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Frank Sinatra: The Best of the Best
A must-have Sinatra CD
When I was about ten years old, we moved to a house with a huge basement. Where it had been in our previous home I had no idea but in this basement, lived my dad's old record player plus a stack of very well worn vinyl albums.
That's how I discovered Frank Sinatra
There were all sorts of exciting things to rummage around with in that basement and I'd spend hours down there (Mum was a definite hoarder) but before I ventured out on my latest exploration of the weird and wonderful contents of the many boxes and tea-chests, I'd put on some music.
A mixed collection
It was interesting - to say the least - to learn about my parents' musical tastes.The records in the cellar ranged from trad jazz (Kid Ory) through satirical humor (Tom Lehrer) a smattering of musicals (Porgy and Bess) and on to the crooners - Mel Torme, Nat King Cole and of course my favorite, Frank.
Of course, my musical tastes then wandered into blues, jazz, rock, heavy metal - all over the place really - until in later life, I happened to get married to a jazz musician. (Was that assisted by my early listening to Sinatra,I wonder?) As our music collection grew, ol' blue eyes came back into my life. I rediscovered the music I'd grown up listening to. It was just as wonderful.
Just as fabulous today
I couldn't be without his music, even today. Himself and I have varied music tastes (you wouldn't believe some of our playlists) that include just about every type of music you can imagine from the very latest offerings back to centuries gone by.
I have my headbanger days, my opera moments, we sometimes have rousing British classical sessions, punk days and Latin American afternoons. But we very often have a Sinatra day - it's feelgood music.
A couple of my favorites from this album
This is astonishing and a must for the Sinatra fan. When this album was first released I owned a vinyl version and probably wore the grooves away. This is an anniversary edition and contains two CDs. I've read reviews from people who have said that Sinatra isn't 'at his best' on these CDs but I don't agree. I love his older,mature voice. Sure, it's not the same as it was when he was in his thirties - it's richer.
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