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Where Are You
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Underrated, at least in comparison with the better-known In the Wee Small Hours and Sings for Only the Lonely, 1957's Where Are You? is another excellent collection of melancholy torch songs, including "Lonely Town," "The ... more »
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Underrated, at least in comparison with the better-known In the Wee Small Hours and Sings for Only the Lonely, 1957's Where Are You? is another excellent collection of melancholy torch songs, including "Lonely Town," "The Night We Called It a Day," "I Think of You," and "Maybe You'll Be There." As on those records, Sinatra doesn't sing so much as breathe, never overwhelming the fragility of the compositions with excessive displays of emotion. Of course, this approach just makes the songs sound that much sadder. This was also the first record Sinatra recorded in stereo, and Gordon Jenkins's lush string arrangements are obviously designed to take advantage of the new medium. --Dan Epstein
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Fine album of torch songs by Sinatra--BRAVO, FRANK !!!
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Where Are You? is a wonderful Frank Sinatra album here for us to enjoy on CD. Frank sounds great and he delivers these ballads with panache. The sound quality is excellent and the artwork is excellent.
The album starts with the title track, "Where Are You?" Frank's character laments the loss of his one true love; and the arrangement uses the strings to great advantage. Frank truly never does perform with any exaggerated emotion--and this enhances the beauty of the ballad all the more. "The Night We Called It A Day" features Frank front and center--and that's OK by me! This torch ballad tells the story of a breakup from the point of view of a man who's still upset about the ending of their love. Franks' voice is quite strong and full of energy, too.
"Laura," from the movie of the same name, has Frank delivering this ballad to perfection--and beyond! The horn is very beautifully used and Frank never misses a beat! "Laura" is easily a major highlight of this album; and I predict that you'll like it very much. "Autumn Leaves" was a favorite of Edith Piaf; she loved to sing this and she would have been proud of Frank's interpretation! Frank sings this with all his heart and soul; and the slightly slower than normal tempo makes this ballad very pretty and sad at the same time.
"I'm A Fool To Want You" was a song Billie Holiday often sang; this bluesy torch song sounds terrific when Frank Sinatra sing it; this tugs at my heartstrings and I think his rendition is awfully fine. The strings enhance the number, too. "I Think Of You" is yet another masterpiece when Frank Sinatra sings it; he performs "I Think Of You" with great sensitivity and his uncanny sense of timing makes this very beautiful.
"Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" gets a really slow tempo but it all holds its own very well. Frank performs "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" very well and the music that goes with his vocals complements his singing perfectly. "Rain (Falling From The Skies)" is quite memorable; this forlorn ballad displays Frank's true vocal prowess and you're sure to appreciate this song.
The album ends with Frank Sinatra doing a great version of "Don't Worry `Bout Me." "Don't Worry `Bout Me" gets such a regal treatment that you're bound to be left wanting more. Don't be surprised if you find yourself pushing the "play" button on your CD player when this album is over!
Frank Sinatra does a marvelous job handling these remarkably fine torch songs. I highly recommend this for Frank's fans; and people who enjoy the blues will also want this album in their collections.
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Anthony Nasti | Staten Island, New York United States | 12/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though not as recognized as the similarly themed "In The Wee Small Hours" or "Only The Lonely," "Where Are You?" is easily up there with the best of Frank Sinatra's work. His voice is as strong as ever, his phrasing and breath control are forceful and precise, and the songs are among the most beautiful he ever recorded.
This album marks a departure for Frank, as Nelson Riddle does not handle the arrangements but rather Gordon Jenkins makes his debut at the helm. Jenkins was known for his lush string arrangements, and his arrangements fit Sinatra's style and these songs to a T, adding an extra layer of depth to these already poignant tales of lost love.
As he did with "In The Wee Small Hours" and "Only The Lonely," Frank completely immerses himself in the material. He becomes the song, living and breathing each phrase as if each line was the last he'd ever speak. Listen to the passion he injects to the title track, "The Night We Called It A Day," the haunting "Laura," the unforgettable "Lonely Town" (on the shortlist of Best Sinatra Performances), the definitive reading of "Autumn Leaves" and others. No singer had or has ever interpreted these songs with such an unprecedented level of sincerity or emotion. This reinforces my belief that Frank was as much an actor as a singer. He simply set his performances to acetate rather than celluoid. He sang as much from his heart, mind and soul as much as his throat.
The standout track, for me, is "I'm A Fool To Want You." Frank is at his zenith on this track. All about Ava, Frank even co-wrote this number, his most personal recording ever. All the feelings of anguish and loneliness he felt when Ava had left him four years ago seemed to culminate on this track, resulting in quite possibly Frank's most emotionally invovled performance ever committed to tape.
This remastered edition boasts good sound as well as four bonus tracks, including Frank's classic 1953 reading of "Don't Worry 'Bout Me." These four tracks add to this already incredible album, an album that any serious music fan should snatch up in an instant."
Frank Sinatra: Where Are You? (Album/CD -- 1957/2002)
S. OConnell | North Carolina | 05/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The twelve selections from the original 1957 release are reproduced beautifully. The digital remastering has allowed Sinatra's voice and Gordon Jenkins' orchestrations to be heard in an entirely new light: If he had just burst onto the music scene today with this stuff, the world would still stop and say, "Hey -- this stuff is great!" The four additional Nelson Riddle-arranged selections added to the CD from some of Sinatra's stuff a few years earlier are, while still wonderful, unfortunately forced to compete with the Gordon Jenkins-arranged material in the first twelve selections. I sometimes stop the CD after selection twelve just to preserve the feeling. If I continue on to the last four selections, I remind myself that they're from a slightly different Sinatra era, musically, and that helps put them into perspective."