Frank Sinatra ‎– Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely

Capitol Records ‎– W 1053
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono, Los Angeles Pressing

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First issue, labels are black with color band around outer-edge and a silver Capitol logo on the left-side of the labels.
This version also has, "Long Playing High Fidelity", written vertically on the label.
"✲" in runout denotes a Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles pressing. A Scranton pressing exists here: Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runouts Both Sides, Stamped): ✲

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March 18, 2019
I have known this recording for 50 years. I also have the MFSL mono edition from 2009 and in my opinion, this is a superior, quieter pressing. I can hear more on this version, pure and simple. I know the mono edition has many followers (ditto "Where Are You?" from 1957, which was Frank's very first album recorded in stereo - it would be great to have that given the same treatment as this) but so many of even the *very* early Capitol stereo recordings (1956-1958) are superb. Listen to some of the Stan Kenton's from the same period. Three tracks, and probably as many microphone's, likely centre / 2nd track for Frank's vocal. Beautiful. BTW - despite comments below, the cover art won a Grammy. Probably the peak of Frank's career "artistically", and he may well have agreed, rating it very highly himself.


September 12, 2018
Spot on ratskins. I thought it was some sort of "special" new cover for the new deluxe release, then discovered that's how it was originally!!
Truly weird...


August 16, 2017

Sinatra's "goth" album. A real treat for depressives and introverts.


December 12, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

Along with "In The Wee Small Hours Of the Morning", this Sinatra lp is again a bit of a concept album. Sinatra lost in a thick romantic fog. This is Sinatra as saloon singer, to my ear, his best pose. If a man could fake sincerity, Sinatra is the man (much like Jagger fakes anarchy).

There's some real anxiousness and bitterness here. The often overlooked "Angel Eyes" sees Frankie as some sort of phantom, seeking his Angel Eyes. "'Scuze me while I disappear..." This is a man love sick.

Melancholy seems to hang around this recording. In lesser hands, a song like "Willow Weep For Me" would be trite, but Sinatra turns it into a personal statement, much as the isolation of "It's A Lonesome Old Town" and the old chestnut "Blues in the Night" is truly a cynical work in the hands of Frank.

The title track sets the somber mood, and I prefer "Only the Lonely" to "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" because the music is more interesting.

But the real gem of the album is Frankie's version of "One For My Baby", which is a perfect song to my ear. Much like Sinatra's version of Porter's "Night and Day". They seem flawless, and many of these songs are as sincere as Frankie gets. This from a guy who could fake it quite well if he wanted to.

The Capitol years were Sinatra's most productive. Like his successor, Elvis Presley, Frankie sang way too many songs. We didn't need Frank's Beatle impression: "There's something in the way that chick moves...." His comeback in the fifties really starts the Sinatra legend going full tilt. This album, along with "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" are Frankie at his artistic peak.