The World We Knew

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The World We Knew
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1967
RecordedFebruary 1, June 29–30, July 1, 24 and 27, 1967 at United-Western Studios in Hollywood
GenreTraditional pop
FS 1022
ProducerJimmy Bowen
Frank Sinatra chronology
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim
The World We Knew
Francis A. & Edward K.

The World We Knew, also known as Frank Sinatra, is a 1967 studio album by American singer Frank Sinatra.[1]

The title track reached #30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Easy Listening chart in 1967, while the Frank/Nancy Sinatra duet "Somethin' Stupid" reached #1 on both charts.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album two and a half stars, and described it as "More of a singles collection than a proper album...Much of this has a rock-oriented pop production, complete with fuzz guitars, reverb, folky acoustic guitars, wailing harmonicas, drum kits, organs, and brass and string charts that punctuate the songs rather than provide the driving force...the songs Sinatra tackles with a variety of arrangers are more ambitious than most middle-of-the-road, adult-oriented soft rock of the late '60s." Erlewine described "Drinking Again" as "exceptional, nuanced" and said that it "ranks among the best songs Sinatra cut during the '60s." [1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The World We Knew (Over and Over)" (Bert Kaempfert, Herbert Rehbein, Carl Sigman) – 2:50
  2. "Somethin' Stupid" (with Nancy Sinatra) (Carson Parks) – 2:45
  3. "This Is My Love" (Jim Harbert) – 3:37
  4. "Born Free" (Don Black, John Barry) – 2:05
  5. "Don't Sleep in the Subway" (Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent) – 2:22
  6. "This Town" (Lee Hazelwood) – 3:05
  7. "This Is My Song" (Charles Chaplin) – 2:30
  8. "You Are There" (Harry Sukman, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:31
  9. "Drinking Again" (Johnny Mercer, Doris Tauber) – 3:13
  10. "Some Enchanted Evening" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 2:34
  • Carson Parks is also known as C. Carson Parks[2]
  • Jim Harbert is also known as James Harbert[3]
  • Lee Hazelwood is also known as Lee Hazlewood[4]
  • Overdubs for “The World We Knew (Over and Over)” recorded on June 30 and July 1, 1967[5]
  • The Orchestra on ”Somethin’ Stupid” includes 10 Violins[2]
  • Background Vocals on “Don’t Sleep in the Subway” recorded on July 27, 1967[6]
  • Basic Backing Tracks for (and Overdubs for unreleased version of) “This Town” was recorded on June 30, 1967[4]
  • Instrumental Overdubs for “This Town” recorded on July 27, 1967[4]
  • The Orchestra on “You Are There” includes 16 Violins, 6 Cellos, 3 French Horns and 7 Saxophones & Woodwinds
  • The Orchestra on “Drinking Again” includes 12 Violins[7]
  • The Orchestra on Tracks 3-4 and 7 includes 21 Violins, 3 Cellos and 4 French Horns[3][8]
  • The Orchestra on Tracks 3-4 and 7-8 includes 6 Violas[9][10]
  • The Orchestra on Tracks 5, 8 and 10 includes 5 Trumpets[11]
  • The Orchestra on Tracks 5 and 10 includes 8 Violins
  • Sessions held in United-Western Studios, Hollywood, CA.






  1. ^ a b c "The World We Knew". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sinatra, Frank. "Somethin' Stupid". Frank Sinatra Sessionography.'%20Stupid
  3. ^ a b c d Sinatra, Frank. "This Is My Love". Frank Sinatra Sessionography.
  4. ^ a b c d e Sinatra, Frank. "This Town". Frank Sinatra Sessionography.
  5. ^ a b c Sinatra, Frank. “The World We Knew”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography.
  6. ^ a b c d Sinatra, Frank. “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography.’t%20Sleep%20in%20the%20Subway
  7. ^ a b c Sinatra, Frank. “Drinking Again”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography.
  8. ^ a b c Sinatra, Frank. “Born Free”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography.
  9. ^ a b c Sinatra, Frank. “This is My Song”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography.
  10. ^ a b c Sinatra, Frank. “You Are There”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography.
  11. ^ a b c Sinatra, Frank. “Some Enchanted Evening”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography.