The Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set stands midway between the 12-CD Complete Collection 1943-1952 box which is worth every cent, for those who can afford it and the single-CD 15-song Essential Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years -- in its favor, along with an affordable price, is its thorough and wide-ranging overview of the least well-known part of Frank Sinatra's career. Scholars and listeners with long memories over 70 aside, the chances are that no more than a dozen of its 97 tracks will be known to most of Sinatra's fans. And it does offer a detailed look at the singer's evolution, from a big-band era balladeer into a new breed of vocalist, just inches away from the defining Vegas swinger ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set stands midway between the 12-CD Complete Collection 1943-1952 box which is worth every cent, for those who can afford it and the single-CD 15-song Essential Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years -- in its favor, along with an affordable price, is its thorough and wide-ranging overview of the least well-known part of Frank Sinatra's career. Scholars and listeners with long memories over 70 aside, the chances are that no more than a dozen of its 97 tracks will be known to most of Sinatra's fans. And it does offer a detailed look at the singer's evolution, from a big-band era balladeer into a new breed of vocalist, just inches away from the defining Vegas swinger of his Capitol years -- the 97 songs here cover a significant chunk of that Columbia library although like the 12-disc box, it doesn't include any of the singer's V-Disc sides that constituted just about his only recorded output for the first year of his solo career, or the radio performances that have been licensed in more recent years to augment his Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hammerstein catalogs; additionally, this set is better for the more casually minded serious fan, in that it avoids the missteps imposed upon Sinatra by Mitch Miller, which require explanation for the uninitiated. The sound is state-of-the-art and the source materials have been treated with exceptional care, thus giving the music its best hearing in history, and certainly since the original 78 rpm releases; indeed, much of what's here never showed up on vinyl, and those that did often didn't get represented long or well. The annotation is superb, and the booklet is well illustrated. The set also exists in two different editions: the original long-box shaped release, a foot tall with the type in large font, and also as a less expensive CD-jewel case-sized set in a slipcase, with smaller print and photos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646562024
  • Catalog Number: 65620


Disc 1
  1. 1 Close to You (3:20)
  2. 2 People Will Say We're in Love (3:22)
  3. 3 If You Are But a Dream (3:06)
  4. 4 Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week) (2:45)
  5. 5 White Christmas (3:25)
  6. 6 I Fall in Love Too Easily - Dave Mann (3:16)
  7. 7 Ol' Man River (4:03)
  8. 8 Stormy Weather (4:16)
  9. 9 Embraceable You (3:18)
  10. 10 She's Funny That Way (3:22)
  11. 11 My Melancholy Baby (3:10)
  12. 12 Where or When (3:15)
  13. 13 All the Things You Are (3:03)
  14. 14 I Should Care (3:03)
  15. 15 Dream (3:04)
  16. 16 Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day) (3:09)
  17. 17 Over the Rainbow (3:19)
  18. 18 If I Loved You (3:07)
  19. 19 Someone to Watch Over Me (3:21)
  20. 20 You Go to My Head (3:02)
  21. 21 These Foolish Things (3:10)
  22. 22 The House I Live In (3:20)
  23. 23 Day by Day (3:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (3:22)
