Frank Sinatra

This Love of Mine [Satril]

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This collection focuses on early Sinatra. The Dorsey years (1940-42) are represented with tunes like "Dolores," "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Stardust." Also included are rarities from that time: "Dance, Ballerina Dance" and "Golden Earrings" (a haunting "ethnic" tune with a gypsy violin).

The collection also includes tunes from Sinatra's early solo years (1943-46). "Tenderly" and "White Christmas" are classics; "You're The Top," a live duet with Ethel Merman, is given a robust reading. And Kurt Weil's "Speak Low" is a welcome addition to any collection, but the sound quality of the reproduction is inferior.

There are no liner notes, so it isn't clear who did the arrangements for the selections; Axel Stordahl, Sinatra's arranger, was surely responsible for many of them. While there are better collections ("Portrait of Sinatra - The Columbia Classics" is a good place to start), this collection includes many beautifully rendered classics.

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