The Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952

The Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952

by Frank Sinatra


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/1995
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646468128
catalogNumber: 64681


Disc 1

  1. Close to You
  2. People Will Say We're in Love
  3. If You Are But a Dream
  4. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week)
  5. White Christmas
  6. I Fall in Love Too Easily
  7. Ol' Man River
  8. Stormy Weather
  9. Embraceable You
  10. She's Funny That Way
  11. My Melancholy Baby
  12. Where or When
  13. All the Things You Are
  14. I Should Care
  15. Dream
  16. Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)
  17. Over the Rainbow
  18. If I Loved You
  19. Someone to Watch Over Me
  20. You Go to My Head
  21. These Foolish Things
  22. The House I Live In
  23. Day by Day

Disc 2

  1. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
  2. Full Moon and Empty Arms
  3. Oh! What It Seemed to Be
  4. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
  5. Why Shouldn't I?
  6. Try a Little Tenderness
  7. Begin the Beguine
  8. They Say It's Wonderful
  9. That Old Black Magic
  10. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  11. Home on the Range
  12. Five Minutes More
  13. The Things We Did Last Summer
  14. Among My Souvenirs
  15. September Song
  16. Blue Skies
  17. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
  18. Lost in the Stars
  19. There's No Business Like Show Business
  20. Time After Time
  21. The Brooklyn Bridge
  22. Sweet Lorraine
  23. Always
  24. Mam'selle

Disc 3

  1. Stella by Starlight
  2. My Romance
  3. If I Had You
  4. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  5. But Beautiful
  6. You're My Girl
  7. All of Me
  8. Night and Day
  9. S'posin'
  10. The Night We Called It a Day
  11. The Song Is You
  12. What'll I Do?
  13. The Music Stopped
  14. Fools Rush In
  15. I've Got a Crush on You
  16. Body and Soul
  17. I'm Glad There Is You
  18. Autumn in New York
  19. Nature Boy
  20. Once in Love With Amy
  21. Some Enchanted Evening
  22. The Hucklebuck
  23. Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk
  24. It All Depends on You

Disc 4

  1. Bye Bye Baby
  2. Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go)
  3. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
  4. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
  5. American Beauty Rose
  6. Should I?
  7. You Do Something to Me
  8. Lover
  9. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) [From Meet Danny
  10. London by Night
  11. Meet Me at the Copa
  12. April in Paris
  13. I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest
  14. Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)
  15. I Am Loved
  16. Hello, Young Lovers
  17. We Kiss in a Shadow
  18. I'm a Fool to Want You
  19. Love Me
  20. Deep Night
  21. I Could Write a Book
  22. I Hear a Rhapsody
  23. My Girl
  24. Birth of the Blues
  25. Azure-Te (Paris Blues)
  26. Why Try to Change Me Now?

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
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
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
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   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
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
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
Anthony Russo   Trombone

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 Mertz   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Phil Silvers   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger,Composer,Director
James Van Heusen   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   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
Paul Mann   Composer
Jack Baker   Composer

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The Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.