Thursday, June 22, 2017

Frank Sinatra...Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!

These 2 albums were originally released back to back in 1954 on Capitol Records. Both have orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle and were very popular with Sinatra fans at the time. They have since become classics in their own right and essential listening for any Sinatra buff or collector.

Songs for Young Lovers was the seventh studio album by Frank Sinatra and his first on Capitol Records. It was issued as an 8-song, 10" album (Capitol H-488) and as a 45rpm EP set, but it was the first Sinatra "album" to not have a 78rpm multi-disc-album release. In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Read more on Wikipedia HERE.

Swing Easy! was the eighth studio album by Frank Sinatra. It was released in 1954 as a 10" album (Capitol H-528) and consisted of only eight songs, as each side of the record only allowed approximately fourteen minutes of music. The album was Sinatra's second for Capitol and the first to feature arrangements by Nelson Riddle (Riddle had merely conducted on Songs For Young Lovers). As its title implies, the record concentrates on up-tempo swingers done with a light touch. Again, the songs were all standards -- "Just One of Those Things," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "All of Me" -- which the singer felt benefited from the new thematic setting, new arrangements, and his increasingly playful and textured vocal style. Read more on Wikipedia HERE.