s, and some of Dean Martin's early-'50s Capitol Records recordings. Most of the Davis tracks are live recordings, and some of the Martin ones are, too. The sound quality varies wildly from one track to another. While individual performances are as good as one might expect from these performers, and many of the songs are pop standards, this album simply isn't what it claims to be and should be shunned for that reason alone.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:30
2 2:56
3 2:47
4 3:10
5 3:36
6 3:00
7 3:06
8 3:19
9 2:29
10 2:43
11 3:06
12
2:34
13
3:14
14 3:04
15 3:10
16 3:18
17 4:16
18
2:43
19 3:16
20 2:39

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Dean Martin
3:08
2
feat: Dean Martin
2:00
3
feat: Dean Martin
2:15
4
feat: Dean Martin
3:00
5
feat: Dean Martin
1:46
6
feat: Dean Martin
1:11
7
feat: Dean Martin
2:49
8
feat: Dean Martin
2:54
9
feat: Dean Martin
2:29
10
feat: Dean Martin
1:55
11
feat: Dean Martin
2:53
12
feat: Dean Martin
2:48
13
feat: Dean Martin
2:55
14
feat: Dean Martin
2:55
15
feat: Dean Martin
2:43
16
feat: Dean Martin
1:43
17
feat: Dean Martin
2:24
18
feat: Dean Martin
1:59
19 2:52

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:00
2 2:55
3 3:02
4 2:24
5
2:41
6 2:56
7 3:48
8
4:36
9 2:40
10 3:04
11 2:32
12 3:32
13 1:57
14 2:53
15 2:41
16 2:38
17 2:36
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