This is the second in a series of Frank Sinatra radio show compilations from Vintage Jazz Classics. This disc offers a fine portrait of the artist from 1943 to 1946, though the title "the crusading years" has more to do with Sinatra's educational campaign for racial equality during that time (even if "The House I Live In" heard here was the theme song for that campaign) than for the music, which is mostly standards with a few novelties and hits of the day thrown in. The bulk of the material on this CD has aged very well even if the opening number, "(There'll Be A) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go Marching In)," hasn't. It's a bizarrely upbeat World War II propaganda tune that is out of place among so many quality songs.
AllMusic Review by Nick Dedina