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With a staggering 57 million album sales and 11 million singles sold, Robbie Williams has been breaking records over the course of his whole career.

Nine No.1 UK albums meant he is easily the biggest selling solo artist in UK history, a fact reinforced by his 2010 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music. With a tally of 16 BRIT awards he has scooped more than any other artist ... Read more in Amazon's Robbie Williams Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005RFVL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Will Talk And Hollywood Will ListenRobbie Williams 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mack The KnifeRobbie Williams 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Somethin' StupidRobbie Williams and Nicole Kidman 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Do Nothing Till You Hear From MeRobbie Williams 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. It Was A Very Good YearRobbie Williams And Frank Sinatra 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Straighten Up And Fly RightRobbie Williams 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Well, Did You EvahRobbie Williams And Jon Lovitz 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mr BojanglesRobbie Williams 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. One For My BabyRobbie Williams 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. ThingsRobbie Williams And Jane Horrocks 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ain't That A Kick In The HeadRobbie Williams 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. They Can't Take That Away From MeRobbie Williams And Rupert Everett 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Have You Met Miss Jones? (Swing When Version)Robbie Williams 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Me And My Shadow (As Performed By Sammy Davis Jr And Frank Sinatra)Robbie Williams And Jonathan Wilkes 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Beyond The Sea with Hidden TrackRobbie Williams28:14£2.99  Buy MP3 

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Recorded with an 18-piece band in Frank Sinatra's old stomping ground, the Capitol Records Studio in LA, Swing When You’re Winning is a collection of Rat Pack standards and new material features plenty of guest collaborations, such as the much-hyped Nicole Kidman effort on Sinatra's "Something Stupid".

BBC Review

There are few genuine pop stars without at least a couple of skeletons in the closet, and in Robbie Williams’ abode there can be no doubt that this questionable big-band affair sits, collecting dust, alongside a few other career missteps.

Not that Swing When You’re Winning – the title a play on Williams’ preceding studio album ‘proper’ – didn’t perform well commercially, with this collection reaching number one and also spawning a chart-topping single, the Nicole Kidman duet Somethin’ Stupid. But the singer’s voice simply can’t compete with the scale of the music around him, and straightforward versions of Mack the Knife, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head and Mr Bojangles are little more than weak imitations of Williams’ idols.

Unveiled at perhaps the peak of his chest-puffed braggadocio – a few months after its release he would sign an £80 million deal with EMI – Swing When You’re Winning is the kind of record Williams had always dreamed of making. Hugely enamoured with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, he knocked this set out in just two weeks, clearly fuelled by a true enthusiasm for the material at hand. But just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should, and in hindsight Swing… is a blip in Williams’ career, its glossy gooiness a perfect metaphor for the man’s self-celebratory outward appearance of the time.

The orchestra swells and peaks just as it should, hitting all the prerequisite marks for material like this, but Williams’ performance seems detached, his lust for the spotlight working against him. The most effectively attention-grabbing number is actually the one original piece, I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen which, while bristling with sweeping strings, underplays the potential for bombast to come across as peculiarly affecting. Perhaps with more of himself invested in the piece, however weak the lyrics, Williams cared enough about the song to do it justice.

Elsewhere, he assumes a role, playing a character whose shoes he could never quite fit into. Sometimes it’s tolerable, but mostly forgettable. Swing… is never a complete disaster, each song meeting a rudimentary level of quality, but there’s nothing to tempt the listener back for more – especially when the most pressing urge come the record’s climax is to investigate the classic versions of cuts like Beyond the Sea, best performed by the late Bobby Darin. --Mike Diver

