A Man Alone ["The Words & Music Of Rod McKuen" • Gatefold Cover]
1. A Man Alone
3. I've Been To Town
4. From Promise To Promise
5. The Single Man
6. The Beautiful Strangers
7. Lonesome Cities
8. Love's Been Good To Me
9. Empty Is
10. Out Beyond The Window
11. Some Traveling Music
12. Man Alone (Reprise)
For The Record
Music and lyrics written for FS by poet Rod McKuen. This album is a good example of what happens when the writer knows his man.
McKuen: 'I could relate to him because, even though he had been married three times and had three children, he was a loner.'
Dad was in a state of flux when he and Rod worked on this project. He and Mia had parted. His father was ill. He was troubled and lonely. He removed 'Happy Birthday Me' from the collection because it was, as Rod puts it, 'so right on the mark,' too painful. Because of the emotional time, A Man Alone took longer than most to be completed. But Dad worked hard, perhaps harder than ever before, to make it what it is.
'Frank was one hour early to each session so we could go over the material again. I'd never seen him do that before,' Rod told me. FS relied heavily on his friend's judgment. 'How's the tempo, Rod?' He never changed the running order–he left it exactly the way it was the first time McKuen played him the demo.
Rod and I agree that 'I've Been to Town' and 'Love's Been Good to Me' are great and that 'Empty Is' is brilliant, but the writer says there's no way to pick one favorite because the album plays as a one-piece unit.
McKuen: 'I would like to point out that your dad was given the latitude for some acting on this album–he is a fine actor.'
FS: 'Real singing is acting. I sang so well because I felt the lyrics here and here and here [head, heart, guts]. Whatever the man was trying to say in the song–I'd been there and back. I knew what it was all about.'
From Nancy Sinatra's Book: Frank Sinatra: My Father