Warner Music – 2001 – 75 minutes
One of the side affects of this year's hype about the Rat Pack, the remake of 'Ocean's 11' and Robbie Williams' attempt at a swing album has been the rediscovery of Frank Sinatra by a whole new generation.
The epitome of a more glamorous time when men were men and women were broads, Sinatra was – and still is – the most visible of the group that included Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Jr.
This compilation focuses mainly on Sinatra's 1960s output on the Reprise label. From his off-the-cuff duet with daughter, Nancy on 'Somethin' Stupid', to Cole Porter classics ('I Get a Kick Out of You', 'I've Got you Under My Skin') and 'My Way' - the song that was to become his signature tune - Sinatra's interpretations were definitive. So definitive, in fact, that much of what is here is over-familiar.
Although predictable, this is a good introduction to the Frank Sinatra canon. No surprises, nothing new – just classy songs, beautifully sung.
Tracklisting: My Way - Strangers in the Night - Theme from New York New York - I Get a Kick Out Of You - Somethin' Stupid - Moon River - What Now My Love - Summer Wind - For Once In My Life - Love and Marriage - They Can't Take That Away From Me - My Kind Of Town - Fly Me To The Moon - I've Got You Under My Skin – The Best Is Yet To Come - It Was A Very Good Year - Come Fly With Me - That's Life - The Girl From Ipanema - The Lady is a Tramp - Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Mack The Knife - Love's Been Good To Me - LA Is My Lady