Saturday, August 11, 2012



Recently, I came across several old
reviews that I had written years ago
for the popular online arts and culture
magazine, Ink19.comSome of these
features were published so long ago
that I had actually forgotten ever
writing them. But be sure that
they're all solid gold gems, and
despite still floating around out
in cyber space, Ink 19 editor Ian
Koss has graciously allowed me
to reprint a few of them here as
part of this new series:

Frank Sinatra
Strangers in the Night
Concord Records

The original 20th century teenage heartthrob, Frank Sinatra had already been an established pop culture icon for a quarter century when Strangers in the Night originally was released on his own Reprise record label in 1966.

Produced by Sonny Burke, this million-selling record captures Sinatra at the top of his game and has now been reborn 44 years after its initial release in a deluxe, re-mastered CD format via Concord Records.

In addition to the chart-topping title track, Strangers in the Night features such signature Sinatra classics as "Summer Wind" and "All or Nothing at All," and it earned "Ol' Blue Eyes" a 1967 Grammy for Record of the Year. It also marked the final recording in a successful string of collaborations with legendary orchestra conductor Nelson Riddle.

Strangers boasts an array of standards from Sinatra's teenage years such as "My Baby Just Cares for Me" and "You're Driving Me Crazy," as well as contemporary pop numbers, including "Call Me" and "Downtown" (both of which would also become major hits for British pop singer Petula Clark). The record's crowning jewel is "On a Clear Day," which is quite possibly Sinatra's finest vocal performance of his legendary 60+ year career.

This deluxe re-issue also contains bonus live versions of "Strangers in the Night" and "All or Nothing at All," as well as an alternate version of "Yes Sir, That's My Baby."

In sum, this one is a must-have for all "members of the board."

-Christopher Long
(March 2010)

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