michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — FRANK SINATRA

In Uncategorized on 02/23/2010 at 10:25 am

Frank Sinatra

Strangers in the Night

(Concord)

Nineteen-sixty-six’s Strangers in the Night was the album that carried Frank Sinatra into the swingin’ ’60s. It not only added contemporary pop to Sinatra’s standards songbook (two Petula Clark covers!), it also marked the Chariman’s comeback, reaching No. 1 and snagging a few Grammy Awards. The title track and “Summer Wind” are the highlights, but the horn-powered, finger-poppin’ “All or Nothing at All” updates the effortlessness Sinatra had perfected over three decades, with groovy organ fills underlining Nelson Riddle’s luxuriant arrangements. This reissue tags on three bonus tracks, including a live version of “Strangers in the Night,” with Sinatra at his doo-be-doo-be-dooiest.

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