Frank Sinatra ‘Only The Lonely (60th Anniversary Edition)’ detailed

Frank Sinatra’s intimate 1958 opus, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely, has been newly mixed in stereo for an expanded 60th Anniversary Edition to be released worldwide on October 19th by Capitol/UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises. Only The Lonely (60th Anniversary Edition) will be released in a Deluxe 2 CD package, in 180-gram 2 LP vinyl and single CD configurations, and in two digital album versions. A limited edition imported version featuring one bonus track on transparent blue colored vinyl will be issued on December 1st. Starting tomorrow (Fri, Sept 7th), “Angel Eyes” (2018 Stereo Mix) will be available for streaming and for immediate download with digital album pre-order.

Only The Lonely (60th Anniversary Edition)’s 2 CD Deluxe package pairs the album’s remastered original 1958 mono mix with a new 2018 stereo mix by Larry Walsh. Four bonus tracks from the mono session recordings are also featured, including studio takes making their release debuts: “Angel Eyes” (alternate session takes – May 5, 1958) and “Lush Life” (session takes – May 29, 1958). The album’s original mono mix makes its digital release debut in an expanded digital collection pairing the remastered album mix with the four bonus session recordings, while the single CD, 2 LP vinyl, and standard digital album configurations feature the album’s 2018 stereo mix. The new edition’s audio was mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios.

Only The Lonely was recorded as both a mono and stereo presentation,” explains Larry Walsh in his notes for the 60th Anniversary Edition. “The mono was the focus as that was the chief format of the day. The stereo was recorded with two microphones suspended high over the studio orchestra. Frank Sinatra’s voice was recorded onto a third track. With the stereo recording being mid-side decoded, the depth of the studio is revealed.”

For Only The Lonely, Sinatra recorded evening sessions at Capitol Studios in May and June 1958, joined by an orchestra and his frequent collaborator, conductor and arranger Nelson Riddle. Sinatra delves deeply into love, pain, and loss across the album’s songs of heartbreak and yearning, including “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road),” “Angel Eyes,”’ and “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry.” Only The Lonely reached No. 1 on Billboard’s albums chart and remained on the charts for 120 weeks. At 1959’s inaugural GRAMMY Awards ceremony, the album won the award for Best Recording Package.

2 CD | 2 LP | COLORED LPCD

CD 1: Original 1958 Mono Mix + Bonus Tracks

1. Only The Lonely
2. Angel Eyes
3. What’s New?
4. It’s A Lonesome Old Town
5. Willow Weep For Me
6. Good-Bye
7. Blues In The Night
8. Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
9. Ebb Tide
10. Spring Is Here
11. Gone With The Wind
12. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
13. Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Alt Take – May 5, 1958) [Mono Bonus Track]
14. Angel Eyes (alt session takes – May 5, 1958) – [Previously Unreleased Mono Bonus Track]

CD 2: New 2018 Stereo Mix + Bonus Tracks

1. Only The Lonely
2. Angel Eyes
3. What’s New?
4. It’s A Lonesome Old Town
5. Willow Weep For Me
6. Good-Bye
7. Blues In The Night
8. Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
9. Ebb Tide
10. Spring Is Here
11. Gone With The Wind
12. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
13. Lush Life (Session Takes – May 29, 1958) [Previously Unreleased Mono Bonus Track]
14. One For My Baby (Test Track – June 24, 1958) [Mono Bonus Track]

Author: Buddy Iahn

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