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Songs For Swingin' Lovers!

Frank Sinatra

1956

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!

Album Summary

Songs for Swingin' Lovers! is the tenth album by American singer Frank Sinatra and his fourth for Capitol Records. It was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in March 1956 on LP and January 1987 on CD. It was the first album ever to top the UK Albums Chart.

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Rating

3.55

Votes

4750

Genres

  • Jazz
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4

Every song on this album sounded the same, it barely registered to me where one song ended and the next began. Good news is, all of these "different" songs were pretty pleasant, and I honestly can't say anything bad about it. Whatever I was doing while I was listening to this album was just a little but more enjoyable for it.

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4

The album's title predated the term "swinging" in the sense of partner-swapping sex by 8 years, inadvertently creating a pun on top of the original pun (whereby swinging could refer to either the genre of swing as well as the original innocent meaning of swinging; i.e., to have a good time).

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Shite.

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5

A classic. Love Frank Sinatra.

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5

Peak Sinatra and as smooth as silk from start to finish. It's easy to see how this music and Frank himself became something of a lifestyle brand for a few decades--idealized romance and class.

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5

Iconic voice! A beautiful set of songs. Nice easy listening. Big band to soft flute. Simple lovey songs that are great on a fall afternoon with a cup of tea.

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5

A lot of these songs don't originate with Sinatra, so why is this album a must listen? Nelson Riddle. He's one of, if not the best oranger in the American Popular Songbook. Entire papers and documentaries have been created on what he did with I've Got You Under My Skin - one of my favorite Sinatra songs for the very reason Nelson Riddle is amazing. The trombone transition at the end of the song merits this album the full five stars it deserves, the same material in the hands of any other combo of arranger/singer would yield more Michael Bublé oatmeal.

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4

I mean, something about Frank is really comforting in a weird way? Like warm and fuzzy even when he’s singing about weird stuff like Makin Whoopee. Like Aretha, I find it interesting that it was so common to just re-record the same songs onto albums. I don’t necessarily see it as a negative, just a product of the time. It does look like some lyrics were changed though. My lizard brain wants to rate this a 5, but I think I’ll actually go with a 4.

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4

It's a great album through and through, for Frank Sinatra's sound. I just have to admit that I really only like him in smaller doses than this. half an album's worth is fun, an entire album of these crooners blends together for me.

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4

El balance entre lo grave y lo agudo, la cantidad perfecta de volumen y la aparente falta de esfuerzo para cantar no me dejan más que disfrutar siempre la voz de Sinatra. Gran instrumentación y supongo que buenas letras (porque, como de costumbre, no le puse atención a las letras), el único problema para mí sería la falta de variedad en el disco que, por más que la voz es deleitable, termina por aburrirme.

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4

Surprised by how many of these songs I recognized. Shows how important this album is culturally. Enjoyed it more than I thought, would be nice to have on in the background when trying to feel fancy. Also enjoyed the different turns of phrase that existed 70 years ago

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4

Un disco fresquito, ideal para escuchar mientras cortas el pasto o preparás una comida rica.

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4

Ver Nice!-In my best Borat voice

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4

Majestic! I know it is dumb to admit it, but subconsciously Sinatra’s music takes me to a peaceful place. It makes me feel protected and optimistic. It’s like being a child… being a child watching the Looney Tunes in a Saturday morning. I think it’s maybe because reminds me of my dad…

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3

An album covering "existing pop standards in a hipper, jazzier fashion". Without having to listened to lots of the previous or subsequent versions, it's hard to say how innovative these arrangements were, but the album certainly feels vital. Even if it's hard to reconcile covers of songs from more than 20 years earlier going toe to toe with Elvis and early rock music, the songs and performances from Sinatra are still evocative of a time and mood. Whether any songs are the definitive versions, this was an enjoyable listen and probably one of the starkest contrasts from the Marshall Mathers LP when the most risqué thing discussed is "Makin' Whoopee"

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3

it’s good. i just don’t really like it. 2.5

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3

The album starts off with those strong hipster cocktail party vibes that place me in a fancy hotel bar drinking $14 martinis all by my lonesome. Look, Sinatra sings a lot about dumb "I'm so rich and hot and famous" white people shit but I can't help it if I enjoy some big band every now and then. Also, there's literally a song on here called Makin' Whoopee... such simpler times.

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3

So iconic that it feels like a cliche.

