Released shortly before Frank Sinatra’s 50th birthday, this album predictably found the singer in a warm, melancholic and reflective mood. Conductor-arranger Gordon Jenkins provided a string-laden setting for a mixture of songs old and new, including Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen’s specially written title number. Released in the middle of the beat boom, it was awarded Grammys for album of the year and Sinatra’s best male vocal performance on one of the tracks, ‘It Was A Very Good Year’ (Erwin Drake), and provided a great deal of musical comfort for many middle-aged, former ‘Swingin’ Lovers’. One of the essential six Sinatra albums to own.
Tracks: September Of My Years; How Old Am I; Don’t Wait Too Long; It Gets Lonely Early; This Is All I Ask; Last Night When We Were Young; The Man In The Looking Glass; It Was A Very Good Year; When The Wind Was Green; Hello Young Lovers; I See It Now; Once Upon A Time; September Song....