"Watertown" Engineer Frank Laico (front) at the Columbia Studios board.

 

 

PERSONNEL:

Bob Gaudio: Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jake Holmes: Composer
Charles Calello: Arranger, Conductor
Joe Scott: Arranger, Conductor
Vincent Bell: Guitar
Manny Green: Concert Master
Lee Herschberg: Digital Mastering, Mixing
Roy Cicala: Editing, Remixing
Frank Laico: Engineer
Don Snyder: Album Design
Ove Olsen: Cover Art
Ed O'Brien: CD Liner Notes
Joe McEwen: Reissue Supervisor
Frankie Valli: Special Thanks
James Rocco: Background Vocals
Diane Dell: Background Vocals
Frank Sinatra: Vocals

Columbia 30th Street Studio, nicknamed "The Church" and where "Watertown" orchestration was recorded, was an American recording studio operated by Columbia Records from 1949 to 1981 located
at 207 East 30th Street, between Second and Third Avenues in Manhattan, New York City. The building was demolished in the 80s and a mid-rise residential apartment building called "The Wilshire" was built in its place.

14-July-1969 (Monday) - New York.
Reprise orchestra tracks recording session - Columbia Studios (from 7:30 P.M.o 12 M.).
Orchestra conducted by Joe Scott
On this date, Reprise recorded orchestra tracks for three selections [/ Would Be In Love (mx. M 51586), The Train (mx. M 51587) and Goodbye
(mx. M51588)]. As they were used by Sinatra on 25- (the first two) and 27-August-1969, you will find the personnel on those dates.

15-July-1969 (Tuesday) - New York.
Reprise orchestra track recording session - Columbia Studios (from 7:30to 11:30 P.M.).
Orchestra conducted by Charles Calello
Wayne Andre, Warren Covington, Urbie Green (tbn); Tony Studd (b-tbn); Ray Alonge, James Buffington (fr-h); Phil Bodner, Wally Kane, Romeo Penque, William Slapin (wwd); Mannie Green, Max Cahn, Julius Held, Joe Malin,George Ockner, Rocco Pesile, Raoul Poliakin, Aaron Rosand, Max Pollikoff, Tosha Samaroff, Julius Schachter, Hemi Aubert (vln); Alfred Brown, Harold Coletta, Richard Dickler, Cal Fleisig (via); George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro (vie); Margaret Ross (harp); Dick Hyman (p); Jay Berliner, Ralph Casale (g); Stuart Scharf (classic g); Richard Davis (b); Alvin Rogers (d); David Carey (perc)
M-51589 Watertown (Track used on 26-August-1969, in New York, q.v.) (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51591 Elizabeth (Track used on 31-October-1969, in Hollywood, q.v.) (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51592 Michael And Peter (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)

16-July-1969 (Wednesday) - New York.
Reprise orchestra track recording session - Columbia Studios (from 7:30 to 10:30 P.M.).
Orchestra conducted by Joe Scott
Reprise recorded tracks for She Says and What's Now Is Now. The backings were used by Sinatra on 25 and 26-Aug-1969, respectively. See those dates.

17-July-1969 (Thursday) - New York.
Reprise orchestra track recording - Columbia Studios (from 7:30 P.M. to 12 M.).
Orchestra conducted by Charles Calello Wayne Andre, Urbie Green, Jimmy Knepper (tbn); Tony Studd (b-tbn); RayAlonge, Brooks Tillotson (fr-h); Phil Bodner, Wally Kane, Romeo Penque,William Slapin (wwd); Max Cahn, Joe Malin, Peter Buonconsiglio, Julius Held, George Ockner, Rocco Pesile, Raoul Poliakin, Aaron Rosand, Tosha Samaroff,Julius Schachter, Hemi Aubert, Mannie Green (vln); Alfred Brown, HaroldColetta, Richard Dickler, Cal Fleisig (via); George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro (vie); Margaret Ross (harp); Moe Wechsler (p); Jay Berliner, Ralph Casale, WillardSuyker (g); Russell George (b); Alvin Rogers (d); David Carey (perc).
M-51636 For A While (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51637 Lady Day (Track used on 25-August-1969, in New York, q.v.) (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51638 What A Funny Girl (You Used To Be) (Track used on 27-Aug- 1969, in New York, q.v.) (Bob Gaudio, Jake Holmes)

