Frank Sinatra / Songs for Swingin’ Lovers – Reviewed in 2006

This is a Minty Capitol Black Label original LP with No Bar Code. They don’t come any better than this! It is amazingly quiet for an old Capitol, with excellent sound throughout.

Makin’ Whoopee is definitive in Sinatra’s and Nelson’s hands on this release. Never heard a better rendition. Love Nilsson’s but I think I have to hand the tallest trophy to Frank.

Many of the Sinatra Capitol Black Label releases do not sound good. They’re full of harmonic distortion, much like The Beatles’ records from that era. This copy is the exception. It’s full of life and clearly made from a good tape.

Sinatra pressings like this one benefit from better mastering, with those occasionally shrill upper mids under control while keeping the rich, warm sound of Sinatra’s voice intact.

Many reissues are flat and compressed, not to mention thin, grainy, and irritating.

“Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle returned to up-tempo, swing material with Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, arguably the vocalist’s greatest swing set… Sinatra is supremely confident throughout the album, singing with authority and joy. That joy is replicated in Riddle’s arrangements, which manage to rethink these standards in fresh yet reverent ways. Working with a core rhythm section and a full string orchestra, Riddle writes scores that are surprisingly subtle.” – AMG


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?