She Shot Me Down [LP]
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Top Customer Reviews
This album, released in 1981, is centered around the themes of lost love, break-ups, and romantic desolation. A mere 38 minutes in duration and containing only nine songs, "She Shot Me Down" is nevertheless one of the finest albums of Sinatra's stellar career.
Much of the material here is new or obscure. "Good Thing Going" is a great song, but the arrangement (courtesy of Don Costa) is so bad it nearly kills it--but not quite. Even in this schmaltzy atmosphere, Sinatra manages to inject some of his trademark icy passion into an otherwise pedestrian version of this Sondheim classic.
After the disheartening beginning, the album takes off, with nary a weak note to come. My personal favorites are: "Hey Look, No Crying," where Frank examines the end of a romance with deceptive stoicism; "Thanks for the Memory," in which the cute Bob Hope standard is turned instead into a chilling remembrance of a halcyon love gone terribly wrong (this is one of the best lyrics I've ever encountered); "Monday Morning Quarterback," written by Costa and featuring a fine lyric by Pamela Phillips, in which Frank's tough guy image can't hide his bewilderment at losing again; and the magnificent "I Loved Her," with words and music by Gordon Jenkins.Read more ›
Sinatra's voice has aged but is still strong and sounds much richer on this album than on TRILOGY probably because Don Costa produced this album.....he simply was a better producer than Sonny Burke. The soundmix and quality are superb! If only more Sinatra albums had sounded like this.......
The songs alternate between well known and more modern (lesser known) tunes. But Sinatra does magic on all of them and turns them into classics. Even though Sonny and Cher wrote it and sang it first.....do they really reach the depth of Sinatra's performance on BANG, BANG...my baby shot me down?
Finally, the arrangements by Gordon, Don and Nelson are all superb. At times Gordon Jenkins arrangments seem to be unusually somber and quiet but it fits the mood perfectly.
GET THIS ALBUM....IT IS SINATRA'S LAST GREAT MASTERPIECE!!
What if it's no the Capitol Sinatra? What if he can't swing like in 1955 anymore? This is the definitive saloon album of Sinatra,in the same level of "WEE SMALL HOURS","ONLY THE LONELY", "NO ONE CARES" or the non-saloon-but-introspective "SEPTEMBER OF MY YEARS".The emotion in his performances ,along with the marvelous arrangements,captures the listener inmediately.I was lucky to find this gem in a shop for only six dollars,and will provide me countless and priceless hours of pleasure.Highlights? from the first to the last of the nine tracks.Perfection.
- Frank's voice: a little aged, a little raspy here and there, but still powerful, mighty, experienced, time-worn and evoking a "been there, done that, seen it all, had it all happen to me..." feeling
- Unusual collection of somewhat obscure songs not found on any other Sinatra recordings, except for one or two, allowing for examination on how Frank interprets the new and unknown - standouts: "Gal That Got Away/It Never Entered My Mind" (best track), "Long Night", "I Loved Her", "South - To A Warmer Place" (itself quite unusual in its musical structure, with unexpected melodic and chord jumps, as well as rhythmic pauses, etc. which Frank handles with smooth mastery)
- Superior arrangements, perfect for the mood of the album
- The yellow shaker-knit sweater and the "Members' Only"-style jacket on the cover: 1981 era style, retro! And smoking?? So last century!
- Late-night lights-off, candles alight, red wine in hand (or JD if you want to do the real Sinatra thing), saloon Sinatra at his best
- Frank's last studio album: a must-have for that reason alone
- Hard to find! Recommendation: buy the 1995-issued "Complete Reprise Studio Recordings" from eBay or Amazon. You get the equivalent of 20+ albums plus many unreleased singles in excellent remastered quality.
- Period recording techniques somewhat distracting: the reverb employed makes Frank sound like he's singing in the shower in some places
- Unusual repertoire offered may make Sinatra fans feel wanting for more, also very short LP if you could even find it
- Those used to the "Come Fly With Me" Sinatra will wonder what happened to his voice and bravado; this is Sinatra at his moodiest, for the experienced Sinatra fan or collector
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truly-this IS the last great album by the greatest entertainer we've known. Thankfully,and to no surprise,slowly,the next generation is "discovering" ole' blue eyes,and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cws1023
Alas. I listened to this all the way through, then a second time. After that I selected tracks to skip, and after that even more tracks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lloyd G. Daub
This album can be tough to take. It constitutes nine songs of misery. Of all the Sinatra saloon albums (or “suicide albums,” as Frank Sinatra, Jr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ricardo Mio
A magnificent pop-art masterpiece from Frank Sinatra, originally released on vinyl in 1981, then briefly on cd in 1991, and now re-issued on this
digitally remastered cd in... Read more
This is a wonderful album from the later part of Frank Sinatra's career. It was released in 1981 and is probably Sinatra's last great album. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BondFan