Top 102 Albums. No 47.
Songs for Swinging Lovers - Frank Sinatra
This is not the late night whisky drinking Sinatra of previous album In The Wee Small Hours. which I was considering. This is a favourite in the car, with songs like Makin' Whoopee singalong favourites with adults and kids alike. Here Sinatra seems to ride the crest of his second wave of success, confidently showering his benedictions on those lucky enough to be young and in love.
Is he one of the young lovers? Well the two covers seem to suggest a certain distance, before we even consider the music. In the original Frank is looking away from the happy couple but this was reworked so that he smiles down on them. In neither, though, does he seem one of them.
Despite the happy cheery tone it is still heartbreak that Frank convinces us of. My favourite song on this album is "I've Got You Under My Skin", a song that suggests that love is more of an addiction than a pleasure (see also You're Getting to Be A Habit).
"I would sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of havin' you near
In spite of the warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats - how it yells in my ear:
Don't you know, you fool, ain´t no chance to win"
But as well as warning us of the dangers of love Frank and the Nelson Riddle conducted orchestra swing with verve and style.
I was on a radio panel show on this album around twenty years ago. I sat with a couple of total Sinatraphiles and represented The Youth. Not something i can do any more. However this album remains permanently young.