25-August-1969 (Monday) - Hollywood.
Reprise voice overdubbing session.
M-51586 I Would Be In Love (Anyway) [1] (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51587 The Train (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51594 She Says [1] (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51637 Lady Day
Note: Sinatra tried to overdub For A While, but did not complete it.

26-August-1969 (Tuesday) - Hollywood.
Reprise voice overdubbing session.
Frank Sinatra with Orchestra conducted by Joe Scott
M-51589 Watertown (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51596 What's Now Is Now (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
Note: At the same session, Sinatra tried the dubbing of Elizabeth and Michael And Peter, but did not complete it.

27-August-1969 (Wednesday) - Hollywood.
Reprise voice overdubbing session - Western Recorders (from 4 to 7 P.M.)
M-51588 Goodbye (She Quietly Says) (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-5163 8 What A Funny Girl (You Used To Be )(Bob Gaudio - Jakeolmes)

13-October-1969 (Monday) - New York.
Reprise orchestra track recording session - Columbia Studios (from 3:00 to 7:30 P.M.).
Orchestra conducted by Charles Calello Wayne Andre, Warren Covington, Bill Watrous (tbn); Tony Studd (b-tbn); Ray Alonge, James Buffington (fr-h); Phil Bodner, Wally Kane, Romeo Penque, William Slapin (wwd); Mannie Green, Max Cahn, Peter Dimitriades, Lewis Eley, Leo Kahn, Joe Malin, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Rocco Pesile, Raoul Poliakin, Aaron Rosand, Hemi Aubert (vln); Alfred Brown, Selwart Clarke, Cal Fleisig, Emanuel Vardi (via); George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro (vie); Margaret Ross (harp); Dick Hyman (p); Jay Berliner, Ralph Casale (g); Stuart Scharf
(classic g); Joseph Macho Jr. (b); Alvin Rogers (d); David Carey (perc).
M-51592 Michael And Peter (Track used on 31-October-1969, in Hollywood, q.v.) (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51636 For A While (Track used on 31-October-1969, in Hollywood, q.v.) (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51637 Lady Day (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)

31-October-1969 (Friday) - Hollywood.
Reprise voice overdubbing session.
Frank Sinatra with Orchestra conducted by Charles Calello
M-51591 Elizabeth (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51592 Michael And Peter (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)
M-51636 For A While (Bob Gaudio - Jake Holmes)

LP: Reprise FS-1031
CD: Reprise 45689, 46013/47045 (FAS 15)

 

The Columbia 30th Street Studio in Manhattan was considered by some in the music industry to be the best sounding room in its time and others consider it to have been the greatest recording studio in history. Though Sinatra did not record his Watertown vocals here, he was nonetheless present for the orchestral recordings in July 1969.
Sinatra recorded at United/Western Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood where he overdubbed the "Watertown" tracks. Other studios he used in the 60s and 70s were Radio Recorders and Goldwyn Studios on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood as well as Warner Bros. Studios and Evergreen Studios in Burbank. The 1st offical Reprise office was on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood. Mr. S had offices in the City National Bldg on Sunset Blvd well into the late 60's along with offices at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. He had an office for a time at the Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood but they were lost in a fire in the early 70's.
Frank Sinatra loved recording with a live orchestra, but such was not the case with "Watertown." It was decided to record the orchestral tracks first in New York and then have Sinatra overdub his voice in Hollywood. This is the only album he ever released recorded in such a manner. In today's recordings, it is the norm.
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