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September Of My Years

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This 50th anniversary reissue is part of the 2015 Sinatra Centennial celebration and contains 'It Was A Very Good Year.' September Of My Years won a GRAMMY for Album of the Year (1966), beating out Help! by the Beatles. It's now being released on 180 gram vinyl.

Also available on vinyl: Ultimate Sinatra, A Man And His Music and Sinatra '65.
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  • Vinyl (November 20, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B012UW4SF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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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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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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"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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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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