CD Review: Ultimate Sinatra by Frank Sinatra

In celebration of Frank Sinatra’s centennial year, Ultimate Sinatra is a 25 track career-spanning collection of the King of Cool’s greatest recordings ranging from 1940’s All or Nothing At All to 1979’s New York New York.

Do we need another Sinatra compilation when there are so many available already?

In the case of this release, a big “Yes”. Digitally remastered, each track pretty much runs into the other with sparking quality. His Capitol records hits such as I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) sit nice and easy between early recordings including Saturday Night and later material featuring the reflective It Was A Very Good Year.

The real bonus of the release is listening in to a Sinatra recording session via an alternate take of Just in Time.

Ultimate Sinatra is a brilliant overview and if you have a few extra pounds you can plummet for a four disc collection or crank up the record player with a 24-track 180-gram heavyweight 2 LP vinyl for the full-on Sinatra sound.

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