My Way (Frank Sinatra album)

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My Way
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1969
RecordedDecember 30, 1968, February 18, 20, 24, 1969, Western Studio A in Hollywood, Los Angeles
GenreTraditional pop, vocal jazz
Length32:54
LabelReprise
FS 1029
ProducerDon Costa, Sonny Burke
Frank Sinatra chronology
Cycles
(1968)
My Way
(1969)
A Man Alone
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Mojo3/5 stars[2]
My Way: 40th Anniversary Edition
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 5, 2009
RecordedDecember 30, 1968, February 18, 20, 24, 1969, Hollywood, Los Angeles, August 13, 1969, NBC Studio 2, Burbank, California, October 24, 1987, Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas
GenreTraditional pop, vocal jazz
Length40:14
LabelConcord
ProducerDon Costa, Sonny Burke
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]

My Way is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1969.[3]

The album is a collection of contemporary pop songs, such as Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson", and The Beatles' "Yesterday", French songs such as "If You Go Away", and the anthemic title song "My Way", which effectively became Sinatra's theme song in this stage of his career.

On December 30, 1968 in Los Angeles, a few hours before going to celebrate the New Year 1969, at The Sands Casino from Las Vegas, My Way was recorded and mixed at EastWest Studios, then called Oceanway Recording. Later it was remixed and reissued by Concord Records in 2009 to mark its 40th Anniversary. Two bonus tracks were included, and new liner notes from Bono. The bonus tracks were a rehearsal of "For Once in My Life" from 1969, for Sinatra's eponymous Emmy Award nominated 1969 television special, Sinatra, and a live 1987 performance of "My Way" at the Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas.

Bono's liner notes had previously appeared as his New York Times Op-ed column on January 9, 2009. The article discussed Bono's personal relationship with Sinatra, and Sinatra's thoughts on Miles Davis. Bono also mused on Sinatra's performances of "My Way", and the new year.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

  1. "Watch What Happens" (Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand, Jacques Demy) – 2:17
  2. "Didn't We?" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:55
  3. "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" (Ray Charles) – 2:47
  4. "Yesterday" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:56
  5. "All My Tomorrows" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 4:35
  6. "My Way" (Paul Anka, Claude François, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibault) – 4:35
  7. "A Day in the Life of a Fool" (Luiz Bonfá, Carl Sigman) – 3:00
  8. "For Once in My Life" (Ron Miller, Orlando Murden) – 2:50
  9. "If You Go Away" (Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen) – 3:30
  10. "Mrs. Robinson" (Paul Simon) – 2:55

Bonus tracks included on the 2009 reissue[edit]

  1. "For Once in My Life" – 4:11 studio rehearsal, NBC Studio 2, Burbank, California, August 13, 1969
  2. "My Way" – 3:09 live performance at the Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, October 24, 1987

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Andrew Male Mojo, January 2010, Issue 194.
  3. ^ a b My Way at AllMusic
  4. ^ "The New York Times". Notes from the Chairman. 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2009-02-06.