  2. 2 Full Moon and Empty Arms (3:14)
  3. 3 Oh! What It Seemed to Be (3:01)
  4. 4 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (3:13)
  5. 5 Why Shouldn't I? (2:54)
  6. 6 Try a Little Tenderness (3:11)
  7. 7 Begin the Beguine (2:57)
  8. 8 They Say It's Wonderful (3:07)
  9. 9 That Old Black Magic (2:34)
  10. 10 How Deep Is the Ocean? (2:59)
  11. 11 Home on the Range (3:14)
  12. 12 Five Minutes More (2:37)
  13. 13 The Things We Did Last Summer (3:18)
  14. 14 Among My Souvenirs (3:18)
  15. 15 September Song (3:08)
  16. 16 Blue Skies (2:30)
  17. 17 Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry (3:26)
  18. 18 Lost in the Stars (3:18)
  19. 19 There's No Business Like Show Business (3:21)
  20. 20 Time After Time (3:12)
  21. 21 The Brooklyn Bridge (2:38)
  22. 22 Sweet Lorraine (3:10)
  23. 23 Always (2:57)
  24. 24 Mam'selle (3:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stella by Starlight (3:22)
  2. 2 My Romance (3:17)
  3. 3 If I Had You (3:08)
  4. 4 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (3:07)
  5. 5 But Beautiful - Sinatra Family (3:14)
  6. 6 You're My Girl (3:11)
  7. 7 All of Me (2:47)
  8. 8 Night and Day (3:41)
  9. 9 S'posin' (2:48)
  10. 10 The Night We Called It a Day (3:24)
  11. 11 The Song Is You (3:17)
  12. 12 What'll I Do? (3:07)
  13. 13 The Music Stopped (3:00)
  14. 14 Fools Rush In (3:02)
  15. 15 I've Got a Crush on You (3:17)
  16. 16 Body and Soul (3:21)
  17. 17 I'm Glad There Is You (3:08)
  18. 18 Autumn in New York (3:17)
  19. 19 Nature Boy (3:21)
  20. 20 Once in Love With Amy (3:03)
  21. 21 Some Enchanted Evening (3:09)
  22. 22 The Hucklebuck (3:03)
  23. 23 Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk (3:02)
  24. 24 It All Depends on You (2:43)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bye Bye Baby (2:40)
  2. 2 Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go) (3:20)
  3. 3 That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) (3:19)
  4. 4 Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (2:40)
  5. 5 American Beauty Rose (2:37)
  6. 6 Should I? (2:26)
  7. 7 You Do Something to Me (2:35)
  8. 8 Lover (2:41)
  9. 9 When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) [From Meet Danny (2:31)
  10. 10 London by Night (3:11)
  11. 11 Meet Me at the Copa (3:13)
  12. 12 April in Paris (2:46)
  13. 13 I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest (2:44)
  14. 14 Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You) (3:11)
  15. 15 I Am Loved (2:27)
  16. 16 Hello, Young Lovers (3:35)
  17. 17 We Kiss in a Shadow (3:38)
  18. 18 I'm a Fool to Want You (2:58)
  19. 19 Love Me (3:11)
  20. 20 Deep Night - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:18)
  21. 21 I Could Write a Book (2:44)
  22. 22 I Hear a Rhapsody (3:07)
  23. 23 My Girl (2:26)
  24. 24 Birth of the Blues (3:30)
  25. 25 Azure-Te (Paris Blues) (2:36)
  26. 26 Why Try to Change Me Now? (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist, Vocals
Percy Faith Conductor
Arthur Baker Clarinet, Saxophone
Will Bradley Trombone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Yank Lawson Trumpet
David Mann Piano, Celeste
Ted Nash Saxophone
Buddy Rich Trumpet
Willie Smith Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trombone
Dave Barbour Guitar
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Lee Castle Trumpet
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri Bass, Piano, Celeste
Bob Haggart Bass
Bernie Leighton Piano, Celeste
Ray Linn Trumpet
Buddy Morrow Trombone
Babe Russin Saxophone
Al Caiola Guitar
George Van Eps Guitar
Stan Freeman Piano, Celeste
Alec Wilder Conductor
Mitch Miller Oboe
Robert Maxwell Harp
Felix Slatkin Violin
