Certainly nowhere close to the 10 essential Sinatra albums, this collection nonetheless has a strange fascination. For a "period piece" the much-parodied "Strangers in the Night" has been around for much longer than even its original champions might have imagined. Recently, classical music programmer and radio announcer Carl Haas used it to demonstrate melodic intervals, harmonies, and modulations normally associated with Grand Opera... I say better Sinatra do it than Tom Jones or Englebert Humperdink. And to be fair to Frank, he sings "doo be doo be doo" only once.
The other selections are of a higher order (with the possible exceptions of "Downtown" and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," both of which Sinatra manages to sing convincingly despite having his tongue conspicuously planted in his cheek). "All or Nothing at All" is a felicitous, swinging revision; "Call Me" is taken at a surprisingly slow tempo, allowing Sinatra to treat it as a love song; "The Most Beautiful Girl" is as fast a tempo as you will ever hear Sinatra take, and he makes it sound effortless and dramatic at the same time.
Sinatra is in excellent voice throughout, so I don't know what some earlier reviewers' comments about it being "rough" are all about. There are admittedly some downsides, however: 1. "Strangers" evidences more studio effects than is characteristic of a Sinatra recording; 2. the running time of the disc is well under 30 minutes; 3. finally, Riddle's decision to incorporate electronic organ on most of the orchestrations clearly demonstrates that he was human like the rest of us. Whether he considered the instrument trendy or was going through a Lawrence Welk phase, perhaps we'll never know. But each of its appearances invites that epithet coined by a later generation: "cheesy."