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|1. Where Are You?|
|2. The Night We Called It A Day|
|3. I Cover The Waterfront|
|4. Maybe You'll Be There|
|6. Lonely Town|
|7. Autumn Leaves|
|8. I'm A Fool To Want You|
|9. I Think Of You|
|10. Where Is The One?|
|11. There's No You|
|12. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home|
|13. I Can Read Between The Lines|
|14. It Worries Me|
|15. Rain (Falling From The Skies)|
|16. Don't Worry 'Bout Me|
This is one of Sinatra's "down" albums although its mood is lighter than either "No-one Cares" or "Only the Lonely". His general outlook here suggests a kind of hurt bemusement rather than bitterness - as if his lover has just disappeared although "I'm a Fool to Want You" does have a very bleak despairing atmosphere with a melody that sounds like a debauched carnival tune. On that song Sinatra intriguingly reverses his attitude so that instead of pining for a lost one to come back, he would rather be free but finds himself forever tied to her.
However, most of the tracks have an air of wistful melancholy such as the eerie ethereal "Night We Called It a Day", the wonderfully warm and somehow childlike title track, the spine tingling "Laura", and "I Think of You" which has one of the most irresistible melodies you'll ever hear (I think it may be based on a classical piece - perhaps Rachmaninov?).
So - if you're in a self pitying mood, forget Leonard Cohen or Neil Young. Slip without shame into this lush cocoon of weaving strings and Sinatra's voice, which in itself should need no recommendation.
"Where Are You?" is not only Sinatra's first album recorded in stereo, it is actually something of a change of pace for the singer since it was the first album he recorded at Capitol with a producer other than Nelson Riddle, beginning a successful collaboration with arranger/conductor Gordon Jenkins. The key difference between the two producers was that Jenkins tended towards the classical touch of lush string-dominated arrangements in providing the proper touch of melancholy for this collection of torch songs. The result is not the stark sadness of earlier Sinatra collections of saloon songs (e.g., "In the Wee Small Hours"), but more an overwhelming sense of sadness. Ten years later he would win the Grammy for producing another essential Sinatra album, "September of My Years."
The choice cuts off of "Where Are You?" would be "The Night We Called It a Day," "I Cover the Waterfront," and "Lonely Town.Read more ›