Si Zentner Trombone
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Abato Saxophone
Bob Ahern Guitar
Victor Arno Violin
George Arus Trombone
Seymour Barab Cello
Robert Barene Violin
John Barrows Horn
Edward Bergman Violin
Ruth Berman Harp
Cy Bernard Cello
John Best Trumpet
Johnny Blowers Drums
Harry Bluestone Violin
Hoyt Bohannon Trombone
Perry Botkin Guitar
Maurice Brown Cello
Frederick Buldrini Violin
Ernie Caceres Saxophone
Nick Caiazza Saxophone
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Frank Carroll Bass
John Cave Horn
Mac Ceppos Violin
Frank Chase Saxophone
Nat King Cole Piano
Harold Coletta Viola
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Sid Cooper Saxophone
Richard Dickler Viola
Kurt Dieterle Violin
Art Drelinger Saxophone
Ed Druzinsky Harp
Jack Dumont Saxophone
Walter Edelstein Violin
Arnold Eidus Violin
Nick Fatool Drums
Harold Feldman Saxophone
Freddie Fox Horn
David Frisina Violin
Harold Furmanski Viola
Louis Gabowitz Violin
Chuck Gentry Saxophone
Manny Green Violin
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Sid Harris Violin
Allan Harshman Viola
Herbie Haymer Saxophone
Julius Held Violin
Abraham Hochstein Viola
Clyde Hurley Trumpet
William Hymanson Viola
Isadore Zir Viola
Les Jenkins Trombone
Jerry Jerome Saxophone
Armand Karpoff Cello
George Kast Violin
Harry Katzman Violin
Ken Lane Piano, Celeste
Jules Kinsler Saxophone
Bob Kitsis Piano, Celeste
Harry Klee Saxophone
Phil Kraus Drums
Leo Kruczek Violin
Bernard Kundell Violin
Eugene Lamas Violin
Harry Lawson Saxophone
Sam Levine Violin
Dan Lube Violin
Rebecca Lynch Violin
Jimmy Lytell Saxophone
Vito Mangano Trumpet
Dave Mankovitz Viola
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
John Mayhew Flute
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Saxophone
Tony Mottola Guitar
Alexander Neiman Viola
George Ockner Violin
Gene Orloff Violin
John Owens Trumpet
Richard Perissi Horn
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Leonard Posner Violin
Jimmy Powell Saxophone
Jimmy Priddy Trombone
Samuel Rand Violin
Bill Rank Trombone
Milt Raskin Piano, Celeste
Allan Reuss Guitar
George Ricci Cello
Les Robinson Saxophone
Paul Robyn Viola
Ted Rosen Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
Antoine Russo Trombone
John Ryan Bass
Art Ryerson Guitar
Julius Schachter Violin
Bill Schaeffer Trombone
Gunther Schuller Horn
George Seaberg Trumpet
Leonard Selic Viola
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Jack Shulman Violin
Joseph Singer Horn
Charles Small Trombone
Terry Snyder Drums
Anthony Sophos Cello
Marshall Sosson Violin
Phil Stephens Bass
David Sterkin Viola
Ann Mason Stockton Harp
Alvin Stoller Drums
Axel Stordahl Conductor
Fred Stulce Saxophone
Julius Tannenbaum Cello
Harry Urbont Violin
Gerald Vinci Violin
Hy White Guitar
Milt Yaner Saxophone
Vincent DeRosa Horn
Alex Beller Violin
Samuel Cytron Violin
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Donald Anderson Trumpet
Morris Bercov Saxophone
Julius Brand Violin
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Irma Clow Harp
Milton DeLugg Accordion
Solomon Deutsch Viola
Charles Griffard Trumpet
Ray Hagan Drums
Stanley Harris Viola
Gerald Joyce Violin
Murray Kellner Violin
Sol Kindler Violin
Leonard Mach Trumpet
Richard L. Noel Trombone
Felix Orlewitz Violin
Pullman Pederson Trombone
Max Polikoff Violin
Kurt Reher Violin
Jack Rose Mandolin
Herman Shertzer Saxophone
Melvin "Red" Solomon Trumpet
Jack Zyde Violin
Theodore Adoff Viola
Tony Faso Trumpet
Carl Loeffler Trombone
Spinoza Paeff Viola
Nick Pisani Violin
Pete Pumiglio Saxophone
Billy Rowland Piano, Celeste
William Spear Viola
Avron Twerdowsky Cello
Olcott Vail Violin
Andrew Ferretti Trumpet
Frank Sinatra Jr. Track Performer
