She Shot Me Down
|She Shot Me Down|
|Studio album by Frank Sinatra|
|Recorded||April 8, July 20, 21, August 19, September 10, 1981|
|Studio||Hollywood, New York City|
|Genre||Vocal jazz, classic pop|
|Frank Sinatra chronology|
This was the final album Sinatra recorded for the record label he founded, Reprise Records, and generally considered an artistic triumph that evokes the best of Sinatra during this stage of his career. The album, however, was not a commercial success.
She Shot Me Down harks back to the triumphs of Sinatra's Capitol years, a thought-provoking set of torch songs with soaring strings, lyrics fraught with loss and regret, and heart-wrenching, world-weary vocals.
Of the recordings chosen for the album, the only remake of a previous recording by Sinatra himself was the medley of Harold Arlen's and Ira Gershwin's "The Gal that Got Away" with Rodgers and Hart's "It Never Entered My Mind" Sinatra would bring this medley to his concert set-list with much success, evident especially during the live concerts filmed in The Dominican Republic for Concert for the Americas. [Another remake was "She Shot Me Down," originally recorded by Sinatra on June 4, 1973 but, aside from appearing on bootleg records, this version was never officially released.
Of the album, Sinatra said: "A complete saloon album...tear-jerkers and cry-in-your-beer kind of things."
- "Good Thing Going (Going Gone)" (Stephen Sondheim) – 3:53
- "Hey Look, No Crying" (Jule Styne, Susan Birkenhead) – 4:27
- "Thanks for the Memory" (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger) – 4:25
- "A Long Night" (Alec Wilder, Loonis McGlohon) – 3:44
- "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (Sonny Bono) – 3:24
- "Monday Morning Quarterback" (Don Costa, Pamela Phillips-Oland) – 4:38
- "South - To a Warmer Place" (Wilder, McGlohon) – 3:45
- "I Loved Her" (Gordon Jenkins) – 4:04
- Medley: "The Gal that Got Away"/"It Never Entered My Mind" (Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin)/(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 5:05
- Frank Sinatra - vocals
- Gordon Jenkins - arranger, conductor
- Don Costa - arranger, conductor
- Nelson Riddle - arranger
- Vincent Falcone, Jr - conductor
- April 8, 1981 - "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)", "The Gal that Got Away"/"It Never Entered My Mind"
- July 20, 1981 - "Thanks for the Memory", "A Long Night", "I Loved Her"
- July 21, 1981 - "South - To a Warmer Place"
- August 19, 1981 - "Good Thing Going (Going Gone)"
- September 10, 1981 - "Hey Look, No Cryin'", "Monday Morning Quarterback"