Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedMay 1972 (LP)
May 1998 (CD)
RecordedMay 27, 1965-October 26, 1970
Genre
Length37:38
LabelReprise
FS 1034
ProducerDon Costa, Sonny Burke, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra chronology
Sinatra & Company
(1971)
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1972)
Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 was Sinatra's second compilation of material released by Reprise Records, which like its predecessor, consisted of singles and songs from movie soundtracks. Vol. 2 picks up where Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits leaves off, so all of the tracks date from 1968 to 1971, except for "The September of My Years", which dates back to 1965. Though the song "My Way" became Sinatra's signature song, it was not a big hit in the US. In the UK it went to #5 and spent 75 weeks in the Top 40. The highest charting U.S. single in this collection is "Cycles" which peaked at #23. The remaining tracks represent the sound of Sinatra's music in the late 1960s, which was more laid back than his early 1960s swinging tunes, with the B-side "Star!" being a notable exception. Vol. 2 peaked at #88 on the album charts in the summer of 1972 during Sinatra's brief retirement from show business.

UK and European versions, which were released in 1970 under the title Greatest Hits, Vol. II (using a Roman numeral), featured a different cover and lineup of songs. "My Way" and "Love's Been Good To Me" being the only common tracks. Confusingly the original U.S. album was released in France and Italy as Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 in 1973.

Track listing[edit]

US track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."My Way"Paul Anka, Claude François, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibault4:34
2."A Man Alone"Rod McKuen3:46
3."Cycles"Judith Caldwell3:13
4."Bein' Green"Joe Raposo3:00
5."Love's Been Good To Me"McKuen3:26
6."I'm Not Afraid"Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, McKuen3:42
7."Goin' Out of My Head"Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein2:47
8."Something"George Harrison3:34
9."What's Now is Now"Bob Gaudio, Jake Holmes4:04
10."Star!"Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn2:36
11."The September of My Years (with Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra)"Van Heusen, Cahn3:15
Total length:37:57


UK track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Shadow of Your Smile"Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster2.17
2."Yesterday"John Lennon, Paul McCartney3.30
3."Blue Lace"Riz Ortolani, Bill Jacob, Patty Jacob2.42
4."For Once in My Life"Ron Miller, Orlando Murden2.50
5."Born Free"John Barry, Don Black2.02
6."My Way"Paul Anka, Claude François, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibault4.35
7."Little Green Apples"Bobby Russell5.00
8."Both Sides Now"Joni Mitchell2.55
9."Mrs. Robinson"Paul Simon2.55
10."Call Me Irresponsible"Sammy Cahn, James Van Heusen2.45
11."Gentle On My Mind"John Hartford3.25
12."Love's Been Good To Me"Rod McKuen3:25
Total length:38:21

Personnel[edit]

  • Frank Sinatra - vocals
  • Nelson Riddle - arranger, conductor
  • Don Costa
  • Gordon Jenkins
  • Joseph Scott
  • Lennie Hayton

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