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One more for the road
on 7 July 2011
From 1953 into the mid-sixties, Sinatra recorded a series of peerless albums of standards of which this, from 1958, is undoubtedly one of the pearls. I'd rate Nice 'n Easy beside it among the ballad albums, along with the lesser known, though equally essential, No One Cares & Where Are You, as well as the better known In The Wee Small Hours and September Of My Years.
There is a seriousness of purpose here, and a total dedication to interpreting definitively these great songs, which forever places Sinatra in the highest company of singers. Restraint and passion co-exist in these sober performances of some of the saddest songs in the repertoire. That Nelson Riddle was on hand to arrange things is only more cause for celebration. Ah, to hell with it, this is one of the most wonderful, immaculate, imperishably stunning set of songs ever recorded by anyone anywhere at any time.
Every note on this disc is critic-proof, with the astonishing One For My Baby a timeless standout ~ and arguably his greatest ever performance on disc.. Along the way we are treated to such works of the songwriter's art as Angel Eyes (not the easiest of songs to bring off), the ornate Blues In The Night, the lovely Willow Weep For Me, dramatic Ebb Tide, the forlorn What's New, and several other songs of love lost and heartbreak, including the sadly beautiful Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry, which includes the haunting line:
And when the twilight steals
I know how the lady in the harbour feels
An extra track is the marvellous Where Or When, a song made even more momentous by its lack of a chorus. It simply builds to a climax, and stops ~ like Roy Orbison's Running Scared or Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit!
There are a few souls left who think Sinatra couldn't really sing(!) and I suggest playing them this, then asking them again what they think. This is singing of the highest order, from a man whose best work is, quite simply, the very best we have.
Each place I go
only the lonely go. . .
Follow the man...he won`t let you down.