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3

*Swoon*, this cat sure knows how to swing. Jazz standards never fail to satisfy. But the album feels safe and clean, a collection of great singles without much of a through line and that's A-okay. Effortlessly cool and Suave as Ol' Blue Eyes. Perfect for a Cocktail party that you just don't want to end, but I'm not sure I'll return to the whole. Just the parts of its sum.

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3

When he said forget, it sounded a lot like baguette. 5/10, neat but not for me

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3

Feel good album by the legend himself. Buble go home.

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3

I've always enjoyed Frank Sinatra's voice. Its smooth, it croons, and it can really set a mood. But if I'm going to rate a musician I'd like them to actually create some of the music. Don't get me wrong he is a fantastic singer, but he didn't write these songs or play on them, so no matter how deep I fall into those ol' blue eyes I still got to say this one was a middling effort.

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3

Cool mais un peu redondant

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3

Sounds like Frank Sinatra, exactly what you'd expect. If you already like Sinatra, you'll like this.

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3

It's hard to separate the music from the image (and admittedly hard to get Joe Piscopo's and Phil Hartman's Frank Sinatra characitures out of my head whenever I hear Frank sing, as well as the Johnny Fontane character in the Godfather movies), so I really tried to clear my mind of all the cultural stuff and just listen. I still like the music -- that era's swing-jazz-pop music is a lot of fun -- although I found from listening to it again, really focusing on the music, without all the Sinatra image stuff in it, it's just okay. There are artists from that era I like better. It doesn't really matter because there's no satisfying answer to the artist v. art question, but I'm glad I pushed myself to listen to it that way. Given this album and artist's massive appeal and popularity, makes sense it's on this list.

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3

This was an interesting experience. It's not just that so many of these songs are standard, but it's when they are sung in a Sinatra-esque fashion - and that casts a long shadow, retrospectively. Despite the name, the collection of songs feels quite tame, the marital drama of \"Makin Whoopee\" being a throwback to the time before middle-class contraception. I'm not sure if this is one of those highly influential albums, or if it's just representative of a bangin' pop album of its era. I think the familiarity of every darn track made it hard to engage. It's more like the sort of album that Auntie Pam has playing in the background while she makes the finishing touches to her cocktail evening preparation.

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3

How can you not like some Frank Sinatra. Easy to listen to and sort of comforting. Only complaint is it seemed like one 45 minute song. 3

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3

Un album sans surprise aucune de la part de notre antiquité musicale préférée.

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3

Sinatra couldn't sing a song bad if he'd try. It's not that every song he sings is great, it's just that the formula consisting of his vocal style of swing instrumentation sounds great. I could listen to Sinatra for hours. One of the most accessible and easy-listening traditional pop albums out there. However, only few of his songs have more substance than the jazzy sound and great voice. On one hand, we have very consistent efforts that makes for a pleasing experience, yet most of the tracks are soulless and yet to be inspired.

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2

It’s Sinatra. No pressure pop/jazz. Non offensive. Fine but not interesting

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5

Some nice classics. “Anything Goes” and “You Make Me Feel So Young” feel pretty timeless in all honesty. Pretty consistent tunes, nothing drowning the others out.

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5

Classic. What a voice

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5

What a guy

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5

What a voice!

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5

Probably my favorite album that's been on the list so far. I love Frank Sinatra, and it really kept me together during a long day.

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5

Great stuff

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5

First album on the list. How can you complain about Sinatra as your first album? Especially with the first song being you make me feel so young. I think I'm going to enjoy this daily album challenge

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5

Cinco estrellas con base en el método preestablecido y auditable en todos aspectos. De esos discos que debería escuchar una vez al día, ya no digamos en la vida.

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5

JUST GREAT.

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5

Frank is always an excelletn choice!

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5

Fabulous

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5

Love it! Relax

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5

Perfect for a date - dinner night at home

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5

Frank Sinatra! Altijd geweldig!

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5

Pues nada nuevo, se conoce la potencia vocal de este hombre, las letras son muy bonitas y están musicalizadas de manera impecable. Es lo que es.

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5

Great sunny day walking music. Upbeat, swingin' & happy

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5

Classic

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5

Great album for a sunny workday morning.

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5

It's Sinatra, what's not to enjoy?

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5

Although not what you mould consider an album by modern standards, this is an amazing collection of Old Blue Eyes.

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5

I love the orchestra in the background. I would knock off half a star because the songs are all really similar.

