Sinatra / Reprise Sound Quality, artwork, etc.: "All Alone" - 1962

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MLutthans, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored

    I have a mono pressing of Moonlight. It's a great album!
     
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  2. rangerjohn

    rangerjohn Forum Resident

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    The MOST underrated LP of FS's entire career! Just gorgeous. Riddle is majestic.
     
  3. roda12

    roda12 WATERTOWN FOREVER

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  4. AaronW

    AaronW Senior Member

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    It's pretty common for French records of this era to have this text and it means it is mono & stereo compatible. Not sure if it means this particular record is actually stereo or mono though. French record experts out there?
     
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  5. AJH

    AJH Senior Member

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    It quotes the US catalog number for the album- FS 1018. Most likely it is a stereo album and all they are saying is that, even though it is a stereo album, it could be played on mono equipment. The album probably was pressed when record companies were trying to stop maintaining both individual mono and stereo inventories. Personally, I think this stereo album wouldn't sound too good when played on a lot of the older consumer grade mono equipment of that period, but it certainly could have been played (it probably would have worn-out fairly fast too if played with many of the older non audiophile mono cartridges available when that record appears to have been pressed).
     
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  6. SBC

    SBC Forum Resident

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    You will love it in mono. The mono is what made me love this album and it's my preferred way of hearing it.
     
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  7. Pieter Kozak

    Pieter Kozak Well-Known Member

    Just listening to Sinatra's "All Alone" album. A wonderful collection of songs, not the best sounding album. What the general view of the album here?
     
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  8. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored

    A general view on this website? Uh oh...
     
  9. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored

    I’m giving my original mono pressing of All Alone a spin right now. I really enjoy this mix. The bass sounds great , and I find the balance of the vocals and the orchestra nearly perfect. I hear a bit too much echo (?) on the vocals at a few points, but I haven’t done a close listen to the stereo mix in a while so perhaps this is the same across both.
     
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  10. SBC

    SBC Forum Resident

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    I could not agree more. The mono version is what made me love this album. I don't know why I like it better than the stereo mix, but I do.
     
  11. kennyluc1

    kennyluc1 Frank Sinatra collector

    One of my favorite Sinatra albums, just the concept alone is so different for that era. It is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite Jenkins
    arranged, LP.
     
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  12. roda12

    roda12 WATERTOWN FOREVER

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    Yep, ALL ALONE is one of the most unique Sinatra albums. Love it so much
     
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  13. roda12

    roda12 WATERTOWN FOREVER

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    Love the old-fashioned almost 1910's like feel of it. It's so beautiful.
    Comes to mind that most of my all-time favorite Sinatra recordings are in 3/4 time.
    I'll follow my secret heart, Wait till you see her, Weep they will, I'm not afraid, etc.
     
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  14. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff Thread Starter

    Enough about the recording quality!
    :laugh:
     
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  15. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff Thread Starter

    Seems to be a lot of sealed, official CDs of this one on Ebay right now for cheap, in the ballpark of $12 including shipping from Europe. Recently out of print or something, maybe? (There has only ever been one mastering of this title. It never got the EOTC treatment.)
     
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  16. rangerjohn

    rangerjohn Forum Resident

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    A great opportunity for those of you who are not familiar with this wonderful album!
     
  17. Bob F

    Bob F Senior Member

    These are the 2011 rebranded UMG 11-track reissues. They are missing the “Come Waltz with Me” bonus track that appeared on the original (1992) Reprise CD. Don’t believe the “remastered reissue” hype in the eBay listings. It is the identical digital mastering as the long-OOP Reprise CD, with the extra track removed. Note that only 12 Reprise CDs ever got the EOTC treatment.
     
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  18. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Played All Alone UK MONO LP thought it was a Capitol album at first with the dreamy Gordon Jenkins strings. How is this album regarded with fans of his Reprise albums ?
     
  19. rangerjohn

    rangerjohn Forum Resident

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    Part of the golden era of Reprise. The performances of the Irving Berlin songs on this album are, IMHO, definitive.
     
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  20. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Why did the original title Come Waltz With Me idea get nixed, too similar to Capitol trademark album titles ?
     
  21. rangerjohn

    rangerjohn Forum Resident

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    No, someone else recorded it first.
     
  22. rangerjohn

    rangerjohn Forum Resident

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    "Meno male," as the Italians say.....
     
  23. Bob F

    Bob F Senior Member

    Steve Lawrence. But the song (and title) was discarded by Sinatra because it really didn’t fit the mood of the rest of the album—too upbeat.
     
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  24. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff Thread Starter

    (Pointlessly-closed thread reopened.)

    Looks like another test pressing has turned up on Ebay:

    s-l1600-604.jpg AllAlone1.jpg s-l1600-601.jpg
     
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  25. AaronW

    AaronW Senior Member

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    A few years back I finally found a NM original A-1/B-1 stereo copy of All Alone (way harder to find than the mono) but I still kinda want that! At least now I know what's hitting the turntable next!
     
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