Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! on Numbered Edition Hybrid Mono SACD
Fluid, Sweeping Milestone 1956 Set Arguably the Best Swing Album Ever Made
Having endured a traumatic breakup and recorded his first "saloon style" concept album the year prior, Frank Sinatra returned with vivacious gusto on the aptly titled Songs for Swingin' Lovers!, a light-on-its-feet set bursting with joyousness, pop, vitality, optimism, and finger-snapping promise. Indisputably one of the greatest swing efforts ever undertaken, it contains highlight-reel renditions of now-standards such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "You Make Me Feel So Young," and "Pennies From Heaven." The equivalent of a musical fountain of youth, the fluid material mirrors Sinatra's confidence and enthusiasm, which nearly burst off the page.
There's every reason any music lover would yearn to be as close to the music on this record as possible. And in rendering the scope, scale, thrust, and peaks-and-valleys dynamics of the orchestra, not to mention the timbral richness and full extension of Sinatra's impeccable singing, this pressing gives you a front-and-center chair to the sessions at the Hollywood studios.
Rare is the album replete with the superb combination of contagious pitch-perfect singing, swaying tempos, life-affirming emotions, and breezy string arrangements exemplified here. Nelson Riddle's scales climb to unforeseen heights, the rushing crescendos and twirling comedowns surging with power, persuasion, and pleasantry. At times, the strings and rhythm section threaten to overwhelm Ol' Blue Eyes. Yet Sinatra, lighthearted and in great humor, is in such brilliant form, he matches the splendor and seems to invite Riddle to bring all he's got.
Songs For Swingin' Lovers! finds both icons at their peak, each having loads of fun and delighting in the songs' captivating faculties. Tenderness, swagger, affection, spring-like bloom, romance, danceability, smoothness, sentimentality—all present in spades, coursing through the arrangements and Sinatra's phrasing. A vocal pop masterpiece, and immediate mood-lifter, conceptual records don't come any better.
Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! Listing:
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. 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?