The best Sinatra album you can get
Andy Agree | Omaha, NE | 06/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Song for song, this is the best Sinatra album you can get. And that's saying quite a lot, isn't it? It's unbelievable to me that other reviewers have found fault with the order of the songs (a happy tune following a sad one - as if Sinatra never did that in concert!) and the fact that it's not the same as getting each of Sinatra's 50s "concept" albums individually (none of which, with the possible exception of "Only the Lonely", includes songs so consistently outstanding as here). Quibble all you want, folks, but this is a stellar compilation of the most prolific period in Frank Sinatra's career. I own several other Sinatra albums, but when I want uninterrupted classics from the 50s, this is the one I play. Of course there are a few song substitutions I would have made if I were designing this album, but so what? Speaking as someone who loves Sinatra's music but does not intend to buy his entire 50s repertoire, there is no substitute for "Sinatra 80th". It is truly "All the Best". I recommend combining this with "Sinatra Reprise - The Very Good Years", providing an excellent overview of his 60s work, to get a truly outstanding overview of both decades of Sinatra's peak years. If you truly love Sinatra, these will not be the only two albums of his that you buy - but they will be the two best!"
Sinatra + Capitol = 5 stars
Jon Warshawsky | San Diego, CA USA | 05/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sinatra's Capitol years were so good that it is hard to give this anything less than five stars. From 'I've Got the World on a String' to 'I've Got You Under My Skin', the Sinatra magic works no matter how you sequence it ... which may be the only shortcoming of this set. Many of the numbers here were originally released on the legendary concept albums of the 1950s and it can be strange to hear 'Nice n Easy' right after the wrenching 'Blues in the Night' and 'Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry'. Three great songs, but not one after the other.Also appreciated -- a few songs like 'Same Old Saturday Night' that are otherwise difficult to find on currently available albums. And, casual Sinatra listeners can rest assured these are the classic recordings of his big songs, although the later Reprise versions have their appeal as well. 'Witchcraft', 'I Get A Kick Out of You' ... it's a hall of fame tour.Big gripe: The 'Christmas Song' "duet" tacked on at the end is a studio-made track in the (awful) tradition of the Duets I/II albums. With two CDs of some of the best popular music made, do we really need this rubbish?Overall, recommended, but if you have the 3-CD Capitol set this album may duplicate much of what you own. Eventually, anyone who spends time listening to Sinatra will want the original concept albums anyway."