- Audio CD (April 2 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Best of
- Label: Reprise
- ASIN: B000002LOI
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. The Last Dance|
|2. Night And Day|
|3. I Get A Kick Out Of You|
|4. Luck Be A Lady|
|5. The Way You Look Tonight|
|6. My Kind Of Town|
|7. The Best Is Yet To Come|
|8. Fly Me To The Moon|
|9. It Was A Very Good Year|
|10. Love And Marriage|
|11. I've Got You Under My Skin|
|12. Strangers In The Night|
|13. Summer Wind|
|14. All Or Nothing At All|
|15. That's Life|
|16. My Way|
|17. The Lady Is A Tramp|
|18. Send In The Clowns|
|20. Theme From 'New York, New York'|
The 1990 cd "The Reprise Collection" holds a special place in my heart. It was the first cd I ever heard. In fact, I played it so much I had to buy 4 copies because I wore it out. There's only a few cds you can say that about.
Every classic Sinatra recorded on Reprise is here. Whether you enjoy "Fly Me To The Moon", "My Way", "Strangers In The Night", "New York, New York" or "That's Life", it's hard to be disappoinetd by the song selection. There isn't a lot of rare stuff here. Thre's a selection of previously released but relatively unknown songs here, such as his haunting renditon of "Send In The Clown" or a latterday recording of his 1940s' hit "Nancy (With The Laughing Face)".
Aside from the number 1 hit Nancy Sinatra duet "Something Stupid", this set leaves nothing out. I sugest this, as well as "The Main Event" and "Sinatra 80: Live In Concert".
This cd has all the good stuff on here. There's nothing really rare on here, though "The Last Dance" and his 1961 recording of "Night And Day" (a song he recorded several time between 1940 and 1977, the year he released the disco version) remain underrated gems in the vast Sinatra catalogue. But songs like "The Way You Look Tonight", "Luck Be A Lady", "Fly Me To The Moon", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Strangers In The Night", "That's Life", "The Summer Wind", "My Way" and "Theme From New York, New York" have become firmly engraved as American classics. Granted, a few well - known songs from this period -"Cycles" and the smash duet "Somethin' Stupid" with Nancy Sinatra - are missing. But still, it's a great collection of the most timeless music in pop history, made that way by the most timeless singer who ever lived.
Covering the years 1961 to 1980, this cd has all the best. Songs like "Fly Me To The Moon" (my favorite), "That's Life", "Strangers In The Night", "New York, New York" and "My Way" have become firmly engraved in pop culture history. And songs like "Strangers", "The Summer Wind", "Send In The Clowns" and "Nancy" evoke evocative images set by Frank's mellow voice, to many the most recognizable voice of all time. Ultimately, it's that voice that trimuphs overall, whether it be a ballad or a great uptempo number.
Buy this cd whether you're a newcomer or a longtime Sinatra fanatic who cannot get enough.
Whether you're up, down, over or out, what's life without Sinatra's voice singing behind it, that reassuring presence, night and day, adding to every moment?
Here we have the songs Sinatra "owned"-- recorded countless times by others, nevertheless he made them his: "Night and Day" (complete with the "tick, tick, tock" of its stately verse) and those two other Cole Porter classics, "I Get a Kick Out of You" (schwing it, baby) and "I've Got You Under My Skin," live, in Vegas, with the incomparable Count Basie and orchestra. Frank's greatest recording, this is the "Skin" to beat all "Skin"s.
But Frank and Basie are in the studio giving us the definitive "Fly Me to the Moon" and "The Best is Yet to Come" (I say with all due respect to fans of Mr. Bennett).
Before landing in the Big Apple for a live version at MSQ of "The Lady is a Tramp" (again, definitive) we stop over in the Windy City for "My Kind of Town." Then there is "NY, NY"-- that tribute to the world's greatest city, true, but also an ode to optimism, to life itself.
"When I was seventeen . . ." How many golden afternoons have been transformed to a deeper gold as Sinatra's baritone came through the speakers with those words?
And here we have a beautiful little "Nancy"-- a late one, from the 1970s-- that is more poignant than ever. And a piano-only version of "Send in the Clowns" which even Sinatra himself never surpassed.
So twenty songs, and a lifetime of listening. Play it at a party (J.D. optional) or on your way home in rush hour traffic, or in the wee small hours. Somehow, wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, it's always better when Frank is there.