This lavish, beautifully packaged 6-CD set contains Sinatra's greatest musical performances from his acclaimed film career, many of them never before heard outside of darkened movie theaters. Brilliant recordings of Sinatra standards like "Night And Day," "All Of Me," "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)" and "(Love Is) The Tender Trap" make their CD debut in this one-of-a-kind collection, which also include rare newsreels, interviews, radio and television spots, plus Sinatra's Academy Award speech.
The collection is housed in a handsome box with a 120-page hardcover book containing notes from Leonard Maltin, Michael Feinstein, and recognized Sinatra historians, along with behind-the-scenes photos and movie memorabilia. It adds up to a comprehensive, essential way to relive Sinatra's days in Tinseltown.
A treasure trove of virtually every important or intriguing recording Sinatra made during the bulk of his movie career, Sinatra in Hollywood is filled with fascinating performances that often differed dramatically from the versions Sinatra recorded for his own albums. "Film studios hired the most gited arrangers, composers, and, of course, talent, and that is why Sinatra's screen recordings are among my favorites of his illustrious repertoire," writes Feinstein in a personal reflection in the liner notes.
A gifted performer in his own right, and a friend of Sinatra's, Feinstein later sums up the work collected in this box:
"Frank Sinatra's Hollywood output is a canon of which I hope he was ultimately more proud than critical, because this assemblage is, to me as a performer, an inspiration as well as a primer. I am left with a feeling of gratitude for his high standards, his passion, and his natural talent.
"In other words, the short version of this tribute is... You're sensational, Mr. Sinatra. And that's all."