Nearly a half-century after its initial release, Concord Records ushers in the bittersweet season of autumn with a digitally remastered version of Sinatra's September of My Years.
In the spring of 1965, Sinatra huddled with his arranger and friend, Gordon Jenkins, to record September of My Years, a collection of 13 songs from an iconic balladeer taking stock in a life well lived and recommitting himself to making the best of the years ahead. It was an album that spawned such classics as "This Is All I Ask," "Once Upon a Time" and of course, "It Was a Very Good Year." Four Grammys® and 45 years later, the 1965 album is considered one of the finest recordings of his career.
In addition to the 13 songs from the original recording, the reissue also features two bonus tracks -- a live version of "This Is All I Ask" and an alternate version of "How Old Am I?," which was released as a single in 1968. The packaging also includes extensive new liner notes, an engaging mix of first-hand historical record and personal reflections penned by music journalist Stan Cornyn, who won a Grammy Award® for his liner notes to the original recording.
In the decades since the original release of September of My Years, an entire generation has come of age and is now making its own peace with the insidious nature of time. Sinatra's songs speak as much to them as they do to listeners of a previous era.
"There's something about him and his voice that resonates with people, and it continues to move people throughout the years and the generations" says reissue producer Charles Pignone. "I don't know what that X factor is. It's something that means different things to different people. It's probably better that nobody knows what it is. It's a great honor to Frank Sinatra that we still talk about this music so many years after it was recorded. We see how quickly things change in this world, and yet he's still relevant. People still want to hear Frank Sinatra."