“Watertown” by Frank Sinatra

Сред дискографията на FRANK SINATRA има един албум, който рязко се откроява от останалите не защото е шедьовър, такива има няколко, а защото незаслужено остава в сянка. И още нещо: това е албум, в който повествованието се води от песен в песен, а не е като предишните му концептуални албуми набор от заглавия с определена тематика, например добре познатия на нашите слушатели „In the Wee Small Hours” или „В малките часове на нощта” от 1955 г., посветен на раздялата му с Ava Gardner.

И така, през 1969 г. продажбите на SINATRA спадат значително. За да се опита да се пребори с тази тенденция, той се съгласява да запише концептуален албум с BOB GAUDIO и FRANKIE VALLI  от групата the Four Seasons, и с автора на песни JAKE HOLMES. GAUDIO и VALLI представят на SINATRA напълно готов като текст и музика албум, който разказва историята на мъж на средна възраст от малкото градче Watertown, изоставен от жена си да гледа сам двете им деца. Съдбата на жената не е известна, някои изследователи смятат, че тя е отишла в големия град заради любовник и желание за реализация на възможностите си, а други намират, че тя просто е умряла. Тъжна история, която води до може би най-тъжния албум на FRANK SINATRA.

BOB GAUDIO споделя: „Така се случи, че моят партньор FRANKIE VALLI прекара известно време с FRANK SINATRA и те истински се сприятелиха, започнаха да говорят за проекти и FRANKIE предложи на SINATRA да се срещнем и да поговорим, като направим нещо съвременно, нещо може би малко по-различно и необичайно, нещо, което той не беше правил досега. По онова време имах къща в Montclair, Калифорния. JAKE HOLMES дойде и ние се затворихме за около три или четири седмици там, той си донесе багажа и живееше при нас, двадесет и четири часа в денонощието бяхме заедно, и когато имахме желание, съчинявахме. Така направихме целия албум само за около шест седмици, което изненада и двама ни. С JAKE подготвихме демо запис за FRANK, като JAKE изпя вокалните партии, и му ги изпратихме. Мисля си, че SINATRA очакваше да получи някакви десетина песни, не очакваше да бъде цяла история, но изглежда, че той се влюби в нея. Никога не сме го обсъждали този проект в детайли, FRANK и аз. Не знам какво го е накарало да иска да издадем албума, струва ми се, че той се влюби в концепцията, в любовната история“.

Авторът на текста JAKE HOLMES си спомня: „Всичко започна от една песен, това беше “GOODBYE” („Сбогом“), всичко тръгна от това парче. Беше толкова интересна концепция – за мъж, оставен от жена си, който има две млади момчета. Историята наистина ме заинтригува. Идеята на BOB GAUDIO беше да нарече мястото Watertown, намери го на картата на щата Ню Йорк. При нас мелодията беше първа и трябваше да я съчетая с думи. За мен беше трудно да го направя по този начин, мелодиите му бяха наистина добре съчинени. Те бяха от онези мелодии, с които всъщност не можеш да сбъркаш много. По принцип пиша собствена музика през повечето време, така че беше истинска борба да събера музиката и думите. Трябва да кажа, че беше страхотен процес. Това ме научи на един вид дисциплина, която не съм имал преди. SINATRA от друга страна ме впечатли по време на съвместната ни работа с няколко неща. Едното беше уважението към нас като автори на текста и музиката, за всяка промяна се допитваше до нас с нескрит респект. Другото, което си спомням за него, беше неговият начин да пее. Той не пее, за да покаже колко е добър, а винаги влиза в песента, и това е ключът за успеха му като певец. Пее думите по такъв начин, при който показва какво значение те имаха за него. Много съвременни певци пеят, за да ви покажат колко страхотно могат да пеят, но FRANK SINATRA беше съвсем различен, това го правеше велик.“

Записите на албума „WATERTOWN стават по необичаен начин за FRANK SINATRA начин: първо записват в негово присъствие оркестъра с диригент CHARLES CALELLO в Ню Йорк, а после той изпява вокалните партии в Лос Анджелис и ги смесват. Това остава първият и последен опит за FRANK SINATRA да записва по този начин – той винаги предпочита живото присъствие на оркестъра зад себе си.

Албума „WATERTOWN“ ще чуем в предаването “Картини от една изложба®” по програма “Хоризонт” на БНР в събота, 3 октомври, и този път след новините от 16 ч.

