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Sinatra,Frank ~ Very Good Years
A 20-track collection from the Reprise years that tries to cover too much ground. Very Good Years sweeps from the early 1960s to 1979's "New York New York," focusing on the most obvious Sinatra standards. The watchword here isn't art but populism. That's not a problem, really--but it means that serious fans (or those aspiring to be) will be better served elsewhere. It would be a fine introduction for the casual music lover, but so would any decent collection. For a compact Reprise-era sampler, try either this one or something from the Greatest Hits series. --Gavin McNett
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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.
He is probably the only singer in which I can actually understand each and every word and syllable clearly. Also, he is a master at bending the rhythms of the music...drawing out a note longer here, taking a breath there. Primarily, he is a *common* singer with the uncommon ability to impart the story that is within each song. The big band arrangements are great but also hide or cover many of the singing flaws that Sinatra has. He was very lucky to have such good bands and arrangers to back him up.
I am not a Sinatra fan but I enjoy all types of music. If you are like me and want to get your first Sinatra album to listen to, you wouldn't be doing too badly if you started with this one. The only warning is if you are sensitive to incorrect pitch and tonality, Sinatra's singing may drive you crazy.
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I have owned hundreds of Frank Sinatra albums in my lifetime, but 1990's "Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years" holds a lot of emotional value for me, since it was the... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by anthony nasti
From "The Last Dance" to "New York, New York" this is a disc you could play a thousand times-- ten thousand-- and it would still sound fresh. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by samantha
What a great way to introduce yourself to Sinatra! Most of the material on this release is ingrained in American culture - you'll know this stuff as soon as you put this in the CD... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Damian P. Gadal
I have most of the 50s Capitol albums and they are indeed great. But this was my first Sinatra album and probably the most fun to listen to because you can't help but sing along to... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by LiLKidneys
Choosing the best 20 tracks from "Frank Sinatra", is like choosing the best 20 from "Elvis", hard to do. But as an intro for casual fans, this is great. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by H3@+h
When I bought this three-disc collection in 1991, I was not a Frank Sinatra fan. I much preferred Bing Crosby in style and substance and just tossed off Sinatra contemptuously. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2003 by Candace Scott
Excellent intro to this legendary performer. Like the previous reviewer, as a teenager I grew up listening to seventies rock n roll. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by G. J Wiener
No single CD can adequately do justice to the magic that was "the Voice". But track-per-track, this CD is still the strongest selection that the fan (current or... Read morePublished on May 17 2003 by pining4lenore
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