Point of No Return
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General information
Artist
Arranger
Release date(s)
March 1962
1987
2002
Recorded
September 11-12, 1961
Record Label
Producer
Dave Cavanaugh
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Track information
Discs
1
Total tracks
15 (1962 LP)
16 (1987 CD)
Length
50:42
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Point of No Return is the final studio album Frank Sinatra recorded for Capitol Records. It is his twenty-seventh studio album. Released in 1962, Sinatra had already begun his recordings for his self-founded recording label, Reprise.

Sinatra, to fulfill his contract, only took a two-day session in September 1961 to record and finish up his work at Capitol with this album.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "(Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young" (Johnny Mercer, M. Philippe-Gerard, Angele Marie T. Vannier) - 3:48
  2. "I'll Remember April" (Don Raye, Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston) - 2:50
  3. "September Song" (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson) - 4:21
  4. "A Million Dreams Ago" (Lew Quadling, Eddie Howard, Dick Jurgens) - 2:41
  5. "I'll See You Again" (Nöel Coward) - 2:44
  6. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) - 3:09
  7. "Somewhere Along the Way" (Kurt Adams, Sammy Gallop) - 3:01
  8. "It's a Blue World" (Bob Wright, Chet Forrest) - 2:49
  9. "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Holt Marvell) - 3:59
  10. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld) - 3:17
  11. "I'll Be Seeing You" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal) - 2:47
  12. "Memories of You" (Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf) - 3:53
    Cd re-release bonus tracks:
  13. "Day In, Day Out" (Rube Bloom, Mercer) - 3:19
  14. "Don't Make a Beggar of Me" (Al Sherman) - 3:05
  15. "Lean Baby" (Billy May, Roy Alfred) - 2:35
  16. "I'm Walking Behind You" (Billy Reid) - 2:57

Singles[edit | edit source]

Only one song from Point of No Return was released as a single. "I'll Remember April" was released as an A-side single along with Come Swing with Me!'s "Five Minutes More."[1]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Allmusic gave the album an average score of three out of five stars. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic recalled on the album saying "though the Voice gave a more heartfelt, dedicated performance than expected, the project was rushed along, necessitating the use of a ghost-arranger, Heine Beau, for several tracks." The central issue with Point of No Return is the standing argument that "Sinatra was no longer interested in giving his record label first-rate material, preferring to save that for his new label, Reprise."[2]

Point of No Return peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 charts of 1962.[3]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Personnel
Dave Cavanaugh Producer
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
M. Philippe-Gerard Composer
Frank Sinatra Vocals
Axel Stordahl Arranger, Conductor
Angele Marie T. Vannier Composer
Pete Welding Liner Notes
Robert Wright Composer

References[edit | edit source]

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