 


В предаването на 3.10.2020 г.: Frank Sinatra и албумът “Уотъртаун“


FRANK SINATRA
WATERTOWN
Date of Release: March 14th, 1970


SONGS/TRACKS:

Part I:
1. Watertown - 3:35
2. Goodbye (She Quietly Says) - 3:06
3. For a While - 3:09
4. Michael & Peter - 5:10
5. I Would Be in Love (Anyway) - 2:32

Part II:
6. Elizabeth - 3:37
7. What A Funny Girl (You Used to Be) - 3:00
8. What s Now Is Now - 4:05
9. She Says - 1:53
10. The Train - 3:26

Digitally Remastered LP Released January 8, 2015

© 1970 Reprise Records, Inc.


CREDITS:

Frank Sinatra: Vocals
James Rocco: Background Vocals
Diane Dell: Background Vocals
Vincent Bell: Guitar

Composed by Bob Gaudio and Jake Holmes

Producer by Bob Gaudio

Arranger by Bob Gaudio, Charles Calello, Joe Scott

Orchestra conducted by Charles Calello:
Wayne Andre, Warren Covington, Urbie Green, Jimmy Knepper (trombone); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Ray Alonge, James Buffington, Brooks Tillotson (French horn); Phil Bodner, Wally Kane, Romeo Penque, William Slapin (woodwind); Mannie Green, Max Cahn, Julius Held, Joe Malin, George Ockner, Rocco Pesile, Raoul Poliakin, Aaron Rosand, Max Pollikoff, Tosha Samaroff, Aaron Rosand, Julius Schachter, Hemi Aubert (violin); Alfred Brown, Harold Coletta, Richard Dickler, Cal Fleisig (viola); George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro (vie); Margaret Ross (harp); Dick Hyman, Moe Wechsler (piano); Jay Berliner, Ralph Casale, Willard Suyker (guitar); Stuart Scharf (classic guitar); Richard Davis, Russell George (bass); Alvin Rogers (drums); David Carey (percussion)

Manny Green: Concert Master
Don Snyder: Album Design

All selections Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios
Songs arranged by Charles Callelo (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6), Joe Scott (tracks: 2, 5, 8 to 10)

Frank Laico: Recording Engineer
Roy Cicala: Editing, Remixing
Joe McEwen: Reissue Supervisor
Lee Herschberg: Digital Mastering
Lee Herschberg: Mixed (tracks: 11)

Ove Olsen: Cover Art
Ed O Brien: CD Liner Notes
Frankie Valli: Special Thanks


LYRICS:

Part I

WATERTOWN 3:37**

Old Watertown
nothing much happenin
down on Main
cept a little rain
Old Watertown
everyone knows the perfect crime
killin time
and noone s going anywhere
livin s much too easy there
it can never be a lonely place
when there s the shelter of familiar faces
who can say, it s not that way
Old Watertown
so much excitement to be found
hangin round
There s someone standing in the rain
waiting for the morning train
It s gonna be a lonely place
without the look of your familar face
but who can say, it s not that way


GOODBYE
(She Quietly Says)*

There is no great big ending
no sunset in the sky
there is no string ensemble
and she doesn t even cry
and just as I begin to say
that we should make another try
she reaches out across the table
looks at me and quietly says goodbye
there is no big explosion
no tempest in the tea
the world does not stop turning round
there s no big tragedy
sitting in a coffee shop
with cheese cake and some apple pie
she reaches out across the table
looks at me and quietly says goodbye
goodbye said so easily
goodbye said so quietly
goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
just two always strangers
avoid each other s eyes
one still make believing
one still telling lies
she tells me that I m not to blame
but when I ask the reason why
she reaches out across the table
looks at me and quietly says goodbye
goodbye said so easily
goodbye said so quietly
goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
she reaches out across the table
looks at me and quietly says goodbye


FOR A WHILE **

Lost in day to day
turned another way
with a laugh, a kind hello
some small talk with those I know
I forget that I m not over you
for a while
a wave an easy grin
a smile to put them in
with other lives to listen to
and some work I ve got to do
I forget that I m not over you
for a while
days go by with no empty feeling
until I remember you re gone
people say to me you need company
when you have some time to spend
drop around and meet a friend
they forget that I m not over you
for a while
they forget that I m not over you
for a while


