Frank Sinatra turned 80 in 1995, and Capitol released this two-disc "best of" in celebration. Sinatra's initial tenure at Capitol, which lasted from 1953 to 1962, is generally considered to be his artistic watermark. His voice and technique had improved considerably since his initial peak of popularity in the mid-'40s (the "swinging" phrasing most commonly associated with Sinatra's style really came to the fore during the Capitol years); he also had the good fortune to work with Nelson Riddle and Billy May, whose inventive arrangements certainly brought out the best in Sinatra's singing. This set's song selection is tough to argue with, but you'll really need to get all of Sinatra's Capitol albums to gauge the true measure of the man's artistry. ~ Dan Epstein
She's blonde…she's beautiful…she's Deborah Harry! Best known as the vocalist and focal point for the NY New Wave/Punk band Blondie, Deborah continued to record memorable albums under her own name after her band imploded in the early '80s. This collection features the cream of the solo years and includes great tracks like 'I Want That Man', 'The Jam Was Moving', 'Rush Rush', 'French Kissin' In The USA' and her collaborative contribution with Iggy Pop to 1990's Red, Hot & Blue AIDS charity album, 'Well… Did You Evah!'. 18 tracks including a few bonus remixes of 'I Want That Man'.
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Adelmo Fornaciari, better known by the moniker Zucchero, built a following in his native Italy with his unique brand of adult contemporary pop–a following that expanded internationally as his career progressed. Zucchero's sound blends radio-ready melodies with equal doses of rock, blues, and a light, often mellow feel on his ballads and love songs. ALL THE BEST is a re-release of the artist's 1996 hits collection. Geared specifically to American audiences, this release of ALL THE BEST includes some of Zucchero's best-loved tunes (such as "Senza Una Donna" and "Wonderful Life"), and wonderful guest performances from the likes of Paul Young, Miles Davis, and Luciano Pavarotti.
Priced to move and with nearly twice as much material as 2011's Essential, EMI Gold's All the Best stands as the most rewarding anthology from Scottish folk-rockers Runrig to date. Comprised of 34 tracks, all of which have been culled from albums released with the original lineup, led by vocalist Donnie Munro, All the Best leans harder toward the folk side of the folk-rock spectrum, with highlights arriving via stand-out cuts like "Alba," "Sraidean Na Roinn Eorpa (Streets of Europe)," "Every River," "The Greatest Flame," and "Pride of the Summer."