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Sings For Only The Lonely (2018 Stereo Mix)

Frank Sinatra

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1
Only The Lonely (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
4:09
2
Angel Eyes (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
3:44
3
What's New? (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
5:11
4
It's A Lonesome Old Town (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
4:16
5
Willow Weep For Me (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
4:48
6
Good-Bye (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
5:44
7
Blues In The Night (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
4:44
8
Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
4:01
9
Ebb Tide (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
3:15
10
Spring Is Here (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
4:46
11
Gone With The Wind (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
5:13
12
One For My Baby (2018 Stereo Mix)
Frank Sinatra; Nelson Riddle; Felix Slatkin
4:25
Total Playing Time    54:16
“I feel the LP as a whole has so much magic it is a ‘must’.”
- Peter Jones (Record Mirror)

In the running for Sinatra's saddest album, and the album which Frank said was his favourite, Sings For Only The Lonely was conceived under tragic circumstances.

Shortly before Nelson Riddle began work on arranging the songs for this album, his six-month-old daughter died from bronchial asthma. Frank and Nelson went into the studio on 5 May 1958 to begin work on the album, but none of the three songs that were cut that night were used. Nelson’s mother was critically ill and it can only have affected the session; she died four days later. Three weeks later, Frank returned to the studio and while the arrangements for the album were Nelson’s, it was Felix Slatkin who conducted the orchestra on 29 May, before Nelson returned for the last two sessions that completed Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely.

Frank’s singing is the epitome of sadness, while the arrangements have an added dollop of despondency. Among the standouts are the title song, written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, which was recorded on Thursday, 29 May 1958. Frank told author Robin Douglas-Home about pacing an album:

“Tommy Dorsey did this with every band-show he played. Paced it, planned every second from start to finish. He never told me this; it just suddenly came to me as I sat up on that stand every night. This is what I’ve tried to do with every album I’ve ever made.”

On this set of stereo mixes, the original mono material has been expanded to take full use of the stereo field and auditory space. The technology of stereophonic sound was fairly new at the time of recording, and many worried it was simply a marketing gimmick to have consumers but more speakers. This worry quickly gave way when it became clear that the perception of left, right, and centre musical material opened up a new immersive landscape. This special stereo-edition gives listeners a front-row seat to this newly developing technology, and the burgeoning art of stereo mixing. The 2018 mix was mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios.

"[For Only] The Lonely was recorded as both a mono and stereo presentation. The mono was the focus as that was the chief format of the day. The stereo was recorded with two microphones suspended high over the studio orchestra. Frank Sinatra's voice was recorded onto a third track. With the stereo recording being mid-side decoded, the depth of the studio is revealed."
- Larry Walsh (Mastering Engineer)
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Tracks 1-12 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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