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5

What can you say about this one? Classic Sinatra. All great songs. Missing a couple of my favorite Sinatra songs (like Luck Be a Lady), but they're all exactly what you'd expect on a Sinatra album.

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5

Yeah, baby. Yeah! Love Frank.

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5

Man, this album is just classic. I miss the days when 3-minute songs were the norm. Hit 'em hard and leave 'em wanting more seems to be the Sinatra formula and damn if it doesn't work. Just super enjoyable.

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5

Great album

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5

It's old blue eyes. A shitty, shitty man, but a great singer.

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5

This is absolutely sensational. Can't fault it in any way whatsoever. Gotta be a 5 all things considered

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5

Excellent album. It came out when my Dad was still young. It makes me think of my grandparents hanging out with some friends and playing some Sinatra on their record player. Happy Vibes.

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5

Classic album and really nice to listen to.

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5

When I was a teenager I used to dismiss Frank's music as the stuff old people listen to and never really gave it a listen. Boy was I wrong. This stuff is timeless and I could listen to it all day. I love Frank's voice, the arrangements are amazing and both create a great vibe that just stays with you long after the album is over. I was listening to this on the way to work a few days ago and found myself humming the tunes throughout the whole day.

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5

There's something to be said for an album that just seems to be done so care-free, so effortlessly. I know the band and everyone worked hard on this record, but it doesn't sound that way. And that, right there, is true professionalism. Making something challenging look easy. I don't know if I would have appreciated this album as much if I hadn't played an instrument. But wow, this stuff is great. And it's 65 years old, and it doesn't sound it. Great stuff.

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5

Peak Sinatra, the lead track might be my favorite of all his recordings. It's worth pointing out that this was the peak of his career revival with Capitol and a huge deal to the Italian American community, who had in Sinatra a role model for getting out of underclass status in America.

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5

Very enjoyable

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5

❤️

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5

The definition of classy music. Sublime instrumentation throughout. There's old-fashioned magic here.

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5

Listened to this twice in a row and again in the following days when I should have been listening to other albums, oops. I love this style of music and Frank is in charge of it so this is a big winner for me. It's just so classic love love love

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5

lovely! classic! wonderful!

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5

Swingin good time

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5

I like everyone else like to listen to Frank Sinatra around Christmas time. When did he become such a Christmas classic? Was that always the case or is that like a 21st century thing...

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5

Love the chairman

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5

Love it!

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5

Love it.

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5

It's Frank's world, we just live in it.

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5

An almost perfect album, every song is memorable.

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5

Sinatra never go out of style.

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5

Classic Franky!👍

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5

Classic

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5

An absolute classic album, through and through. A velvety sound from the backing orchestra, and an even smoother voice coming from Sinatra. A beautiful album that has remained timeless and will continue to. Let the sun shine and the jazz swing.

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5

Old School music, to give a bit of swing to your day. Great album with some of the most famous classics.

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5

Fatastisk

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5

Sinatra's 10th album. Arranged by Nelson Riddle. This album has 15 songs that were pop standards reinterpreted by Sinatra (and Nelson) in a more jazzy way. I have to say I was in a pretty grumpy mood and then I listened to this. Now, not as grumpy. This is the first Sinatra album I listened to, especially at any depth. One impressive thing about these songs is his timing and interactions with the orchestra. He seems to be almost playing with them and when the music steps up, he steps backs. Great patience. Also, absolutely great arrangements by Nelson Riddle. All songs are in the three- to four-minute long range. You can't go wrong with any of these. To really do a thorough review, I would have needed to go back and listen to the original songs or at least the best-known versions for comparison. Unfortunately, no time for that. A song highlight for me is "I Got You Under My Skin" which is a Cole Porter tune where I had heard the orginal. Sinatra's delivery and the orchestra taking off midstream with the trombone and horns are tremendous. Other songs which I note for there uplifting spirit and overall excellence: "Too Marvelous for Words," "Pennies from Heaven " You Make Me Feel So Young." This is an album to lift you up on a rainy day or when you might be in a grumpy mood.

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5

BOING

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5

capo capon

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5

It's probably cool to bash Frank these days, but I love these albums.

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5

Frank Sinatra makes me feel like Fred Astaire (but less tired).

