Frank Sinatra No One Cares Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Sometimes its okay to judge a book by its cover. Depicting a down-and-out Frank Sinatra entrenched in his own private world while glamorous couples dance and swirl around him, oblivious to his presence and condition, the artwork to the aptly titled No One Cares testifies on behalf of the music and moods within the records grooves. One of the crooners top-flight ballads efforts, the 1959 Capitol effort again finds him pairing with sympathetic arranger Gordon Jenkins and inhabiting each note of every song.
Hear the fruits of this timeless collaboration in fresh light on Mobile Fidelitys numbered, limited edition hybrid SACD. Mastered from the original master tapes, this newly minted version of No One Cares caresses the senses via its profound instrumental depth, widescreen soundstage, front-to-back perspective, transparent high-frequency responses, and dynamic midrange. Neither too close-up nor too distant, Sinatras voice is rendered with realistic scale and gorgeous balance to the extent that nothing is artificially sweetened or heightened. Akin to Mobile Fidelitys previous Sinatra reissues, this digital edition is meticulously rendered to the highest-possible standards, ensuring that the fidelity is in line with the timeless performances and the iconic singers exacting standards.
Often viewed as the sister album to 1957s Where Are You?, this third pairing of Sinatra and Jenkins yields slower tempos, more deliberate textures, and lonelier emotions. A profound sense of tragedy burrows into both the luscious strings and Sinatras timbre, laced with ache, wanderlust, and dismay. Jokingly referred to by Ol Blue Eyes as one of his suicide albums, it instead harnesses the wrenching agony, painful solitude, and desolate helplessness that accompany romantic loss and failure of fulfillment. Theyre universal sentiments, and sensations Sinatra convincingly conveys, envisioning himself as the protagonist in each of the songs.
Rich and fully developed, the arrangements consistently trace Sinatras footsteps rather than ever overwhelming or competing with him. Instrumental flourishes accent the Voices own swells and silences, while a classically stated elegance and plaintive devices contribute to an underlying subtlety. Rarely has a singer achieved frank introspection and reflective intimacy in such hurtful, believable fashion. Sinatras voice comes on without a hiccup, his phenomenal baritone and breath control epitomizing ageless singing. You dont want to be without this one.
“Mobile Fidelity has re-mastered the 1959 Sinatra album, No One Cares to glorious SACD stereo fidelity. With Jenkins’ lush arrangements, the melancholic ambiance that the duo explored on their 1957 collaboration, Where Are You? is revisited… the SACD engineering is masterful. Despite the layered orchestral instrumentation, the tones are clear and not dense. The silky, mellifluous voice displays both warmth and command.” – Robbie Gerson, www.audaud.com, 4 Stars!
1. When No One Cares
2. A Cottage for Sale
3. Stormy Weather
4. Where Do You Go?
5. I Dont Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
6. Heres That Rainy Day
7. I Cant Get Started
8. Why Try to Change Me Now?
9. Just Friends
10. Ill Never Smile Again
11. None But the Lonely Heart