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Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (1956)
General information
Artist
Arranger
Release date(s)
March 5, 1956 (LP)
January 20, 1987
September 8, 1998 (CD)
Recorded
October 17, 1955, January 9 – 12, 16, 1956[1]
Record Label
Producer
Voyle Gilmore
Product code
Track information
Discs
1
Total tracks
15
Length
43:59
Singles
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Reception
5 / 5 [2]
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Alternate cover art
Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (Post 1957)
Post 1957 art
Chronology

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! is the fourth studio album recorded by Frank Sinatra under Capitol Records. Like many of Sinatra's albums, this was arranged by Nelson Riddle. Songs for Swingin' Lovers! was first released in 1956 and houses some of Sinatra's greatest hits such as "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "You Make Me Feel So Young."

The recordings were only in mono and made with a 35-piece orchestra comprising the finest West Coast session musicians.

The album art initially featured an orange design with a shadowed Sinatra looking aside from a young couple. In 1957, Capitol Records changed the album's artwork to depict Sinatra looking at the couple. This new art follows through with all new releases of the album.

History Edit

Production Edit

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! was recorded primarily throughout January. The record was recorded at the Capitol Records Studios building in Hollywood, California. One recording session took place in October of 1955, however.[1]

Track information Edit

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! features a concept of a man who just found joy in a new love and the songs of the album follow a story of this man's relationship as he eventually leaves her and finds a new woman instead. Riddle's arrangements in the album are primarily swinging grooves that try not to blare out to the listener and are rather subtle and more quiet compared to many of Sinatra's later swinging records.

Track listing Edit

  1. "You Make Me Feel So Young" (Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon) – 2:57
  2. "It Happened in Monterey" (Mabel Wayne, Billy Rose) – 2:36
  3. "You're Getting to be a Habit with Me" (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) – 2:19
  4. "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman) – 2:48
  5. "Too Marvelous for Words" (Richard A. Whiting, Johnny Mercer) – 2:29
  6. "Old Devil Moon" (Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg) – 3:56
  7. "Pennies from Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) – 2:44
  8. "Love is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:42
  9. "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Cole Porter) – 3:43
  10. "I Thought About You" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Mercer) – 2:30
  11. "We'll Be Together Again" (Carl T. Fischer, Frankie Laine) – 4:26
  12. "Makin' Whoopee" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 3:06
  13. "Swingin' Down the Lane" (Isham Jones, Kahn) – 2:54
  14. "Anything Goes" (Porter) – 2:43
  15. "How About You?" (Burton Lane, Ralph Freed) – 2:45

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! EP Edit

Capitol Records released several Extended Play records for European release throughout the 50s. Sinatra's Songs for Swingin' Lovers! was no exception to this, having four separate EP releases, breaking the album up into four short discs.

EP track listing Edit

Part 1[3]
  1. "You Make Me Feel So Young" (Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon) – 2:57
  2. "It Happened in Monterey" (Mabel Wayne, Billy Rose) – 2:36
  3. "Anything Goes" (Porter) – 2:43
  4. "How About You?" (Burton Lane, Ralph Freed) – 2:45
Part 2[4]
  1. "You're Getting to be a Habit with Me" (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) – 2:19
  2. "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman) – 2:48
  3. "Makin' Whoopee" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 3:06
  4. "Swingin' Down the Lane" (Isham Jones, Kahn) – 2:54
Part 3[5]
  1. "Too Marvelous for Words" (Richard A. Whiting, Johnny Mercer) – 2:29
  2. "Old Devil Moon" (Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg) – 3:56
  3. "We'll Be Together Again" (Carl T. Fischer, Frankie Laine) – 4:26
Part 4[6]
  1. "Pennies from Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) – 2:44
  2. "Love is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:42
  3. "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Cole Porter) – 3:43
  4. "I Thought About You" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Mercer) – 2:30

Reception Edit

Allmusic gave Songs for Swingin' Lovers a perfect five out of five star score, arguing the album to be Sinatra's "greatest swing set." On the arrangements of the ablum, Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes "working with a core rhythm section and a full string orchestra, Riddle writes scores that are surprisingly subtle."[2]

Rolling Stone reviewed the album and also gave it a perfect five out of five star score.[7]

Songs for Swingin' Lovers peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts of 1956 and in Britain, where they did not discriminate albums from singles in the charts at that time, it reached number 12 in the pop charts for eight weeks.[8]

Personnel Edit

Personnel
Carl Fischer Composer
Voyle Gilmore Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger, Conductor
Frank Sinatra Performer, vocals
Pete Welding Compilation, liner notes

Gallery Edit

References Edit



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