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A Man Alone

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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B003TWKW3G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Sinatra is always at his best when he has a story to tell. On this CD he sings the words of Rod McKuen, a brilliant poet and lyricist. Full of the famous Sinatra emotion and tenderness each track contains thought provoking lyrics that hit straight to the soul. I first bought this album on cassette in 1970 and when it became worn out, ten years later, I tried everywhere to obtain another copy but was constantly told that it was no longer available. I can personally identify with much of what Sinatra sings on this CD and it has kept me going when times have been low. So thanks Frank, Rod & Reprise for giving us this fantastic collection.
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This album is one of Sinatra's forgotten masterpieces. Musically it is a success, we see some terrific songs with beautiful jazzy arrangements that are so evocative in the imagination. Rod McKuen has transcended brilliance in my view with this album. It is a rare treat to have a single album all by one composer and lyrically he is a genius.

This album takes the term concept album to a whole new level. This isn't just an album around a single theme, it is dramatic adventure and tells a story. To listen to, it plays more like "Watertown" than "September of My Years", "Moonlight Sinatra" or any of the capitol saloon albums we all know and love.

This album touches me on a very personal level and expresses some very profound things. It says exactly how I feel at this point of my life and it speaks of a feeling every man experiences at some point in his life. The subtle blend of the desire to be alone and free, yet fighting the urge not to be on one's own. The album manages to capture an extraordinary blend of wistfulness, sadness, melancholy and loneliness, yet in the same breath it is spoken to us by a man who has accepted his fate, is not bitter about it and whilst he realises he it is unlikely to change he still has the faint whisper of optimism and dream that it may do. However the final undertone is of someone who perhaps doesn't want anything changed; yes his life isn't perfect, but it's the way it suits him. Overall the effect is staggering.

This is not an album you listen to with somebody else, it isn't even an album you tell anyone you have listened to. It isn't an album that you sing aloud or in your head all day long, it is an album best enjoyed alone.
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A wonderfully moody selection of meloncolic songs. Frank Sinatra at his introspective best and with some little heard but excellent stuff. Not for the depressive sort though!
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Every night I soak in my bath and listen to this for an hour, nothing quite like it, Frank Sinatra singing to the words of the late wonderful Rod McKuen. What can you say about Sinatra that has not already been said, even when he talks through Rod McKuen's words he is just great. When it comes to Rod McKuen so prolific throughout his life, the music and in particular the words are the best yet, you are really listening to everything come from Rod McKuen's heart. Sinatra asked Rod to write this album for him and I do not recall Sinatra asking any other individual to write an entire album for him. Lay back in the bath, candles on and dream, as I do, just perfect.
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Frank Sinatra is at his interpretive best on this provocative 1969 recording about a man facing life alone. It is a sobering thought: living your life apart from others. Frank Sinatra is one of the last people on earth one would think could adequately address this subject matter, yet he does so in a profound and unforgettable way. In doing so he creates a masterpiece of music and lyrics. Make no mistake about it, this is a a true artist at work. An artist of the highest order -- one who has mastered every facet of his art form. This is a rare and sublime occasion, and fortunately for us it is preserved for the ages on CD. I have listened to this recording dozens of time over the past 40 years and it never fails to move me.
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An album of which I was completely unaware until recently (it dates from 1969). 'Love's Been Good To Me' was the only track I already knew, and the rest are not typical Sinatra; it even features him reciting over a musical backing, rather than singing. A collaboration with Rod McKuen that is very much of its time, but, to me anyway, intriguing.
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Rod McKuen was at the height of his fame at this time as a popular American poet and singer/songwriter and had wanted to collaborate with Frank Sinatra for a very long time. The result is some very fine ballads and Sinatra reading some of McKuen's poetry. A very good album.
If you'd like to read some of Rod McKuen's poetry I suggest looking for some of his books on Ebay.co.uk and Ebay.com as they are out of print and quite rare. My personal favourites are "Alone" and "Stanyan Street And Other Sorrows".
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There is a stark divide in the appreciations of this short studio album, whose words and music were composed especially for Frank Sinatra, by the popular poet Rod McKuen. Many of the Amazon reviewers have given it 5 stars. They see this 1969 release, that is themed around loneliness, as a "forgotten masterpiece", and advocate it because of its light jazzy musical arrangements, luscious string accompaniments, and Sinatra's powerful interpretation of introspective lyrics. Others, like Allmusic website writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine, have a different view. They see this mix of slow-paced songs and tones poems as mere "embarrassing posturing". Erlewine chose to accord this half-an-hour long record 2 stars because he believes McKuen's contributions to be, "Lyrically slight and musically insubstantial". Personally, I find myself to be somewhere in between these two polarised opinions. I still wince at some of the clunky attempts at profundity such as 'From Promise To Promise', and 'The Beautiful Strangers'. But I also felt a deep sense of personal identification upon hearing the sensitive way that Sinatra classily renders the likes of the title track, 'Love's Been Good To Me', and 'I've Been To Town', without ever choosing to see A Man Alone as an LP displaying the consistency of quality that lachrymose classics like Only The Lonely, and In The Wee Small Hours possess.
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