Frank Sinatra: We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye


We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye


Frank Sinatra with the Johnny Guarneri Trio


The Best of the Columbia Years (1943-1952): The Complete Recordings (Sony)

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Frank Sinatra (vocals), Johnny Guarnieri (celeste), Herman 'Trigger' Alpert (bass), Tony Mottola (guitar).

Composed by Harry Woods


Recorded: October 24, 1947


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

When Sinatra left Dorsey in mid-1942, he was seeking solo stardom. After signing with Columbia Records in 1943, he remained with the label for nearly 10 years, maintaining a grueling recording schedule. This image-rich sweetheart ballad about lovers unable to part is taken at a pulse’s pace. It’s a delightful example of Sinatra’s vocal range and quiet control. Listen as he moves cat-like behind and ahead of the beat. And dig the trio’s Shearing tag at the end. For fun, compare it to the end of George Shearing’s “So Rare” of February 1947.

Reviewer: Marc Myers


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