Where Are You? CD
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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 ›
This collection of impeccable songs includes such musical masterpieces as The Night We Called It A Day, I Cover The Waterfront, Lonely Town, Autumn Leaves - an aptly chilly, windswept reading - I`m A fool To Want You, a pleading Baby Won't You Please Come Home, and the immortal title song from the great 1944 Otto Preminger film Laura:
For that was Laura
But she's only a dream...
The rest of this recording is of such a high standard as to make the listener wonder if popular song could ever be so articulate or so plangent.
His singing of I'm A fool To Want You is perfection itself. Nobody has ever sung it better. Why? Because it just isn't possible. That goes for a few of the songs here, not least Lonely Town and the the song which gives the album its suitably forlorn title.
I Think Of You, perhaps a lesser known song, is yet one more standout track on this astonishingly consistent set by the master of the heartbreak ballad.
The four extra tracks on this reissue (as on all the expertly remastered discs from Sinatra's rejuvenated peak period from the early fifties to the mid-sixties) are a fine bonus, which include It Worries Me and the album's farewell, Don't Worry About Me - an ambivalent sentiment given the orgy of introspection that has preceded it.
One of Sinatra's very best.
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never had heard this before..has to be one of Sintras Best....sad but meaningful !.....Barry MishonPublished 8 months ago by BARRY MISHON