Most of Frank Sinatra's recorded work remains available in one form or another, in either domestic or import pressings.
For completists, there's a 20-record set from France collecting all of his recordings for Capitol, a period generally defined as the zenith of Sinatra's career. For collectors, there's "Sinatra," a 16-record boxed set from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, containing most of the Capitol albums on half-speed mastered audiophile pressings. The limited-edition set lists for $350; then again, if you ever wondered what it would be like to have Sinatra singing in your living room . . .
Among the best individual Capitol sets: the reflective "Only the Lonely," the upbeat "Songs for Young Lovers," the bittersweet "In the Wee Small Hours," the exuberant "Come Fly With Me," the appropriately titled "Swing Easy" and the melancholy "No One Cares" and "Where Are You."
RCA has reissued almost all of Sinatra's work with Tommy Dorsey on three double albums, "The Tommy Dorsey-Frank Sinatra Sessions." Included are such classics as "I'll Never Smile Again" and "Oh, Look at Me Now," but there's also a lot of undistinguished material.
"The Frank Sinatra Story in Music," a two-record set on Columbia Special Products, is drawn from the 250 sides he cut for Columbia between 1942 and 1953; it includes most of what was worthwhile in that phase.
Among the best Reprise albums: "September of My Years" (Sinatra looking back at 50), "A Man and His Music" and "L.A. Is a Lady," his most recent reaffirmation of his Tin Pan Alley roots.
The best Sinatra book is John Rockwell's "Sinatra: An American Classic," an insightful coffee-table volume that focuses on the music without evading the life.