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1957 Capitol Ballads Album Perfect in Every Sense: Includes Riveting Lonely Town
Sinatras First Collaboration With Arranger Gordon Jenkins Yields Contemplative Bliss
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity Mono LP Traces a Straight Path to Sinatras Voice, Jenkins Orchestrations, Musics Emotions
Melancholic Torch Songs On Par With Any Sinatra Ever Sang; Many Diehard Fans Feel Where Are You? Among His Three-Finest Efforts
Where Are You? is perfect in every sense. Recorded when Frank Sinatra was 42, the torch album finds him in impeccable voice and spirit. The dozen tracks fit together as a unified whole; its difficult to imagine one song missing, or another added. Arranger Gordon Jenkins reads Sinatras mind, affording him with lush arrangements that break hearts and underscore deliberation. Topping it off, Sinatras interpretive skills utterly astonish. Genres aside, this 1957 Capitol classic is inarguably one of the ten-best vocal pop efforts made in the 1950s.
The records splendid beauty and unparalleled emotionalism surface like never before on Mobile Fidelitys numbered, limited edition 180g mono LP. Mastered from the original master tapes, this mono version focuses the instrumentalists, images, vocals, and ambience in a transparent manner that exceeds the detail on the more-common stereo version. In addition, this reissue marks the first time this gem has been made available in mono in several decades. Akin to
While not as known as Only the Lonely, Where Are You? is its creative equivalent, a poignant masterwork on which Sinatra reflects on what could have been, ponders lifes deep questions, elicits sympathy via romantic distress, and does whatever it takes to get through the night. It is one of Sinatras alone-at-the-bar statements, his fedora pulled slightly over his eyes, his face fixated on his drink, his only friend the understanding bartender that will keep pouring until last call. Throughout, Sinatra delves into sorrow and desolation. Yet unlike the stark gloom and bleak bitterness on In the Wee Small Hours, this solitary statement echoes with an accepting wistfulness and maturity that parallels a change of seasonsor situations.
Jenkins warm, classically informed arrangements grant Sinatra the sentiments and support he needs. The sumptuous melodies and burnished strings complement the singers completely natural delivery; seldom has Sinatra sounded so relaxed, dramatic, warm, cello-like, and in a zone. His lyrical phrasing and rhythmic time-keeping are spot-on; his soulfulness and sensitivity of another world. Sinatras renditions of Laura, Autumn Leaves, and Lonely Town are the reference-bearing performances of these famous standards. If you are a fan of vocal music, consider this album mandatory.
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Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Frank Sinatra, vocals
Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra
1. Where Are You?
2. The Night We Called It A Day
3. I Cover the Waterfront
4. Maybe Youll Be There
6. Lonely Town
1. Autumn Leaves
2. Im a Fool to Want You
3. I Think of You
4. Where Is the One
5. Theres No You
6. Baby Wont You Please Come Home