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Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely CD


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  • Audio CD (8 Feb. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DQXA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only The Lonely
2. Angel Eyes
3. What's New
4. It's A Lonesome Old Town
5. Willow Weep For Me
6. Good-Bye
7. Blues In The Night
8. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
9. Ebb Tide
10. Spring Is Here
11. Gone With The Wind
12. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
13. Sleep Warm
14. Where Or When

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(1987/EMI) 14 tracks, the original Capitol album from 1958Medium 1
  1. Only The Lonely
  2. Angel Eyes
  3. What's New?
  4. It's A Lonesome Old Town
  5. Willow Weep For Me
  6. Good-Bye
  7. Blues In The Night
  8. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  9. Ebb Tide
  10. Spring Is Here
  11. Gone With The Wind
  12. One For My Baby
  13. Sleep Warm
  14. Where Or When

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Look past the tacky, sad-clown velvet painting on the cover (a Grammy winner for album design in 1959!); there's nothing cheap or sentimental about this record-- the bleakest and blackest album of popular songs ever recorded, so quietly powerful it can leave you slumped in your chair with the ice cubes still rattling in your glass. Every single "suicide song" (as Sinatra liked to call them) on Only the Lonely is a stunner that will take your breath away. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are like shadows, almost colourless and motionless, so that all you hear is the ache in the singer's voice. "Angel Eyes" and "One for My Baby" each deserve an album to themselves--so exquisitely moving that at the end of three minutes, you feel like you've just heard a lifetime of loneliness. The only regret--and it's a big one--is that this flawless masterpiece doesn't include Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life", which truly belongs here; Sinatra put it into an already overcrowded recording schedule and, when fatigue and the difficulty of the song defeated him after a couple takes, he gave up and never attempted it again. We get the chillingly lovely "Willow Weep for Me" instead, so it's hard to complain--but that just adds to the pang of loss that this album expresses so vividly. Drink up! --Jim Emerson

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Long on 17 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Here the theme of this ablum is a man resigned to the fact that he is alone and feels that he cannot change or move on from a failed romance, you could say that the overall character wallows in his daydreams. Nearly every facet of this kind of loneliness has been thoughtfully assemblaged, with Nelson Riddle perpetuating an almost relentless backdrop for Sinatra to croon through. (For those of you who like trivia, "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry" is originally from a 1940's musical by Julie Styne and Sammy Cahn called "Glad To See You"). Aside from the epic title song my favourite is "It's A Lonesome Old Town" where Riddle is very clever at making us believe that the lonesome chap has tried to drown his sorrows. I really like the cover artwork, front and back, so typical or its era, and although dated it harkens back to the days when thought was applied to covers. If you think you've got it bad with your lover gone you'll take comfort in the sympathetic ear of these songs. One of Sinatra's best ballad collections.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mj Hudson on 2 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have racked my brains for some time as to what the finest Sinatra album of them all is. Having listened to all but a few of them I can safely say the job gets more difficult the more you listen to. In my humble opinion I can break down his finest five into this list; "Sinatra and Strings", "September of my Years", "Sinatra and Swingin' Brass", "Moonlight Sinatra" and "Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely". This is a debateable topic, and if something said to me "No you're wrong. Songs for Swingin' Lovers is the best", I would not argue with them, as each album holds a special place in everyone's heart for personal reasons. However there is no doubt to the musical prowess of this album.

I can narrow my greatest album list to Five, but I cannot rank them in order beyond on that for one simple reason. Each Sinatra concept album has a time and a place. No album is better than Swingin' Brass than when you're happy and full of energy. When darkness and romance is in the air Moonlight Sinatra is the only album that will do and so on for the other albums I have mentioned. When you're on the rocks, broken, beaten up and at your weakest nothing eases a troubled soul as Only the Lonely does.

This album is good at any time, however it never quite works and seems slow and melancholy if listened to when you're in a good mood during the day. At night and in sadness this album comes alive and each notation says exactly what you're thinking. It becomes an all consuming rhapsody of misery, which whilst sounding rather drab is in fact perfect for the moment. Listen to this alone, when you need a friend.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is widely regarded as a recording masterpiece and rightfully so. Frank always went for the suicide song and here he embraces it. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are beautiful but restrained, with The Man himself at the forefront, giving this entire recording an intimate feel as though your setting next to him in a smoky bar on the corner while he tells you these sad stories of love lost.
From the start of this album and "Only the Lonely" we know what this is about and who it's for. Girls may love Sinatra but this is for all us guys who love them, who love them hard and with everything, and lose. It was something Sinatra knew well and he was never more perfect and eloquent in his tone and phrasing than right here. The sadness and longing as Frank drowns along with us is masterful and the continuity of the album itself is amazing. One great song is followed by another as Sinatra sings all the things we feel.
The more upbeat "Come Fly With Me" stuff from other concept albums was great but by the end of this recording we feel as if we actually know Frank. After all, it's past midnight in this smoky bar and we've been swapping our tales of woe for hours. "One For My Baby, and One More For the Road" is my personal favorite though you could pick just about any cut and not go wrong. This is truly an intimate and personal recording by the greatest artist of our century. Sinatra knew heartache and made it seem ok to be all messed up about a girl, wondering if love would ever come down the road again.
If you don't own this Sinatra recording yet, you are missing something really special that passed this way. So set 'em up Joe, I"ve got a Little Story to Tell....
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Make it this one! This late Capitol album sees the Chairman of the Board in fine voice - arguably the best it has been and will ever be - coupled with long term arranger Nelson Riddle.
From the opening track - Only the Lonely (a new piece written specially for the album by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen) - to the final clamactic chord on the previously unissued "Where or When", Sinatra shows the listener many stages of sadness. In the plaintive opening track, he is the detached narrator, preparing you for the rest of the album. In the poignant "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry", Sinatra is in emotional turmoil concerning a present love or loss. And in the climax of the album (or anti-climax, depending on how you look at it), the sobering "One For My Baby", Sinatra is a battered and beaten voice of experience.
Utilising an enormous ensemble, larger than that on "The Concert Sinatra", "Only the Lonely" is a treasure you will keep for as long as you live, a far cry from the horrific soft-rock attempts of the late sixties and seventies by Sinatra.
The mastering and production is crystal clear on this disc, as is the playing. Riddle's orchestrations are masterpieces in their own right, many possessing a Stravinskian, certainly symphonic quality. And the misery and suffering of the singer, on this wonderful album, will haunt you whenever you are listening. This is a true companion to have, and one that demonstrates the most underrated, under publicised part of Sinatra - his singing. Whenever anyone asks you why Robbie Williams can never measure up to the sheer force of Frank's talent, just show them this CD!
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