Frank Sinatra records the ‘Strangers in the Night’ album with Conductor/Arranger Nelson Riddle (1966)

Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers in the Night’ is a studio album recorded on April 11 & May 16, 1966 and released the same year by Reprise.

Track Listing : 1.Strangers In The Night (Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder) – 02:25 . 2.Summer Wind (Heinz Meier, Hans Bradtke, Johnny Mercer) – 02:53 . 3.All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence) – 03:57 . 4.Call Me (Tony Hatch) – 03:07 . 5.You’Re Driving Me Crazy! (Walter Donaldson) – 02:15 . 6.On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane) – 03:17 . 7.My Baby Just Cares For Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 02:30 . 8.Downtown (Tony Hatch) – 02:14 . 9.Yes Sir, That’S My Baby (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 02:08 . 10.The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:24

Musicians : Frank Sinatra – Vocals . Nelson Riddle – Arranger, Conductor . Ernie Freeman – Arranger On (1) . The Nelson Riddle Orchestra – Orchestra

Production : Produced By Jimmy Bowen . Eddie Brackett – Engineer . Lee Herschberg – Engineer

Package : Ed Thrasher – Art Direction, Photography . Stan Cornyn – Liner Notes

Recorded On April 11 & May 16, 1966 At A Studio In Hollywood.

Released In May 1966 By Reprise.

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Musoscribe
The vocals race a bongo figure, a hopped-up drum part and a crazed orchestra. It’s easy to picture a conductor’s arms flailing wildly, egging the band faster and faster. Tight as the proverbial drum, the band careens through the tuneand Sinatra’s voice soars above it all, making the whole affair seem completely effortless. […]

PopMatters
On “Downtown”, in particular, Sinatra’s vocal embellishments at the end of phrases threaten to make a joke of the track. It rapidly becomes apparent that Sinatra is not impressed with contemporary styles. Petula Clark’s version of “Downtown” is rightfully more popular. […]

examiner.com
Sinatra hated ‘Strangers in the Night’ ?Dr. Marla Gottschalk writes: “When Frank Sinatra, the “Chairman of the Board” himself, considered recording “Strangers in the Night“, his feelings about the song were far less than positive. (In fact, his exact words regarding the music shouldn’t really be printed here.) […]

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