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Songs for Swingin Lovers
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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 f... more »
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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's 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 he's taken the title to heart. --Jim Emerson
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Craig Connell | Lockport, NY USA | 12/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My father used to play this "album" a lot in our house when I was a kid growing up. Thus, the songs kind of grew on me. However, I never realized exactly how great they were until I bought this (for sentimental sake) and listened to it again at the age of 50-something.
The songs in here just never grow old and Sinatra's "takes" on them are as fresh-sounding now as they were made he recorded them.
What really shocked me was that every one of the songs on this CD are great! That's almost unheard-of, for any artist. There isn't a clunker in the bunch, so I can't cite some of them; they are all classics, thanks to Frank.
I'm not an expert on Sinatra, but I don't know how he could ever have sounded better than he sounds here. This has to be him in his prime - the best album he ever made, in my humble opinion."
The "Chairman" At The Height Of His Powers!
Michael Neiss | Princeton, NJ United States | 08/31/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can anyone possibly add to the Sinatra conversation? For most men, living one of his lives would have been sufficient. But for "The Chairman," the Greatest Entertainer of the 20th Century, reality and myth have fused to forge a reputation that long ago escaped the gravitational pull of mere mortality.
The "facts" alone are as daunting as they are unassailable - more Billboard placements than Elvis, The Beatles and Michael Jackson combined - the highest grossing entertainer of all time by a factor of 3x - Oscars, Emmy's Grammy's - a parade of the most beautiful women that ever lived - consigliere to the Kennedy's and the Giancana's and, for good measure, on the seventh day he transformed Vegas from a sandy rat trap in the Nevada desert to the 'rat-packed', "What Happens in Vegas...." entertainment mecca that it is today.
So with all of that back-story clogging the narrative the logical question should be - was his singing really as good as your older relatives claim? The short answer is - it was better! There's a reason Sinatra turned from a noun into a verb and on his 1956 masterpiece, Songs For Swingin' Lovers he proves why.
Swingin' Lovers is Sinatra in full measure - sublime vocals, impeccable phrasing and, a songbook that cherry-picked the best from the legendary mid-century song-smiths. With Nelson Riddle at the controls, Sinatra chilled, belted and crooned his way through the best of the Gershwin's, Cole Porter, Billy Rose, Whiting & Mercer - just to mention a few heavyweights lending support. It is almost impossible to listen to the record and not wish you were knocking a few back at Toots Shor's watching Frank and his entourage hold court. This is definitive Sinatra and pure proof why men become legends and legends become myths.
ESSENTIAL for every collection.