ALBUM TITLE: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!
ARTIST NAME: Frank Sinatra
YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956
Holly: I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Kelly: You Make Me Feel So Young
Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! Is the tenth album by Frank Sinatra, and his fourth for Capitol Records. The album was arranged by Nelson Riddle and was released in March 1956. Riddle decided to take a different tack after In the Wee Small Hours, trying to make a hipper, jazzier, and all around more exuberant record. This was the first album to top the UK billboard charts.
In 2000, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and was ranked number 306 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This album is also credited with being the beginning of the 15 track, 45 minute album, and the beginning of the 3 minute pop tune.
For more information on Frank Sinatra, please take a look at our review of the album, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, which was our first album review!
The cover art originally had Sinatra facing away from the young couple, but in 1957 Capitol altered it with a new image of Sinatra facing the couple.
Well, you’ve heard my opinion of Frank a few times now, so I won’t continue to bore you with that. I WILL however say that this album is just so much more of an entertaining listen than In the Wee Small Hours. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good ballad, but that whole album was one colour, and this one is so much more vibrant and colourful. The band sounds great, and Riddle did a great job with the arrangements, from small details like bass clarinet and bells, to big shout sections. This is my favourite thing about this album, how exciting and vibrant the band is!
I put above that my favourite track is I’ve Got You Under My Skin, which is mostly because I really like that tune, and also because the arrangement is great, from starting with swinging bari sax and bells intro, and the understated strings, it’s a slow build, which I really like.
I also like the arrangement of Our Love Is Here to Stay, but I wish it was a bit more upbeat, and that Sinatra was a bit more energized in that one.
Ohhhhhhh good. MORE Frank Sinatra. I’ve been pretty clear on how I feel about the man and the voice, but this album is quite different from the jazzy dirge we listened to before.
First, the good. This album is much more upbeat and fun than the last one. I actually really enjoy the orchestra and orchestration on this record. They’re fun, tight, in tune, nicely balanced, everything you would want or need for a backing band. One thing I will give Frank credit for vocally on this album is the last word he sings on You’re Too Marvelous for Words. It was a nice, in tune, powerful and clear sustained note.
Hearing all these similar sounding songs for 45 minutes, just one after the other makes me think of that old SNL sketch with Phil Hartman (RIP!) as later Frank Sinatra, in the studio singing duets with people like Bono, Meatloaf, Barbra Streisand, shitting on all of them and not even doing second takes, just relying on old standards while still being a total asshole.
My favourite song on the album I would say in the opener. When I first put the album on and this song came on (as I’ve mentioned, I like to listen to these albums while cleaning/doing dishes) I found myself dancing with myself around the kitchen. But as the songs went on, all seemingly to be a similar tempo and a similar key, I found my mind drifting to other things, unable to focus as much on the album and the songs playing. But I do actually like his voice on You Make Me Feel So Young, and if I HAD to listen to Frank Sinatra, this would be the kind of Sinatra I would listen to.
Unfortunately this album doesn’t really warm me up to Ol’ Blue Eyes as I don’t enjoy his voice in general. I would say sorry Frank, but like he would have given a shit anyway. This album is a pass.
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