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Strangers in the Night

4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 1 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002K9M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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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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Frank was back on top after this 1966 LP hit #1 and snagged four Grammys. Somehow, this has been out of print for over 20 years; its long-awaited reissue adds live-in-Tokyo versions of Strangers in the Night and All or Nothing at All and a Yes Sir, That's My Baby alternate take to the original album versions plus another classic hit, Summer Wind , and more!

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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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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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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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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By A Customer on April 15 2001
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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