"Fans wait for a glimpse of Frank Sinatra, Los Angeles, 1944."
(The New York Times)
When they composed "All the Things You Are," Hammerstein and Kern were at the apex of their songwriting brilliance. "The dearest things I know a what you are" is one of the greatest romantic lines ever written.
(Sinatra 101: 101 Best Recordings and the Stories Behind Them, page 11)
A warmly passionate reading by Sinatra and a virtually flawless vocal performance. Axel Stordahl's orchestration perfectly complements the marvelous breath control and impeccable phrasing of the singer.
A high point in the collaborative work of Styne and Cahn, this ballad was written for the film It Happened in Brooklyn, starring Frank Sinatra.
(Sinatra 101: 101 Best Recordings and the Stories Behind Them, page 19)
"The Birth of the Blues" may be the first great recording of the mature Sinatra. Certainly a harbinger of things to come. On this track, Sinatra employs a rough guttural sound that he would call upon in the 1950s to "punch up" his swing tunes. This technique would serve Sinatra well for more than four decades.
(Sinatra 101: 101 Best Recordings and the Stories Behind Them, page 34)
-and an appropriate song in the context of his life. Gone was the innocent, naive singer of the previous decade. Burned by love, the singer is able to convey the darkness, the sadness, and the cynicism that would characterize much of his work in the years to come.
(Sinatra 101: 101 Best Recordings and the Stories Behind Them, page 35)