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CD on UNIVERSAL RECORDS by Frank Sinatra - Softly, As I Leave You
Here's To The Losers
Come Blow Your Horn
Love Isn't Just For The Young
I Can't Believe I'm Losing You
Pass Me By
Softly, As I Leave You
Then Suddenly Love
Talk To Me Baby
The Look Of Love
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When the 60's emerged and pop and rock music was taking over the airwaves,sinatra had to take stock of his career and attempt to try and keep up with the times and throughout the 60's he would occasionally release gentle pop orientated songs amongst his regular more traditional material, whilst most of these songs won't trouble his best material, many of them are in fairness quite respectable. Sinatra usually used arranger Ernie Freeman for these songs and there are a few here, most noticeably the title track, "Then suddenly i leave you" and "Available" all these have light pop melodies with backing vocals. The backing vocals seem to date the songs even more than the music itself as they all have that old fashioned backing vocal you seem to hear on any track in this era, maybe it's me but i've never felt Sinatra needed backing singers anyway.
Elsewhere, the album has a number of tracks left off previous albums, because of this the style and flow of the album fluctuates due to the different arrangers but the material holds up so it's not a big problem. The Nelson Riddle arranged "Emily" is a lovely ballad, likewise Riddles arrangement of 2 van hueusen/cahn numbers "Come blow your horn" and "The Look of Love" are quite superb, mid tempo swingers, both of these wouldn't have looked out of place on "Songs for swinging lovers" or "A swingin affair" very good indeed.
Marty paich ( The only arranger on here Sinatra never made a full album with) chips in with 2 excellent numbers - the stunning ballad "Love isn't just for the young" and the swinger "here's to the losers"
A couple of numbers are a bit so so, namely "Pass me by" a musical number from the film "Father Goose", not really my cup of tea personally but some may like it's musical theatre style.
If this isn't in your Sinatra collection, it really should be, unavailable for a few years, or hard to get at least, it's now been re-issued in 2011 again. The quality of the CD is also very good, a lot of the Reprise era albums seem to vary quality wise, but this is one of the better one's.
Don't let this one "Pass you by"! ..no pun intended!
The cover of Dear Heart is very good and compares well with the Henry Mancini version which is one of my favourite Sixties records.
All in all, I enjoyed this album and thoroughly recommend it. As always odd track that is not as good as the others, but since buying it I have played it continuously.
Listen to a track from the period entitled 'Bim Bam Baby'. The guy was lost in a mire!
Then came Capitol, and Billy May, Gordon Jenkins and the brilliant Nelson Riddle. Wow!
In 1961 he started his own label, Reprise, and straightway he was doing it his way ,brasher, louder and audibly happier than his last year or two at Capitol towers.
In these happier swingier times he recorded with such luminaries as Count Basie(twice,)Neil Hefti, and Robert Farnon.
Not forgetting a luscious concert LP with Nelson Riddle!
There were however, fewer chart entries, and Sinatra liked being in the top ten!
With competitors such as the British 'groups' there was little that he could do.
The best he could do was to 'cover' the hits of the time.
This album with its' measly 12 tracks is Frank keeping up with the crowd.
The title track had been charted by his English Counterpart Matt Monro,an ideal choice, but Frank adds nothing more special to it.
Track 2 and 'Here's to the Losers' is one of those 'hip' tunes reminiscent of the Capitol days and so is 'Come Blow your Horn'!
But here also is the master trying his hand at Hank Mancini, and making a lovely fist of 'Dear Heart',
He bashes his way thru 'Pass Me By' a big hit for Peggy Lee, and slows the tempo for 'I can't believe I'm Losing You', an Engelbert type of song that the 'Hump'could have had a enormous hit with, it kinda ambles in, and shuffles out!
The 'Look of Love' isn't the Bacharach/David song but another erstwhile, Las Vegas type Billy May swinger.
This CD is all over the place, indicative of the singer on a search for something, he nearly finds it on some of these tracks, but his big ,big number one hit 'Strangers in the Night' is now only a few months away.
Hay diversos tipos de estilo en este albúm pero la mayoría son de tipo balada. Frank trata de cambiar su estilo. Riddle hace intentos de hacer arreglos diferentes a los usuales. Las canciones son de la época en que fue grabado el disco y no clásicos del cancionero americano. El sonido es impecable al igual que la voz de Frank. Pero es un disco solo para los coleccionistas de Frank. Grabado en Noviembre de 1964