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Album: Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1958, by the Capitol Records. In 1997, the mono version of the album was rereleased on 180-gram vinyl as part of EMI’s 100th anniversary celebration. Sinatra’s first collaboration with arranger/conductor Billy May, Come Fly With Me was designed as a musical trip around the world. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the title track at Sinatra’s request. May would arrange two other Capitol albums for Sinatra, Come Dance With Me! (1958) and Come Swing With Me! (1961). In his autobiography All You Need Is Ears, producer George Martin wrote of having visited the Capitol Tower during the recording sessions for the album. According to Martin’s book, Sinatra expressed intense dislike for the album cover upon being first shown a mock-up by producer Voyle Gilmore, suggesting it looked like an advertisement for TWA. The album reached #1 on the Billboard album chart in its second week and remained at the top for five weeks. At the inaugural Grammy Awards, Come Fly With Me was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Though recorded in true stereo, Come Fly With Me was released to record stores in 1958 in monaural only, a standard practice by Capitol Records at the time. The label finally released the stereo version in 1962. Regarding “On The Road To Mandalay” “On The Road To Mandalay,” based on Rudyard Kipling’s poem Mandalay, was replaced on some versions of the album after the Kipling family objected to Sinatra’s interpretation. When the album was initially released in the United Kingdom, the song “French Foreign Legion” replaced “Mandalay” while the song “Chicago” (and “It Happened In Monterey” on some pressings) were used in other parts of the British Commonwealth. This EMI Centenary Edition carries on with that tradition; here, “Mandalay” is replaced with “Monterey.” ____________________________________________________________________________ Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Constructed around a light-hearted travel theme, Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra’s first project with arranger Billy May, was a breezy change of pace from the somber Where Are You. From the first swinging notes of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Come Fly With Me,” which is written at Sinatra’s request, it’s clear that the music on the collection is intended to be fun. Over the course of the album, Sinatra and May travel around the world in song, performing standards like “Moonlight In Vermont” and “April In Paris,” as well as humorous tunes like “Isle of Capri.” May’s signature bold, brassy arrangements give these songs a playful, carefree, nearly sarcastic feel, but never is the approach less than affectionate. In fact, Come Fly With Me is filled with varying moods and textures as it moves from boisterous swing numbers to romantic ballads, and hitting any number of emotions in between. There may be greater albums in Sinatra’s catalog, but few are quite as fun as Come Fly With Me. Track listing 01 - “Come Fly With Me” (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:22 02 - “Around The World” (Victor Young, Harold Adamson) – 3:21 03 - “Isle Of Capri” (Will Grosz, Jimmy Kennedy) – 2:31 04 - “Moonlight In Vermont” (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn) – 3:34 05 - “Autumn In New York” (Vernon Duke) – 4:39 06 - “It Happened In Monterey” (Mabel Wayne, Billy Rose) – 2:37 07 - “Let’s Get Away From It All” (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair) – 2:13 08 - “April In Paris” (Duke, Yip Harburg) – 2:53 09 - “London By Night” (Carroll Coates) – 3:29 10 - “Brazil” (Ary Barroso, Bob Russell) – 2:59 11 - “Blue Hawaii” (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger) – 2:45 12 - “It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling” (Cahn, Van Heusen) – 3:54 Personnel Frank Sinatra – vocals Billy May – arranger, conductor (tracks 1-5, 7-12) Nelson Riddle - arranger, conductor (track 6) Album Notes: Released: January 6, 1958 Recorded: October 1, 3, 8, 1957, Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles Genre: Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop Length: 38:15 Label: Capitol Producer: Voyle Gilmore User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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