Music Reviews
Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Strangers in the Night

Concord

The original 20th century teenage heartthrob, Frank Sinatra had already been an established pop culture icon for a quarter century when Strangers in the Night was originally released on his own Reprise record label in 1966.

Produced by Sonny Burke, this million-selling record captures Sinatra at the top of his game and has now been reborn 44 years after its initial release in a deluxe, re-mastered CD format via Concord Records.

In addition to the chart-topping title track, Strangers in the Night features such signature Sinatra classics as “Summer Wind” and “All or Nothing at All,” and earned “Ol’ Blue Eyes” a 1967 Grammy for Record of the Year. It also marked the final recording in a successful string of collaborations with legendary orchestra conductor Nelson Riddle.

Strangers boasts an array of standards from Sinatra’s teenage years such as “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and “You’re Driving Me Crazy,” as well as contemporary pop numbers like “Call Me” and “Downtown” (both of which would also become major hits for British pop singer Petula Clark). The record’s crowning jewel is “On a Clear Day,” which is quite possibly Sinatra’s finest vocal performance of his legendary sixty-plus year career.

This deluxe re-issue also contains bonus live versions of “Strangers in the Night” and “All or Nothing at All,” as well as an alternate version of “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby.”

In short, this one is a must-have for all “members of the board.”

Frank Sinatra: http://www.sinatra.com


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