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5

Sinatra never sounded better than on this glorious collection of love songs, featuring music beautifully arranged by the peerless Nelson Riddle. It stands as an example of that shining optimism in American popular culture during the 1950s, a confidence and swagger which came from ruling the world in the post war years. Here was Sinatra, coming from rags to riches, handsome as they come, Oscar winning actor and incredible singer, the finest interpreter of popular music and American standards the century ever saw (although maybe Ella would have something to say about that). The future surely never sounded as bright with this album in the background. Here was lyrical romance for the average Joe and Jane, songs comparing love to regular coffee and tea - not high falutin' poetry of mountains and valleys and skies - everyday life, your life and my life, but sounding so sweet in Sinatra's smooth swing voice. The story of the album's finest moment - I've Got You Under My Skin - shows what great art comes from adversity. Sinatra was due to fly to Palm Springs but the music label head, excited by the pre-orders for the album granted the album an extended length, which meant recording three more songs in a hurry before Sinatra disappeared. Calling up Riddle late at night, Sinatra suggested three tunes to try and so Riddle, still feeling an eagerness to please Frank, despite a collaboration of a few years' standing, ferociously works through the night to come up with arrangements for the recording session the next day. Still scribbling in the cab on the way to the studio the next morning on virtually no sleep, Riddle delivers the manuscript to the orchestra who work through the first and second before arriving at I've Got You Under My Skin. Legend has it the band upon playing it through, applauded Riddle for the arrangement (no mean feat impressing cynical, world weary musicians such as these). Sinatra was so keen to get it right that take after take was recorded. The trombone player, Milt Bernhart, whose incredible solo plays during the middle eighth, following the almighty crescendo from the horn section, knowing Sinatra rarely goes beyond four or five takes, saved all his good stuff for the first few recordings. Knowing something special is here, though, and Frank keeps pushing to go again. Exhausted around take ten Bernhart is seething when the booth tell him they can't pick him up on mic clearly enough - could he get closer? Not able to grow in height and saying so, who should be so determined to get it right but there is Sinatra, rolling up his sleeves, fetching a box for Bernhart to stand on. Ahead of take 22, Bernhart is sweating, unsure if he's got another in him. But push on he does and there, there goes the take, the pure magic, with Sinatra batting back everything thrown at him in that final, verse of unalloyed joy. Magic happened that day and we get to enjoy it still to this day. Songs for Swingin' Lovers. One of the greatest achievements of the 20th century.

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5

Absolute classic. How anyone can not give old blue eyes 5 stars is beyond me. Maybe I'm just an old fart. That voice so smooth, the orchestra so jazzy, the overall effect is like slipping into a warm bath. I feel relaxed.

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5

Some of my favorite Sinatra songs on this album. There was a pleasant cover of Anything Goes by Cole Porter on here. Which for any Fallout fans out there will sound immediately familiar.

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5

After being slightly disappointed by “In The Wee Small Hours”, Frank’s release from the year before this one, I wasn’t sure how this might go. Everything about this was better. Nelson Riddle and his orchestra really shines. They would make this album a five with any number of crooners at the mic - check out the incredible instrumental break in “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. Still, Frank is particularly on point here and compliments these arrangements perfectly. Forget the wee small hours… I’m cooling it with the swingin’ lovers!

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5

I could swing with Frank all day!

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5

This was definitely a swingin' album. Loved it!!

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5

I love this as a counterpart to In the Wee Small Hours. That one, torchy and emotional, with this one, joyful and exuberant. He made it through the dark night and finally found love! Whoopee! As with that album, this never feels campy or over the top. What I noticed is that Sinatra is such a master of syncopation and phrasing that people have constantly imitated, parodied, and exaggerated it ever since (including Frank himself down the road. I've tried to imitate it and it really can go terribly wrong.) The real thing, however, is masterful. For a good example, I would suggest the opening of "Anything Goes." Subtle, but distinctive and effective. I was intrigued by the idea (simplified here) that Sinatra's fame in the 40s was due to his natural abilities, but that in the 50s he worked really really hard to develop his voice and get back in the game after a lull in his career. "I've Got You Under My Skin" really showcases how good he sounds through a wide vocal range. It's an incredible performance at the apex of his singing. It's also important to give credit to Nelson Riddle, who was absolutely key to making this album so great. Any singer was lucky to sing to his arrangements and orchestra.

