Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! on Numbered Edition Hybrid Mono SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Fluid, Sweeping Milestone 1956 Set Arguably the Best Swing Album Ever Made
Captures Heft of Enthusiastic Orchestrations, Confidence of Sinatra's Voice
Includes Standard-Setting Renditions of "I've Got You Under My Skin," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "Pennies From Heaven"
Ranked #306 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Having endured a traumatic breakup and recorded his first "saloon style" concept album the year prior, Frank Sinatra returned with vivacious gusto on the aptly titled Songs for Swingin' Lovers!,
a light-on-its-feet set bursting with joyousness, pop, vitality,
optimism, and finger-snapping promise. Indisputably one of the greatest
swing efforts ever undertaken, it contains highlight-reel renditions of
now-standards such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "You Make Me Feel So
Young," and "Pennies From Heaven." The equivalent of a musical
fountain of youth, the fluid material mirrors Sinatra's confidence and
enthusiasm, which nearly burst off the page.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered-edition hybrid SACD presents in mono this jubilant affair,
eviscerating in transparency that rendered by the previous remasters and rivaling the sonics of the extremely rare original 45RPM
editions of the Capitol release. Akin to Mobile Fidelity's other Sinatra titles, it's the definitive pressing and one meant to be handed down to future generations.
There's every reason any music lover would yearn to be as close to the
music on this record as possible. And in rendering the scope, scale,
thrust, and peaks-and-valleys dynamics of the orchestra, not to mention
the timbral richness and full extension of Sinatra's impeccable singing, this pressing gives you a front-and-center chair to the sessions at the Hollywood studios.
Rare is the album replete with the superb combination of contagious
pitch-perfect singing, swaying tempos, life-affirming emotions, and
breezy string arrangements exemplified here. Nelson Riddle's
scales climb to unforeseen heights, the rushing crescendos and twirling
comedowns surging with power, persuasion, and pleasantry. At times, the
strings and rhythm section threaten to overwhelm Ol' Blue Eyes. Yet Sinatra, lighthearted and in great humor, is in such brilliant form, he matches the splendor and seems to invite Riddle to bring all he's got.
Songs For Swingin' Lovers! finds both icons at their peak, each having loads of fun and delighting in the songs' captivating faculties. Tenderness, swagger, affection, spring-like bloom, romance, danceability, smoothness, sentimentality—all present in spades, coursing through the arrangements and Sinatra's phrasing. A vocal pop masterpiece, and immediate mood-lifter, conceptual records don't come any better.
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“It’s one of the greatest albums ever, MoFi restored the pre-1957 cover art, Nelson Riddle was at his peak—we are talking true masterpiece here, and it swings all the way.”
Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! Listing:
—Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, June 2014
- You Make Me Feel So Young
- It Happened in Monterey
- You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
- You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
- Too Marvelous for Words
- Old Devil Moon
- Pennies From Heaven
- Love Is Here to Stay
- I've Got You Under My Skin
- I Thought About You
- We'll Be Together Again
- Makin' Whoopee
- Swingin' Down the Lane
- Anything Goes
- How About You?