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Ring-a-ding-ding!
 
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Ring-a-ding-ding!

7 Feb. 2012 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 7 Feb. 2012
  • Release Date: 7 Feb. 2012
  • Label: Black Sheep Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Entertain Me Europe LTD
  • Total Length: 30:50
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  • ASIN: B0077TORB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,762 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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One of my favourite of all Sinatra's albums from the 60's and the first under his new Reprise label. In addition to using his established arrangers such as May, Riddle and Jenkins, Sinatra opted to use other top arrangers of the time, in this case the excellent Johhny Mandel and not Nelson Riddle as suggested in another review.

Stepped in the world of jazz having arranged in the 40's for such luminaries as Artie Shaw, Mandel brings his own style to tried and tested standards. The scoring for the sax section is particularly fluid and really swings and provides a oontrast to the wonderful arrangments of Nelson Riddle, although there seems to be a bit of a nod to Billy May in the intro 'Be Careful With My Heart'.

Suffice to say Sinatra is at the top of his game, certainly in this reviewers opinion the best of his work probably coming in the late 50's through to the early 60's.

If not already in your collection an excellent addition. Also well worth purchasing 'Sinatra With Swinging Brass' his first outing with Neil Hefti.
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Ring-A-Ding-Ding was Sinatra's first album for his own Reprise label, after nearly a decade of recording unsurpassable albums for Capitol.
Tipping a wink to his former label this album finds Sinatra recording a swinging, big band collection of mainly mid-tempo numbers, conducted and arranged by Nelson Riddle (enough said). As such the album is very similar to those recorded in the preceeding years, such as "Songs For Swinging Lover", "Sinatra's Swingin' Session" etc. Which is not a bad thing - in fact it is a positively good thing. Later Reprise albums would find the quality of material and singing decline, especially as the 1960s ended.
The newer versions of previously recored classics ("Foggy Day") don't beat the Capitol originals, a trend that continued on subsequent Reprise recordings. There are enough other new songs however to make this an enjoyable album and, basically, if you liked swinging Sinatra at Capitol then you'll like this. The arrangements are slightly brasher, the scope of songs more eclectic (Coffee Song) and the recording quality slightly inferior to that offered by the later Capitol records (is it me or do some of those late-era Capitol recordings sound better - in pure hi-fi terms - than most of the music recorded today?)
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"Ring a Ding Ding" was Frank Sinatra's first album for Reprise, his own label. The album, made during the heyday of the Rat Pack (hence the title, one of Sinatra's favorite pet phrases during this period), is different from Sinatra's Columbia records in that there is no attempt at thematic unity. The main arranger is Johnny Mandel, the former trombonist for not only Jimmy Dorsey but also Count Basie, who was a hot young jazz-based arranger and conductor. Mandel does most of the arrangements (Skip Martin, Nelson Riddle, and Dick Reynolds do the rest). What is being sold here are not saloon songs or swing music but rather pure and simply Sinatra at the top of the heap. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the title track just for Sinatra and it sets the brassy, swaggering (okay, outright arrogant) tone of the album. For me the quintessential Sinatra song on the album is the Gershwin tune "A Foggy Day." I also like both of the Cole Porter covers, "In the Still of the Night" and "You'd Be So Easy to Love," which display the same cool assurance. This explains why the man would even try singing "When I Take My Sugar To Tea." "Ring a Ding Ding" made it to #4 on the Billboard Pop Charts. All things considered this ends up being an above average Sinatra album from the Reprise years when he was in his prime, although it falls short of being a true classic (i.e., good but not on my list of 10 essential Sinatra albums). Be aware that there is also a reissue version of this album with three bonus tracks.
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"Ring a ding ding" represented the first album of Sinatra's new Reprise label in 1961. For his Reprise debut Sinatra wisely decided to record an album of mid tempo swingers rather than kick off the new label with a ballad set. Whilst not being the best swing album Frank ever recorded this is a respectable debut for his Reprise Tenure. Another reviewer stated that Nelson Riddle arranged the album..he didn't,the arrangements are largely handled by Johnny mandel. To be fair,by listening to the album it's an easy mistake to make as mandel's arrangements and style are very similar to that of Riddle's, much more so than other arrangers Sinatra worked with over the years.

The title track written by the dream team of Van huesen/Cahn is a great swing track and although not as good as some of their best tracks it's a catchy upbeat number which gets better with every listen. "Let's fall in love" and "Be careful it's my heart" "Ive got my love to keep me warm" and "The Coffee song" are also great tracks.

For interest Johnny mandel would later on in the 70's and 80's go on to work with another Sinatra cohort in Quincy jones - working on albums by Michael Jackson and George Benson with mandel writing melodies and handling arrangements !

Whilst not being amongst the most essential Sinatra albums, iIt's far from the worst albums Sinatra ever recorded - "Ring a ding ding" is definitely worth adding to your collection !
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