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Inside September
Sinatra was 49 in 1964 when he attempted to get some perspective on his career as a romantic singer. The ageing American Empire is currently 63 years old since the end of World War Two. Time for reflection. This is part II of our No Country For Old Men theme of downloads.



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Frank Sinatra
Inside September [no label, 2CD]

Regarded as his finest post-Capitol album, September Of My Years was a look back at his youth that is contemplative, reflective, nostalgic and with a touch of regret. Sinatra's voice had matured into a deeper, richer and warmer baritone. Sinatra sang about middle age, the effect on appearance, the golden memories of time passed. About wives, lovers and friends. He also was not ignorant that rock 'n' roll was waiting to bloom.

Inside September is a 2CD set collecting alternate takes and the session recordings of the songs. Sinatra fans have long wanted to hear the various sessions of this legendary singer but to date despite various reissues and box sets, almost all the sessions, outtakes and alternates remain unissued.

As you can hear from these sessions for September Of My Years, there is much to enjoy from listening to Sinatra attempt the songs. His comments about tempo and the occasional flub when he sings the wrong words are humorous. Always, Sinatra's voice is in impeccable form.

Most reviewers conclude the album was as much autobiographical as it was arranger Gordon Jenkins' astute song selection. It Was A Very Good Year is one of the album's highlights with the memorable opening verse "When I was seventeen, it was a very good year..."

We cannot imagine over the last 10 years, any 17-year-old sharing that sentiment. Not in Darfur, not in Iraq and not in Kosovo. Maybe not even in America. As the song advances, Sinatra remembers all the "good years", when he was 24, 35... like a catalog of the Golden Age of Empire.

The album is also a snapshot of the lives and loves of people living in a first world country during the '50s. It is a romantic world of courtship, young lovers and days of wine and roses. This was the pop culture that entered world consciousness after the Second World War. Everybody wanted to enjoy the American dream like Sinatra, "when we were young". Nevermind that it was an illusion that could not last. By the time of the late '60s when the full impact of America in Vietnam was felt, youngsters decided to reject the old world and create their own culture and politics. Rock 'n' roll surged after 1965.

When Sinatra wanted to make September Of My Years, he timed it to be released when he turned 50. CBS brought cameras to capture Sinatra recording It Was A Very Good Year. This clip was broadcast in December 1965 on a TV special about Sinatra's 50th year. Sinatra was born Dec 12, 1915.

Unlike Elvis, after him, Sinatra overcame career failures and moved up to be a major star in film and on stage. He lived a long life and was celebrated by his peers in his lifetime. As he himself immortalised in song, he did it "my way".

September Of My Years stands up to repeated listening as a classic record of its time as much as Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit reflected Kurt Cobain's generation. Sinatra's September reflection represents a rose-tinted world while rock 'n' roll was at times too brutal.

This copy has near excellent stereo sound. But there are little skips at the beginning of some tracks and what sounds like tape wear on others.
- Professor Red

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

Note: Due to the size of some of the files, please be patient when downloading the tracks. Kindly email us at mybigo@bigozine.com if you encounter problems downloading the files.

 
Disc I
Track 101 Don't Wait Too Long sessions [Sunny Skylar] (24.1MB)
[1 sec dropout at 0.22 m]
Track 102 September Song sessions [Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson] (13.5MB)
Track 103 Last Night When We Were Young sessions [Harold Arlen, EY Harburg] (9.7MB)
Track 104 Hello, Young Lovers Take 1 [Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II] (6.1MB)
Track 105 I See It Now sessions [Alexander Wilder, William Engvick] (4.4MB)
Track 106 When The Wind Was Green sessions [Henry Stinson] (13.9MB)
Track 107 Once Upon A Time sessions [Charles Strouse, Lee Adams] (10.6MB)
Track 108 How Old Am I? Alternate Take [Gordon Jenkins] (7.1MB)
Track 109 It Was A Very Good Year sessions [Ervin Drake] (13.1MB)
 
Disc II
Track 201 The Man In The Looking Glass sessions [Bart Howard] (14.5MB)
Track 202 This Is All I Ask Take 1 [Gordon Jenkins] (10.2MB)
Track 203 It Gets Lonely Early Alternate Takes [Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn] (15.6MB)
Track 204 How Old Am I? Take 1 [Gordon Jenkins] (5.8MB)
Track 205 The September Of My Years sessions [Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn] (30.0MB)
Bonus track
Track 206 Name It And It's Yours (22.7MB)



Frank Sinatra recorded September of My Years when he was 49. The album was released in 1965 when he was 50. Click on the link to order the album.



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