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Monday, October 24, 2011

Frank Sinatra's Watertown

Posted by on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Watertown is one of Frank Sinatra's, I think three, proper concept albums and dates from 1970. I'd guess he was making a leap, kinda, onto the trend as it was 1970 and a handful of other pop stars plus a MILLION long hairs had recorded "concept" albums in the wake of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper.

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Composed by lyricist Jake Holmes, Mr. "Dazed & Confused," and producer Bob Gaudio the concept's narrative follows a heart broken father and his two little boys who are abandoned, abruptly, by his wife/their mother. Watertown is a sad and melancholy listen, not for your typical throw down, kids! Uh-huh, it's more of a Sunday morning come down kinda record, it's subtlety and sadness will sneak up on you.

If'n you give a shite, here is a real big review of Watertown AND a track by track analysis.

Oh, BTW...oddly, for a Sinatra record it didn't sell for shit and is a bit hard to find, at least the OG LP. I always get giddy when I see a copy on offer in a shop.

 

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If you want to know a lot more about Sinatra's Watertown album, go to http://www.watertownology.com
Posted by Grem1in on November 28, 2012 at 7:03 AM · Report this
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If you want to know much more about the Watertown album, go to www.watertownology.com
Posted by Grem1in on November 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
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I've always thought this was an influence on Berlin ("Lady Day" indeed) and "The Boatman's Call." "I Would Be In Love" is one of my favorite songs, ever.
Posted by Estey on October 24, 2011 at 3:41 PM · Report this

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