Swing Easy!

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Swing Easy!
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released August 2, 1954
Recorded April 7, April 19, 1954 Hollywood
Genre Vocal Jazz, Classic pop
Length 19:17
Label Capitol
Producer Voyle Gilmore
Frank Sinatra chronology
Songs for Young Lovers
(1954)
Swing Easy!
(1954)
In the Wee Small Hours
(1955)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Swing Easy! is the eighth studio album by Frank Sinatra. It was released as a 10" LP 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. At some point a few years later, the album was re-released as a 12" LP with four additional songs added to expand the running time - "Lean Baby", "I Love You", "How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me?", and "Why Should I Cry Over You?". [2] A few years later, the four additional songs were dropped and the eight original songs were combined with the eight songs from the 10" LP "Songs for Young Lovers" on a new 16 song 12" LP called "Swing Easy!", featuring the "Swing Easy!" cover but including a small version of the "Songs for Young Lovers" cover.

The album is currently available on compact disc as a double album with Songs for Young Lovers. The songs duplicate the final LP version.



Original LP track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Just One of Those Things" (Cole Porter)
  2. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter)" (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young)
  3. "Sunday" (Chester Conn, Benny Krueger, Ned Miller, Jule Styne)
  4. "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" (Harry Barris, Ted Koehler, Billy Moll)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Taking a Chance on Love" (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche)
  2. "Jeepers Creepers" (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
  3. "Get Happy" (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
  4. "All of Me" (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons)

Expanded LP track listing[edit]

  1. "Jeepers Creepers" (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
  2. "Taking a Chance on Love" (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche)
  3. "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" (Harry Barris, Ted Koehler, Billy Moll)
  4. "Lean Baby" (Roy Alfred, Billy May)
  5. "I Love You" (Harry Archer, Harlan Thompson)
  6. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter)" (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young)
  7. "Get Happy" (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
  8. "All of Me" (Seymour Simons, Gerald Marks)
  9. "How Could You Do a Thing Like That to Me" (Tyree Glenn, Allan Roberts)
  10. "Why Should I Cry Over You?" (Chester Conn, Nathan "Ned" Miller)
  11. "Sunday" (Chester Conn, Benny Krueger, Ned Miller, Jule Styne)
  12. "Just One of Those Things" (Cole Porter)

Selected personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swing Easy! at AllMusic
  2. ^ Allan Dell, (album notes)"swing easy", Capitol/EMI Records Ltd.(England) reissue 1984