Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain
|Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain|
|Studio album by Frank Sinatra|
|Recorded||June 12–14, 1962, London|
|Frank Sinatra chronology|
Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain is an album by Frank Sinatra, arranged by Robert Farnon, recorded in London in 1962 at CTS studios by Eric Tomlinson, a renowned recording and film industry dubbing engineer who would later go on to record the Soundtracks to all three original Star Wars films, in Bayswater in June.
It is Sinatra's only UK studio album though there were three other radio performances that were recorded and later released.
Sinatra was tired after touring and had a sore throat: he was apparently not very happy with his voice.
It was released on LP in Great Britain, but not in the United States. It was released in the U.S. on compact disc in the early 1990s. All tracks were available on The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings.
- "The Very Thought of You" (Ray Noble) – 3:34
- "We'll Gather Lilacs in the Spring" (Ivor Novello) – 3:15
- "If I Had You" (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Ted Shapiro) – 4:07
- "Now Is the Hour" (Maewa Kaihan, Clemnet Scott, Dorothy Stewart) – 2:51
- "The Gypsy" (Billy Reid) – 3:21
- "Roses of Picardy" (Frederic E. Weatherly, Haydn Wood) – 3:01
- "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin) – 3:54
- "A Garden in the Rain" (James Dyrenforth, Carroll Gibbons) – 3:24
- "London by Night" (Carroll Coates) – 3:20
- "We'll Meet Again" (Hughie Charles, Ross Parker) – 3:44
- "I'll Follow My Secret Heart" (Noël Coward) – 3:16
Sinatra recorded the album, a collection of all British material, in June 1962, towards the end of a long tour raising money for children's charities that had started back in April and included performances in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Rome, Athens, Milan, Madrid. It was the only studio album he recorded outside the United States. It was recorded at CTS recording studio 49-53 Kensington Gardens Square and Sinatra spent three nights in the Bayswater studio. Sinatra had made his first visit to the U.K. in the summer of 1950 when he topped the bill at the London Palladium and enjoyed playing in Britain. When he toured Britain in 1953, at venues that ran from Tooting Granada to Blackpool Opera House, his star had been fading, but by 1962 and the time of this recording, he was a record label owner (Reprise), and recording only reluctantly for Capitol.