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Swing Along With Me [Limited Edition]

Frank SinatraVinyl
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  • Vinyl (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Alliance
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Numbered Limited-Edition 180-gram LP Sourced from Original Master Tapes Ring-a-Ding-Ding: Songs Graced With Grand Arrangements, Tour De Force Few albums are so compelling that they prompt a competing record label to go to court in attempt to block their potential popularity and success. Yet that's what happened in 1961 when Capitol Records legally forced Reprise Records, Frank Sinatra's new home, to change the title of Sinatra Swings to Swing Along With Me. Capitol felt that the blockbuster set was too close in sound (and title) to the Chairman's Come Swing With Me. Still, the action couldn't conceal the truth: Swing Along With Me is a phenomenal effort that finds the Voice in mellifluous form. Originally promoted as ''twelve of the most uninhibited things Sinatra ever recorded,'' Swing Along With Me pairs the legendary singer with arranger Billy May, who leads an orchestra that just doesn't quit. Just as impressive, the album features the incredible production standards for which the era is famous. The result: Tour de force vocals, fabulous rhythms, grand interpretations, and vivid sonics. Of course, the album is true to its title. Sinatra rarely, if ever, swung so hard (and effortlessly) as he does here. Whether it's his timing and voice control (''Don't Cry Joe''), diction and feeling (''Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone''), or note-perfect baritone (''Granada''), the Chairman makes the most out of Mays' brassy arrangements. Several unexpected touches - classically themed instrumental introductions, Spanish-influenced accents - add to the allure. Viewing the record as delivering one giant, swaggering groove after another is simplifying the magic contained within. But Swing Along With Me claims a big-band looseness and nightclub panache that makes it incredibly easy to enjoy. At the time, Sinatra was in the midst of his high-flying Rat Pack days, and he brings that same ring-a-ding-ding spirit to every tune here. As is the case with all of it

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is why we gave this man a spotlight May 15, 2008
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One! October 19, 2001
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Reprise offerings... January 25, 2001
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From the opening of "Falling in Love with Love," SWING ALONG WITH ME is a keeper. I don't know who plays the bass, but they're incredible - these big, fat swaggering notes dominate most of the tracks on the album.

The whole thing is spectacular - strings, saxophones, and above all, Billy May - aside from two novelty numbers that would've been more at home on "Come Fly With Me;" "Granada" and "Moonlight on the Ganges." The former is just the typical hokey Sinatra ode to a city and the Spanish-style sounds of the orchestra make it hard not to laugh, though the brass section is to be commended. The latter, however, is one of the worst Sinatra numbers I've ever heard as he sings it to "my little Hindu" and some verses are often embellished with a Chinese(?) flair on the vibraphone (dinky-dinky-ding-dong-dong-dong-chow!) and a huge gong crash - maybe they meant to call it "Moonlight on the Yangtze." The sheer badness makes it simultaneously the worst and best song ever - much like "Ol' MacDonald" from SWINGIN' SESSION.

As I said, one of the best Reprise titles, laregly due to its similarity to the Capitol material (thanks again to Billy May, though not as strong as COME DANCE WITH ME). Once you hear this album, however, you need to own it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra Swings! October 13, 2004
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy May triumphs...again
Aside from the litigation over the original album title, this album to me is about two songs: Granada and You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Happy.
Song ordered via Amazon mp3 app. The song was ONLY the chorus being sung. I ended up having to spend extra money, and order the original version of the song.
Published 3 months ago by James DiDonato
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sinatra!
Here's an earlier album from Sinatra that is a classic. If you have some of Sinatra's "Best of" albums, then get this one since many of these songs don't appear in those... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sci-Fi Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra Swings
Been a Sinatra fan for 50 plus years

Some great songs in this CD that I have not heard for a long time

If you are a fan of Sinatra you will love this CD
Published 9 months ago by Morris G. Hedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars "A bold, buoyant Frank Sinatra, breaking it up on twelve of the most...
The REPRISE label's second-ever LP has a rocky history.

Their first, RING-A-DING-DING! (R 1001) featured artwork similar to that used by Frank Sinatra's previous label,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Annie Van Auken
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Just like Ring-a-ding-doing, this is a album that swings, and will not be a disappointment. The sound and quality is good also. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by Jarmission
5.0 out of 5 stars not the correct title
This album is listed as "Sinatra Swings", which is not the title of the album here reviewed or that I ordered...Under the title "Swing Along With Me".... Read more
Published on September 22, 2011 by Mr. James M. Currie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sinatra-May Collaboration
Great Sinatra - fabulous Bill May. Sinatra's at the top of his game in this early 60's release, and it may be May's best arranging ever. Read more
Published on April 27, 2008 by Thomas Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sadly Underrated Gem.
Like his last Capitol album, "Point Of No Return," "Swing Along With Me" is sadly tossed off as a weak effort by Frank due to its relative lack of attention. Read more
Published on February 17, 2008 by Anthony Nasti
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a ring-a-ding world
(4.5/5 stars) This one has some great stuff! Other reviewers pretty much summed it up accurately when stating both that this sounds more like the Capitol years than later Reprise... Read more
Published on September 5, 2006 by Sarah Bellum
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