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Songs For Swingin' Lovers! [LP]
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  • Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Nelson Riddle (conductor).
  • Recorded on October 17, 1955 and on January 9-17, 1956. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered using 20-bit technology.
  • Personnel: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Nelson Riddle (conductor, arranger); George Van Eps (guitar); Erno Neufeld, Samuel Cytron, Robert Gross, Alex Murray, Paul Nero, Henry Hill, Mischa Russell, Dan Lube, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, David Frisina, Felix Slatkin, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Harry Bluestone (violin); Maxine Johnson, Paul Robyn, Dave Sterkin, Milton Thomas, Alvin Dinkin (viola); Ennio Bolognini, Ray Kramer, Eleanor Slatkin, Cy Bernard (cello); Kathryn Julye (harp); Mahlon Clark, Justin Gordon, Warren Webb, Robert Lawson (reeds); Wilbur Schwartz (reeds, alto saxophone); Harry Klee (alto saxophone); Ted Nash, Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Morton Friedman (baritone saxophone); Shorty Sherock, Harry "Sweets" Edison, John Best, Zeke Zarchy, Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, Mannie Klein (trumpet); Dick Noel, Paul Tanner, Jim Priddy, Juan Tizol, Francis Howard, Milt Bernhart (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); William "Bill" Miller (piano); Joe Comfort (bass); Irving Cottler, Alvin Stoller, Frank Flynn (drums); Frank Flynn (percussion).
  • Recorded on October 17, 1955 and on January 9-17, 1956. Originally released on Capitol. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
  • When Sinatra teams up with conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle, you know the results are bound to swing, and swinging is what this brash, jazzy and very upbeat album is all about. Though the Chairman has staked his claim as the preeminent saloon singer, telling tale after tragic tale of love gone awry, this album represents the sunny side of Sinatra. He is bold and energetic here. His undeniably authoritative readings of songs like "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "You Make Me Feel So Young" MAKE them into standards, no matter who has sung them before.
  • Riddle's orchestrations are subtle but powerful, and SWINGIN' LOVERS finds Sinatra's voice bouncing off punchy horn stabs and floating gently along sweet rivers of woodwinds. One of the most impressive aspects of Sinatra's talent is his control over the tone and shape of his voice. His singing is expansive and fluid-sounding, but it's plain that every atom of that sound is crafted with the utmost precision. Sinatra's depth of musical understanding makes his delivery of even light-hearted songs like "Anything Goes" and "Makin' Whoopee" cut as deeply as his most romantic ballad.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p.107) - Ranked #23 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records" - "...Classic songs meet the classic voice...His most muscular vocals..."

Vibe (12/99, p.164) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Mojo (Publisher) (2/01, pp.104-5) - "...Features Sinatra in ebullient mood....set against a backdrop of inspired Nelson Riddle arrangements played by Hollywood's finest. Sometimes the solos were so magical, they almost upstaged Frank's own vocals..."

NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #34 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
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