This is a very nice compilation of various studio sessions brought together to make an interesting album originally released It finds Mr. Sinatra in mixed voice, both great on some tracks and just a touch jaded on others.
I don't know quite why as it's one of his best Reprise outings in my opinion. It's really an album made up of singles and out takes from other albums but given the strength of some of these songs it's hard to fathom quite why they were left off!
When the 60's emerged and pop and rock music was taking over the airwaves,sinatra had to take stock of his career and attempt to try and keep up with the times and throughout the 60's he would occasionally release gentle pop orientated songs amongst his regular more traditional material, whilst most of these songs won't trouble his best material, many of them are in fairness quite respectable. Sinatra usually used arranger Ernie Freeman for these songs and there are a few here, most noticeably the title track, "Then suddenly i leave you" and "Available" all these have light pop melodies with backing vocals.
The backing vocals seem to date the songs even more than the music itself as they all have that old fashioned backing vocal you seem to hear on any track in this era, As I Leave You - Jackie Gleason - Softly (Vinyl, maybe it's me but i've never felt Sinatra needed backing singers anyway.
Elsewhere, the LP has a number of tracks left off Softly albums, because of this the style and flow of the album fluctuates due to the different arrangers but the material holds up so it's not a big problem. Marty paich The only arranger on here Sinatra never made a full album with chips in with 2 excellent numbers - the stunning ballad "Love isn't just for the young" and the swinger "here's to the losers" A couple of numbers are a bit so so, namely "Pass me by" a musical number from the film "Father Goose", not really my cup of tea personally but some may like it's musical theatre style.
If this isn't in your Sinatra collection, it really should be, unavailable for a few years, or hard to get at least, it's now been re-issued in again. The quality of the CD is also very good, a lot of the Reprise era albums seem to vary quality wise, but this is one of the better one's.
Don't let this one "Pass you by"! Don't listen to the negative comments of some of this albums critics. This is a thoroughly enjoyable album with many ballad high spots,some pop and some swing. Certainley one of the Chairman's best. Admittedly 'Pass Me By'is a bit of a culture shock among so many fine ballads but it was popular at the time and who says singers aren't allowed a bit of fun occassionally.
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