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Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1955-56) 1987 

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! [1956]

Track list:

01. You make me feel so young
02. It happened in Monterrey
03. You’re getting to be a habit with me
04. You Brought a new kind of love to me
05. Too marvelous for words
06. Old devil moon
07. Pennies from heaven
08. Love is here to stay
09. 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?

Personnel:

Frank Sinatra – vocals
Nelson Riddle Orchestra
Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductor

Recorded:
#8: October 17, 1955.
#1,4,10: January 9, 1956.
#3,7,15: January 10, 1956.
#2,9,13: January 12, 1956.
#5,6,11,12,14: January 16, 1956.

Released: March, 1956
Label: Capitol
W-653
CDP 546570 [1987]

Producer: Voyle Gilmore

Liner Notes: Pete Welding 

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! [1987]

*****

After the ballad-heavy In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle returned to up-tempo, swing material with Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, arguably the vocalist’s greatest swing set.

Like Sinatra’s previous Capitol albums, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! consists of reinterpreted pop standards, ranging from the ten-year-old “You Make Me Feel So Young” to the 20-year-old “Pennies From Heaven” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

Sinatra is supremely confident throughout the album, singing with authority and joy.

That joy is replicated in Riddle’s arrangements, which manage to rethink these standards in fresh yet reverent ways.

Working with a core rhythm section and a full string orchestra, Riddle writes scores that are surprisingly subtle.

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” with its breathtaking middle section, is a perfect example of how Sinatra works with the band.

Both swing hard, stretching out the rhythms and melodies but never losing sight of the original song.

Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! never loses momentum.

The great songs keep coming and the performances are all stellar, resulting in one of Sinatra’s true classics.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine[allmusic.com]

*****

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