During his early years at RCA and Columbia, Frank Sinatra single-handedly brought the Big Band vocalist out of the shadows and into the limelight. Spanning a 14-year period, this collection chronicles Sinatra's remarkable rise with 80 tracks on 4 thematic discs.
Each disc offers 20 tracks that exemplify a pivotal period in Sinatra's career. It begins with the Big Band years from 1939 to 1942. Songs like "Blue Skies," "I'll Never Smile Again," and "Night And Day" are culled straight from the playlist that might be found on Tommy Dorsey's music stand. The collectors in the crowd will delight in a previously unreleased alternate take of "From The Bottom Of My Heart."
Disc 2 is all about the Teen Idol years from 1943 to 1952. Songs like "Saturday Night," "I've Got A Crush On You," and "I've Got You Under My Skin" were the ones that drove the bobby soxers wild and ignited Sinatramania. Also peppered throughout this disc are previously unreleased airchecks like "Dancing In the Dark" and "Lover Come Back To Me."
The Great American Songbook is the theme on Disc 3, where we hear a youthful Sinatra explore early versions of songs that would become his standards - like "All Of Me," "Body And Soul," and "I Get A Kick Out Of You."
Disc 4 covers the period from 1949 to 1952. Sinatra was now in his thirties and his changing perspectives are evident on some bluesy tracks like "Why Try To Change Me Now," and "We Kiss In A Shadow," while hints of the swingin' days ahead are heard on songs like "When You're Smiling" and "The Continental."The entire collection is beautifully packaged in a classy black and pinstriped box that includes a 116-page book with lots of rare photos and a forward written by Nancy Sinatra.