Frank Sinatra: Change Partners
Frank Sinatra (vocals)
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (Reprise)
Frank Sinatra (vocals),
and orchestra arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman.
Recorded: January 30, 1967
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Recorded six months after the Strangers In the Night LP, this bossa nova album is Sinatra’s best- produced package since his Capitol years. Gone momentarily is the cocky swagger and bachelor-pad attitude. Every track on this album is sublime, but “Change Partners” is still a cut above. Claus Ogerman’s flutes-on-strings chart is perfectly matched to the odd-man-out lyrics, and the acoustic guitar’s open-chord exhale at the end is a nice touch. Sinatra’s patient balladry here is reminiscent of his romantic Columbia period of the 1940s.
Reviewer: Marc Myers