Frank Sinatra – September of My Years – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Have you been wondering when some amazing sounding Hot Stamper vinyl from The Chairman Of The Board was going to hit the site? Folks, TODAY IS THAT DAY! It is beyond tough to find amazing sounding (and quiet) copies of any of Sinatra’s albums, but we managed to find some STUNNING copies of this lovely album, one that earned Five Big Stars in the venerable All Music Guide.

We have paired up an A+++ As Good As It Gets side one with another copy that contains an equally impressive Triple Plus side two to give you the ULTIMATE September Of My Years White Hot Stamper set. Both White Hot sides play a solid Mint Minus, giving you wonderful sound and quiet vinyl for this male vocal classic.

Most copies suffer from a serious lack of immediacy, and what fun is that? Hot Stamper copies put Frank right up front, with the presence needed to carry his vocals out in front of the orchestra. Even the copies that get the voice right often run into problems with the orchestra, but these A+++ sides get just about EVERYTHING right. The overall sound is rich, lush and warm with astonishing clarity and transparency.

We want to give a special shoutout here to conductor/arranger Gordon Jenkins, who also handled the same duties very capably on Nilsson’s great A Little Touch Of Schmillson In The Night, another male vocal album that can sound amazing and deserves a place in any collection.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

The 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

Side Two

It Was a Very Good Year
When the Wind Was Green
Hello, Young Lovers
I See It Now
Once Upon a Time
September Song

AMG 5 Star Rave Review

September of My Years is one of Frank Sinatra’s triumphs of the ’60s, an album that consolidated his strengths while moving him into new territory, primarily in terms of tone. More than the double-disc set A Man and His Music — which was released a year after this album — September of My Years captures how Sinatra was at the time of his 50th birthday. Gordon Jenkins’ rich, stately, and melancholy arrangements give the album an appropriate reflective atmosphere. Most of the songs are new or relatively recent numbers; every cut fits into a loose theme of aging, reflection, and regret. Sinatra, however, doesn’t seem stuck in his ways — though the songs are rooted in traditional pop, they touch on folk and contemporary pop. As such, the album offered a perfect summary, as well as suggesting future routes for the singer.