For the 1st time, both Capitol and Reprise Records, home of the best Sinatra sounds recorded, are joining together to offer Sinatra's original concept records using 20-bit digital remastering. This release is one of the 16 titles scheduled to be reissued between the 2 companies (8 each). Tracks include "It's a Lonesome Old Town," "Blues in the Night," "One for My Baby," "Only the Lonely" and much more.
''Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely'' (also known as ''Sings for Only the Lonely'' and simply ''Only the Lonely'') is the ninth studio LP by the American singer Frank Sinatra. It was released in the United States by Capitol Records, in September 1958.
The album consists of a haunting collection of melancholic ballads about sadness and loss. Sinatra's previous albums, ''In the Wee Small Hours'' (1955) and ''Where Are You?'' (1957) followed a similar vein.
At the time of the recording, Sinatra's divorce from Ava Gardner had been finalised, and the arranger of the album, Nelson Riddle, had recently suffered the deaths of his mother and daughter. Of these events Riddle remarked "If I can attach events like that to music...perhaps ''Only the Lonely'' was the result."
Sinatra had planned to record ''Only the Lonely'' with arranger Gordon Jenkins, with whom he had worked on ''Where Are You?'' (1957), a previous album of ballads. However, since he was unavailable at the time of the sessions, Sinatra chose to work with his frequent collaborator, Nelson Riddle. The three tracks conducted by Riddle at the first session were not used, and the subsequent sessions were conducted by Felix Slatkin, after Riddle went on tour with Nat King Cole.
On May 25, 1958, as part of the sessions for ''Only the Lonely'', Sinatra unsuccessfully attempted to record Billy Strayhorn's ballad "Lush Life". Strayhorn's song is renowned for its emotional complexity, and unusual musical structure. A bootleg recording of Sinatra's attempt at "Lush life" exists, this was the only time that he sung the song in his career.
According to John Rockwell's book, ''Sinatra: An American Classic'', when asked at a party in the mid-1970s if he had a favorite album among his recordings, Sinatra unhesitatingly chose this one. Rockwell writes at length about Sinatra's performance on ''Only the Lonelys final track, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", which also provided the musical accompaniment for Twyla Tharp's Sinatra ballets.
The album cover is adorned with a portrait of Sinatra's face as a tragic, Pagliacci-like clown, painted by Nicholas Volpe; on the back of the album is another of Sinatra's recurrent visual motifs, a lamppost. - Wikipedia