Frank Sinatra, Some Nice Things I’ve Missed, Reprise F-2195, 1974
Frank Sinatra had an amazing run. The nickname The Chairman Of The Board came about because he was seemingly everywhere, doing everything just right, running things. Sure, it got harder and harder to stay relevant, but for the vast majority of the public, they still bought his records, saw his movies and watched his TV specials. By 1971, Frank had had it and retired from show business. It didn’t last long.
He came back with a splash. A TV special and hit album announced Ole Blue Eyes Is Back in 1973. This album was the follow up. It should have never happened. Even as a mixed tape, this would have been a really bad mix of current pop and show tunes, but covered by a 57 year old, it just comes off as trying to be someone he no longer is. For me, the 70s were a time when the music business turned inward. The singer-songwriter era was in full force, and originality ruled the day. Singing someone else’s songs was out of fashion, especially someone else’s hit singles.
To hear the great trendsetting Frank Sinatra singing Sweet Caroline, Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree, and most appallingly Bar, Bad Leroy Brown, is kinda cringeworthy. He sort of pulls off You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, but I really got the feeling that the whole package was a vain attempt at relevance. Frank Sinatra was never known as a songwriter, but he was possibly the best song interpreter of all time. This record sounds like the kind of thing he sang to in the shower or in the car driving around Palm Springs.
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