In the 1950s onwards, Frank Sinatra was a force that was unstoppable. He delivered a series of albums that, although done very much in a sort of Crooner style of music, were very, very good listening. This is yet another listen that fits with that category. Let’s see how it sounds, many decades later.
We begin with Night And Day which is joyous and superb. It is an introduction to the lighter and brighter sounds of Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra himself puts in a wonderful and well delivered performance as a vocalist here, blowing many of the critics of his voice away. The instrumentation here is also excellent, with a bold and big brassy sound here. This is a great start to this album, and is so bright and breezy, it is infectious listening. The outro is awesome.
Following is I Wish I Were In Love Again which is a really happy sounding tune. It is a short and sweet tune that sounds really lovely and fantastic. It turns a negative experience into something hugely grateful and awesome listening. Nice effort by Frank Sinatra and crew, this is a fine and positive statement.
I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ has a great band intro, before Frankie emerges singing in a glorious way. Singing about lovemaking and other pursuits, this is actually quite funny in some respects. Light humour aside, this is another fine piece from Frank Sinatra and choosing a great Frank Sinatra album from this era is exceptionally difficult, as they are all great. An awesome piece of music, uplifting and danceable. The double bass at the end is awesome.
I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan comes along next with some slower and upbeat melodies to begin this song with. Frank Sinatra sings about the disappointment that comes with affairs and losing the passionate love one cherishes, but in such a cheerful way that it is really enjoyable listening. Glorious from start to finish.
Following is Nice Work If You Can Get It which begins with upbeat clarinet and other orchestral instrumentation, detailing a lovely romantic relationship. It is a joyous and uplifting listening experience. This is the romanticism of the 1950s, before Rock music changed some large part of the imagery from love to sex. Frank Sinatra is a legend, all the same. Fine music is here.
Next up is Stars Fell On Alabama which has a fluttering intro, before going into a classy Frank piece that is more or less a continuation of the previous song. It is a beautiful and concise piece of beautiful imagery that sounds catchy, enjoyable and danceable in its own way. Terrific listening, Frank Sinatra is a great singer and party starter here, and he does brilliantly well.
No One Ever Tells You is a lot slower, with a bit of a strange sound about it to begin with. It gradually flows into a slower piece of music that is quite a relaxing and comforting listen. A great and enjoyable piece of music listening, and seems very lyrically honest here. Frank Sinatra does an amazing job here, and the midsection has bashing drums and horn melodies to boot. Interesting song.
I Won’t Dance comes along next. It is a song about only wishing to dance with one’s lover, not just any lady. A fantastic and genuinely awesome listen from Frank Sinatra, he really knows how to explain a wonderful feeling, even in the situations of having said swinging affair. The lyrics and music match each other perfectly, a fine listen. The outro is top.
Following is Lonesome Road which begins with some strange piano and background percussion, before Frankie and double bass enter. This is a stunning piece that sounds majestic and beautiful. This is a quirky and interesting number, but although it may not be the most memorable number by Frank Sinatra, this is excellent and outstanding in its own way. Awesome stuff, the likes that many musicians today would not properly explore. This is superb. It gets very subtle at the end, a nice finish here.
After that is At Long Last Love which begins with a short Jazzy intro, before Frank Sinatra begins with a passionate energy and upbeat nature about finding a love that holds true. Very consistent and wonderful listening, this song adds some flavour and a twist to this album. Is this a possible concept album? Perhaps so, you be the judge. The outro is outstanding.
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To is next, with some different sounding horns throughout. It is a lovely sounding piece of music that sounds awesome and terrific. A joyous, danceable and upbeat sort of song for fans of older music, or even some more modern ears, this is classy. Perfect for the quiet night at home with a cocktail and your partner, excellent stuff here. Listen carefully for the last bit, it is quite funny.
I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) comes along next. It is a slower and a little darker piece, but still following the rough template of this album. A joyous and lovely listen to experience, regardless of lyric matter here. The instrumentation in the middle is really fine and awesome. A strange story, but a good one nonetheless. It fades out gently towards the end, a nice listening experience.
Next is From This Moment On which is a quicker and more swinging sort of piece of music that sounds very enjoyable. It is an excellent listening experience and just sounds really pure, joyous, fresh and loving. These songs all are legendary and amazing, regardless of if this is Frank Sinatra’s best album or not. Nonetheless, a fine and old school romantic listening experience. Catchy and exciting listening.
After that is If I Had You which is more excellent joyous and catchy song work from Frank Sinatra and co. This is a really awesome and cool listening, with an string section instead of what we would have in Rock, a guitar solo. No guitars needed here, Frank Sinatra does so well and the sentiment here is lovely. Nice, short and sweet song.
Oh! Look At Me Now is another great slice of Sinatra goodness. This is a great experience of music and romanticism that music has not really done, before or since. Fresh, fun and inspired, Frank Sinatra is in fine form on this recording. A wonderful and fine listen, great to hear as always from old blue eyes. Excellent work.
The Lady Is A Tramp begins with a snazzy piano part, before launching into an absolute classic from Frank Sinatra. Here, he discusses a perfect lady that only Frank Sinatra has on his mind. With references to characteristics, traits and experiences, Frank Sinatra articulates this piece beautifully. A really excellent listening experience, great to listen to. A nice finish to this album.
This is no doubt a great album, for fans of Frank Sinatra and music lovers in general. If you want to be time travelling back to 1957 to a completely different world of sound and music, do start here. You will not be disappointed.