Frank Sinatra Point Of No Return on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Memories of You: Sinatra Waves Farewell to Capitol on Elegantly Dressed
Standards Set from 1961
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD Captures
Gracefulness of Ornate Orchestrations
Sinatra Reunited With Arranger Axel Stordahl, Collaborator That Spearheaded the
Voice’s Rise in the 1940s
Thematic Songs Address Goodbyes With Profound Sense of Sadness, Longing
Nobody says goodbye like Frank Sinatra. For his final album with Capitol, Ol’
Blue Eyes elected to croon an unforgettable selection of farewell songs marked
with longing, sadness, and poignancy. To make the occasion even more special, he
teamed with arranger Axel Stordahl, the virtuoso that helped launch Sinatra’s
star at Columbia during the 1940s. The results amount to one of the finest
send-off statements in history.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited
edition hybrid SACD presents the songs as they should be experienced: In rich,
lush, front-to-back sound in which the strings soar and literally inhale and
exhale. Sinatra’s singing, as good as it’s ever been during his career, comes
across with unfettered transparency and tonal purity. Such is the fidelity, the
music turns into aural poetry, rendering completely fluid and tube-amp warm the
rushes of strings, words, and structures.
Sinatra fans continually debate which of the artist’s albums rank as his best,
but there’s no doubting the status attached to Point of No Return.
Unquestionably the most overlooked effort in the Chairman’s Capitol catalog, it
defies common expectation that it was made haphazardly to simply fulfill a
contractual obligation. Sinatra’s presence alone guarantees that isn’t the case,
yet Stordahl’s involvement ensures this 1961 set is something very special
The chemistry between the old collaborators is immediately evident. Sinatra
inhabits every phrase, feeling, and expression conveyed on the dozen standards,
achieving an intimate connection with Stordahl’s instrumental accents. Akin to
the downbeat moods he casts on the immortal In the Wee Small Hours and Only the
Lonely, the vocalist keeps calm and cool, yearning and reflecting as if he’s
strolling a barren downtown after midnight, a man left alone with his thoughts
and memories. Somber, wistful, meditative, teary-eyed sentimental—Sinatra paints
each song with the emotions they need, nothing more and nothing less.
From regal (“These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)”) to nostalgic (“I’ll Be
Seeing You”), relaxed (“September Song”) to dramatic (“When the World Was
Young”), Stordahl’s treatments blush with natural ease and instinct, setting up
Sinatra for countless moments of sublime beauty. Vocal pop aficionados, you
don’t want to miss this classic.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. When the World Was Young
2. I’ll Remember April
3. September Song
4. A Million Dreams Ago
5. I’ll See You Again
6. There Will Never Be Another You
7. Somewhere Along the Way
8. It’s a Blue World
9. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
10. As Time Goes By
11. I’ll Be Seeing You
12. Memories of You