Chris Willman
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

When a six-disc, 150-track Sinatra box boasts 90 percent material previously unreleased on LP or CD, you may assume they’re scraping barrel’s bottom. Think again, Jack! This completist’s tour of the Chairman’s cinematic work focuses on tracks cut for the actual films, not the rerecordings typical of soundtrack albums, plus rarities that didn’t make it into the movies (who knew he recorded a title song, albeit a lame one, to promote The Man With the Golden Arm?). Sheer pleasure, even if the running time — along with the hours required to read the hardback liner notes — lasts from here to eternity.

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