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Watertown
     

Watertown

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by Frank Sinatra
 

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Watertown is Frank Sinatra's most ambitious concept album, as well as his most difficult record. Not only does it tell a full-fledged story, it is his most explicit attempt at rock-oriented pop. Since the main composer of Watertown is Bob Gaudio, the author of the Four Seasons' hits "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You,"

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Watertown is Frank Sinatra's most ambitious concept album, as well as his most difficult record. Not only does it tell a full-fledged story, it is his most explicit attempt at rock-oriented pop. Since the main composer of Watertown is Bob Gaudio, the author of the Four Seasons' hits "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "Walk Like a Man," and "Big Girls Don't Cry," that doesn't come as a surprise. With Jake Holmes, Gaudio created a song cycle concerning a middle-aged, small-town man whose wife had left him with the kids. Constructed as a series of brief lyrical snapshots that read like letters or soliloquies, the culminating effect of the songs is an atmosphere of loneliness, but it is a loneliness without much hope or romance -- it is the sound of a broken man. Producer Charles Calello arranged musical backdrops that conveyed the despair of the lyrics. Weaving together prominent electric guitars, keyboards, drum kits, and light strings, Calello uses pop
ock instrumentations and production techniques, but that doesn't prevent Sinatra from warming to the material. In fact, he turns in a wonderful performance, drawing out every emotion from the lyrics, giving the album's character depth.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/1999
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0093624568926
catalogNumber:
245689

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Watertown 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probably the most beautiful album ever recorded by Sinatra.It certainly gets to the soul of people who have been left by their wives, lovers, or significant others,especially those left with children. I'm sure many tears are shed when listening to water town
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classic album that is overlooked by many so called Sinatra experts.