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Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Look past the tacky, sad-clown velvet painting on the cover (a Grammy-winner for album design in 1959!), there's nothing cheap or sentimental about this record--the bleakest and blackest album of popular songs ever record...  more »

      
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All Artists: Frank Sinatra
Title: Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 1/1/1981
Re-Release Date: 5/26/1998
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Cabaret, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724349475625

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Look past the tacky, sad-clown velvet painting on the cover (a Grammy-winner for album design in 1959!), there's nothing cheap or sentimental about this record--the bleakest and blackest album of popular songs ever recorded, so quietly powerful it can leave you slumped in your chair with the ice cubes still rattling in your glass. Every single "suicide song" (as Sinatra liked to call 'em) on Only the Lonely is a stunner that will take your breath away. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are like shadows, almost colorless and motionless, so that all you hear is the ache in the singer's voice. "Angel Eyes" and "One for My Baby" each deserve an album to themselves-- so exquisitely moving that at the end of three minutes you feel like you've just heard a lifetime of loneliness. My only regret--and it's a big one--is that this flawless masterpiece doesn't include Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," which truly belongs here; Sinatra put it into an already overcrowded recording schedule and, when fatigue and the difficulty of the song defeated him after a couple takes, he gave up and never attempted it again. We got the chillingly lovely "Willow Weep For Me" instead, so I'm really not complaining--but that just adds to the pang of loss that this album expresses so vividly. Drink up! --Jim Emerson

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Innermost Sinatra
David Govett | Davis, CA, USA | 02/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's all there in Sinatra's voice: The isolation. The loneliness. The desperation. The ultimate futility. The human predicament in a minor key."
Another great one from Frank!
justsomeguy | 03/22/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was one of his best-selling albums. He won an award for designing the cover art. Did you know that? GREAT album too - many songs on here I don't have anywhere else. Classic Sinatra at his very best!!!"
Sinatra Greatness, although Capitol tries to ruin it
G. Misthos | 07/22/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A true masterpiece, "The Suicide Album". Sinatra and Riddle...great singing, great arrangements, and SAD songs. Unfortunately, the idiots at Capitol decided to mess with perfection. The original LP ended perfectly, with the classic One For My Baby, but the morons at Capitol needlessly added two songs, Sleep Warm and Where or When, and it makes absolutely no sense. Nothing wrong with either of these songs, except they have no business being added to this already perfect album. And these fools get paid to make these decisions?"