Herman Alpert Bass
Larry Alpeter Trombone
Benjamin Altman Violin
Sal Amato Saxophone
John Augustine Violin
Harry Azen Violin
Russell Banzer Saxophone
Henry Beau Saxophone
Peter Beilman Trombone
Harry Berv Trumpet
William Bloom Violin
Harry Blostein Violin
David Bonnee Saxophone
Milton Bornstein Violin
Albert Borodkin Cello
Sidney Brecher Viola
Samuel Bytron Violin
Nick Cajazza Saxophone
Emmett Callen Saxophone
Werner Callies Violin
May Hogan Cambern Harp
Fred Camelia Cello
Samuel Carmell Violin
Karl Chlupse Horn
William Clifton Piano, Celeste
Murray Cohan Saxophone
Cy Coolidge Trombone
John d'Agostino Trombone
Fred Dornbach Saxophone
Louis Druzinsky Viola
Peter Ellis Violin
Samuel Finkel Violin
George Forbes Piano, Celeste
Sam Freed Violin, Viola
Al Freistadt Saxophone
Harold Freistadt Trumpet
John Fulton Saxophone
Emmerick Gara Cello
Paul Geil Trumpet
Albert Geltzer Trumpet
Emanuel Gershman Saxophone
Alex Gershunoff Saxophone
Phil Giardino Trombone
Fred Glantz Saxophone
Fred Goerner Cello
Matty Golizio Guitar
Marty Golodner Violin
Max Gralnick Mandolin
Jack Greenberg Saxophone
Bernard Greenhouse Cello
Robert Hackett Trumpet
Walter Hagen Violin
Morris Haigh Violin
Howard Halbert Violin
Dave Hallett Trombone
Leonard Hartman Saxophone
Max Herman Trumpet
Maurice Hershaft Violin
Harry Hoffman Violin
Harry Holtzer Trumpet
Jimmy Horvath Saxophone
Bruce Hudson Trumpet
David Jefferson Violin
Arthur Kafton Cello
Morris Kahn Viola
Leonid Kanter Violin
Daniel Karpilowsky Violin
Bernard Kaufman Saxophone
Zelik Kaufman Violin
Howard Kay Violin
Harold Keinz Saxophone
Jack Kimmel Bass
Morris King Violin
Sylvan Kirsner Violin
Emanuel Klein Trumpet
Samuel Koty Trombone
Edward Kuczborski Trombone
Tom Lassoff Violin
John Lausen Trumpet
Ward Lay Bass
Frank Leithner Piano, Celeste
Simon Leutner Trombone
William Lockwood Violin
Arthur Loesserman Violin
Don Logiudice Saxophone
Milton Lomask Violin
Paul Lowenkron Viola
William May Trumpet
Robert McGarity Trombone
Mark McIntyre Piano, Celeste
Dale McMickle Trumpet
Reggie Merrill Saxophone
Harold Micklin Violin
Sam Middleman Violin
Achilles Mierlot Violin
William Miller Piano, Violin, Celeste
Seymour Miroff Violin
Sy Morris Violin
Ben Mortell Guitar
Horace Nelson Trumpet
Henry Nosco Violin
Nicholas Ochi-Albi Cello
Fred Olson Violin
Alex Ores Violin
Louis Palange Saxophone
Maurice Perlmutter Viola
Anthony Perrotti Violin
Fred Pfeifer Saxophone
Merle Pitt Violin
Nat Polen Drums
George Polikian Cello
Carl Poole Trumpet
Gene Powers Violin
Irving Prager Violin
William Pritchard Trombone
Joe Quadri Violin
Van Ramsey Trumpet
Albert Raskin Saxophone
William Rausch Trombone
Elaine Vito Ricci Harp
Meyer Rosen Harp
Henry Ross Saxophone
Sol Rumberg Viola
Victor Salvi Harp
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Pinky Savitt Trumpet
John Saxon Cello
Harry Schuchman Saxophone
Cheryl Scott Harp
Jack Sewell Cello
Seymour Shaffer Trombone
Aaron Shapinsky Cello
Sammy Shapiro Trumpet
Buddy Sheppard Violin
Sam Shoobe Bass
Phillip Shuken Saxophone
Frank Siravo Bass
James Skiles Trombone
Joe Small Saxophone
Zelly Smirnoff Violin
Elmer Smithers Trombone
Melven Soloman Trumpet
Russ Solomon Trumpet
Stanley Spiegelman Viola
James Stagliano Horn
William Stegmeyer Saxophone
Wolfe Taninbaum Saxophone
Harry Terrill Saxophone
Oreste Tomasso Violin
William Versaci Saxophone
Paul Weigand Trombone
Abraham Weiss Viola
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Garry White Viola
Herbert Winfield Trombone
Joe Yukl Trombone
Rubin Zarchy Trumpet
Philip Zolkind Saxophone
Arthur Shapiro Bass
Dave Mann Piano, Celeste
Harold Furmansky Viola
Fred Fox Horn
Eddie Powell Saxophone
Anthony Russo Trombone
Robert Haggart Bass
Bill Miller Piano, Celeste
