Tommy Dorsey / Frank Sinatra

Tommy Dorsey - Frank Sinatra

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Despite the co-billing, this is much more a Tommy Dorsey album than a Frank Sinatra one; Sinatra appears as Dorsey's vocalist on only five of the 12 tracks ("East of the Sun [And West of the Moon]," "I'll Be Seeing You," "Whispering," "Our Love Affair," and "I'll Never Smile Again"). Italy's Joker label is known for being only a cut above bootlegger status, if that, so this is a minor distortion, overshadowed by the unauthorized borrowing of a set of RCA Victor recordings. That's what this album consists of, Dorsey's original studio recordings, a sampler of highlights from the years 1935 to 1944. The trombonist's theme song, "I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You," is included, along with hits like "Opus One" and "Song of India." Sinatra was in the band from 1940 to 1942 and sang on Dorsey's biggest hit of the period, "I'll Never Smile Again." The selection makes for a good, brief Dorsey best-of, but the deceptive title and quasi-legal nature of the LP prevent this from being a recommended purchase. There are other Dorsey compilations in the U.S. that do the job better.

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