We recently received a generous donation of Frank Sinatra box sets. From his first recordings with the Dorsey orchestra to his late-1980s recordings for Reprise, these 1261 songs over 59 discs cover nearly his entire career, and should prove to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in 20th century popular song, pop vocals, or Sinatra himself, of course.
Frank Sinatra – Frank Sinatra in Hollywood: 1940-1964 – six disc box set (CD 5222)
- Collects recordings he made for films for RKO, MGM, WB, United Artists, Columbia, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. Including “Guys & Dolls,” “Pal Joey,” “Anchors Away,” and “Robin and the 7 Hoods.”
- Every studio recording Sinatra made with the Dorsey Orchestra (1940-42), several selections from his first session as a leader, and a disc of live radio broadcasts.
- Every recording Sinatra made for Columbia Records, when he was a young teen-idol making bobby-soxers swoon.
- Every single studio album from his time with Capitol records, this set showcases Sinatra as a mature artist. During this time period his albums gained a thematic coherence that was unprecedented in recording history, and help change the album format from a hodgepodge of singles and filler to the unified artistic statement we know it as today. This set contains his most acclaimed albums, including “In the Wee Small Hours,” “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers,” and “Come Fly With Me.”
- Virtually every track Sinatra recorded for Reprise, the label he founded in 1960. This massive set covers 35 albums, from “Ring-a-Ding-Ding” (1961) to “L.A. is My Lady” (1984), as well as many previously unreleased songs.