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Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! [LP]

Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! [LP]

Frank Sinatra’s romantic masterpiece, arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. Originally released in 1956 and celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016, Songs For Swingin’ Lovers features classic standards and signature Sinatra recordings including ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ ‘Love Is Here To Stay’ and ‘You Make Me Feel So Young.’

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3 Responses to Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! [LP]

  • bruce horner says:
    56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A masterpiece; too bad about the remaster, August 22, 2000
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    The consensus (which happens to be true) is that Sinatra’s best period was the middle one, the years he recorded for Capitol Records, 1953-61. His best Capitol material was the recordings he made with Nelson Riddle as arranger. Finally, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, from 1956, is with good reason considered to be the finest Sinatra/Riddle Capitol album, at least of a swinging, non-ballad sort. Personally, A Swingin’ Affair, recorded later the same year but released in 1957, comes so close that it depends on which I’ve listened to most recently. Certainly, if you want to convince someone that, despite his boorish personality and many musical compromises, Sinatra DID sometimes record worthwhile music, you’d do well to play them Songs for Swingin’ Lovers. This is also the album that fans most often throw on the stereo when they don’t want to pick nits about production, arrangements, vocals, or song selection. Everything came together perfectly—Sinatra was at his vocal peak, in simpatico settings, interpreting some of the best songs of Tin Pan Alley, and brimful of confidence and spotaneity. There’s just the right mixture of tenderness and swagger; listen to the rendition of “I’ve Got you Under My Skin”, which counts as one of the four or five best Sinatra performances on record. “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “Too Marvelous For Words,” “I Thought About You”, “Swingin’ Down the Lane,” “Anything Goes,” “How About You?”—so many of the songs here are top-drawer, both as songs and performances, that it’s mind-boggling. And there are a lot of them too—15 songs in all, uncommonly generous for the early LP era. Too generous for Capitol, which released mutilated versions of this and other Sinatra albums (Swingin’ Affair also initially sported 15 tracks) amputating several songs from American pressings for decades. The true, original versions of these masterpieces were only available as imports form British EMI until the CD editions came out in 1987. Now I read from some of these Amazon reviews that these albums have suffered a further indignity by being reissued in “remastered” editions that sound terrible. I thank God that I finally bought a CD copy of SFSL a year or two BEFORE the botched remaster was dumped on the market. It’s a sad and frustrating development, but much as I’d like to blame Capitol, I think we have Sinatra’s daughter Tina to thank for this. She has control of the estate, the business, and most importantly, the music. I’m sure that when the decision was made to dun the public with a remaster of Frank’s albums, Tina left no corner uncut. What a shame.
    So get the OLDER CD (with the black left border), or get a used British EMI vinyl pressing, or get a beat-up fifties copy, or get a tape of this from a friend. Accept no substitutes, for in it’s original, unabbreviated, un-20-bit-botched configuration, Songs For Swingin’ Lovers is nonpareil.
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  • clay says:
    56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Capitol, drat you., December 11, 1999
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    clay (kansas) –
    This is one of the greatest albums ever made. It also sounds like snot. My Shortwave radio sounds better than this remastering job! I don’t know if they were asleep at the mastering studios, or what, but it really is awful. Everything sounds like it’s under a fog – Frank may as well have a gag in, it’s so muffled. Besides that, there’s too much bass. I kept thinking I had the treble on my reciever down or something.
    Case and point : BUY THIS ALBUM, BUT BUY THE OLDER COPY. Easy way to spot it : the newer, often-bad remasters have “Voice Of the Century” printed on the clear side of the jewel case. The first issues from back in the late 80′s do not. The Songs For Young Lovers/Swing Easy reissue suffers from the same problem. Sheesh, what a mess.
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  • Steve Vrana says:
    33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Class Never Goes Out of Style, March 19, 2005
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    Steve Vrana (Aurora, NE) –
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    These recordings are now nearly fifty years old, but they contain an excitement that doesn’t diminish with time. Following quickly on the heels of his success with IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS, a 40-year-old Frank Sinatra teamed up once again with arranger/conducter Nelson Riddle and created what is arguably his best album of a stellar career. Sinatra is one of those artists that each generation rediscovers for itself. As an aging Baby Boomer, I hope that audiences will continue to listen to the Beatles a hundred years from now; but I KNOW they will be listening to Sinatra–class simply never goes out of style! If you own only one Sinatra album, this is it. ESSENTIAL
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