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Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
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  • Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Nelson Riddle (conductor).
  • Recorded from May to September 1958. Includes original liner notes by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen with additional notes by Pete Welding.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered using 20-bit technology.
  • Personnel: Frank Sinatra (vocals).
  • Audio Remasterers: Larry Walsh; Bob Norberg.
  • Liner Note Authors: Pete Welding; James Van Heusen; Sammy Cahn.
  • Recording information: 05/25/1958-09/11/1958.
  • Arranger: Nelson Riddle.
  • For an artist of Sinatra's stature, an artistic peak is a thing of no uncertain majesty. Such a peak was reached on ONLY THE LONELY, with the invaluable assistant of arranger Nelson Riddle. Foreshadowed by the glorious sob-fest of IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS, this album is a case of serendipity, where songs, arrangement and performance all combine for an unrelenting dose of heartbreak.
  • The ominous, film-noirish flatted-fifths of "Angel Eyes" set the scene for a cuckold's tale, which ends with Sinatra's evanescently graceful bow-out, "'Scuse me while I disappear." The timeless "One For My Baby," one of the songs most closely identified with Sinatra, finds him pouring his troubles out to a bartender, who simultaneously pours out the much-needed antidote to the singer's pain. ONLY THE LONELY is a devastating, perfectly rendered account of a man unable to escape the cage of his own shattered dreams .
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Magnet (p.114) - "Its ballads are some of the most exquisitely rendered odes to sadness he recorded, with Nelson Riddle's lush orchestral backdrops serving as reverb-heavy guardrails for Sinatro's bel canto encomiums..."
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