Many of Sinatra's albums are dependent upon a circumstance or situation. "Swingin' Brass" works best when the listener is feeling fine and energetic on a sunny day. When it comes to "Only the Lonely" the gloomier the weather and the listener's mood, the finer the album becomes. However this is the album for all occasions, it is romantic and relaxing, yet powerful and energizing yet managing to remain also melancholy.
The arrangements are to my mind the finest on any Sinatra album, and the collection of songs is truly inspired. We see the great ballad standards of "Misty", "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Night and Day" that seem to grace every Sinatra compilation out there. Yet we see beautiful versions of songs such as "It Might as Well be Spring" or the great standard "All or Nothing at All".
However the greatest aspect of this album is Sinatra's vocals. His diction is perfect, clear and soft yet achingly tender in places. This is his most tenderly song album in his career, his voice warm and strong yet delicate and soft. 1962 is in my mind the year Sinatra sang at his best, this is evident on the other albums of this year to (Swingin' Brass, All Alone and Great Songs from Great Britain).
In regards to recording quality, the sound quality is the best of all the studio albums, and I have listened to them all. Whether this is down to the quality of the re-mastering, or the original recording, I am unaware, however the result is perfect sound quality.
This is a true masterpiece, and Sinatra at his very best. A rare CD, if you see it, buy it. You will not be disappointed if you have even the slightest love for Sinatra within you, or the slightest appreciation for fine music.