Music: A Not-So-Tender Trap

Sinatra in Hollywood, a six-disc anthology of Frank's film music, isn't Ol' Blue Eyes at his best

These are gloomy times for the recording industry. There hasn't been a new packaging technology since the introduction of the CD two decades ago, which killed the LP, which had killed the 78, which had killed the player piano. And for a music company, there is nothing sadder than not being able to sell its customers a brand-new library full of music they already own.

The only salvation, it appears, is in the continuing proliferation of boxed compilation sets. These productions are so expensively packaged (and priced), they're more like repositories for religious icons than for a few dozen tunes. If...

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