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5

I did not expect to be reading about the history of "swinging" today, but that is the beauty of having the Wikipedia articles hyperlinked on here. Part of me likes to think that this was the reason for the choice of name. Sinatra had such a wonderfully smooth voice. I normally have a lot more to say about my 5 star albums. This one speaks enough for itself without me talking too much about it. "You Make Me Feel So Young" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" are all time classics and cement my choice of a 5. I Would very happily listen to it top to bottom again.

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5

Great

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5

Can't go wrong with Sinatra, I love his music so much

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5

listen, it’s sinatra. you know what you’re getting, and it’s going to be great every time.

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5

Fantastic. It’s hard to go wrong with Sinatra but there are no duds on this album. The master is great (not always a given for these older albums) and it’s really a joy to listen to

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5

I really dig this record. Frank Sinatra at the height of his powers, with some really great arrangements from Nelson Riddle. Classic uptempo numbers from the great American songbook, sung with such confidence. This is such a great, breezy listen of classic songs sung by one the greatest interpreters over one of the great bands. These are the reference versions of these standards. I initially wanted to give this four stars, but I think I just talked myself into five stars. And, truth be told, if I put on a Sinatra album, it is always this or In the Wee Small Hours (if I want ballads). "How About You?" is playing as I write this review, and it genuinely provokes a smile. Can't ask for better than that.

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5

Hadn’t played this for a while, but I was brought up attending the Church of Sinatra on a regular basis, so am totally familiar with the album. Great thing about the opening track is that he not only feels so young but he sounds so young, even though he was 40 when these songs were recorded. He was in great voice. The period he was with Capitol Records produced his best work, as far as I was concerned. And there’s no doubt Nelson Riddle had a lot to do with it. The arrangements are sensational. Most of the 14 tracks rate highly in the so-called great American songbook. Worth it just for I’ve Got You Under My Skin - one of Cole Porter’s finest & one of the great vocals of all time. A classic.

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5

Okay, I was fully expecting a Leonard Cohen album repeat where I was bored out of my mind. But no. FIVE STARS. Almost got hit by a car swaying back and forth on my bike. This album had Some killer hits, but also, what life lessons I wish I had heard before. Maybe I’d spend more time yelling at octogenarian neighbors for creating a world where “Anything goes.” Maybe we would have thought twice about having kids if I’d heard the words: “He's washin' dishes and baby clothes He's so ambitious, he even sews But don't forget folks, that's what you get folks…” We’ll never know. All I know is some punk kids are going to give this a two because these days only four letter words count as prose. Anything goes.

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4

Charming, in his bag, sexy Frank absolutely > sleepy wee hours Frank

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4

2 classics but the rest were alright

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4

Great album from Old Blue Eyes!

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4

Not my favorite but Frank does it again

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4

Not something I would listen to every day, but Frank Sinatra is obviously a legend. Every track was catchy

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4

classic! i prefer his concept records but this is a real crowd pleaser. fav track: makin' whoopee

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4

I literally have no complaints

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4

Corny lyrics...but it was a different time...

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4

timeless. Classic romantic album

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4

mini short songs yesssss. this really was perfect for swingin’ lovers wow. 4 but only just

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4

Very enjoyable, some classic songs on here. Maybe only one dud toward the end of the album.

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4

Upbeat great tunes to just chill to with yo boo 4.1

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4

Pensé que no tanto... luego si, luego no tanto. Creo que necesito unos martinis para analizar esto como se debe.

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4

Classic Sinatra.

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4

definitely songs for lovers. great to add one or two in a larger mix.

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4

Classic album! Many great songs - Pennies from Heaven, I've Got You Under My Skin, etc.

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4

Sinatra being Sinatra

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4

Es un disco bonito, siento que se nota que es soundtrack, pero no me lo podría explicar. La instrumentación, buena, la voz de Frank me gusta mucho, sin embargo, llega un momento en que es un poco cansado, es como lo mismo y seguimos en ese empalagamiento de estos sonidos. "Too Marvelous for Words" y "Love is Here to Stay" creo que son las que más me gustaron. A veces pienso que mucho de este tipo de música, y la asociación a "épocas doradas", es lo que me hacen odiar un poquito menos a Estados Unidos. 8/10

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4

No soy experto en música pero les comparto unos puntos: 1. El inicio de ciertas canciones me recordaban a la pantera rosa. 2. Este disco sale 3 años después de que santa anna vendiera todo el norte de México entonces ya entendí porque hablaba de un monterey californiano y un old méxico jajaja igual ya sabían pero pss yo no 3. había una rola que olía a pañal o se me hacia muy vieja pero no recuerdo cual saludos me despido con sus aplausos silenciosos.

