August 19, 2014 – 4:44 am

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Inside Moonlight [Artisan, 1CD]

Sessions for Moonlight Sinatra; November 29-30, 1965. Excellent soundboard.

From dartmansworldofwonder.blogspot:

[Moonlight Sinatra] was released in 1966 and was worked around the theme that every song on the album had something to do with the moon. There was “Moonlight Becomes You”, “I Wished On The Moon”, “Moon Love”, “Reaching For The Moon” and so on and so forth. The title of the album is a play on Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. The orchestra was led by the great Nelson Riddle. Here are those recording sessions from November 29 and 30 of 1965.

Some reader’s comments at on Moonlight Sinatra:

“Nelson Riddle never so lushly arranged as he did for this classically-inspired album. The woodwinds are moody, the strings both hushed and soaring and a glimmery melodic moon hangs over Sinatra’s rich winery of vocals. This is a deep, deep album, not a gaily romantic fling. It reminds me of a moon sailing across a clouded sky with a storm brewing. Never was Sinatra as mysteriously thrilling as on this masterpiece.”
- A Customer

This is Frank and Nelson mining some gems from Bing Crosby’s days and, for me, is a really fresh-sounding album, with four scarce diamonds, and where every song is first rate. The diamonds are Reaching For The Moon with its own mysterious sound, including a terrific counterpoint string-based solo; Oh, You Crazy Moon, one of my all-time faves, even with the silly lyrics. The flowing rhythms and trumpet/sax swing make this one. Moon Love, a take-off on Tchaikovsky, as good as the original IMHO; and The Moon Was Yellow, a Spanish flamengo close to perfection all the way… BTW, Frank’s vocals here are just about the top, right before the inevitable cragginess which really begins in the late ’60s.
- Hans Castorp

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Track 01. Moon Song 12:49 (21.5MB)
Track 02. Moon Love 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 03. The Moon Got In My Eyes 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 04. Moonlight Serenade 13:45 (23.1MB)
Track 05. Reaching For The Moon 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 06. I Wished On The Moon 11:00 (18.5MB)
Track 07. Moonlight Becomes You 0:33 (921k)
Track 08. Moonlight Mood 2:03 (3.5MB)
Track 09. Oh You Crazy Moon 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 10. The Moon Was Yellow 2:05 (3.5MB)
63 mins

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  2. Thank You.

    By Paul on Aug 19, 2014

  3. Rightuous! Great stuff…….., Thanx.

    By Timmy on Aug 20, 2014

  4. Unbelievable to see a man at work and how tough it is to make the final product. Thank again for the post

    By Ray Cozzolino on Aug 20, 2014

  5. Thanks so much for this, I’ve always liked this record. Oddly enough, I didn’t know it was one of Frank’s proper studio albums, always assumed it was just a quickie compilation cribbed from a bunch of different releases. Nice surprise!

    I’ve only listened to the first track so far, but it sounds like he’s singing to a live orchestra. Impressive. You’d think they’d first get the music down on tape, and then let him come in and overdub the vocals. Dylan was like that too, always recorded live with his bands; it wasn’t until “Self Portrait” that he allowed himself an overdub. I guess they’re looking for that spark of spontaneity that breathes life into the music.

    Thanks again, and as always, the music on offer here is wonderfully varied and eclectic!

    By Chance on Aug 21, 2014

  6. nice one, big-O!


    By I-) on Aug 21, 2014

  7. Many Thanks For “Inside Moonlight”
    Any Chance Of “Inside Strings” Being Shared?
    Thanks For The Great Site BigO

    By Michael on Sep 13, 2014

  8. any chance of uploading Sinatra at Carnegie Hall?

    By dell knox on Mar 11, 2017

  9. Beware ladies, the rat is out of the pack again !

    By Dino Croccetti on Mar 11, 2017

  10. The Big Dick returns

    By Dino Martin on Mar 18, 2017

  11. Uncle Miltie was bigger

    By Tony C on Mar 18, 2017

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