The Best of the Columbia Years 1943–1952

Frank Sinatra

1995: Sony/Columbia/Legacy C4K 65620


Disc One
  1. Close to You

    7 June 1943
    with the Bobby Tucker Singers

  2. People Will Say We’re In Love
    [from Oklahoma!]

    5 August 1943
    with the Bobby Tucker Singers

  3. If You Are But a Dream [adapted from Rubinstein’s Romance]

    14 November 1944

  4. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week)

    14 November 1944

  5. White Christmas

    14 November 1944
    with the Bobby Tucker Singers

  6. I Fall in Love Too Easily

    1 December 1944
    featuring Dave Mann, piano

  7. Ol’ Man River
    [from Show Boat]

    3 December 1944

  8. Stormy Weather
    [from Cotton Club Parade of 1933]

    3 December 1944
    with the Ken Lane Singers
    featuring Yank Lawson, trumpet

  9. Embraceable You
    [from Girl Crazy]

    19 December 1944

  10. (I Got a Woman Crazy for Me) She’s Funny That Way

    19 December 1944

  11. My Melancholy Baby
    [from Birth of the Blues]

    29 January 1945

  12. Where or When
    [from Babes in Arms]

    29 January 1945
    with the Ken Lane Singers

  13. All the Tings You Are
    [from Warm for May]

    29 January 1945
    with the Ken Lane Singers

  14. I Should Care
    [from Thrill of a Romance]

    6 March 1945

  15. Dream
    [from Her Highness and the Bellboy]

    6 March 1945
    with the Ken Lane Singers

  16. Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)

    1 May 1945

  17. Over the Rainbow
    [from The Wizard of Oz]

    1 May 1945
    with the Ken Lane Singers

  18. If I Loved You
    [from Carousel]

    1 May 1945

  19. Someone to Watch over Me
    [from Oh, Kay!]

    30 July 1945

  20. You Go to My Head

    30 July 1945

  21. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
    [from Spread It Abroad]

    30 July 1945

  22. The House I Live In
    [from The House I Live In]

    22 August 1945

  23. Day by Day

    22 August 1945

Disc Two
  1. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)

    22 August 1945

  2. Full Moon and Empty Arms
    [based on a theme from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2]

    30 November 1945

  3. Oh, What It Seemed to Be

    30 November 1945

  4. (I Don’t Stand) A Ghost of a Chance
    [from Folies Bergere]

    7 December 1945

  5. Why Shouldn’t I?
    [from Jubilee]

    7 December 1945

  6. Try a Little Tenderness

    7 December 1945

  7. Begin the Beguine
    [from Jubilee]

    24 February 1946

  8. They Say It’s Wonderful
    [from Annie Get Your Gun]

    10 March 1946

  9. That Old Black Magic
    [from Star Spangled Rhythm]

    10 March 1946

  10. How Deep Is the Ocean (How Blue Is the Sky)

    10 March 1946

  11. Home on the Range

    10 March 1946

  12. Five Minutes More
    [from Sweetheart of Sigma Chi]

    28 May 1946

  13. The Things We Did Last Summer

    24 July 1946

  14. Among My Souvenirs
    [from The Best Years of Our Lives]

    30 July 1946

  15. September Song
    [from Knickerbocker Holiday]

    30 July 1946

  16. Blue Skies
    [from Blue Skies]

    30 July 1946

  17. Guess I’ll Hang My Tears out to Dry
    [from Glad to See You]

    30 July 1946

  18. Lost in the Stars
    [from Lost in the Stars]

    8 August 1946

  19. There’s No Business Like Show Business
    [from Annie Get Your Gun]

    22 August 1946

  20. Time After Time
    [from It Happened in Brooklyn]

    24 October 1946

  21. The Brooklyn Bridge
    [from It Happened in Brookyn]

    31 October 1946

  22. Sweet Lorraine

    17 December 1946
    piano: Nat Cole; guitar: Bob Ahern; bass: Eddie Safransky; drums: Buddy Rich; trumpet: Charlie Shavers; trombone: Lawrence Brown; alto sax: Johnny Hodges; tenor sax: Coleman Hawkins; baritone sax: Harry Carney