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Released here in New Zealand to coincide with Robbie's tour which opens in my home city of Christchurch tonight 13th November, "Swing When You're Winning" is a collection of tracks that take you back to an era of the Big Bands, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and the like. Described as a tribute to Frank, Dean and Sammy, Williams is in his element here. For anyone who might think of him as a teen pop idol, take a listen to this album and marvel at the quality of the vocals. Williams has a superb voice which is captured to great effect by a high quality recording. Ably supported by the likes of Nicole Kidman and the London Session orchestra, this album oozes class.
I think the most intriguing aspect to this CD release is to consider who Williams is targetting this album towards. A poll of my family suggests that it may leave his younger audience cold. However, the more mature members of Robbie's fan club (dare I put an age on this - say those the wrong side of 30) - thank Williams for producing something quite above the ordinary hum-drum fodder that comprises about 95% of the music industry today. Go buy this album!
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A. Watson VINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is fantastic!
I am not a huge Robbie fan but liked his version of 'Have You Met Miss Jones?' on the Bridget Jones Soundtrack, and brought this album on the strength of it. If you liked that you will love this.
All but the opening track are Standards from the 50's and 60's, and each is both faithful to the original and at the same time unmistakably Robbie Williams.
He may not have the world's greatest voice, as is made plain when he 'duets' with Sinatra himself on 'It was a Very Good Year', but what he lacks in range he more than makes up for in delivery.
Many of the tracks are duets, and it on these particularly that you get the sense that this was great fun to make, and that he is not taking himself too seriously. Highlights are the comical version of 'Things' with Jane Horricks and the playful 'Something Stupid' with Nicole Kidman.
Added to all of this, the orchestral arrangement on every track is to die for. Whether a Robbie Williams fan or not this ought to be part of your record collection. It's guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and a swing in your step.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By IronStumps on 29 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
No-one will ever call Robbie Williams a coward. With no 1 singles rolling off the Williams / Chambers production line at will, he could have been forgiven for staying in his success zone.
This hugely ambitious tribute album features some of the greatest foot tapping standards from the gretaest crooners of the last century. Whilst it true to say that Robbie hasn't outfranked Frank, he has brought these classics to a new generation of listeners and for that he should be commended. Ironically, the track that has me coming back for more is "I will talk and Hollywood will listen" the only Williams/Chambers compilation on the album. It is pure Robbie Williams and almost stole the show when he performed the album live at the Albert Hall. That accolade is reserved for the tragic "Mr Bojangles", the desperate story of the great Bill Robinson which Williams delivers with pathos and power. The much hyped duet with Niocle Kidman of "Something Stupid" is perhaps the most disappointing cover, lacking the charisma and depth of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra original.
Swing when your winning is a very good listen. But inevtiably when great songs sung by great singers are reproduced they will all be compared with the originals. Robbie Williams is no Nat King Cole, but he is an entertainer in the Freddie Mercury mold.
Although this is a review of the album, it cannot be divorced from its live rendition at the Albert Hall, which was truly magnificent. This was an integral part of Williams' Swing project and it allowed him to show that whilst he hasn't got Frank's voice, he has star written all over him. If you've seen the show you won't be able to stop listening to the album. If you haven't, you may conclude that Robbie has almost bitten off more than he could chew and just about carried it off.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Being a huge Sinatra & Rat Pack fan I have to admit when I first found out about this ambitious project I was cynical. Had Robbie (& his ego, which to be fair is backed up with a lot of natural talent) gone too far this time?
Well the answer is a clear NO! Having been blown away by the Live Show the album was a must.
Let's get a few things straight to start with. Williams does not think he's Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin or Sammy Davis Jnr and he doesn't sound like them either. There is no one on the planet who could fill the loss of the greatest singer of the 20th Century, Sinatra or hope to replace the talent of the late great Sammy Davis Jnr. He is just singing great songs he loves from the heart and he sings them with integrity and respect for the artists who sang them. He does a great job as well! If this means a whole new generation will be switched on to Sinatra & Swing .. then we can only thank the man & his talent for this great album.
My personal highlights are 'Mr Bojangles', which Robbie almost claims as his own with a stunning performance of power & emotional depth. The music from a first class Orchestra is hauntingly tragic. 'It was A Good Year' the duet with Sinatra is also very tastefully done (half of the song each) and Robbie does not disgrace himself even in the presence of the great man himself! 'One For My baby' (a personal Sinatra favourite of mine) is given justice with Mr Williams getting the mood & feel of the piece spot on.
Make no mistake Robbie Williams is a massive talent that this country should be proud of. He has more in common with those late great Rat Pack entertainers than most people give him credit for. Yes he's been described as an entertainer, a song & dance man .... but hey ... so were Frank, Sammy & Dean! Long live the spirit of the Rat Pack & It's new leader Mr Williams!
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