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My Way

4.1 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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As the '60s drew to a close, Sinatra became increasingly amenable to recording songs from the contemporary pop and rock canon. Whether he was responding to commercial pressures, or just trying to prove that he could still be hip in the Age of Aquarius, remains the subject of much debate; in any case, My Way is probably the best of his late-'60s pop efforts. For one thing, it includes the title track, a veritable Sinatra classic; for another, it contains impressive stabs at Ray Charles's "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," The Beatles' "Yesterday," and Jacques Brel's "If You Go Away" (the Chairman fares less well on Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson"). Uneven, certainly, but well worth getting. --Dan Epstein

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Watch What Happens
  2. Didn't We
  3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  4. Yesterday
  5. All My Tomorrows
  6. My Way
  7. A Day In The Life Of A Fool
  8. For Once In My Life
  9. If You Go Away
  10. Mrs. Robinson


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000002K9T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Yeah, there's some good and bad on this disk, but it's mandatory listening for the final track, which is so GLORIOUSLY awful it is criminal of Amazon not to put on a RealAudio sample. Oh, the band swings like you WOULDN'T BELIEVE, the brass is great, but it is SO wrong a song for Frank, as he does a lounge lizard parody of himself that would make Joe Piscopo and Phil Hartman blush, mangling the lyrics ("And you'll get yours, Mrs. Robinson/Foolin' wit' dat young stuff like you do/woo woo woo/boo hoo hoo"). The utter incongruity of the material and the great arrangement makes it a delight. And "Yesterday" wasn't a great choice, either ... but hell, it's got "My Way."
"...Keep dem cards an' letters comin' in, Robin baby ..."
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"My Way" is not Sinatra's greatest album, but it is an absolutely essential purchase because it includes the song that defined his life, music and philosophy. There is no other song in the Sinatra discography that more perfectly defines, summarizes, and musically states what Frank was all about than "My Way." Paul Anka wrote this song especially for Frank, and it immediately became the signature song for the rest of his career. This album was recorded in 1969, and it was an attempt for Frank to incorporate contemporary standards into his body of work. He covers songs by the Beatles, Rod McKuen, and Paul Simon, but "My Way" is the song that makes this album an integral part of the Sinatra canon. Don Costa arranged the songs as he did in many of Sinatra's album's for Reprise, and it is a much more solid effort than some critics give it credit for. Frank is still at the top of his game, and my other personal favorites on this CD are "Didn't We" and "For Once In My Life." "My Way" is an essential Sinatra must-have album and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED1
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Great listening for not only Sinatra fans, but fans of popular music in general. One will enjoy his covers of "Yesterday", "Mrs. Robinson", "Didn't We?", "For Once In My Life".
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The problem with people criticizing Sinatra's work is that they spend too much time thinking about what Sinatra SHOULD sound like. Sinatra successfully took his talents and blended his style into contemporary music. Whatever work Sinatra has done, it is still Sinatra. And Sinatra at his worst is still better than some artists at their best.

This may not be one of Sinatra's better albums, but it certainly isn't his worst, if there is such a thing as a bad Sinatra album. The numbers here are contemporary and Sinatra gives fine performances here.

I've noticed that some reviewers didn't like "Mrs. Robinson." I have to say that I like it, and it IS very much a Sinatra song. Sinatra took the lame Garfunkel tune and Sinatra-ized it, I like this better than the original. Sinatra sounds like he is having fun with the tune, and it's fun listening to him.

For Once In My Life is very much a Sinatra song and makes the original by Stevie Wonder sound like a remake.

As for Yesterday, I think Sinatra brings more feeling out of the song than there really is, much better than the original.

Sinatra punches out 'If You Go Away.'

A Day In the Life of A Fool, a song that should've been written for Sinatra, is the type of song that Sinatra has sang so many times before, of a lonely, broken man. He does not fail here; very moving performance.

This is a good album with solid material, it swings and mellows, and is not monotonous.

Watch What Happens, For Once In My Life, and All My Tomorrows are the

highlights here.
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There are some great cuts on here: My Way, A Day in the life of a fool, If you go away and ALL MY TOMORROWS and of course FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE - one of Frank's staples in concert from 69-95.
The rest of the songs are fair at times Frank's singing sounds a bit lackluster and cold (e.g. Watch what happens). This may also be due to the extreme amount of reverb on his voice and the fact that on some songs he's in dead center in the mix. He sounds warmer on most of the ballads.
This album was co-produced by Costa and Sonny Burke and I still think Costa was the better producer.
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“My Way” the song was a godsend for Frank Sinatra. It was a song he could sink his teeth into, and it had “hit” written all over it. Paul Anka wrote the lyrics expressly for Sinatra then waited a couple weeks wondering if the singer liked the song or not. Then the telephone rang: it was Sinatra. “Listen to this, kid,” he said, and played an acetate recording over the telephone. A week or two later, the song was on the Hot 100 Charts and being played everywhere: in record stores and in bars, on Top 40 radio, MOR radio, jazz radio, even country radio. The song fit the Sinatra persona like Olivier doing Shakespeare. It was perfect, a song instantly recognizable yet brand new, delivered by the swinger of swingers and undisputed chairman of the Rat Pack. Reprise wanted an album featuring the song, and wanted it yesterday. Sinatra got with arranger Don Costa and told him to forget about the soft-rock of “Cycles,” and to write arrangements more in line with the mood and swagger of “My Way.” As with “Cycles” the songs were contemporary, but this time better fit the urbane Sinatra style, of love and loss and occasional humor, in particular “Didn’t We,” “Yesterday,” “All My Tomorrows,” and “If You Go Away.” Yeah, selecting “Mrs. Robinson” was questionable, and swingin' arranger Billy May could have done wonderful things with “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” and “For Once in My Life,” but that’s always the case with albums that place commercial demands ahead of art. They could always be better, if only. . . . Sinatra wanted contemporary songs in contemporary settings, and that’s exactly what he got. Is "My Way" another classic Sinatra album? No. Not even close. But some of it is very, very good. Four stars.
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