The Very Best of Frank Sinatra is a simple double-disc collection of 40 Sinatra classics from his Reprise Recordings. For casual fans wanting something more than the single-disc The Very Good Years but don't want the four-disc The Reprise Collection, The Very Best of Frank Sinatra is ideal, since it contains all of the true essentials he recorded during the '60s and '70s, including "Summer Wind," "Strangers in the Night," "My Way," "It Was a Very Good Year," and "Theme From New York, New York."
Love of My Life: The Best of Dan Hill collection focuses on the singer's chart entries from the '70s and '80s along with superior album cuts. The highlights of the package include duets with Celine Dion "Wishful Thinking" Deborah Cox "The Healing Power of Love", Rique Franks "In Your Eyes" and Vonda Shepard "Can't We Try" and the original version of Hill's 1977 chart topping hit "Sometimes When We Touch".
For all of his many attributes, one thing Frank Zappa most certainly was not is commercial. Presumably, the title of this collection is ironic. Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa is a compilation not of the composer's hits – he only broke the Top 40 on one occasion, with "Valley Girl" – but rather, a collection of his best-known material, from "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" to "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace." Zappa's albums often function as individual works, but this disc offers an intelligent selection of songs, serving as an introduction to the maverick musician.
Released on October 30 2004, this is another compilation by Rykodisc, with almost the same (but with less) tracks as on Strictly Commercial. This collection of Frank Zappa tracks from Rykodisc is a hodgepodge of previously released material. Among the 15 tracks are the obvious choices of "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow," "Dancin' Fool," "Dirty Love," and his daughter Moon Unit's novelty hit "Valley Girl."
Here's where to start your Zappa collection, if you're a Zappa neophyte. Although his recorded legacy numbers more than 50 albums, this is the first official Zappa retrospective since Verve released MOTHERMANIA in 1969.
STRICTLY COMMERCIAL features over 76 minutes of unforgettable music, including "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow," "Dancin' Fool," "Cosmik Debris," "Valley Girl," and "Peaches En Regalia." While Zappa is also respected as a serious composer of classical music, this compilation reveals the rock side of this complex artist, while showcasing his prodigious talents as an incisive satirist and virtuoso guitarist.
The package includes extensive liner notes by Dan Oullette, and an appreciation by Terry Gilliam.