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Only the Lonely
     

Only the Lonely

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by Frank Sinatra
 

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Originally, Frank Sinatra had planned to record Only the Lonely with Gordon Jenkins, who had arranged his previous all-ballads album, Where Are You. Jenkins was unavailable at the time of the sessions, which led Sinatra back to his original arranger at Capitol, Nelson Riddle. The result is arguably his greatest ballads album. See more details below

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Originally, Frank Sinatra had planned to record Only the Lonely with Gordon Jenkins, who had arranged his previous all-ballads album, Where Are You. Jenkins was unavailable at the time of the sessions, which led Sinatra back to his original arranger at Capitol, Nelson Riddle. The result is arguably his greatest ballads album. Only the Lonely follows the same formula as his previous down albums, but the tone is considerably bleaker and more desperate. Riddle used a larger orchestra for the album than he had in the past, which lent the album a stately, nearly classical atmosphere. At its core, however, the album is a set of brooding saloon songs, highlighted by two of Sinatra's tour de forces -- "Angel Eyes" and "One for My Baby." Sinatra never forces emotion out of the lyric, he lets everything flow naturally, with grace. It's a heartbreaking record, the ideal late-night album.

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Release Date:
05/26/1998
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724349475625
catalogNumber:
94756
Rank:
9994

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Only the Lonely 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If somehow I was forced to have just one album of any type of music, this would be it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sinatra's ultimate 'saloon singer' concept album. In many ways more powerful than 'In the Wee Small Hours.' His voice and Nelson Riddle's arrangements are richer and more mature. Classic performances include 'Angel Eyes,' 'Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry,' and the immortal 'One For My Baby.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible CD. All of the songs have great lyrics. Also, the arrangements are incredible. I think that this is about the best I've ever heard Frank's voice. That's because he's still young. It's also because the remastering was done so well. I don't think I've ever heard a voice so great as Frank's is on "Where or When." The way he hits those notes at the end is amazing.