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4

Classic Sinatra. "You make me feel so young" is the best song. 8/10.

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4

Música cincuentera.

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4

Great album

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4

Hard not to love the vibe of this

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4

Too many classics to be less than a 4

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4

I promise I was listening to the other ones. I just didn’t realize I didn’t have to type and could just rank songs. While I’m typing... this gave me these vibes: 1-Christmas 2-Antiquing 3-A&W 4-Parent Trap Idk that’s just the tea

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4

Frank también acompaña y reconforta, por supuesto.

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4

Frank ansaitsisi viitosen, mutta materiaali ei ollut ihan sitä parasta. Mutta kyllä tämä kelpaa.

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4

Mies jonka äänellä voisi jopa yrittää Lekan enkelikuoron jäseneksi! Mielestäni tämä rakkauslaulujen kavalkadi jäi hieman tasaiseksi, jotta olisi viiteen tähteen yltänyt. Hienoa musiikkia joka tapauksessa.

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4

Classic album by a great singer. I need to be in the mood for Sinatra, though, and I didn't like the take on \"Anything Goes.\" Wonderful band and arrangements. I listened to it twice.

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4

One of the key voices of the 20th Century. A real singer of the "Great American Songbook." Swing/Jazz. BT: You Make Me Feel So Young, I've Got You Under My Skin, Anything Goes

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4

Enjoyed far more than "wee small hours" - I prefer more upbeat.

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4

La “voz” siempre será la voz

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4

A good old swing album, nothing too advanced.

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4

-Frank reminds me so much of my Dad. The voice alone -I see why he was so famous -Has no real narrative opening/closing like contemporary albums. Starts on a high

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this just sounds perfect lol it doesnt make me feel melancholic as i wouldve thought, instead im all floaty and in a good mood lol. im surprised im liking sinatra so much. ill probably comeback to the two records i got so far. not something I’ll be in the mood for often but really nice

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How can you go past some absolute classic Sinatra? Its a pleasant listen and kind of reminds me of a simpler time. Classic big band sound, dulcet tone of Frank how can you go wrong? Best: I've Got You Under My Skin; Anything Goes Worst: We'll be Together Again; Swingin' Down the Lane

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Quite a few classics, even though I never liked his voice.

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Classic and timeless. There’s a reason almost everyone like Sinatra. Listening to this makes me feel like I’m in New York City.

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7/28 Consistently smooth classic love songs. Standout Tracks: You Make Me Feel So Young, You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me, Old Devil Moon, Makin' Whoopee, How About You?

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//Favs: – Score: Light 4

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While Frank is not my go-to crooner (I'm a Mel Torme fan), there's no denying the power of ol' Blue Eyes. This collection of songs of the great American songbook is a master class in performance by one of the best ever. Sometimes Frank's phrasing bugs me, but other times the story he tells in his timbre and range can't be beat. His backing orchestra under the masterful baton of Nelson Riddle does seriously swing, bringing the whole package to the highest level.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: You make me feel so young, I’ve got you under my skin

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J’adore frank sinatra . Et album est egale a sontalent et anything goes est venu chercher d ebon souvenirs . 4.75

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Melódico. Suave. Jazz, swing

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Classic tracks sung by a great singer. What's not to like

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magical

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Smooth as smooth can be. He does have a good voice, and I don't mind a bit of jazzy crooner big band when it's done right. And having some old-time music after a couple of weeks of 1980s-1990s heavy stuff was nice. Weird to think my grandad probably had this on the turntable back in '56.

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Smooth. You don't get to be a legend unless you're really good. Sinatra's voice just carries. And it's so free and easy. His backing band is pretty good too. The album holds up pretty well, I'll bet even my kids wouldn't totally hate it (and they hate anything not made in the last 10 years). I'm pretty indifferent when it comes to jazz but much respect here.

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Doesn't get more classic than this.

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Makin' whoopee is the best title I've heard in a while.

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There's a reason why Sinatra is synonymous with having a gorgeous voice. Dude can sing. Swing isn't my normal style but I have to say this album is really amazing.

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Charisma out the ears

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Just fun swing

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Easy listening, it's Frank Sinatra so you should know what you're getting. Enjoyed this album, keeps a consistent tone throughout. "Makin Whoopee" was a little smutty, keep it clean Blue Eyes!

