Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)
A highly recommended listening exercise in juxtaposition:
1) Listen to 1955’s In The Wee Small Hours. The heartbreak is almost tangible.
2) Check out Ol’ Blue Eyes doing a 180 on Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! The change in mood is astonishing, the sheer jubilation of this record is likely immeasurable. So irrepressible in fact that the exclamation mark & dropped ‘g’ in the album title only begin to convey the enthusiasm!
I’m not knocking it, I had a fantastic time listening to this one. Especially when my 3-year old started cleverly changing the words of the opening track to “You make me feel so
Sinatra reminds me of one of my favourite hockey players from the 90s, Sergei Fedorov. The ladies loved ’em, they could play any role, both were beyond talented & smooth. Arguably self-assured to a fault as everything they did seemed effortless, fans perhaps sometimes wished for them to visibly exert themselves a bit more!
Most importantly, they had all-star supporting casts. For years, Fedorov played on a hall of fame-bound Detroit Red Wings team. In the mid-50s, Sinatra played with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra.
The album is littered with brilliant arrangements but the best of the bunch, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, also features the best story. Apparently, at the last possible minute (as late as en route to the studio in the back of a cab), Riddle frantically arranged the song. The reaction by the musicians after playing the hastily arranged piece? Sincere applause.