on 15 February 2006
"Moonlight Sinatra" was a 1965 follow-up to the classic album "September of My Years," which solidified Frank Sinatra's reputation at the age of 50 as the premier vocalist of his generation. The 10 songs on this album all mention the moon in their title, which explains the Beethoven inspired album title. The arrangements this time around are from Nelson Riddle, providing an ideal setting for these mostly romantic little numbers. But you also want to pay attention to the order in which Riddle has laid out these songs: make up your own mind as to the pattern they suggest, but I think you will definitely find something there. One thing you have to admire with Sinatra's albums is their thematic unit and even if the songs are not among Sinatra's best this time around they are still quite enjoyable.
However, be aware that "Moonlight Sinatra" (arguably the cutest Sinatra album title of all time) is also a tribute album of sorts, since four of these songs were recorded earlier by Bing Crosby: "Moonlight Becomes You," "I Wished on the Moon," "The Moon Got In My Eyes," and "The Moon Was Yellow." This was also the year that Sinatra and Crosby worked and sang together in the film "Robin and the Seven Hoods," so I find this to be a bit more than coincidental. However, the song that I find most interesting has to be Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," which I was surprised to learn had lyrics. But if Frank Sinatra wants to sing "Moonlight Serenade"...
on 21 September 2000
I think this album from Frank Sinatra is one of the most romantic of his Reprise era .Whereas alot of his other ¨mood¨albums were sad and sometimes a bit morose the love songs in this album are warm and uplifting.The arrangements of Nelson Riddle add to making this a lovely album and a must for Frank Sinatra fans.
on 15 October 2008
Being a massive Sinatra fan, a owner of ever studio album he ever produced, a singer, a cancerian (we are very effected by the moon ok!) and a man with a keen interest in cosmology this album is the quintessential embodiment of perfection to me.
An album best enjoyed after dark, this is without question the most achingly romantic album Sinatra ever produced. In his career we saw albums of reflection, heartache, swing, dance and travel yet we see very few of pure romance and they do not come any better than this.
The song selection is inspired. So easily it could have been an obvious replica of previous moon based songs e.g. "Fly Me To The Moon" or "Moonlight on the Ganges" as Sinatra often did under reprise, however we see a fantastic selection of songs not recorded under capitol or even recorded by Sinatra before this album. Sinatra at aged 50 is a debated topic. Some would say it was the beginning of the decline in his vocal flexibility, however for me as his flexibility declined his voice gained incredible warmth and no where is this warmth more applicable than on this album. This was Sinatra at his best blend of flexibility and warmth (listen to "September of My Years" if you are in any doubt).
The theme of this album is the best of any concept album ever. The title is clever, a play on Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and an album purely about the moon is a recipe for romance. Very few artists could have pulled this off with the same mysterious romance that is produced by Sinatra, I doubt even Crosby could have made it work (and I am a massive Bing fan).
Possibility not Sinatra's best sung album. Not his most critically or commercially successful album. Not the highest quality album, but without question his most romantic, and one I have the most feeling for. Who can explain love, all I know is that I love this album more than any other. Whether you have a love in your life, or are in search of one this is an album everyone can relate to. Under the right circumstance and setting, there is no other album you will want.
Go for a quiet walk at night with a full moon in the sky and have this on your portable music player, you will experience something magical.
The star track off this album for me is "Oh You Crazy Moon", a whimsical blend of romance, tenderness, brashness and playfulness however all the albums songs work so well as a package it is a crime to listen to them individually.
The lyric "All dressed up to go dreaming" is from the opening song Moonlight Becomes You, on this 1966 album of moon-themed numbers from the dream team of Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle.
No one arranged & conducted a song quite like Riddle, and when he had Sinatra at the microphone the results were invariably like a string of precious jewels.
Frank's 'comeback' after his years in the doldrums was by now well underway, with successful films and hit records galore to his name. It's the albums he made in that unmatched period from 1953 to the mid-sixties that make him THE singer of popular songs of the post-war years. (This LP's follow-up was Strangers in the Night, the beginning of his later, arguably more commercial period - it all seems so long ago, doesn't it?)
You might think that ten songs with a lunar motif might be stretching it, but when said songs are by the likes of Burke/van Heusen (Moonlight Becomes You & Oh You Crazy Moon), Irving Berlin (Reaching For the Moon), and Mac Davis (the tenderly sweet, wonderfully tuneful Moon Love) such fears melt into vapour.
Also on the set list are The Moon Got In My Eyes, I Wished On the Moon, Moonlight Serenade, and the splendidly if dottily titled The Moon was Yellow (And the Night was Young), which closes this moon-drenched record in fine style.
Considering its theme, this isn't one of Frank's haunted ballad albums. Far from it, several of the songs are mid-tempo, while even the slower numbers have a more upbeat quality than the tracks on, say, Only the Lonely or All Alone.
This isn't perhaps quite a classic of the calibre of Nice 'n' Easy or In The Wee Small Hours, but it's still Sinatra at his peak, and that's The Best.
All the post-40s Sinatra albums are now beautifully remastered, and sound suitably pristine, as befits a singer of the unbeatable brilliance of the man from Hoboken, NJ. What a long way he'd come - with so far still to go...
This rather short CD of only 10 tracks is still worth the money, featuring as it does Frank Sinatra backed by the Nelson Riddle orchestra. It was released in 1966 on the Reprise label. It comprises love songs about the moon, including `Moon love' based on a melody from the Andante 2nd movement of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. It also includes the ever-popular `Moonlight becomes you' and `Oh, you crazy moon' from van Heusen & Burke, Berlin's `Reaching for the moon', Glenn Miller's `Moonlight serenade' and Fred Ahlert's `The moon was yellow'. But there are some less often heard tunes too: `Moon song', `The moon got in my eyes' and `Moonlight mood' that I hadn't heard before I bought the LP. The disc might have been Sinatra's response to the Swingin' On The Moon LP from Mel Tormé of 1960, based on the same idea of love songs about the moon, but where Tormé's is swinging, as the title indicates, Sinatra's is much more relaxed and sensuous.
on 5 December 2009
This is a lovely Sinatra album and a must have for any true Sinatra fan.
The orchestration, the lovely songs, the voice and the romance are all here
in this gem of an album.
Songs like Moonlight Becomes You and The Moon Got In My Eyes are achingly beautiful
sung by Sinatra the master of his craft.
on 13 January 2014
Being a Frank Sinatra fan and have had the enormous priviledge to see him live 4 times, all great. His voice is unique and even though his is no longer with us, his music lives on in millions of hearts.
on 11 August 2013
Although Riddle arrangements, life lacks this album with songs about the moon. Moonlight serenade would be the most salvageable. Recorded in March 1966.
A pesar de los arreglos de Riddle, le falta vida a este album con canciones relacionadas con la luna. Moonlight serenade sería los mas rescatable. Grabado en Marzo de 1966.