After the ballad-heavy In the Wee Small Hours
, Frank Sinatra
and Nelson Riddle
returned to up-tempo, swing material with Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
, arguably the vocalist's greatest swing set. Like Sinatra
's previous Capitol albums, Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
consists of reinterpreted pop standards, ranging from the ten-year-old "You Make Me Feel So Young" to the 20-year-old "Pennies From Heaven" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." 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. "I've Got You Under My Skin," with its breathtaking middle section, is a perfect example of how Sinatra
works with the band. Both swing hard, stretching out the rhythms and melodies but never losing sight of the original song. Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
never loses momentum. The great songs keep coming and the performances are all stellar, resulting in one of Sinatra
's true classics.