- Released: March 8, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: RCA
- 1.This Love Of Mine
- 2.You And I
- 3.I Guess I'll Have To Dream The Rest
- 4.Two In Love
- 5.A Sinner Kissed An Angel
- 6.How About You?
- 7.I Think Of You
- 8.The Last Call For Love
- 9.Just As Though You Were Here
- 10.Street Of Dreams
- 11.Take Me
- 12.Be Careful, It's My Heart
- 13.I'll Take Tallulah
- 14.Light A Candle In The Chapel
- 16.There Are Such Things
- 17.It Started All Over Again
- 18.Let's Get Away From It All
- 19.In The Blue Of The Evening
- 20.It's Always You
- 21.I'll Be Seeing You
Full performer name: Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Also available in a 3-CD set with VOL. 1 and VOL. 3.
Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Tommy Dorsey (arranger, trombone); Sy Oliver, Paul Weston, Fred Stulce (arranger); The Pied Pipers (background vocals).
Recorded in New York, New York and Hollywood, California between 1940 and 1942. Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.
Digitally mastered by Glen Kolotkin (September 1996, BMG Studios, New York,
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (02/26/1940-07/02/1942); New York, NY (02/26/1940-07/02/1942).
This set collects, in part, the recordings in which Frank Sinatra first came to public prominence: as the "boy singer" (as singers were sometimes known then) of Tommy Dorsey's big band in the early 1940s. This isn't the confident, seen-it-all, ring-a-ding-ding swinger that was the voice of the 1950s and '60s, but a very young, very romantic (almost too romantic) singer still under the influence of crooner-king Bing Crosby and the trombone phrasing of Dorsey. The Dorsey band of this era was more of a pop-oriented "sweet" big band than a hard-swinging outfit like Count Basie's or Benny Goodman's. The sound is marked by an easy, swaying swing and Sinatra's star-struck singing, which flows like hot fudge on a sundae (with none of the rollicking vinegar he would later bring to his sound.) If you're looking for the early days of the man who redefined the art of popular singing, THE POPULAR SINATRA--with its excellent sound, liner notes and photos--is a superb listen.