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Swing Along With Me Limited Edition

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Factory Sealed, Numbered, Limited Edition 180gm Vinyl. Mastered On Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System And Pressed At RTI.

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  • Vinyl (May 31, 2011)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Alliance
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Swing Along With Me has some incredible numbers sung by The Chairman Of The Board, Mr. Frank Sinatra. Frank's voice is in excellent form--as always--and this CD gives his fans something to be happy about! The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is very nicely done.

"Falling In Love With Love" is a number Marlene Dietrich often sang but when Frank Sinatra sings it he really swings brightly to make this number take off like a jet! The brass section is wonderful and the music accompanies him to perfection! I really like "Falling In Love With Love" and I think that you will, too. "The Curse Of An Aching Heart" also gets the royal treatment from Frank as he performs this with panache--and how's about that musical interlude? The big band style arrangement still sounds great all these years later; and Sinatra fans will love hearing this very well done tune.

"Don't Cry Joe" has Frank singing his very best; his uncanny sense of timing and his excellent diction enhance his performance; and listen also for a sublime rendition of "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone." I always loved "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone;" this tune is truly timeless and Frank sings it out like the champ he always was! The brass and the percussion work wonders for "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," too. In addition, "Love Walked In" is a cover of an older song that sounds so fresh and new when Frank Sinatra sings it--wow, how he could sing a song! This song and the others on this album truly prove just how well Frank could take a song and massage the lyrics to get just what he wanted out of the number; and that's very impressive. Few artists are ever able to accomplish this goal.

"I Never Knew" again features Frank squarely front and center-and that's OK with me!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was led to believe for all these years that "Swing Along With Me" was one of Sinatra's lesser efforts. No way! A couple of the song selections are questionable ("Curse of an Aching Heart," "Don't Cry Joe," "Moonlight on the Ganges") and the occasional introduction of strings is awkward (especially the attempt to make "Granada" both operatic aria and jazz swinger). But this is minor carping about another masterpiece from the Master Storyteller.
Rank this above "I Remember Tommy" or "Ring-a-Ding Ding" and right up there with "Songs for Swinging Lovers." That Benny Goodman swing staple, "Don't Be That Way," is sung in a manner that reminds us exactly of where Sinatra draws his inspiration from--the straightahead 4/4 meter of the best the big band era had to offer.
And none of these "swing" tempos is the same. "I Never Knew" (one of Sonny Stitt's favorite tunes) is taken way up tempo, whereas "It's a Wonderful World" (not Satchmo's "What a Wonderful World" but the old standard Peggy Lee and Zoot Sims used to do) is right in the pocket, instantly locating that elusive middle groove.
Sinatra consistently "locks in" the time but not until he's taken sufficient liberties with it to make realignment a rewarding experience. And dig his command of register--his rich but so natural, so "realistic" and "present" baritone knocks off G above middle C at the end of "Granada" with effortless but dramatic effect. Finally, of all the versions of Gershwin's "Love Walked In," this must be the definitive one--not too fast, not too slow. He gets it just right--love walking on a steady walking bass.
The CD doesn't list personnel, but besides May I hope the bass player and drummer (catch his fills on "Curse") got some share of the royalties.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on October 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Reprise has remastered roughly 20 of Frank Sinatra's most monumental records from the 50s and 60s. Sinatra's output during the Reprise years consisted of some of the most extraordinary music of his career. One of these remastered CDs is "Swing Along With Me," recorded with Billy May and his Orchestra and orginally released in 1961. Although the record is not quite as stellar as his work with Nelson Riddle, "Swing Along with Me" is marvelous.

The CD gets off to a sublime start with the Rogers and Hart composition "Falling in Love with Love" - the song really does swing and is perhaps the best selection on the CD. Other highlights include "Love Walked In" (Gershwin), "I Never Knew" (Benny Goodman), the breezy "It's a Wonderful World," and the laid-back "You're Nobody `Til Somebody Loves You" (which would become a signature song for Sinatra pal, Dean Martin). "Granada" is also interesting, with a dramatic pseudo-Spanish sound and a "cha cha cha" ending - it was the only song from the record to hit the Top 100 (#64).

In with these gems, though, are a few relative duds. "The Curse of An Aching Heart" is so manic that Sinatra's vocal gets overshadowed at times. "Don't Cry Joe" is more melancholy than swing and sounds out of place here, and "Moonlight on the Ganges" has a fairly cheesy Egyptian intro. In fact, most of the songs are simply not as memorable as the selections from similar Sinatra CDs from the period, such as "Songs For Swingin' Lovers!" or "Come Fly with Me." Of course, those records are indisputable masterpieces. However, overall "Swing Along with Me" is an above average Sinatra CD, which means that it's still pretty exceptional!
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