Songs for Swingin’ Lovers – Frank Sinatra (1956)

Album no. 7/1001

Oh yeah. Here we go. This is what I think most people probably imagine when they think of Ol’ Blue Eyes (I hate calling him that. Were his eyes really that blue?)

Either way, this is an album filled with songs of love and romance and good old-fashioned wholesome family fun. Except NOT REALLY because there’s a song called ‘Makin’ Whoopee’.  

Bit risque back in 1956, surely.

Have you heard this album before?

CL: I’ve heard it once a while ago.

NK: I sure haven’t. Very limited exposure to Sinatra, and swing in general.

Standout track

CL: I really love ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’. But close second is a tie: ‘Love is Here To Stay’ and ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’.

NK: Maybe ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’. I listened to this song a bunch of times because I got a bit obsessed with how the drums sound. They’re great! The little fill at the start, then from like 2.08 when he rocks it out a little bit on the way to the end. Not sure why I noticed this, but I really liked it.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: I think this album does a good job of capturing the early part of a relationship where you still really like each other and don’t feel like you have to stay together out of obligation (I’m guessing…). So a prime time for listening would be before you go on a big date. Like, while you’re getting ready and feel a bit giddy.  

NK: I strongly disagree about listening to this before a date. Maybe if you’re into the old 1950s idea of marriage, by all means get into it. I didn’t enjoy this album that much to be honest, just the drums on the opener. Listen to it when you’re playing Fallout.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: I think this is legit Sinatra. Like, this is his vibe – he’s having a good time. It’s pretty great. There are a stack of excellent tracks on this record, and heaps that I’ve somehow imbibed from popular culture – I somehow know a lot of these songs.

NK:

Producer: Frankie my man! The miserable thing? Great guns! We’re printing money, still selling like hot cakes.

Sinatra: The next album is upbeat jazzy love songs.

Producer:…?

Sinatra: It’s called Songs For Swingin’ Lovers.

Producer: Frank, listen-

Sinatra: I want to make sure that ‘Makin’ Whoopee’ is on it.

Producer: Frank…I mean, look. The broken-hearted thing has been good to us. Are you sure –

Sinatra: I AM IN LOVE GODDAMN IT AND I WILL SING IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS

Will you be listening again?  

CL: I don’t know if I’d look through my music collection and specifically choose this album to play – but if a few tracks popped up on random, I reckon I’d listen most of the way through before skipping.

NK: Just ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’. I love the drums! I don’t know why!

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Out of context youtube comment

07 - Songs for Swingin Lovers

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