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Songs for Swingin Lovers [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Frank SinatraAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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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 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 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 (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece; too bad about the remaster 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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Never Goes Out of Style 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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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Capitol, drat you. December 11, 1999
By clay
Format:Audio CD
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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful mastering muddies up a truly great album 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 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra's Best 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can You Not Still Love This Album? Ha Ha June 7, 2005
By ucrsue
Format:Audio CD
I'm sorry, but isn't this just about the most happiest, "swingin'-est" album ever?

Again, I'm sorry, but isn't Nelson Riddle at his best? And Frank is certainly at his best. Other than one song, all the songs were recorded just a scant month after Sinatra turned . . .dare I say it? 40! God, may I be 40 again!? Okay, I just turned 50.

I'm writing this because, after reading almost all of the posts regarding this album, I wanted to weigh in with my opinion. Look, BUY the album! This is NOT the Sinatra of "My Way". And if you can't get past the idea that it is Sinatra, which would be your loss then, you must listen to the Nelson Riddle arrangements. This is not "swing", you can definitely "hear" the change occurring in "big orchestras", and you'll see it mirrored in changes on Broadway at that time, too. (Yeah, check out the PBS Broadway series.)

There is not a bad song on this sucker! I've been listening to it several times today, just to review my feelings about it.

Look, the worst is . . .you gals buy it . . .you sing along . . .and, like me, you DANCE to it while you clean up the kitchen! I'm not kidding! I often feel like I'm a Rockette or a Minsky girl while it's on! Strut, boom, strut, boom, strut, boom . . .I'm tellin' ya, my house is cleaner with Frank! It has great rhythm, and great lyrics in the songs.

And while every song is ab fab, you can't not appreciate "I've Got You Under My Skin." Really, listen to Frank, and then listen to it again, paying attention to Nelson Riddle's arrangements! Jeez! What a combination!

This is one of my 5 albums on a deserted island: also "In The Wee Small Hours (Frank)," "Judy Garland Live At Carnegie Hall," "Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits," and "Killin' Time (Clint Black)". Okay, go figure . . .

Trust me, you will not go wrong with this album, and actually, you'd be surprised who you know that also likes it, and also who will be impressed when you play it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sinatra's greatest and belongs in your library!
One of Frank's best, and beautifully transferred in excellent sound in this particular pressing. If you don't mind the extra cost, get it. It's the best I've heard.
Published 5 days ago by Hannibal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Vocal Swing Album Ever Has Just Gotten Even Better!
When it comes to favourite Sinatra albums fans are split because there are just so many great ones to choose from depending upon what mood you happen to be in at the time of... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Frederick Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sinatra in SACD. What more do you need to know.
Published 1 month ago by James Seymour
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Old BUT Good
Published 1 month ago by David Kosman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sinatra at his peak, and all upbeat in this instance. Classic. Go for it, if you haven't already.
Published 1 month ago by Randal Gist
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mastered to digital for the first time from the original (correct) mono master! MoFi scores another winner.
Published 2 months ago by G. Jamieson
5.0 out of 5 stars Francis we miss you !!!
What more wonderful things can one say about this masterpiece !!! I've come back to this remarkable recording year after year for the last 30 years and I still marvel at the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Swingin Lovers, as if recorded yesterday!
Let it suffice that this MFSL issue rivals an unplayed gray label Lp and then somel! I have one (an old school gray label capitol) bought new in 57 and owned only by us, played... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best!
This album has and always will be rated one of the best from Frank Sinatra. The new Mobile Fidelity CD sound quality is superb. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jac167
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reissue
Excellent sounding reissue of great album. One of Sinatra's best. MFSL did a great job with this one. Highly recommend.
Published 5 months ago by radiohead
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