May 13, 2008

"Ebb Tide"

From the Wikipedia entry:

"Ebb Tide" is a popular song, written in 1953 by lyricist Carl Sigman and composer Robert Maxwell.

It has been recorded many times, the best-known versions include those by Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra (1953), a successful vocal cover in the same year by Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra (1958), The Platters (1960), Lenny Welch (1964) and the Righteous Brothers (1965). The Righteous Brothers' version was arguably the most successful, peaking at #5 in the US.

Here is that beautiful Righteous Brothers rendition:

But as is usually the case, if there is one, I'm rather partial to the Sinatra version. From the Chairman's "suicide album," Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle perfectly replicated the sound and rhythm of tidal ebb and flow, with help of an orchestra, of course. Obviously, Frank nailed it, emotionally.

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