Music for lovers only
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Romance: Songs From the Heart has twenty-one magnificent tracks by the great Frank Sinatra; and the sound quality is excellent. The artwork is thoughtful and you can expect to play--and reply--this album over and over again!
"I've Got You Under My Skin" starts the track set; and Frank sings this with so much class it's stunning. His excellent diction and his natural sense of timing make "I've Got You Under My Skin" a complete masterpiece. "Time After Time" has a great strings arrangement and Frank sings this again with all his heart and soul. Frank never misses a note and I think you'll enjoy this ballad when you hear it. Listen also for "Too Marvelous For Words." "Too Marvelous For Words" is relentlessly happy and Frank sings this brilliantly; he swings brightly as he croons this flawlessly. I really like "Too Marvelous For Words."
"My Funny Valentine" gets the royal treatment when Frank delivers this magnificently; he never sounded better and that horn really makes this number even brighter than it otherwise would have been. "Our Love Is Here To Stay" shines like gold in Frank's capable hands; and I love "Our Love Is Here To Stay."
"Cheek To Cheek," an Irving Berlin tune, places Frank squarely front and center--and he certainly takes advantage of that opportunity! His performance commands your attention and you don't have to try hard to listen because it's all so beautiful. The melody is really very pretty. In addition, "I Wish I Were In Love Again" has Frank singing very well, too.
"In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" is a classic torch song that Frank performs without a flaw. "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" was apparently a reference to Frank's pain after his relationship with Ava Gardner ended; but in any event it's a major highlight of this album. "As Time Goes By" also sounds great when Frank sings this; although on this number I thought the music should have been a little more muted.
"I'll be Seeing You" is a somewhat sad but very sentimental song of love; and Frank performs this with panache. There's also "Embraceable You;" this Gershwin tune sounds as if it were written especially for Frank! Great!
"Where Or When" is yet another stunning love ballad; and the arrangement for the piano is extremely elegant. The album closes with "If You Are But A Dream;" this number gives us Frank singing at his finest again and this is a wonderful ending for this album.
Frank Sinatra fans will probably have many of these numbers in their collections already; but they may still want to buy this album because it has so many classic love songs all on one single CD. Of course, this album is very special and thus it makes a strong starter CD for people just discovering Frank Sinatra's incredible talents.