Label: Polydor - 24-4007 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk
Tracks 1. Jake Holmes: "Everything evolved from that piece 'Goodbye'. It was such an interesting concept- a man left by his wife.
He has two young boys. The story really intrigued me. It was Bob's Gaudio idea to call it Watertown. He got it off a map of New York State. If we had done the TV special, it would have opened it up, with the credits going by.
It knocks me out when there is nothing on the surface. For five minutes the sun is shining and everything is beautiful. Then all of a sudden you realize that the person you cared about is gone, and it all comes back I put it in letter form, because it was the only way the guy could articulate those sentiments to her.
He kind of understood; she had to go. I just imagined a girl named Elizabeth and wrote words that were a tribute to her. I also wanted to indicate in the song that they had been childhood sweethearts.
They were probably kids together She has had a relationship, and he hadn't been able to accept it. That is partly what drove her off to the big city. There is a guilt theme in that song. It is the song that opens up the story. The kids are echoing his fears. Why is she sending this letter?
It is such good news; they can't believe it and they don't trust it. The twist is her saying, 'She's comin' home. We find out that he really didn't communicate anything to her, and she isn't coming back. Although we're getting all of this story from him, she never got any of this. If she had heard this album, she might have come home. She never saw this side of him. It gives the story a very deep resonance.
She wanted to be an artist or a singer. He was a hometown person. His whole Beautiful Girl Goodbye - Jake Holmes - Jake Holmes was family and business. He was the kind of guy who really lived in Watertown. She was more restless- a more contemporary woman. She wanted to do other things.
She wasn't liberated enough to tell him, and she didn't think he'd understand. He was basically a good guy, but she wanted more. She abandoned her family and went for a I Need Your Love Tonight - Various - Rivalen Der Rennbahn (Original Soundtrack Der ZDF-Serie). The postscript was whether or not she got it and was it worth it.
I was out in Vegas for a couple of weeks and went to see all of Frank's shows. We hung out, but it was about a year or year and a half before the writing and recording. Jake Holmes and I discussed what would be an interesting thing to do for Sinatra.
What we could do that he hadn't done before. We just hit on putting him in a small town. Having a small-town approach and taking it down as much as we Controvento - Arisa - Voce: The Best Of to basic life in Middle America. We tried to strip all of the gloss and sheen off of it.
We were asked to come up with something unusual, something different, a concept album if you will. I did a demo record for Beautiful Girl Goodbye - Jake Holmes - Jake Holmes . Then Sarge Weiss called and said, 'He wants to do all of them.
I don't think he was expecting it to be what it was, which was a story. He fell in love with something. I don't think he looked at Beautiful Girl Goodbye - Jake Holmes - Jake Holmes Mi Ciudad - Los Gatos - Los Gatos being contemporary commercial.
It was Fue - Imai - VF80 obvious that it wasn't one hit song after another. I didn't want it to be like every other album that Sinatra had done. I felt that the songs needed to be treated a little more introspectively. Like the character. This was a man in a small town- a very simple, unfortunate slice of Beatfucker - Various - Decibel 2006. I wanted to create as haunting a sound as possible Raw is a perfect description for Frank's interpretations.
I had asked Frank to overdub. It was such a unique sound for him. I felt we needed tight controls. Overdubbing gave us that aspect. He wasn't all that comfortable with the concept, but he agreed to do it. He didn't feel he was in his best voice for some of the sessions, but he just forged ahead until he got it right. To be honest, I was astonished by the results.
Frank loved it the final product. Gaudio's response: "He just wasn't happy with his singing at the time and he didn't want to do any television or films. He made very few personal appearances. Unfortunately, he didn't want to hold the album back. In retrospect, we would have been better off sitting on it for as long as it took. We needed a launching pad and never got it. Review of Watertown Watertown is Frank Sinatra's most ambitious concept album, as well as his most difficult record.
Not only does it tell a full-fledged story, it is his most explicit attempt at rock-oriented pop. With Jake Holmes, Gaudio created a song cycle concerning a middle-aged, small-town man whose wife had left him with the kids. Constructed as a series of brief lyrical snapshots that read like letters or soliloquies, the culminating effect of the songs is an atmosphere of loneliness, but it is a loneliness without much hope or romance -- it is the sound of a broken man.
Producer Charles Calello arranged musical backdrops that conveyed the despair of the lyrics. In fact, he turns in a wonderful performance, drawing out every emotion from the lyrics, giving the Ex Libris - Violent Party - Ex Libris character depth.
Interview with Jake about Watertown : "Writing for Frank was an Education," by Royston Eldridge Sinatra's visit to London this week [May ] and the release of his new album [ Jake Holmes ]has focused attention on the talents of Jake Holmes, the Bossa Nova Baby - Anne-Lie Rydé - Stulna Kyssar Californian singer composer responsible for the lyrics of "Watertown.
During his stay he talked about his career and how Beautiful Girl Goodbye - Jake Holmes - Jake Holmes got to write the somewhat controversial lyrics for the Guv'nor's latest album. I was writing comedy songs with a girl called Kay Reynolds who I used to do a folk act with. That lasted for about two and a half to three years before I decided it was better to be rich than ethnic!
I played electric bass and we used to do updates of folk songs, things like 'Oh Susan' and 'Morning Dew. My manager at the time was handling the Four Seasons who wanted to change their image. We did an album together for them which was 'Genuine Imitation Life Gazette' which was a little too esoteric for them, I think.
Sinatra didn't know we were going to do a concept album but we didn't want to write a rock and roll album for him and we didn't want to do something like 'Frank Sinatra Sings Jake Holmes and Bob Gaudio' so we tried the concept. A story based on Sinatra's relationship with Mia Farrow. I don't think he didn't like the lyrics.
His own album, recorded last summer in Nashville, establishes him as a singer of ability too. Learning Beautiful Girl Goodbye - Jake Holmes - Jake Holmes write for someone else is harder, it makes you stretch out.
I'd like to write for other people too especially Tom Jones and Elvis Presley.
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