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  • Audio CD (May 26, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000006OBP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The September Of My Years
2. How Old Am I?
3. Don't Wait Too Long
4. It Gets Lonely Early
5. This Is All I Ask
6. Last Night When We Were Young
7. The Man In The Looking Glass
8. It Was A Very Good Year
9. When The Wind Was Green
10. Hello, Young Lovers
11. I See It Now
12. Once Upon A Time
13. September Song

Editorial Reviews

From the evocative cover painting to the impeccably chosen songs within, this 1965 album harkens back to Sinatra's great Capitol-era concept albums like In the Wee Small Hours and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. The theme revolves around a man approaching his 50s, looking back with a mixture of nostalgia, regret, and uncertainty; given Sinatra's age at the time (he was 49 when this was recorded) and the way he invests himself in the material, it's impossible to interpret the record as anything but autobiographical. Wistful numbers such as "Don't Wait Too Long," "It Was a Very Good Year," "September Song," and the title track all hit the emotional bull's-eye, but everything here is excellent. Unquestionably his finest Reprise-era achievement. --Dan Epstein

Customer Reviews

When you think of everything it meant to be Frank Sinatra -- what a life to be looking back on!
Of all the albums that Sinatra recorded for his own Reprise lable (and there are alot of great albuns) this is the best of the lot.
Jason Stanley
The lush strings, the haunting beauty of every song, the words Sinatra was breathing life into with such passion.
Kelli N.

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Jon Warshawsky on January 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
September of My Years is a perfectly arranged selection of songs recorded as Sinatra neared his 50th birthday (1965). It is outstanding, in that the 13 songs absolutely belong together on this collection, perfectly realized by Sinatra's mellow voice of the 1960s. It is especially stunning to compare songs like 'Hello, Young Lovers' to the early Columbia recordings, which are also first rate but lack the sincerity derived from five decades of living.
From the Gordon Jenkins-arranged introduction to the title track to the closing September Song, the music (with Jenkins signature strings) provides the right wistful, reflective backdrop to a Sinatra whose voice has aged like wine.
'It was a Very Good Year' is probably the standout, and the kind of magic even FS could not have recorded when he was starting out in the late 1930s. Here it is evocative, heartfelt and very moving. 'Man in the Looking Glass' is remarkable, as is 'Once Upon a Time.'
I agree with Dan Epstein's review: this is essential Sinatra, certainly the best concept album on Reprise. The listener can feel that Sinatra is singing part of his autobiography here, and for those of us still moved by his passing it takes on an even greater significance.
Very highly recommended.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I was 20 you couldn't have convinced me I'd ever own a Frank Sinatra album, but a few weeks ago I found myself humming these songs that I'd heard my mother playing years ago. The arrangements sound a little dated but their virtue is unchanged -- they leave Sinatra's voice far forward -- and some of his greatest performances are here, bookended by two masterpieces -- "The September of My Years" and "September Song". The songs selected flawlessly support the album's concept of the singer looking back from his approaching 50th birthday, and Sinatra doesn't hit a wrong note anywhere. When you think of everything it meant to be Frank Sinatra -- what a life to be looking back on! -- the chance to listen in is irresistible. You can't help but bring the ol' math brain out of mothballs to figure out what month your life is in; if you're getting older and have September in common with Ol' Blue Eyes, it doesn't seem so bad; if you're still in the early days, it adds some perspective to your thoughts and feelings about aging.

"The September of My Years" -- Not the first version recorded by Sinatra, but the definitive version. His voice is perfection, as smooth as Scotch, and his tone one of reflection without bitterness. The dip when he sings 'A-a-and I find ....' is lovely and restrained.

So often Sinatra could have descended into melancholy, but didn't -- "How Old Am I?" has not a trace of self-pity and "Don't Wait Too Long" is never churlish.

"It Gets Lonely Early" -- Good lyrics and superb phrasing propel this tearjerker to a higher plane.

Some of the songs have sub-par lyrics and arrangements -- "This Is All I Ask" and "I See It Now" -- but Sinatra's phrasing pulls them out of the hat.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on January 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Tonight will not swing. Tonight is for serious," writes WB executive Stan Cornyn's liner notes to Frank Sinatra's majestic "September of My Years." And, turning 50 in 1965, Sinatra was in reflective mood not only himself, but for a generation which had won WWII and only began to view the uncertainty of the second half of the 60s.
This is one of the most empathetic albums ever made. Sinatra addresses the physical changes of age (with humor in "The Man In The Looking Glass"), the familial empty nest ("It Gets Lonely Early") and begins enjoying what younger people overlooked (the title track, Gordon Jenkins' "This is All I Ask"). Although "All I Ask," was covered by Jimmy Durante and "Once Upon A Time" by Tony Bennett (not to mention the gorgeous "Hello Young Lovers" from The King and I") Sinatra posseses them in this context. Listen to him sing the phrase "and it caaaaammmmmeee undone" on "It's A Very Good Year," and you hear someone who enjoyed the true sensuality of that moment. A masterpiece as reflective in covering others' songs as the work of any singer/songwriter.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence E. LaRocco on July 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Melancholy, wistful, and romantically reflective, "September of My Years" is a musical summing up of the first fifty years of Sinatra's never dull life. It is his greatest achievement with Reprise, and it is one of Frank's top five albums by almost any standard. Sinatra recorded this album in 1965 when he was still forty-nine, and it won a Grammy award for album of the year. Gordon Jenkins once again provides the perfect backdrop for Sinatra's vocals with his lush strings and classical overtones. This is not a torch album like "Only the Lonely" or "No One Cares." What it is, is a summing up, a retrospective of a half century of love and despair. It is also a superb example of the entertainer of the century once again at the absolute zenith of his vocal powers. "It Was A Very Good Year" perfectly expresses this album's message of the possibility of love at any stage of one's life. One of the greatest pleasures of exploring Sinatra's immense body of work is discovering new levels and dimensions of meaning the longer and more carefully you really listen to what he expressed in the lyrics of a song. This album is one of his most complex statements on the perils of love, and it is, of course, an essential part of any serious Sinatra-phile's collection. BUY IT, TREASURE IT, and realize that you are listening to a great work from the greatest entertainer of all time.
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Where to find song by F. Sinatra
I don't recall "This Was My Love" ever appearing on the LP/CD 'September Of My Years,' but I could be wrong. You can find "This Was My Love" on three (3) of Frank's CD's: 'All The Way,' 'No One Cares,' and 'The Complete Capitol Singles', the latter being a boxed set. Sorry... Read More
Jun 21, 2011 by FAS1 |  See all 2 posts
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