The World We Knew
Released: Jan 1966
Label: Frank Sinatra Enterprises
This singles and B-sides collection shows Sinatra's big-band roots and jazz chops butting heads with the Nashville-style cheesiness of the mod-era pop market. The only true classic here is "Drinking Again," one of Johnny Mercer's doomed boozer ballads. The title track (based on an instrumental by German schlockmeister Bert Kaempfert) went Top 30 in 1967, while the faux Spanish "Somethin' Stupid," a nifty goofball duet with daughter Nancy, hit No. 1 the same year. The cheesy "Some Enchanted Evening" turns into a hot swinger and Lee Hazlewood's "This Town" proves that Sinatra could handle rock'n'roll in his own way.