MICHAEL & PETER**

Michael is you, he has your face
he still has your eyes remember
Peter is me cept when he smiles
And if you look at them both for a while
you can see they are you, they are me
This spring we had some heavy rain
by summer it was dry again
the roses that we planted last fall
climbed the wall
I think the house could use some paint
you know your mother s such a saint
she takes the boys whenever she can
she sure needs a man
All those years I ve worked for Santa Fe
never ever missed a single day
just one more without a raise in pay
and I m leaving
and the air still has a country smell
and everyone is looking well
as far as anyone can tell
the sun will rise tomorrow
You ll never believe how much they re growing
John Henry came to cut the lawn
again he asked me where you d gone
can t tell you all the times he s been told
but he s so old
guess that s all the news I ve got today
least that s all the news that I can say
maybe soon the words will come my way, tomorrow
and the air still has a country smell
and everyone is looking well
far as anyone can tell
the sun will rise tomorrow
you ll never believe how much they re growing
you ll never believe how much they re growing


I WOULD BE IN LOVE
(anyway) *

If I lived the past over
saw today from yesterday
I would be in love anyway
If I knew that you d leave me
if I knew you wouldn t stay
I would be in love anyway
Sometimes I think think about before
sometimes I think
if I knew then what I know now
I don t believe I d ever change
somehow
though you ll never be with me
and there are no words to say
I ll still be in love anyway
if I knew then
what I know now
I don t believe I d ever change
somehow


Part II

ELIZABETH**

Dressed in dreams for me
you were what I wished to see
Elizabeth, Elizabeth
Love was very new
make-believe was coming true
Elizabeth, Elizabeth
you were all much too much
out of reach out of touch
when you came to me
I found it could never be
Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Elizabeth
so a dream has to end
When it s real not pretend
dressed in memories
you are what you used to be
Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Elizabeth


WHAT A FUNNY GIRL
(you used to be)

You always looked a little out of place
all grown up with freckles on your face
we d spend each night with company
just you the teddy bears the dolls and me
what a funny girl you used to be
You always had a thousand things to do
getting all involved with something new
always some new recipe
the kitchen always looked like world war three
what a funny girl you used to be
It was so good with you around
you always found a smile
where smiles could not be found

I never ever met a person more sincere
you d always listen
with an open ear
you d fall for lines so easily
whatever they were selling
you d buy three
what a funny girl you used to be


WHAT S NOW IS NOW*

You should have told me when it all began
you should have told me long ago
someday I know you re gonna find
just one mistake is not enough
to change my mind
what s now is now
and I ll forget what happened then
I know it all and we can still begin again
and if the doubting faces made you go
it s only mine that matters now
those looks will soon begin to fade
if you come back and show them all
you re not afraid
what s now is now
and I ll forget what happened then
I know it all and we can still begin again
now that you know how much I understand
you have no reason to be gone
and if you feel at all like me
just let me know I ll make it like it used to be
what s now is now
and I ll forget what happened then
I know it all
and we can still begin again


SHE SAYS*

She says she s sleeping well
She says she s lost some weight
She says she s seen some shows
She says the city s strange
So She Says
She says the weather s cold
She says there s been some rain
She says there s lots to see
She says she hopes we re fine
So She Says
So She Says
The price is high
High as the sky
and she says
She says she s comin home


THE TRAIN*

And now the sun has broken through
It looks like it will stay
Just can t have you comin home on such a rainy day
The train is leaving Elensville, unless my watch is fast
The kids are comin home from school
Must be quarter past
So many changes since you ve been away
And there s so many things to say
This time around you ll want to stay
Cause I ve had so many nights to find the way
Even bought that summer cottage yesterday
Pretty soon I ll be close to you and it will be so good
We ll talk about the part of you I never understood
And I will take good care of you and never let you cry
We will look so much in love to people passing by
So many changes since you ve been away
And there s so many things to say
I wrote so many times and more
But the letters still are lying in my drawer
Cause the morning mail had left some time before
All the passengers for Allentown wait closer to the track
It s hard for me to realize you re really coming back
The crossing gate is coming down
I think I see the train
The sun has gone and now my face
is wet with heavy rain
The passengers for Allentown are gone
the train is slowly moving on
But I can t see you anyplace
And I know for sure I d recognize your face
And I know for sure I d recognize your face

Songs arranged by Joe Scott*
Songs arranged by Charles Calello**
All songs ©1970 De Vallo Music Co. & Sergeant Music Co. ASCAP

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