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My co-judge says she likes this except for the parts where the trumpet section blasts in unison. I like his delivery, the way the songs swing and the lyrics, especially in the funnier songs like Makin’ Whoopee. I keep thinking of all these young tin-pan-alley guys grinding out tunes hoping someone like Frank would pick them up. I’ve always wanted to hear Frank at his very best, because, in much of what makes it onto the radio, he’s past his prime. I think he's a great singer but if I were to judge him purely on his voice, I prefer the silkier voices of his not-quite-as-famous-or-prolific peers like Dean Martin or Mel Torme.

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I generally like this. While some of the songs are lame, Frank makes them good. He has a hell of a voice but also has charisma. You don't have to see Frank to see his charisma. His charisma is there when you listen to his records and also evident from his pictures.

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swingin'!

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elegant and relaxing, classic

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A great surprise! Very upbeat and theatrical

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Bitchin'

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Oooooo it's a smooooooooth one

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I mean it's a good album for when I am feeling pretty good. I Really only listen to Sinatra around Christmas. But this album was solid.

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a classic

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This is one of my favorites! So charming, lightweight, and easy to listen to.

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Muy buen disco

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I mean ... it's Frank!

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first listen such a smooth voice, great backing band

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A Classic from Frank Sinatra for sure. While not every track hits, this whole album was just plain fun to listen to. Here's the gist, if you like the Fallout game's upbeat radio music, you'll like this album. Favorites: "You Make Me Feel So Young", "Too Marvelous For Words", "I've Got You Under My Skin"

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What a voice.

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bom.

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Pretty fun album.

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4,5 actually, iconic voice, released in 1956, he couldn't actually do more than that when it comes to instruments, he has some better songs of course (the classics) but still the disc on a very good level

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Me gustó. Frank Sinatra no falla. Ese pop-jazz me parece muy bueno, me hace acordar a las peliculas románticas de hace unos cuantos años. Para un restaurant o una cena a la noche re va. Todo muy romantico. Encima, muy buena voz.

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I'm from New Jersey. My wedding was catered by a man who had more pictures of Sinatra in his store, than I have of my own mother in my house. I've been to more weddings where the first dance song was Sinatra than all other songs combined. Sinatra is so much background to my youth and growing up, that I simultaneously enjoy him, and tune him out. My personal bias aside, it's nice to see him included in this list. I still enjoyed it, even the "kids these days are degenerates" anthem "Anything Goes". Favorite tracks: "Anything Goes", "I Thought of You", "You Make Me Feel So Young"

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Nice to dance around to

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Delightful always enjoy a bit of Frank

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Makes me want to go to a key party.

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The oldest record I have made so far, from 1956, and almost the oldest on the book itself. There are not many records on the pages before this one, and the first listed is also from Frank, one year prior to this one. Which makes me think that the decades of the 30s and 40s were completely ignored. Further research shows that the first 12" 33 1/3 RPM Long Play record was introduced in 1948, so it kind of makes sense. Still, in the setting of this challenge/game I would have loved to be able to go further down history than the 50s. Now, back to Songs For Swingin' Lovers! (The exclamation mark belongs on the title) What can I say? According to the book, it's the record that defined the pop format with all the songs clocking at 3 minutes in average. For me it's like time travel, to a time where the way relationships were conceived was quite different than today's, and there is a really romantic and soothing quality about that, in the sense that things seemed to be quite easier, that there was this sort of candor and innocence that western culture was about to definitely (and irreparably so) lose in the following decade. It really encapsulates the ultimate nostalgic feeling, and I wonder if it was intended to be that way at the time of recording.  Although I don't really love it, I still like Frank's music and his character. He makes me think a lot about my father, who was also this type of charming gentleman from another era who never wore a pair of blue jeans (well, unless he was BBQing). But at the same time, a line like "I know I am the slave, you're the queen" is a line I never need to hear in life. A nice companion for a cloudy day. 

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Classic Swing, Classic Sinatra, you can't ask for more from "Ol' Blue Eyes" than this album full of American Song Book classics. My Personal Favourite "Anything Goes" & "Makin' Whoopee" Rightfully on the list and still....so cool!

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I was good. Not normally my thing but I rather enjoyed it.

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a classic. I don't like this genre as much, but definitely understand why it is ranked so high.

