Songs for Swingin' Lovers
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Songs for Swingin' Lovers

8 Sep 2009

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Song Title
It Happened In Monterey
Too Marvelous For Words
Anything Goes
Pennies From Heaven
You Make Me Feel So Young
How About You?
I Thought About You
Swingin' Down the Lane
We'll Be Together Again
You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
You Brought A New Kind of Love to Me
I've Got You Under My Skin
Makin' Whoopee
Old Devil Moon
Love Is Here To Stay

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Sep 2009
  • Label: Spectra Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Spectra Records
  • Total Length: 45:07
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,909 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album he ever recorded 1 April 2001
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Format:Audio CD
If you are just starting to buy Sinatra's albums start with this one - probably the best album he ever recorded in his long career - every song is a classic and Sinatra's swinging style and the wonderful arrangements from Nelson Riddle make it superb from beginning to end. The version of 'I've Got You Under My Skin' on this album is just about the best thing he ever did. I'll guarantee if you buy this album you'll soon have a shelf-full of CDS by Frank - be warned!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
If we are talking about essential Frank Sinatra albums for a music collection, the first one would have to be 1954's "In the Wee Small Hours," a superb collection of ballads that helped establish the former bobbysoxer heartthrob as the premier saloon singer of his generation. But the second album on that list would be 1955's "Songs for Swingin' Lovers," in which Sinatra and arranger Nelson Riddle go in the opposite direction, providing a stellar collection of pop standards reinterpreted for the crooner who was becoming a damn fine singer. Several of the songs, such as "Pennies From Heaven" and "I've Got You Under My Skin," actually predated the start of Sinatra's career, but in the case of the latter Sinatra provided what is arguably the definitive version of the Cole Potter classic and the song that in retrospect defined Frank Sinatra as the premier vocalist of the 20th century (sorry for the understatement). The zesty tone for the album is established with the opening track, "You Make Me Feel So Young," while other great tracks if you had to be picky would be "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" and "Too Marvelous for Words." All of these songs give you the undeniable sense that Sinatra is just having a great time singing each and every one of them. Riddle's arrangements, done with a core rhythm section and a full orchestra, are the key to unlocking the door to musical greatness and are as fine as anything he ever did for Sinatra or anyone else. Part of the problem is that nobody really remembers what most of these songs sounded like before Riddle and Sinatra reworked them into the songs we know today. I may well change my mind tomorrow, but today I would make the case that "I've Got You Under My Skin" is the greatest Frank Sinatra song.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm sorry i only have 5 stars to give 27 May 2005
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Format:Audio CD
First of all, well done the previous reviewer for a perceptive tribute. Sinatra was a gifted actor, too, bringing a wide communicative talent to his singing - as they used to say 'when he sings a song it stays sung'. Love the way he uses his native New Jersey accent artfully, for a common touch effect. As for the album, if you ever cared about music you need this record like you need your next breath.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb... 4 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Unlike some of his contemporaries at the time, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and other celebrated jazz vocalists, Sinatra's art was in the concealment of his technique. Upon first listen, this album sounds like Frank is just serenading his lover, or singing to himself. But the music feels strangely satisfying and euphoric and just makes you want to dance and click your fingers. This is due, to the many subtleties in Sinatra's voice. As opposed to Ella, who's inventive scat lines keep you constantly interested in her delightful voice, or Louis, who's warm character and humour just shines through the speakers, Sinatra possesses, I believe, an equal measure of talent, but in a different way.
Sinatra excels in three directions: Rhythm, expression and control. Sometimes, Frank chomps down hard on the beat, fitting into the groove, like on "Anything Goes". Here, the syllables "in-ol-den-days-a-glimpse..." are right on the beat. He then jumps right off the beat, with "stock" in "stocking". This is just one example of Frank's extraordinary understanding of the jazz idiom. Sometimes, his democratic timing spreads the notes equally out. Such as in "I've Got You Under My Skin". Porter writes that the word "skin" ends up at the beginning of the third bar, with a long gap till the next phrase. Sinatra spreads out the phrase, so "skin" ends up halfway through the bar, then, starts the next phrase early. This incredibly romantic style is always appropriately used, and never more so than on this album, which, is all about romanticism.
Expression wise, aside from the elongated phrases which just glide over the music, as better illustrated in other albums at this time (Wee Small Hours), Frank possesses a natural gift for dynamics and diction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The standout swing album of the Capitol era... 19 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
I completely agree with what everyone has said here, this is a brilliant Sinatra album. It captures the finesse of the 'Riddle swing' really nicely and the slower ballads are performed with a wonderful light-heartedness giving the album a perfect balance. This is a good place to get into Frank and I would say the best of the 'upbeat' capitol albums. However, my personal preference is for the more moving and solemn Nelson Riddle albums of this period where Frank has more opportunity to show off the emotion in his voice.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Sinatra recording! 7 Mar 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you only ever buy one Frank Sinatra album, but this one. Forget the compilations, this album captures Sinatra at his best, with Nelson Riddles superb arrangements. Everyone should own this record. Perfection!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars EASY LISTENING
Just another one for my collection! Sinatra never fails to please. Very nice selection of songs too. Glad I got it
Published 20 days ago by Mrs S Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pressie
Great gift bought for my Dad, excellent value again and delivered promptly, recommended, would buy again without a doubt. Positive purchase
Published 2 months ago by fidlto
5.0 out of 5 stars Ol blue eyes
great thankyou bought it for my husband of 53yrs for Valentines day, we can listen together, as his present to me ????
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Janet J. Gladston
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course they are!
Whether you are a swinging lover or one who has settled into comfortable groove this recording is a must! Read more
Published 2 months ago by perko
5.0 out of 5 stars The one that made the Man
My first purchase of Mr Sinatra and probably the one i played most, It suits a party night also just for personal listening, never disappointed
Published 2 months ago by patricia mallett
4.0 out of 5 stars HOW CAN YOU REVIEW THE 'KING OF CROON'?
Sinatra never was a truly great singer, more of a dance band crooner with both charm and style. He succeeded because of his brilliant phrasing and the fact that he could 'read' a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by STEVIE
5.0 out of 5 stars good
liked this cd as i am a fan of this sort of music will be nice to play it over christmas as a change
Published 4 months ago by sandra gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars old blue eyes.
after a lifetime of listening to Sinatra i still think no singer comes anywhere near him shear perfection. Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. V. Reeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra magic
magic pure magic, Sinatra is the best such a fantastic voice. They don't write songs like this anymore, such a shame.
Published 5 months ago by r elliott-frogley
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the end of a hard week
Play this when the week is done, flip off your shoes, take a glass of when and find the one you love!
Published 6 months ago by Kim
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