Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra album)

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Strangers in the Night
Strangersinthenight.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 30, 1966 (LP)
October 1990 (CD)
RecordedApril 11 – May 16, 1966, Hollywood
GenreTraditional pop, vocal jazz
Length27:10
LabelReprise
FS 1017
ProducerJimmy Bowen
Frank Sinatra chronology
Moonlight Sinatra
(1966)
Strangers in the Night
(1966)
Sinatra at the Sands
(1966)
Singles from Strangers in the Night
  1. "Strangers in the Night"
    Released: 1966
  2. "Summer Wind"
    Released: 1966
Strangers in the Night: Deluxe Edition
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 26, 2010
RecordedApril 11 – May 16, 1966, Hollywood
April 18, 1985, Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
GenreTraditional pop, vocal jazz
Length35:21
LabelConcord Records
ProducerNelson Riddle, Sonny Burke

Strangers in the Night is a 1966 studio album by Frank Sinatra. It marked Sinatra's return to number one on the pop album charts in the mid-1960s, and consolidated the comeback he started in 1965. Combining pop hits with show tunes and standards, the album creates a balance between big band and pop instrumentation. The single "Strangers in the Night" also reached number one on the pop single charts, while "Summer Wind" would slowly become a classic, used for television commercials and mood-setting entrances by the 2000s.

At the Grammy Awards of 1967 Sinatra garnered two Grammys for his efforts on this album, including the Record of the Year for the title track, as well as Best Male Vocal Performance for the same song. (He also won a further Grammy that same year, the Album of the Year for A Man and His Music). Ernie Freeman's arrangement of the title track won him the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist or Instrumentalist.

This is the final album Sinatra performed with long-time arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle and his orchestra.

Strangers in the Night has been certified platinum for one million copies sold in the US. Aside from his Christmas output, it remains Sinatra's only solo studio album to achieve this certification to date.

On 26 January 2010 the album was reissued as a "Deluxe Edition" which included three bonus tracks (two recorded tracks of "Strangers in the Night" and "All or Nothing at All" performed at the Budokan Hall from 1985, and an alternate take of "Yes Sir, That's My Baby"). In this 2010 version the audio channels are inverted.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic (1966 original)3.5/5 stars link
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic (2010 reissue)3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "Strangers in the Night" (From the Universal Picture A Man Could Get Killed) (Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder) (arranged by Ernie Freeman) – 2:35
  2. "Summer Wind" (Heinz Meier, Hans Bradtke, Johnny Mercer) (arranged by Nelson Riddle) – 2:53
  3. "All or Nothing at All" (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence) (arranged by Riddle) – 3:57
  4. "Call Me" (Tony Hatch) (arranged by Riddle) – 3:07
  5. "You're Driving Me Crazy!" (Walter Donaldson) (arranged by Riddle) – 2:15

Side B

  1. "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane) (arranged by Riddle) – 3:17
  2. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" (Donaldson, Gus Kahn) (arranged by Riddle) – 2:30
  3. "Downtown" (Hatch) (arranged by Riddle) – 2:14
  4. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Donaldson, Kahn) (arranged by Riddle) – 2:08
  5. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (arranged by Riddle) – 2:24
    Bonus tracks included on the 2010 reissue:
  6. "Strangers in the Night" – 2:14 (Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 1985) (arranged by Freeman)
  7. "All or Nothing at All" – 3:40 (Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 1985) (arranged by Riddle)
  8. "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Alternate take) – 2:17 (arranged by Riddle)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1966 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 1

Complete Personnel[edit]

Track 1: Vincent DeRosa, Henry Sigismonti, Gale Robinson, Richard Perissi (fr-h); Bill Green, Andreas Kostelas (fl); Sidney Sharp, Lennie Malarsky, William Kurasch, Ralph Schaeffer, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Jerome Reisler, Robert SusheL John De Voogdt, Bernard Kundell, Tibor Zelig, Gerald Vinci, William Weiss, James Getzoff, Harry Bluestone, Victor Amo (vln); Harry Hyams, Joseph Di Fiore, Darrel Terwilliger, Alex Neiman (via); Joseph Saxon, Jesse Ehrlich, Emmet Sargeant, Armand Kaproff (vlc); Bill Miller, Michel Rubini (p); Alvin Casey, William Pitman, Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco (g); Chuck Berghofer (b); Hal Blaine (d); Eddie Brackett Jr., Emil Richards (perc). Ernie Freeman (arr); Donnie Lanier (cond).

Tracks 5, B2, B4, B5:

Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist, Cappy Lewis, Ray Triscari (tpt); Dick Noel, Tommy Pederson, Tom Shepard (tbn); George Roberts (b-tbn); Chuck Gentry, Bill Green, Justin Gordon, Harry Klee, Ronny Lang (sax/wwd); Victor Amo, Israel Baker, Alex Beller, Herman Clebanoff, James Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul Shure, Gerald Vinci (vln); Stanley Harris, Paul Robyn (vla); Justin DiTullio, Elizabeth Greenschpoon, Armand Kaproff (vie); Bill Miller (p); Artie Kane (organ); Al Viola (g); Ralph Pefla (b); Irving Cottier (d); EmilRichards (perc); Nelson Riddle (cond).

Tracks 2, 3, 4, B1, B3:

Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist, Cappy Lewis, Ray Triscari (tpt); Dick Noel, Tommy Pederson, Tom Shepard (tbn); George Roberts (b-tbn); Chuck Gentry, Bill Green, Justin Gordon, Harry Klee, Abe Most (sax/wwd); Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Alex Beller, Herman Clebanoff, James Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul Shure, Victor Bay (vln); Barbara Simons, Paul Robyn (via); Justin DiTullio, Elizabeth Greenschpoon, Armand Kaproff (vie); Bill Miller (p); Artie Kane (organ); Al Viola (g); Ralph Pena (b); Irving Cottier (d); Victor Feldman (perc); Nelson Riddle (cond).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Put Your Dreams Away: A Frank Sinatra Discography