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Strangers in the Night Import
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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."
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!!
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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Excellent quality 180 gram LP sounds terrific, came well wrapped in good time. Thanks.Published 3 months ago by Ramon
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 morePublished on Jan. 20 2004
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 morePublished on Dec 4 2001 by Hans Castorp
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 morePublished on Nov. 14 2001 by R. Serpico
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 morePublished on Oct. 11 2000 by Tim Withee
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 morePublished on July 23 2000 by Thomas L. Cafarella
'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 morePublished on Dec 16 1999 by Jon Warshawsky
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 morePublished on Oct. 2 1999 by Jon Warshawsky