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I mean it's Frank! Nothing more Frank than Frank (except for maybe CANNOLIS!) Forget about it.

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05/09/22

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Frank's easy listening crooning has permeated our culture to such an extent that after listening to this I put on a tracksuit and whacked off some mooks. Fave track - "Anything Goes"! ✌️

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Incredible pipes matched by a jubilant band. Terrific wordplay, sung with an appreciative wink and smile. They don't make 'em like... etc

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Another from Sinatra! Probably also on the short list for some of the earliest concept albums, but the concept here is a lot less compelling than In the Wee Small Hours. Lots of big band swinging joints on here, and a few of those old classics we all know and love. A great album to listen to, even if it’s not his high water mark. I’ve always got a soft spot for Frank. Favorite tracks: You Make Me Feel So Young, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Pennies from Heaven, Too Marvelous for Words, How About You? Album art: Very vibrant, a classic design style from that era. Really dig this one. 4.5/5

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Fantastic album, some bangers on here, You Make Me Feel So Young, It Happened in Monterey, and I've Got you Under my Skin. I also really liked You're getting to be a habit with me. I laughed at Making Whoopee as well. Those dangerous and probably profane for the time lyrics haha.

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Loved it So many oldies! Grandpa Kleins favorites!

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Love his stuff !!! Enjoyed

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Browsing through the reviews in here, it's striking to see that almost no participant bothered to write a long one this time. I take it as a sign that most listeners decided to show respect for this historical relic in one way or another (hence its nice 3-point-something overall score), but that not all of them were personally enthused. And now that I have listened to this album from start to end, I think I'm gonna do the same and make it short. Not every song in here is as memorable as "I've Got You Under My Skin". But it's still an iconic sort of record, and some of the orchestral arrangements slap very hard, actually more than in the drowsier *In The Wee Small Hours*. Overall, swinging Sinatra holds out better than balladeer Sinatra today. Oh, except for *one* later song, "It Was A Very Good Year", one of my favorite ballads of all time, far from all those christmas-sort-of-standards Frank *also* specialized in. But that song is gonna come up later in Old Blue Eyes' career if I'm not mistaken... In the meantime, and as far as albums are concerned, *Songs For Swingin' Lovers* deserves its reputation as a record filled with the best of what the big-band-propelled genre has to offer. Way to go, Frankie! Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 871 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 71 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 31 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 28

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Pasa muy parecido a lo que pasa con Elvis: el material abunda y las que conocemos muy bien y son éxitos garantizados están desperdigadas en un montón de discos, y al oír completo uno de esos discos, se extraña la avalancha de hits que viene en uno de las recopilaciones que conocemos hoy. Sin embargo, eso no le quita a este disco toda la clase y mastería que tiene. Con lo poco que conozco de la discografía de Frankie, no sabía que sus discos más exitosos sería puros covers, aunque es obvio. Y bueno, la idea de este disco es especialmente buena, por hacer puras versiones upbeat y swing de clásicas. La mejorcita es, obviamente, el cover a Cole Porter "I've Got You Under My Skin" pero hay otras varias que valen la pena.

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Pura música bonita en este disco. El highlight obligado es I've Got You Under My Skin pero también sobresalen It Happened in Monterey y Too Marvelous For Words. Por otro lado, el disco no varía mucho canción a canción y puede llegar a sonar monótono. Creo que como disco es un 3.5 que sube a 4 porque Frankie Boy.

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Frank Sinatra is a great artist. The soft jazz sounds, alongside Sinatra's wonderful voice work make this a really solid album, though without many standout songs. I enjoyed the theme kept throughout the album as well, both lyrically and musically. It's an enjoyable listening experience and has a very specific vibe to it which can be a great fit for certain situations.

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Classic. Timeless.

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A lovely collection of songs, and perfect phrasing and timing from Ol' Blue Eyes. The songs are too familiar for this to feel like an exciting new discovery, but songs like I’ve Got You Under My Skin don’t comae along very often. A masterclass in songwriting and understated arrangements, performed by a champ.

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un frank un peu plus tchatcheur que le précédent

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J'ai bien aimé, bien que je ne sois encore une fois pas le public visé

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Love some Frank

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It's good. Gave me Fallout ptsd flashbacks. It sounds old, but that's thr charming thing about it. Like a cliché movie with a good and happy ending. 4/5

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Not different from what I've heard from the man, but still good.

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