Watertown (album)

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Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released March 1970
Recorded July 14, 17, 1969, Voice overdubs August 25-27, 1969
Genre Classic pop
Length 36:18
Label Reprise
FS 1031
Producer Bob Gaudio
Frank Sinatra chronology
A Man Alone
Sinatra & Company
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Watertown is a 1969 studio album by the American singer Frank Sinatra.

In a series of soliloquies, the nameless narrator tells his heartbreaking story of personal loss; His wife has left him and their two boys for the lure of the big city. "Watertown" was produced and co-written by Bob Gaudio, one of four members of the 1960s pop vocal group The Four Seasons. The songs were co-written by Jake Holmes. It is the only album Sinatra ever voiced over pre-recorded orchestral tracks. The album was released to mixed critical reviews and poor sales, Sinatra's only major album release not to crack the Billboard Top 100; the packaging was uncharacteristic of typical Sinatra album designs.

Nina Simone recorded "For A While" on her 1985 album, "Nina's Back". In 2011, the band Cake covered "What's Now Is Now" on their album Showroom of Compassion.

In 2014, a short film was released entitled "WATERTOWN" by Wildstory Productions, LLC, using the entire album track. It was a not-for-profit production. The film was conceived by Frank Pesce and produced and directed by Woodrow Hancock and James Zimbardi. Although set in modern day, it was shot in black and white with a classical influence.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Watertown" – 3:36
  2. "Goodbye (She Quietly Says)" – 3:06
  3. "For a While" – 3:09
  4. "Michael & Peter" – 5:10
  5. "I Would Be in Love (Anyway)" – 2:31
  6. "Elizabeth" – 3:38
  7. "What a Funny Girl (You Used to Be)" – 3:00
  8. "What's Now Is Now" – 4:04
  9. "She Says" – 1:51
  10. "The Train" – 3:26
  11. "Lady Day" (CD bonus track) – 2:47

All songs written by Bob Gaudio and Jake Holmes


Wayne Andre, Warren Covington, Urbie Green, Jimmy Knepper (tbn); Tony Studd (b-tbn); Ray Alonge, James Buffington, Brooks Tillotson (fr-h); Phil Bodner, Wally Kane, Romeo Penque, Romeo Penque, William Slapin (wwd); Mannie Green, Max Cahn, Julius Held, Joe Malin, George Ockner, Rocco Pesile, Raoul Poliakin, Rocco Pesile, Aaron Rosand, Max Pollikoff, Tosha Samaroff, Aaron Rosand, Julius Schachter, Hemi Aubert, Mannie Green (vln); Alfred Brown, Harold Coletta, Richard Dickler, Cal Fleisig (via); George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro (vie); Margaret Ross (harp); Dick Hyman, Moe Wechsler (p); Jay Berliner, Ralph Casale, Willard Suyker (g); Stuart Scharf (classic g); Richard Davis, Russell George (b); Alvin Rogers (d); David Carey (perc)

  • Joe Scott - arranger, conductor
  • Jamie Alexander aka James Rocco and Diane Dell - background vocals
  • Vincent Bell: guitar
  • Manny Green: concert master
  • Lee Herschberg: digital mastering, mixing
  • Roy Cicala: editing, remixing
  • Frank Laico: engineer
  • Don Snyder: album design
  • Ove Olsen: pen & ink cover art
  • Ed O'Brien: CD liner notes
  • Joe McEwen: reissue supervisor


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