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Here is Sinatra at his best, most beautiful and sorrowful. His voice is in top form, never more sublime.
Review: Frank Sinatra makes sadness sublime on ‘Only the Lonely’
By Wade Tatangelo, Entertainment Editor
Classic album receives new stereo mix for 60th anniversary edition CD and vinyl reissue
Frank Sinatra might not be the greatest singer of popular music. For instance, Ella Fitzgerald ranks as the superior vocalist, at least in terms of technical skills. There are others, too, of course, who have mastered the art of tone, diction, phrasing, intonation and all that jazz. No one yet, though, in the history of sound recording, has displayed such a preternatural ability to inhabit a lyric like Sinatra.
When Sinatra sings about jet-setting it’s as if you’re right up there with him, with some exotic booze and a beautiful woman under your arm, too! Come dance with me? Yes, sir! I won’t even wait until my husband turns his head. Even more powerful, though, than the sounds of Sinatra flying high are the ones created from deep, down, low; when he’s where the lovesick go at last call.
Sinatra recorded several masterful albums of sad ballads but none are more intimate than 1958′s “Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely,” with orchestration by Nelson Riddle. Now, it has been newly mixed in stereo for a recently released expanded 60th anniversary edition that can be purchased as a deluxe 2-CD package, in 180-gram 2-LP vinyl and 1-CD configurations, and in two digital album versions.
Listen to the freshly minted vinyl version, after dark, the only proper time to listen to such an album. All of the songs are terrific and then there’s Sinatra’s all-time greatest performance, the final of a dozen delights, “One for My Baby.” Accompanied only by piano for the majority of the song, Sinatra is that guy so many people have been nearing last call, sad and lonesome with no one to talk to but, yeah, the barkeep. It’s pitiful, unless Sinatra is singing.
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