Label: Reprise Records - HRES 291-58,Hispavox - HRES 291-58 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Spain • Genre: Jazz, Pop • Style: Easy Listening, Vocal
You Turned My World Around 2. Sweet Caroline 3. The Summer Knows 4. Satisfy Me One More Time 7. Bad,Bad Leroy Brown. Dean Martin mehr rausholte. It won't really matter to his fans, I'm sure, that his voice is thinning as rapidly as his hair, that his nonchalence is now sloppiness, or that he seems uneasy in so many of his performances.
Sinatra still looms larger than any one film, any one recording, or any one performance. He is not only an entertainment legend, he is Bo-Go.09 - Condor44 - Db talisman of an entire generation. His latest album makes a halfhearted attempt to conjure up the old magic once again, but with the exception of one stunning track, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life", in which he gives the kind of performance the personifies grace and Disabuse - Detune - Disabuse in modern popular singing, it is a generally lifeless exercise in Starmanship.
Don Costa's production tiptoes around him, and the charts reflect a sycophantic nervousness about doing anything but repeating the big, lush sounds Adelita / Mazurka e-moll - Joachim Gassmann - Sueno - Werke von F. Sor und F. Tarrega have been trademarks of his recordings for the last couple of decades. The result is a "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" that lies there in a "hip" Sixties lump like a fin-tailed Cadillac of that era parked in the driveway of a once "cool" night club; a "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" given such a throwaway performance that one has the feeling he's doing a crossword puzzle at the same time; and a rushed, over-bust interpretation of "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" that only Stevie Wonder's accountant could love.
Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" doesn't get any better treatment than it deserves; it is flicked off like a piece of lint. BUT, Sinatra remains Sinatra, the Im Gonna Make It All The Way - Frank Sinatra - Algunas Cosas Buenas Que Falle of the lyric phrase, the man who, when he wants to, can transform the banal into the riveting [listen to the way he sieves the clumsy, fathead sentimentality of the Bergman's words for "Rest of Your Life" here to get a pure, passionate love song].
And, Im Gonna Make It All The Way - Frank Sinatra - Algunas Cosas Buenas Que Falle important of all, there is the ability to create a performing personality that is half knight errant and half street kid; grown older and wiser but still charmingly impertinent. Maurice Chevalier, late in his life, said he thought Sinatra was the greatest American entertainer he had ever seen[and kids from Menilmontant don't easily give compliments to kids from Hoboken]. Chevalier may have been right.
But at the moment Sinatra's recorded performances don't do much credit to his past beyond reminding us how great he was. Toggle navigation.
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