James Maxwell Trumpet
Artie Feldman Saxophone
William Schaefer Trombone
Philip Stephens Bass
William McLeish Smith Saxophone
Mannie Green Violin
Arthur Smith Saxophone
Arthur Smith Trio Saxophone
Joe Siracusa Drums
Don Anderson Trumpet
David Mankowitz Viola
Bernard Kessel Guitar
George Brown Viola
Frank Miller Cello
Broadus Erle Violin
Milton Prinz Cello
Technical Credits
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Ray Conniff Arranger
Percy Faith Arranger
Frank Sinatra Liner Notes
Herbie Nichols Composer
Johnny Guarnieri Arranger
Sy Oliver Arranger
Alec Wilder Arranger
Mitch Miller Director
Earl Robinson Composer
Nancy Sinatra Liner Notes
George Siravo Arranger
George Avakian Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Sid Cooper Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch Producer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes, Interviewer
Hugo Winterhalter Director
Buddy Kaye Composer
Norman Leyden Arranger
Paul Mann Composer
Paul Mertz Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Phil Silvers Composer
Axel Stordahl Arranger, Composer, Director
James Van Heusen Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Paul Weston Composer
Joe Higgins Producer
Gary Pacheco Executive Producer
George T. Simon Producer
Jack Baker Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff Engineer
Tony Sellari Art Direction
Joel Whitburn Chart Information
Charles Granata Liner Notes, Interviewer
Roy Hemming Liner Notes
Dave Mann Liner Notes
Robert Constanzo Package Manager
Morty Palitz Producer
Michael Stoner Composer
Ernie Burnett Composer
George Fragos Composer
Ruth Lowe Composer
George Norton Composer
Martin Block Composer
Dick Gasparre Composer
Harold Green Composer
Allen Lewis Composer
Ted Mossman Composer
Mitchell Ayers Director, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The recording equipment they had in the 1940's wasn't all that good, and it shows on a lot of these recordings. You're better off with Frank's "Classic Sinatra," which was recorded between 1953-1960. I hate bad sound quality. The Columbia years weren't good because of the sound quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great 4 CD Collection

    To start off, I may be one of the few people who believes that Frank Sinatra`s best recordings came from the years that he spent at Columbia. These recordings may sound rather old to many listeners today but that does not diminish one bit the power and feeling found in this collection. Most of the songs on this box set are slow and romantic. In fact, ultra-romantic. This is the stuff from which legends are made. Few singers have sung songs like these with as much affection and tenderness as Sinatra. Many of the songs found here, were done later on by Frank in various styles as the years went on by. But these songs are often criticized for being too sentimental. I disagree. The arrangements on the songs are marvelous. There are a some really nice up-tempo tunes as well like "Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk"(with Doris Day), "Azure-Te", and "It All Depends on You". While it may be a lot of music for the beginner, you will not tire of these songs and that voice. The voice of the century indeed. This is the album to get if you want to know about the greatest pop singer of all time. It is the perfect album to listen to with the lights down low. My favorites on the album are "People Will Say We're in Love", "If You Are But a Dream", "Sweet Lorraine"(which has a top notch band backing Frank), "What'll I do?", and "Night and Day"(The best version). But every song is a great and with this many songs, that is saying a lot.

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