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Strangers in the Night

Frank Sinatra Audio CD
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1. Strangers In The Night
2. Summer Wind
3. All Or Nothing At All
4. Call Me
5. You're Driving Me Crazy!
6. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
7. My Baby Just Cares For Me
8. Downtown
9. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
10. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

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Although Frank Sinatra had often expressed dislike for the smash title hit on this 1966 album, it is best known for providing some of the last tracks that the singer and his legendary arranger, Nelson Riddle, produced together. Some memorable tracks include "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and "You're Driving Me Crazy." The CD is a straight, no-frills reissue of the original vinyl release. --Stephen M.H. Braitman

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FRANK SINATRA Strangers In The Night (Original US CD longbox issue of the 10-track album originally released in May 1966. Housed in original 12 x 6 picture longbox - still sealed in original stickered shrinkwrap)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Appetizer For Beginning Sinatra Fans June 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
As a huge Frank Sinatra fan, I must say that this album ranks maong the best he's ever done. I can't seem to find my original copy of the cd, so I'm going to buy a new one next time I go to Barnes and Noble. I remeber the recording vividly, and I remeber the very first time I listened to all it all the way through - on a long car ride in Long Island about 7 years ago.
This 1966 album marked a comeback of sorts for Frank Sinatra. He hadn't had a number 1 album since 1960's "Nice And Easy", and hadn't had a big hit single for quite some time. The "Strangers In The Night" album all changed that. The album went to number one and spawned a pair of hit singles: the title track, which knocked "Paperback Writer" by The Beatles off the top of the charts, and "That's Life", which became a number 4 hit in Decmeber, 1967. And though it wasn't a hit, "The Summer Wind" became one of his most popular songs. There are more great songs here, too. He does an expertice cover of Petula Clark's "Downtown", and his reworking of his first hit, "All Or Nothing At All" (recorded when he worked with Harry James),as it is much more uptempo and his older - sounding voice gives the song more of an edge. His version of "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" ranks as one of his best vocal performances ever. The other songs are good but not worth mentioning.
This cd is a great cd for both noivice and expert Sinatra fans. I still think it's his best 1960s' album. I know it's one of my favorite albums of all time. Buy it today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely attractive but slight. April 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
Certainly nowhere close to the 10 essential Sinatra albums, this collection nonetheless has a strange fascination. For a "period piece" the much-parodied "Strangers in the Night" has been around for much longer than even its original champions might have imagined. Recently, classical music programmer and radio announcer Carl Haas used it to demonstrate melodic intervals, harmonies, and modulations normally associated with Grand Opera... I say better Sinatra do it than Tom Jones or Englebert Humperdink. And to be fair to Frank, he sings "doo be doo be doo" only once.
The other selections are of a higher order (with the possible exceptions of "Downtown" and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," both of which Sinatra manages to sing convincingly despite having his tongue conspicuously planted in his cheek). "All or Nothing at All" is a felicitous, swinging revision; "Call Me" is taken at a surprisingly slow tempo, allowing Sinatra to treat it as a love song; "The Most Beautiful Girl" is as fast a tempo as you will ever hear Sinatra take, and he makes it sound effortless and dramatic at the same time.
Sinatra is in excellent voice throughout, so I don't know what some earlier reviewers' comments about it being "rough" are all about. There are admittedly some downsides, however: 1. "Strangers" evidences more studio effects than is characteristic of a Sinatra recording; 2. the running time of the disc is well under 30 minutes; 3. finally, Riddle's decision to incorporate electronic organ on most of the orchestrations clearly demonstrates that he was human like the rest of us. Whether he considered the instrument trendy or was going through a Lawrence Welk phase, perhaps we'll never know. But each of its appearances invites that epithet coined by a later generation: "cheesy."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A COMMERCIAL BUT FUN ALBUM - barely 5 stars. March 14 2002
By sm
Format:Audio CD
This album was a smash for Frank and of course the title tune and the Summerwind are the highlights. Strangers is a much better song that it is oftentimes given credit. Some of the songs are lightweights, Sinatra and Riddle sing ALL of them with conviction and swing them hard. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" is a simple song, yet the hard swinging chart makes it fun. The jazz organ dates all the songs "Made in the mid 60s" but is cool nonetheless. Sinatra is in great voice and his phrasing is once again perfect. The sound mix and quality are good and the STEREO seperation isn't too bad. Also Frank doesn't drown in reverb.
I wonder how the album would have fared if Nelson would have arranged the title tune also or if Ernie Freeman would have arranged the entire album like That's Life. Sometimes I think that w/o Strangers the album would have not made No.1 but then again if people just liked the single, then why did they buy the album?
If you're looking for a fun and swinging party album, GET IT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sinatra April 15 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
By 1966, when he recorded this album, Sinatra's voice had roughened, but he was singing with a lot more kick than he had ten years earlier, and he was still the best singer in the world. Other than the title track this is all uptempo stuff, and with Nelson Riddle's arrangements featuring a swinging electronic organ, this is one of his most exciting albums. He transformed contemporary songs like "Call Me" into the Sinatra ouevre, while at the same time updating older ballads like "All or Nothing At All" into a swinging blues piece. My favorite track is the "Summer Wind" in which Sinatra uses his roughened voice to great effect. He's the only singer who could ever swing and sound like he was about to cry at the same time "The autumn wind and the winter wind/They have come and gone." He sings it as if he's trying to hold despair off by punching out the lyrics.
If there's such thing as genius in pop music, this is it. And if you're just starting to get into Sinatra and want to move beyond the compilation albums, this is the way to go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album, but not a must-own; not his final work w/Riddle
This is a solid, but not spectacular, album by a one-of-a-kind singer and interpreter of song. Highlights include the title song, "The Summer Wind," and "The Most... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best from Frank ,but does have a different sound...
That is,the organ background on many numbers.The two most famous,"Strangers" (which has always given Frank a bad rap among very young guys),and the much better... Read more
Published on Dec 4 2001 by Hans Castorp
5.0 out of 5 stars YES SIR, THAT'S MY BABY!
This album is one of my favorites and I own many FS cd's. That ultra hip retro sounding electric organ is present on many of the tracks, making a fresh jazzy sound that holds well... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2001 by R. Serpico
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, but still great: Sinatra in the late 60s
Maybe The Chairman was beyond his classic period, but he still had the chops that made him "the greatest saloon singer" of all time. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2000 by Tim Withee
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Frank album!
This album tends to get written off by many reviewers -- maybe because it did not have a central theme -- but it's easily my favorite Reprise album, and ranks with the best of the... Read more
Published on July 23 2000 by Thomas L. Cafarella
4.0 out of 5 stars The '60s meet the Chairman
'Strangers' was a huge Sinatra hit and the kind of material he disliked, but most of the songs here are much more substantial than 'Strangers' or the Petula Clark hit 'Downtown'... Read more
Published on Dec 16 1999 by Jon Warshawsky
4.0 out of 5 stars A much better album than the title track!!
The title track (and 'Downtown'!) are so '60s that it is easy to overlook some really good songs here, including a remake of 'All or Nothing at All' that is very fun and not bad... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 1999 by Jon Warshawsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A FUN ALBUM - YES SIR!
This is a goofy, bubble gum but fun album. I think it's cute. Yes Sir, that's my baby is my favorite.
Published on March 16 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Groovy, baby
This is an oddly satisfying album, and arose from odd circumstances. Sinatra had a hit on his hands (the title track), and was due to go into the studio with Riddle. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 1999
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