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This 1956 chart-topper (#2) featured Nelson Riddle's arrangements.

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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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listen  1. You Make Me Feel So Young (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. It Happened In Monterey (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Too Marvelous For Words (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Old Devil Moon (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pennies From Heaven (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Love Is Here To Stay (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I've Got You Under My Skin (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Thought About You (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. We'll Be Together Again (1998 Digital Remaster) 4:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Makin' Whoopee (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Swingin' Down The Lane (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Anything Goes (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. How About You? (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000AEVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By bruce horner on August 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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.Read more ›
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By clay on December 11, 1999
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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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By PatrickO VINE VOICE on February 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You'll see other postings here that discuss the details of what Capitol's engineer did on this 1998 release to reduce hiss, etc. Believe it. Compared to the 1991 version of the disc or the better Mobile Fidelity gold disc (1990) this version is awful. It's like a bucket of mud was dumped over his vocals. There are a bunch of threads on this topic on the forums of Steve Hoffman, one of the best sound engineers in the business. But the bottom line is most people who care about this music would like to see Capitol go back to the original master tapes and treat Frank right. The mastering issues apply to a lot of the 1998 Sinatra discs labeled "Entertainer of the Century" on the side.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was my introduction to Sinatra, thanks to the rave reviews it received from Downbeat critics and readers upon its release in the fifties. It still holds up as Sinatra's best-balanced, most polished swing album, the standard by which his later versions of the same songs can be compared. This is not to say that the interpretations he gives here are the definitive ones: some listeners may prefer later, looser versions of "I've Got You Under My Skin" or "Pennies from Heaven." But without this album it's pointless to judge the later versions--by Sinatra or anyone else. With this album Sinatra, more than any other male vocalist, showed what distinguishes a jazz singer from a pop crooner.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence A. Glickman on August 4, 2005
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Friends and fellow Sinatra fans. I had the great pleasure of knowing Voyle Gilmore (deceased), the brilliant producer of this and many other landmark Capitol Sinatra albums. I also had the pleasure of meeting Nelson Riddle (deceased) briefly. I managed Voyle's son John Gilmore who coincidently won the Frank Sinatra awards (best male vocalist) at UCLA when they were given in the 1970's and a fine vocalist he remains today. (He recently put out a tasty tribute album "To my Father and Frank)) I myself sang pop for 20 years. From my vantage point this was Frank's best album. Here's why! It combined the mature crooner and life worn poet (We'll be together again, best version and the most tender goodbye song ever)with the essence of swing(Swingin down the lane)and the emerging swagger of Frank's later work (Anything goes,and I've got you under my Skin, a vocal lesson if you care to try it!) all at a time in Frank's life when he had to prove himself all over again and was somewhat held in check by Nelson Riddle and his fine arrangements and band. The production values have a "live" feel and excellent clarity and balance, thanks to Voyle. It shows how taste and great "ears" are more important than today's digital tricks. The only qibble I have is that Voyle told me that the order of the original vynil was intended by the team of Voyle, Frank and Nelson for a certain concert effect and the remaster adds songs and is out of order. Nevertheless this album was a smash and the first album played in its entirety on pop radio in Los Angeles in 1955 and rejuvenated Frank's musical career. This is Frank Sinatra's fingerprint record. No other record captures his his multifacted talent like "Songs for Swingin Lovers".
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