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Frank Sinatra Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity
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Fastest-Paced Swing Effort of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ Career
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity LP Captures Jazzy Feel, Dynamic Solos, and Non-Stop Energy of Cheery Music
1961 Affair Pairs Sinatra With Arranger Nelson Riddle: One of His Final Capitol Recordings
Crooner At His Vocal Peak Throughout: Sinatra Not Only Keeps Time With Hard-Driving Band, He Leads the Parade
Legend has it that when Frank Sinatra initially stepped into the recording studio for the first of four sessions, he asked Nelson Riddle to speed up the tempos to the songs that landed on Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! It’s safe to say that the arranger followed orders and that the results—buoyant, cheery, fun, exuberant, zesty, and wonderfully jazzy—speak for themselves. This 1961 effort remains the Chairman’s fastest, hardest-swinging set. And oh, how it swaggers.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited edition 180g LP of this gem possesses a punchiness, immediacy, forcefulness, and dynamic heft that rivals even what’s heard on a pristine original Capitol pressing—provided you can even find one. The reissue will help convert your room into a studio stuffed with horn players and percussionists, with Sinatra, decked out in a trademark fedora and suit, holding court at the center of it all. Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! isn’t a live album, but it hits with the gusto and tang of one.
Forget about incorrect rumors that state that this album was only completed due to contractual obligations and that Sinatra hurried through the material. No matter the circumstances, nothing here is tossed-off or rushed. As always, Sinatra takes it all seriously, pouring his all into each of the dozen tracks here. He wouldn’t have it any other way. Name another singer from his era (or any) that could possibly keep time with these uptempo beats and sound as if he isn’t even breaking a sweat. Needless to say, Sinatra has a blast making it all happen.
Riddle’s arrangements help push forward the tunes, whether they be happy standards such as “When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You),” optimistic finger-snappers like “S’posin’,” or the evergreen “Blue Moon,” punctuated with a memorable tenor sax solo. Melodies unfurl like red ribbons on packages; grooves alternate between galloping and gallivanting; even ballads can’t resist moving to joyous rhythmic patterns. Throughout, Sinatra’s casual, uninhibited singing rises above the band, producing emotions that are at once frisky, lighthearted, pleasurable, and contagious. Dust off your dancing shoes.
“So if you’re looking for a way “in” to Frank Sinatra, this would be a great place to start and if you’re a fan this one is a great place to continue. Riddle’s big band arrangements are aggressive, exuberant and high energy throughout and occasionally whimsical and light-hearted… Mobile Fidelity has done a superb job here, and which sounds better, an original or this reissue, will be system dependent. Your original will not likely be as dead quiet as this RTI pressing.” – Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free – Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. When You’re Smiling
2. Blue Moon
4. It All Depends on You
5. It’s Only a Paper Moon
6. My Blue Heaven
1. Should I?
2. September in the Rain
4. I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love With Me
5. I Concentrate on You
6. You Do Something to Me