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Sinatra's Swingin' Sessions Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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The legendary 1961 release.

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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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  1. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Blue Moon (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. S'Posin' (1998 Digital Remaster) 1:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. It All Depends On You (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. It's Only A Paper Moon (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. My Blue Heaven (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Should I (1998 Digital Remaster) 1:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. September In The Rain (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Always (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. I Concentrate On You (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. You Do Something To Me (1998 Digital Remaster) 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Sentimental Baby (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Hidden Persuasion (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Ol' Macdonald (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 26, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000006OH9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jon Warshawsky on February 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sinatra's Swingin' Session! is a hard-swinging collection of remakes from Sinatra's Columbia years, recorded in Capitol's peerless studios. While all of the songs are perfectly realised -- 1960 was a very good year (one of many) for Sinatra's voice, and the band is on fire -- this is not the best collection of songs turned out by the Sinatra/Riddle team.
There are plenty of gems -- Cole Porter's 'I Concentrate on You', 'September in the Rain' and a few others are stunning -- but you can tell Sinatra is not immersed in the songs the way he was on the earlier Capitol sets. Listen to the 'Only the Lonely' album and you are enveloped in the devastation and despair. 'A Swingin' Affair!' is a sophisticated swinging set that shows Sinatra having a ball with great Gershwin and Porter tunes, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and the usual superb band under Nelson Riddle's baton. 'Swingin' Session! ' shares the superior production and voice of the earlier albums, with one important caveat. Sinatra is singing with his incomparable phrasing, timing and distinctive pitch, but he is not overly invested in any of these songs. Because his own Reprise label was about to be launched, FS recorded this album as part of an obligation to Capitol and likely assembled this set from remakes of songs that he already knew in order to create an album expediently.
Among the bonus tracks, 'Hidden Persuasion' is especially nicely performed, although Sinatra fans probably already own this on the 'Sinatra Sings of Love & Things' collection of singles released about the same time as this album.
This might be too much analysis for most music fans. The bottom line is that Sinatra and Riddle albums are always MUST BUY albums. In the lofty sphere of Sinatra's discography, 'Swingin' Session! ' is not in the top 5 or 10, but you will enjoy it so ... enough said!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on May 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Frank Sinatra is the most gifted singer of his generation and, as time has shown, the single greatest interpreter of popular song we ever have had the pleasure of hearing." ~ Pete Welding

When I was about eight years old, a classmate of mine from grade school asked me "What's your favorite song?" And when I replied, "I like all the songs by Frank Sinatra." She said, "Who's Frank Sinatra and what are the songs he sung?" This goes without saying that I was exposed to the music of Mr. Sinatra at an early age. And I have learned to appreciate his music through constantly hearing his LPs from my late father's collection when I was growing up. I have loved his music and him as an artist and interpreter of the Great American Songbook. He was truly a one-of-a-kind Entertainer of the Century. And no other singers can surpass him. He maybe gone and missed but not forgotten.

"Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! And More" is one of my very favorite CDs from my Sinatra collection. The arrangements by none other than the greatest orchestrator of all-time, Nelson Riddle, are the sprightliest and swingiest from among all the Sinatra and Riddle collaborations.

Listening to "Always," an Irving Berlin composition, brings back nostalgic moments to me. This has been one of my late parents' theme songs (the others are "Love Is Here To Stay," "Embraceable You" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"). Harry Warren & Al Dubin's "September In The Rain" is very affecting and one of the most poignant ballads I've ever heard.

"To every word of love I heard you whisper
The raindrops seem to play a a sweet refrain
Though spring is here, to me, it's still September
That September in the rain
That September that brought the pain
That September in the rain.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Is Sinatra capable of "not" swinging? Does any musician-- instrumentalist or vocalist--have better time, a more unerring sense of the beat? The first track, "When You're Smiling," is all you have to hear to know this is another one for your growing Sinatra library. Sinatra takes this old chestnut and makes it soar, first creating tensions by lagging behind or anticipating the beat, then giving us the satisfying "pay-off" by locking into the time. As musicians are fond of saying, he's "right in the pocket" when he has to be.
In sum, there's nothing hasty, shoddy, second-rate about this session. It kicks from start to finish. But even though Sinatra undeniably grooves "Ole MacDonald," I've still gotta ask, "WHY, Frank?" The same, I'm afraid, goes for "Sentimental Baby" and that immortal classic, "Hidden Persuasion." In any case, 12 out of 15 ain't bad, and the 3 ill-advised selections are conveniently grouped together as the last tracks on an otherwise most worthy outing by Sinatra and Riddle.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. S. Ferguson on May 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was the shortest of all the full-length LPs Sinatra cut for Capitol, for one simple reason: Sinatra called for faster tempos on most of the numbers than Riddle's original charts. In a couple of cases, this trimmed the running times to under two minutes, but artistically, the results are intoxicating! In contrast to the more urbane and measured approach to swing in their landmark efforts "Songs for Swinging Lovers" and "A Swingin' Affair!" Sinatra goes for (and achieves) results that are pure and unrestrained celebrations of swing. Tracks such as "My Blue Heaven" and "Should I?" tempt one to "cut a rug" on the spot. New life is also breathed into such old standards as the lilting "Always" and "When You're Smiling," both given bracing treatments here. Two of the more relaxed efforts of the album are amongst the best on record: "Blue Moon" is beautifully delivered with just the right combination of romantic warmth and forward thrust, while "September in the Rain" captures the nostalgic air of a stroll down memory lane, a tinge of bitter-sweetness offsets the steady rolling tempo ideally. The three bonus tracks not on the original album (but recorded in the same sessions) add some welcome volume to the package, but aren't vital to the enjoyment of this gem. This is one of the lesser-known issues of the Sinatra catalog with Capitol, but is one of the half-dozen best collections he recorded in this period, and given the uniformly stellar quality of most of his recordings with Capitol, this is saying something indeed.
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