Frank Sinatra's intimate 1958 opus, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely, has been newly mixed in stereo for an expanded 60th Anniversary Edition to be released worldwide on October 19 by Capitol/UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises. 'Only The Lonely' (60th Anniversary Edition) will be released in a Deluxe 2CD package, in 180-gram 2LP vinyl and 1CD configurations, and in two digital album versions.
Frank Sinatra’s intimate 1958 opus, 'Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely,' has been newly mixed in stereo for an expanded 60th Anniversary Edition to be released worldwide on October 19 by Capitol/UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises. ‘Only The Lonely’ (60th Anniversary Edition) will be released in a Deluxe 2CD package, in 180-gram 2LP vinyl and 1CD configurations, and in two digital album versions.
'Only The Lonely' (60th Anniversary Edition)'s 2CD Deluxe package pairs the album's remastered original 1958 mono mix with a new 2018 stereo mix by Larry Walsh. Four bonus tracks from the mono session recordings are also featured, including studio takes making their release debuts: "Angel Eyes" (alternate session takes – May 5, 1958) and "Lush Life" (session takes – May 29, 1958). The album's original mono mix makes its digital release debut in an expanded digital collection pairing the remastered album mix with the four bonus session recordings, while the 1CD, 2LP vinyl, and standard digital album configurations feature the album's 2018 stereo mix. The new edition's audio was mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios.
'Only The Lonely' was recorded as both a mono and stereo presentation," explains Larry Walsh in his notes for the 60th Anniversary Edition. "The mono was the focus as that was the chief format of the day. The stereo was recorded with two microphones suspended high over the studio orchestra. Frank Sinatra's voice was recorded onto a third track. With the stereo recording being mid-side decoded, the depth of the studio is revealed."
For 'Only The Lonely,' Sinatra recorded evening sessions at Capitol Studios in May and June 1958, joined by an orchestra and his frequent collaborator, conductor and arranger Nelson Riddle. Sinatra delves deeply into love, pain, and loss across the album's songs of heartbreak and yearning, including "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)," "Angel Eyes,"' and "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry." 'Only The Lonely' reached No. 1 on Billboard's albums chart and remained on the charts for 120 weeks. At 1959's inaugural GRAMMY Awards® ceremony, the album won the award for Best Recording Package.
"The ones that stick in my mind are 'Only The Lonely,' 'Wee Small Hours,' and 'Come Fly With Me,' because I think the orchestrator's work and my work came together so well." – Frank Sinatra.