It's surprising to me that anybody would think that they'd get 16 meandering (that's meant as a compliment), leisurely Gordon Jenkins arrangements on a single LP, even in mono. A lot of Capitol LPs were 15/16 songs in 1955/1956, but by 1957, not so much, and even at just the more-standard 12-song length, this would have run, what....38 minutes or something? It's great music-making, regardless, and getting 14 or even 16 songs is just "more the merrier!" That last part that I bolded from your post: I think that Sinatra's Only the Lonely album suffered from the same "recorded at full-on dynamic range (with zero gain-riding, compression, etc.)" problem (so to speak). Years ago, CD liner notes propagated a story that Capitol used some experimental 3M half-inch formulation on that album, but I've never quite been able to swallow that. I mean......why experiment with a new (and apparently poorly matched) tape formulation on a SINATRA (or Cole) project? Joni James, maybe, but Sinatra? That seems suspect, IMO. One more Cole comment: The first time I heard those bonus tracks was on the Capitol CD from, IIRC, 1987, and I remember thinking at the time: How the heck did these songs not "make the cut?" They're great!