- Audio CD (April 1 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Best of
- Label: SBME
- ASIN: B0012GN1YI
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The music -- well, it's a mixed bag, but 'All or Nothing at All' is often regarded as Sinatra's first step to stardom, and the recordings here are ample evidence. 'Ciribiribin', the James band theme song, is catchy, 'From the Bottom of My Heart' is is heartfelt, and overall the singing and orchestrations are fun. The most exciting part of this release, however, is the Roseland Ballroom performance, taped for radio, that includes 'Stardust', 'Wishing will make it so' and other great performances. What just floored me the first time I listened was that Harry James and Frank Sinatra are almost a backdrop to the evenings festivities -- you can hear people talking and milling around even on the tape.
While some of the songs are just okay ('My Buddy' seems never to have reappeared in Sinatra's next four decades of performing!), this is a great sample of Sinatra's absolutely (too?) smooth and creamy vocals of 1939.
I would recommend this if you are already a Sinatra or James fan, but Sinatra fans looking for more "swinging" vocals will want to visit the Capitol Records albums of the 1950s.