  23. Always

    9 January 1947

  24. Mam’selle
    [from The Razor’s Edge]

    11 March 1947

Disc Three
  1. Stella by Starlight
    [from The Uninvited]

    11 March 1947

  2. My Romance
    [from Jumbo]

    25 April 1947
    with Dinah Shore and chorus

  3. If I Had You

    11 August 1947

  4. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
    [from The Sky’s the Limit]

    11 August 1947

  5. But Beautiful
    [from Road to Rio]

    17 August 1947

  6. You’re My Girl
    [from High Button Shoes]

    19 October 1947

  7. All of Me
    [from Meet Danny Wilson]

    19 October 1947

  8. Night and Day
    [from The Gay Divorce]

    22 October 1947

  9. S’posin’

    24 October 1947
    with the Tony Mottola Trio
    piano: John Guarnieri; bass: Herman Albert; guitar: Tony Mottola

  10. The Night We Called It a Day

    26 October 1947

  11. The Song Is You
    [from Music in the Air]

    26 October 1947

  12. What’ll I Do?

    29 October 1947

  13. The Music Stopped
    [from Higher and Higher]

    29 October 1947

  14. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)

    31 October 1947

  15. I’ve Got a Crush on You
    [from Strike Up the Band]

    5 November 1947
    featuring Bobby Hackett, trumpet

  16. Body and Soul
    [from Three’s a Crowd]

    9 November 1947
    featuring Bobby Hackett, trumpet

  17. I’m Glad There Is You

    9 November 1947

  18. Autumn in New York

    4 December 1947

  19. Nature Boy

    10 April 1948
    with the Jeff Alexander Choir

  20. Once in Love with Amy
    [from Where’s Charley?]

    14–15 December 1947

  21. Some Enchanted Evening
    [from South Pacific]

    28 February 1949

  22. The Hucklebuck

    10 April 1949
    with the Ken Lane Singers
    featuring Herbert Haymer, saxophone

  23. Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk
    [from Miss Liberty]

    6 May 1949
    with Doris Day and the Ken Lane Singers

  24. It All Depends on You
    [from Big Boy]

    10 July 1949

Disc Four
  1. Bye Bye Baby
    [from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes]

    10 July 1949
    with The Pastels

  2. Don’t Cry Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go)

    10 July 1949
    with The Pastels

  3. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls around Heaven All Day)

    15 September 1949

  4. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

    12 July 1950
    with the Jeff Alexander Choir

  5. American Beauty Rose

    10 March 1950
    featuring WIll Bradley, trombone

  6. Should I (Reveal)
    [from Lord Byron of Broadway]

    14 April 1950

  7. You Do Something to Me
    [from Fifty Million Frenchmen]

    14 April 1950

  8. Lover
    [from Love Me Tonight]

    14 April 1950

  9. When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
    [from Meet Danny Wilson]

    24 April 1950

  10. London by Night

    21 September 1950

  11. Meet Me at the Copa

    21 September 1950
    with The Whippoorwills

  12. April in Paris
    [from Walk a Little Faster]

    9 October 1950
    featuring Billy Butterfield, trumpet

  13. I Guess I’ll Have to Dream the Rest

    9 October 1950
    with The Whippoorwills

  14. Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You)

    9 October 1950
    featuring Billy Butterfield, trumpet

  15. I Am Loved
    [from Out of This World]

    11 November 1950

  16. Hello, Young Lovers
    [from The King and I]

    2 March 1951

  17. We Kiss in a Shadow
    [from The King and I]

    2 March 1951

  18. I’m a Fool to Want You

    27 March 1951
    with the Ray Charles Singers

  19. Love Me

    27 March 1951

  20. Deep Night

    19 July 1951

  21. I Could Write a Book
    [from Pal Joey]

    7 January 1952
    with the Jeff Alexander Choir

  22. I Hear a Rhapsody

    7 January 1952
    with the Jeff Alexander Choir

  23. My Girl

    6 February 1952

  24. The Birth of the Blues
    [from George White’s Scandals]

    3 June 1952

  25. Azure-te (Paris Blues)

    3 June 1952

  26. Why Try to Change Me Now

    17 September 1952


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