Frank Sinatra Point of No Return on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Memories of You: Sinatra Waves Farewell to Capitol on Elegantly Dressed Standards Set from 1961
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD Captures Gracefulness of Ornate Orchestrations
Sinatra Reunited With Arranger Axel Stordahl, Collaborator That Spearheaded the Voice’s Rise in the 1940s
Nobody says goodbye like Frank Sinatra. For his final album with Capitol, Ol’ Blue Eyes
elected to croon an unforgettable selection of farewell songs marked
with longing, sadness, and poignancy. To make the occasion even more
special, he teamed with arranger Axel Stordahl, the virtuoso that helped launch Sinatra’s star at Columbia during the 1940s. The results amount to one of the finest send-off statements in history.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered-edition hybrid SACD presents the songs as they should be
experienced: In rich, lush, front-to-back sound in which the strings
soar and literally inhale and exhale. Sinatra’s singing, as
good as it’s ever been during his career, comes across with unfettered
transparency and tonal purity. Such is the fidelity, the music turns
into aural poetry, rendering completely fluid and tube-amp warm the
rushes of strings, words, and structures.
Sinatra fans continually debate which of the artist’s albums rank as his best, but there’s no doubting the status attached to Point of No Return. Unquestionably the most overlooked effort in the Chairman’s Capitol catalog, it defies common expectation that it was made haphazardly to simply fulfill a contractual obligation. Sinatra’s presence alone guarantees that isn’t the case, yet Stordahl’s involvement ensures this 1961 set is something very special indeed.
The chemistry between the old collaborators is immediately evident. Sinatra
inhabits every phrase, feeling, and expression conveyed on the dozen
standards, achieving an intimate connection with Stordahl’s instrumental
accents. Akin to the downbeat moods he casts on the immortal In the Wee Small Hours and Only the Lonely, the vocalist keeps calm and cool, yearning and reflecting as if he’s strolling a barren downtown after midnight, a man left alone with his thoughts and memories. Somber, wistful, meditative, teary-eyed sentimental—Sinatra paints each song with the emotions they need, nothing more and nothing less.
From regal (“These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)”) to nostalgic
(“I’ll Be Seeing You”), relaxed (“September Song”) to dramatic (“When
the World Was Young”), Stordahl’s treatments blush with natural ease and instinct, setting up Sinatra for countless moments of sublime beauty. Vocal pop aficionados, you don’t want to miss this classic.
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Frank Sinatra Point of No Return Track Listing:
1. (Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young
2. I’ll Remember April
3. September Song
4. A Million Years Ago
5. I’ll See You Again
6. There Will Never Be Another You
7. Somewhere Along the Way
8. It’s a Blue World
9. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
10. As Time Goes By
11. I’ll Be Seeing You
12. Memories of You