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  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0037KVHIY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1. You Will Be My Music
2. You're So Right (For What's Wrong in My Life)
3. Winners
4. Nobody Wins
5. Send in the Clowns
6. Dream Away
7. Let Me Try Again (Laisse Moi le Temps)
8. There Used to Be a Ballpark
9. Noah

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This, as you may gather from the title was Sinatra's comeback album. Recorded in 1973. Only nine tracks are on the album, but each is sung to perfection. This is in Sinatra's soft-rock idiom that he was using in the late 1960's, but is very much more successful than "Cycles" and the like.
The material is much stronger than those 60's albums, and much less commercial, too. A couple of these numbers could also fall into the "Art Song" category. Take "Send In The Clowns" for instance or, even better, is the very moving "There Used To Be A Ballpark". The latter is one of the best songs Sinatra ever recorded and it is a pity that we don't find it on any of his live albums. Musically and lyrically difficult, putting this on a comeback album was very daring indeed.
"You Will Be My Music" is an anthemic opener. Other highlights include "Let Me Try Again" (written by Paul Anka), "Nobody Wins" and the much-maligned, gospel-flavoured "Noah" which really isn't half as bad as anyone would have you believe.
"Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back" is not an easy listen, it requires concentration to get to know these songs, but it is worth the effort.
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I loved the LP I owned 30 years ago, and mourned the loss of the stereo system to play it. Only realised a few weeks ago (yes I know I should keep up) that this same LP was on CD (thanks so much Amazon). I have played it a dozen or more times since buying and still love it ..... the arrangements are a little dated, of course, but the lyrics and excellence of singing still mean its up there for me. Completely enjoyable.
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It was (I think) 1973 and I remember sitting - aged 11 - sprawled in my jammies before the telly watching the comeback of some old geezer called Frank. The screen went dark. Some woodwind instrument went through an eerie descent which then opened up onto an amazing aural vista of high sustained strings accompanied by delicate pluckings on a harp. It was awesomely beautiful and made me think of Ancient Greece, blue skies, white columns etc. The singer started to sing the most enchanting melody and I listened with a vague panic because I thought, "I must find out what that song is!" and I was afraid it would slip away unnamed forever. I caught a line like "send in the clouds" (no doubt because I was fixated on Greek skies). Of course the clouds were clowns. It was the first outing - for me at least - of the Sondheim song. I've heard this song called overrated and that the Gordon Jenkins arrangement isn't one of his best. But I've always preferred this version to every other - especially the archaic subdued horn fanfares which are just perfect for this elegiac piece.

And so I had to track down the recording and here it is on this album which served as my introduction to Sinatra (well - not entirely. I took liberties with that old geezer comment. Everyone always knows who Sinatra is.)

But what about the rest of the album? Well I suppose that, especially from the present perspective, much of it could easily be sneered at. The 70s was an era in which, it's fair to say, Sinatra didn't feel at home. Perhaps he felt he had two basic choices - to continue with the old time stuff in the old time manner and be considered an anachronism or try to get "with it" with some more "rock" oriented stuff (which he despised) and be considered ridiculous.
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I bought this album as I have it on vinyl and no longer have a turntable to play it on!!! Listening to it reminds me of sitting in my parents living room listening to it on their old radiogram and seriously believing that I had discovered Frank Sinatra and it wasn't my Dad who had introduced me to him before I was out nappies. Frank has to be my favourite singer of all time - Matt Monroe being a close second. I love this album. every track is perfection and beautifully sung. It is always in my car in case I want a shot of instant nostalgia.
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Ol'Blue Eyes was certainly back from the excellent contents of this album.People who knock the 1970's sound are foolish , the '70's meant better stereo, better recording techniques and for Frank the chance to feel genuinley nostalgic in his late fifties(age wise) than as a young crooner .Beautiful songs that fit his status as a senior figure in the music world are contained on this album. Excellent.
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"Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back" signaled Frank Sinatra's 1973 return from his high publicized retirement four years earlier. The result is a mixed bag, because while this is clearly Sinatra past his prime, there are still a couple of gems in "Send in the Clowns" and "There Used to Be a Ballpark." The problem is that those songs are included on enough Sinatra hits collections that if you already have those two songs there is little reason to pick up this CD. If it were a record album you could use the great cover shot of Sinatra as an object d'arte. Before he retired Sinatra was doing some interest work (e.g., the concept album "Watertown"), but producer Don Costa has come up with a collection of largely forgettable songs by new songwriters. Joe Raposo gets four bites of the apple, and while "Ballpark" is an "A" song, "Winners," "You Will Be My Music," and "Noah" would grade out progressively lower on the standard scale. If anything they expose Sinatra's lessening ability to power through a song at the key moments while showing that he remained a master of phrasing on the two acknowleged "gems" on this album. Undoubtedly many of these songs would have sounded a lot better if Sinatra had recorded them a decade earlier, but that also speaks to his strengths as a singer rather than the intrinsic value of the songs.
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