Songs for Young Lovers

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Songs for Young Lovers
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released 1954
Recorded November 5-November 6, 1953 Hollywood
Genre Vocal Jazz, Classic pop
Length 21:42
Label Capitol
Producer Voyle Gilmore
Frank Sinatra chronology
Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra (1950) Songs for Young Lovers
(1954)
Swing Easy! (1954)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Songs for Young Lovers is the seventh Studio Album by Frank Sinatra, his first released for Capitol Records. It was released as a 10" LP as a set of eight songs. It was also the first Sinatra "album" to not have a 78rpm album set release.

The tracks were conducted by Nelson Riddle, the sessions for this album and the preceding singles ("I've Got the World on a String" and "From Here to Eternity") initiating a long-standing collaboration between the arranger and singer that would continue for the next twenty years. All the arrangements, except for Riddle's own "Like Someone in Love", were by Sinatra's uptempo man from his days at Columbia Records, George Siravo, whose charts Sinatra had continued to use in recent club appearances.

Songs For Young Lovers followed a formula similar to Sinatra's previous releases for Columbia - rather than compiling a potentially inconsistent set of former hits, a set of newly recorded songs would be arranged around a specific theme or concept. This time around, the singer had more artistic freedom, and producer Voyle Gilmore was supportive of the album's consistent format. In addition, the state-of-the-art Capitol studios were capable of producing a more detailed sound, which gave Riddle more freedom in his arrangements and orchestrations. At some point a few years later, it was released as a 12" LP with four extra songs added - "Someone To Watch Over Me", "My One And Only Love", "It Worries Me", and "I Can Read Between the Lines". [2] The next time it was released, it was combined with Capitol's other Sinatra eight-song LP, "Swing Easy," on one 16 song LP. The four additional songs were dropped for this issue. The cover of the new album included both previous album covers.


In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Songs For Young Lovers is currently available on compact disc as a double album with Swing Easy!, also initially released in the ten-inch format and consisting of eight songs. The CD uses the "Songs for Young Lovers" cover as its front cover and reproduces both covers on the back

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:31
  2. "The Girl Next Door" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 2:38
  3. "A Foggy Day" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:39
  4. "Like Someone in Love" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 3:10
  5. "I Get a Kick Out of You" (Cole Porter) – 2:55
  6. "Little Girl Blue" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:54
  7. "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 1:58
  8. "Violets for Your Furs" (Tom Adair, Matt Dennis) – 3:05

Expanded LP track listing[edit]

  1. "The Girl Next Door" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 2:38
  2. "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 1:58
  3. "Violets for Your Furs" (Tom Adair, Matt Dennis) – 3:05
  4. "Someone to Watch Over Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:56
  5. "My One and Only Love" (Guy Wood, Robert Mellin) – 3:11
  6. "Little Girl Blue" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:54
  7. "Like Someone in Love" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 3:10
  8. "A Foggy Day" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:39
  9. "It Worries Me" (Bix Reichner, Reichel Schulz, Carl Sigman) - 2:52
  10. "I Can Read Between The Lines" (Sid Frank, Ramon Getzov) - 2:47
  11. "I Get a Kick Out of You" (Cole Porter) – 2:55
  12. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:31

Selected personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Songs for Young Lovers at AllMusic
  2. ^ Allan Dell, (album notes)"Songs for Young Lovers", Capitol/EMI Records Ltd.(England) reissue 1984