Frank Sinatra’s ‘A Man Alone’ is a studio album (fully titled ‘A Man Alone: The Words and Music of McKuen’) arranged by Don Costa, recorded on March 19, 20 & 21 1969 and released the same year by Reprise.
Track Listing : 1.A Man Alone (Rod Mckuen) – 03:47 . 2.Night (Spoken) (Rod Mckuen) – 02:25 . 3.I’Ve Been To Town (Rod Mckuen) – 03:13 . 4.From Promise To Promise (Rod Mckuen) – 01:31 . 5.The Single Man (Rod Mckuen) – 03:01 . 6.The Beautiful Strangers (Rod Mckuen) – 02:41 . 7.Lonesome Cities (Rod Mckuen) – 03:18 . 8.Love’S Been Good To Me (Rod Mckuen) – 03:27 . 9.Empty Is (Rod Mckuen) – 02:46 . 10.Out Beyond The Window (Rod Mckuen) – 02:45 . 11.Some Traveling Music (Rod Mckuen) – 02:36 . 12.A Man Alone (Reprise) (Rod Mckuen) – 01:30
Musicians : Frank Sinatra – Vocals . Don Costa – Arranger, Conductor
Production : Produced By Sonny Burke . Lee Herschberg – Engineer
Package : John Bryson – Cover Photo . Leonard Feather – Liner Notes . Hy Fujita – Photography . Rod Mckuen – Liner Notes . Ed Thrasher – Art Direction
Recorded Between March 19 & 21 1969 At A Studio In Hollywood.
Released In 1969 By Reprise.
Certainly, with all this emphasis on words, A Man Alone was intended to be a serious statement, but much of it comes off as embarrassing posturing. McKuen’s compositions are lyrically slight and musically insubstantial, but what saves A Man Alone from being a total failure is the conviction of Sinatra’s performance, as well as Don Costa’s skillful arrangements. […]
The Frank Sinatra Family
McKuen’s poetry and lyrics allow Frank to verbalise his humanity in a very special and unique fashion that goes beyond a simple torch album, garnished with one of my personal favourite set of charts from Don Costa, usually thought of (at least by me) for the more bombastic and liberally arranged accompaniements, however here we find Costa at his very finest, reserved tonal sculptures drifting in and out of the lyrical mystique of two of the finest post war wordsmiths in Rod McKuen and his interpretive muse. […]
peckham_pouncer @ RateYourMusic
It’s not a bad album, though. Several tracks are fairly successful, although I would still credit that to the power of McKuen’s songwriting and not Sinatra’s singing. As it turns out, I much prefer his talking manner, which perhaps explains why my two favourites are Empty Is and Some Traveling Music. […]