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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
As the '60s drew to a close, Sinatra became increasingly amenable to recording songs from the contemporary pop and rock canon. Whether he was responding to commercial pressures, or just trying to prove that he could still ... more »
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As the '60s drew to a close, Sinatra became increasingly amenable to recording songs from the contemporary pop and rock canon. Whether he was responding to commercial pressures, or just trying to prove that he could still be hip in the Age of Aquarius, remains the subject of much debate; in any case, My Way is probably the best of his late-'60s pop efforts. For one thing, it includes the title track, a veritable Sinatra classic; for another, it contains impressive stabs at Ray Charles's "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," The Beatles' "Yesterday," and Jacques Brel's "If You Go Away" (the Chairman fares less well on Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson"). Uneven, certainly, but well worth getting. --Dan Epstein
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A mixed and modern album - barely 4 stars
Stephan Mayer | sacramento, ca United States | 02/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are some great cuts on here: My Way, A Day in the life of a fool, If you go away and ALL MY TOMORROWS and of course FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE - one of Frank's staples in concert from 69-95.The rest of the songs are fair at times Frank's singing sounds a bit lackluster and cold (e.g. Watch what happens). This may also be due to the extreme amount of reverb on his voice and the fact that on some songs he's in dead center in the mix. He sounds warmer on most of the ballads.This album was co-produced by Costa and Sonny Burke and I still think Costa was the better producer."
Lawrence E. LaRocco | Berwyn, Illinois | 07/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""My Way" is not Sinatra's greatest album, but it is an absolutely essential purchase because it includes the song that defined his life, music and philosophy. There is no other song in the Sinatra discography that more perfectly defines, summarizes, and musically states what Frank was all about than "My Way." Paul Anka wrote this song especially for Frank, and it immediately became the signature song for the rest of his career. This album was recorded in 1969, and it was an attempt for Frank to incorporate contemporary standards into his body of work. He covers songs by the Beatles, Rod McKuen, and Paul Simon, but "My Way" is the song that makes this album an integral part of the Sinatra canon. Don Costa arranged the songs as he did in many of Sinatra's album's for Reprise, and it is a much more solid effort than some critics give it credit for. Frank is still at the top of his game, and my other personal favorites on this CD are "Didn't We" and "For Once In My Life." "My Way" is an essential Sinatra must-have album and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED1"
3 1/2 minutes of the sublimely surreal
Lawrence E. LaRocco | 08/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yeah, there's some good and bad on this disk, but it's mandatory listening for the final track, which is so GLORIOUSLY awful it is criminal of Amazon not to put on a RealAudio sample. Oh, the band swings like you WOULDN'T BELIEVE, the brass is great, but it is SO wrong a song for Frank, as he does a lounge lizard parody of himself that would make Joe Piscopo and Phil Hartman blush, mangling the lyrics ("And you'll get yours, Mrs. Robinson/Foolin' wit' dat young stuff like you do/woo woo woo/boo hoo hoo"). The utter incongruity of the material and the great arrangement makes it a delight. And "Yesterday" wasn't a great choice, either ... but hell, it's got "My Way." "...Keep dem cards an' letters comin' in, Robin baby ...""