L.A. Is My Lady

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L.A. Is My Lady
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released August, 1984
Recorded April 13, 16–17, May 17, 1984
New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California
Genre Classic pop, vocal jazz
Length 36:35
Label Qwest, Warner Bros.
Producer Quincy Jones
Frank Sinatra chronology
She Shot Me Down
(1981)
L.A. Is My Lady
(1984)
All-Time Greatest Dorsey/Sinatra Hits, Vol. 1-4
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

L.A. Is My Lady is a 1984 studio album by Frank Sinatra, featuring arrangements by Quincy Jones. It was the last solo album that Sinatra recorded, though Sinatra recorded three further songs, which were unreleased until The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings.

The album came after an album of duets between Sinatra and Lena Horne, instigated by Jones, was abandoned after Horne developed vocal problems and Sinatra, committed to other engagements, couldn't wait to record. This was the first studio album Sinatra had recorded with Jones since 1964's It Might as Well Be Swing.

The sessions were filmed, with a small audience, and released as Frank Sinatra: Portrait of an Album (1985). The documentary shows Sinatra meeting Michael Jackson for the first time, with Jones affectionately calling Jackson "Smelly".

Eddie Van Halen, Donna Summer and David Lee Roth make cameo appearances in the video for L.A. Is My Lady, which in turn made moderate rotation on the fledgling MTV Network.

Despite its title, the album was recorded in New York City. The album peaked at #58 on the Billboard 200, and #8 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.

Songs[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "L.A. Is My Lady" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lipton Jones) – 3:12
  2. "The Best of Everything" (Fred Ebb, John Kander) – 2:45
  3. "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (A. Bergman, M. Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 3:49
  4. "Teach Me Tonight" (Sammy Cahn, Gene de Paul) – 3:44
  5. "It's All Right With Me" (Cole Porter) – 2:39
  6. "Mack the Knife" (Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 4:50
  7. "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" (Mann Holiner, Alberta Nichols, Cahn, Saul Chaplin, L.E. Freeman) – 3:03
  8. "Stormy Weather" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:38
  9. "If I Should Lose You" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 2:36
  10. "A Hundred Years from Today" (Joe Young, Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 3:04
  11. "After You've Gone" (Henry Creamer, Turner Layton) – 3:15
  • Quincy Jones arranged tracks 1, 5, 7-11.
  • Torrie Zito arranged tracks 1 & 4.
  • Dave Matthews & Jerry Hey arranged track 1.
  • Joe Parnello & Sam Nestico arranged tracks 2-3.
  • Frank Foster arranged track 6.

Personnel[edit]

Production personnel[edit]

  • Quincy Jones - arranger, conductor, producer
  • Joseph d'Ambrosio - production coordination
  • David Matthews - arranger
  • Sammy Nestico - arranger
  • Torrie Zito - arranger
  • David Smith - engineer
  • Gus Skinas - engineer, digital engineer
  • Phil Ramone - engineer, mixing
  • Jimmy Santis
  • Stanley Wallace
  • Allen Sides - engineer, assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Steve Crimmel - engineer, associate engineer
  • Mark Ettel
  • Cliff Jones - engineer, associate remixing engineer
  • Ollie Cotton - associate engineer
  • Bradshaw Leigh
  • Roger Nichols - digital engineer, associate engineer
  • Bernie Grundman - mastering
  • Lee Herschberg - digital mastering
  • Don Hahn - remixing
  • Elliot Scheiner - remixing, assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Alan Berliner - photography
  • Bill Ross
  • Ed Thrasher
  • William Warren
  • Stan Cornyn - liner notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1984-05-17). "Allmusic Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  2. ^ "See under "Weill"". SongsBySinatra.com. 2008-12-26. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2012-08-17.