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Sinatra's Swingin Session
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Released in early 1961, Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! is one of the last albums the Chairman of the Board made for Capitol before leaving for Reprise. Like most of Sinatra's Capitol recordings, this one shows the singer at... more »
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Released in early 1961, Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! is one of the last albums the Chairman of the Board made for Capitol before leaving for Reprise. Like most of Sinatra's Capitol recordings, this one shows the singer at the peak of his vocal and interpretive abilities. Nelson Riddle's hard-swinging arrangements of standards like Rodgers and Hart's "Blue Moon," Irving Berlin's "Always," and Cole Porter's "You Do Something to Me" would leave most vocalists in the dust, but Sinatra masters them without ever seeming to break a sweat. The CD reissue includes three outtakes from the original sessions, including a sly version of "Old MacDonald" that places a special emphasis on "chicks" but has nothing at all to do with barnyard animals. --Dan Epstein
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Anthony Nasti | 08/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the extensive liner notes accompanying the excellent 3-CD set The Capitol Years, daughter Nancy describes this original 1960 release as "a fat album with up to thirty-four musicians." Led by the great Nelson Riddle, and with the album produced by Dave Cavanaugh, it became yet another best-seller for Ole Blue Eyes right in the midst of the Golden Age of American Rock & Roll.
As with 1957's A Swingin' Affair, he leaned heavily on the old standards by masters such as Cole Porter [tracks 11 and 12], Rogers & Hart [track 2], Irving Berlin [track 9] and DeSylva, Henderson & Brown [track 4], along with others not as well known, but whose songs have become recognized standards nevertheless.
In addition, with this 1998 release you get three bonus tracks not part of the original album, these being Sentimental Baby and Hidden Persuasion from the 1962 Capitol LP SW-1729 Of Love And Things, and Ol' MacDonald [Had A Farm] which had first appeared on the 1960 LP SW-1538 All The Way. In fact, the old children's song from the early 1700's had been a hit single for Frank in late 1960, going to # 25, proving that the man could turn ANYTHING into a hit if he put his mind to it.
Recording dates for each selection [August to September 1960] are shown in the insert, which also includes two full pages of background notes written by Pete Welding. The sound quality is excellent."
Sinatra At His Swingin' Best.
Anthony Nasti | Staten Island, New York United States | 12/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After spending most of the day and night listening to his collections of "suicide songs," I was in the mood for something a bit....lighter. Fortunately, "Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! And More" was just what I needed.
With the exception of maybe "A Swingin' Affair," "Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! And More" is probably Ol' Blue Eyes' most raucous recording. He's in terrific voice, and him and Nelson Riddle glide through 15 classic recordings at break neck speed, including such greats as "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)," "S'posin," "Should I," "September in The Rain," the excellent "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me," a superb "I Concentrate On You" (my favorite version of the song) and Cole Porter's mystical "You Do Something To Me" (Frank does some of his most best phrasing on the refrain). The rest of the album is equally solid, especially Frank's unique take on "Ol' Mac Donald" (believe me, this ain't the same one your kids sang on car trips when they were toddlers).
Overall, this may not be quite as good as his earlier works, but is a very solid and entertaining album that is welcome in any collection."
Great War Eagle | 06/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album provides a priceless audio glimpse into Sinatra at the top of his game."