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It Might as Well Be Swing
It Might as Well Be Swing
General information
Artist
Arranger
Release date(s)
August 1964
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Recorded
June 9–12, 1964
Record Label
Producer
Sonny Burke
Product code
Track information
Discs
1
Total tracks
10
Length
27:22
Singles
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Reception
3½ / 5[1]
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Chronology

It Might as Well Be Swing is the forty-second studio album of Frank Sinatra's. The album was recorded and released under Reprise Records in 1964. It was Sinatra's first collaboration with Quincy Jones and his second with Count Basie's Orchestra, with the first collaboration with the orchestra being Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First.

This album features one of Sinatra's most famous songs, "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)". Sinatra's rendition of "Hello Dolly!" features a unique tribute verse to Louis Armstrong, the jazz trumpeter who charted this hit in early 1964. This album also features Sinatra's cover of the Tony Bennett song "The Best is Yet to Come," which become a concert favorite for Sinatra as well as the last song Sinatra played in a live performance.

The album's title "It Might as Well Be Swing" is a reference to the title of the famous standard "It Might as Well Be Spring".

Track listing Edit

  1. "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)" (Bart Howard) – 2:30
  2. "I Wish You Love" (Léo Chauliac, Charles Trenet, Albert Beach) – 2:56
  3. "I Believe in You" (Frank Loesser) – 2:21
  4. "More (Theme from Mondo Cane)" (Riz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero, Marcello Ciorciolini, Norman Newell) – 3:05
  5. "I Can't Stop Loving You" (Don Gibson) – 3:00
  6. "Hello, Dolly!" (Jerry Herman) – 2:45
  7. "I Wanna Be Around" (Johnny Mercer, Sadie Vimmerstedt) – 2:25
  8. "The Best is Yet to Come" (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) – 3:10
  9. "The Good Life" (Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon) – 3:10
  10. "Wives and Lovers" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:50

Reception Edit

Allmusic claimed that the album was the superior album to Sinatra-Basie, saying that the two "play with energy and vigor" whereas in Sinatra-Basie, they sound "worn out." The album scored a three and a half out of five stars.[1]

It Might as Well Be Swing peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 charts in 1964.[2]

Personnel Edit

Personnel
Al Aarons Trumpet
Ted Allen Photography
Israel Baker Violin
Count Basie Performer, Piano
The Count Basie Orchestra Performer
Thelma Beach Violin
Sonny Burke Producer
Henderson Chambers Trombone
George Cohn Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Stan Cornyn Liner Notes
Wallace Davenport Trumpet
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Eric Dixon Reeds
Bonnie Douglas Violin
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Frank Foster Vibraphone
Charlie Fowlkes Reeds
Lowell Frank Engineer
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Gregg Geller Producer
James Getzoff Violin
Ann Goodman Cello
Freddie Green Guitar
Stanley Harris Viola
Lee Herschberg Digital Mastering
Bart Howard Composer
Bill Hughes Trombone
Quincy Jones Arranger, Conductor
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Virginia Majewski Viola
Johnny Mercer Composer
Grover Mitchell Trombone
Erno Neufeld Violin
Sonny Payne Drums
Al Porcino Trumpet
Don Rader Trumpet
Lou Raderman Violin
Emil Richards Vibraphone
Paul Robyn Viola
Marshall Royal Reeds
Kenny Shroyer Trombone
Paul Shure Violin
Frank Sinatra Performer, Vocals
Marshall Sosson Violin
Sadie Vimmerstadt Composer
Gerald Vinci Violin
Frank Wess Reeds

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Allmusic review
  2. http://www.allmusic.com/album/it-might-as-well-be-swing-r26309/charts-awards

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