Tuesday, 28 October 2014

LP Artwork: All Alone

This week's show features two very different versions of Irving Berlin's haunting All Alone. First up was a gently swinging rendition by Sarah Vaughan, from her album, Sassy Swings Again. I doubt that Mr Berlin (who like his songs to be sung as he intended) would have approved!

Fewer liberties were taken by Frank Sinatra when he used the song as the title for his 1962 release on the label his then-new Reprise label which he'd founded a year or so beforehand. Gordon Jenkins provided his trademark, lush string arrangement, including a coda featuring the soprano, Noelie Jean Norman. The album's cover was taken from a painting that hung in Sinatra's home.

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