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Only Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson can rival Frank Sinatra for biggest-selling solo artist of all time. His jazz-influenced singing remained internationally renowned whatever whims, fashions or innovations were introduced by new generations. In a solo career that included over 70 albums and hundreds of singles, from the late-30s until the mid-90s, Sinatra remained universally loved even as ... Read more in Amazon's Frank Sinatra Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000089EM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened In Monterey
3. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
4. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
5. Too Marvelous For Words
6. Old Devil Moon
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. Our Love Is Here To Stay
9. I've Got You Under My Skin
10. I Thought About You
11. We'll Be Together Again
12. Makin' Whoopee
13. Swingin' Down The Lane
14. Anything Goes
15. How About You?

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Sinatra already had one youthful career behind him by the time he made Songs for Swingin' Lovers!. His were no longer the lustrous pipes of the kid crooner from Hoboken--the voice that made bobbysoxers swoon--but from the first notes of the opening track ("You Make Me Feel So Young"), he seems to have discovered a musical fountain of youth that fully justifies the exclamation point in the album title. There is a buoyant new spring in his step, accented by Nelson Riddle's lighter-than-air arrangements, that makes the Columbia records of Sinatra's younger days sound stiff and stodgy in comparison. Even chestnuts like "Old Devil Moon", "Pennies from Heaven", "Makin' Whoopee" and "Anything Goes" are rejuvenated by his vibrant touch. Put this alongside his previous Capitol album, In the Wee Small Hours, and you have the definitive statements by both sides of Sinatra's mature musical personality: the lonely "saloon singer" and the swaggering, sophisticated swinger. Sinatra's carefree confidence achieves its supreme expression in "I've Got You Under My Skin" a performance that builds steadily to an ecstatic climax. Cole Porter may have hated his lyrical embellishments, but by the time the singer jauntily breaks the "fourth wall" on "Anything Goes" ("May I say before this records spins to a close..."), you can't deny that he's taken the title to heart. --Jim Emerson

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2001
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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct. 2005
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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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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By "frank_fan1987" on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 2005
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Jones on 2 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is simply Sinatra at his very best. If, like me, you starting listening to Sinatra because you liked his classics, like New York New York and My Way, then you are in for a real treat. As good as the above are, this album showcases Sinatra's special talent. Each track is given the treatment, he carries the beat and your feet just cannot stop tapping.

The album is without doubt one of his very best. No Sinatra collection would be complete without it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2012
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Frank Sinatra's musical collaboration with arranger Nelson Riddle is the stuff of legend. The 1956 landmark recording Songs For Swingin' Lovers captures the essence of the two jazzmen's chemistry in what is an inspired collection of songs. Despite what would now be considered a decidedly naff (or maybe even risqué) album title, it is difficult not to get carried away by Sinatra's infectious, witty and suave delivery of this selection of compositions written (predominantly with Hollywood cinema in mind) by some of the 20th century's most renowned songwriters, including the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Mack Gordon and many more.

Of course, it could be argued (I suppose) that making a Sinatra record was no big deal - he's only recording - rehashing, even - other people's material. But where, for me, Sinatra scores above all the other singers that were his contemporaries (even those with undoubtedly - technically - superior voices, such as Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald) - is that the man (certainly at the time of this recording) was the ultimate 'vocalist', that is, his 'singing' was about much more than simply the voice; it was as much about pacing, mannerisms and inflection, plus his visual delivery. Indeed, it was these qualities which led to Sinatra being the biggest sex symbol of his day - coincidentally, the month of Songs For Swingin' Lovers' release (March 1956) also saw the release of the debut album of the vocalist who would (arguably) eclipse even Sinatra, Elvis Presley.
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