Swing Easy!

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Swing Easy!
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Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released August 2, 1954
Recorded April 7, April 19, 1954 Hollywood
Genre
Length 19:17
Label Capitol
Producer Voyle Gilmore
Frank Sinatra chronology
Songs for Young Lovers
(1954)Songs for Young Lovers1954
Swing Easy!
(1954)
In the Wee Small Hours
(1955)In the Wee Small Hours1955
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Swing Easy! is 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.

Background[edit]

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.

In 1955, the eight songs were combined with the eight songs from the 10" album Songs for Young Lovers on a new, 16 song, 12" LP (Capitol W-587) called "Swing Easy!", featuring the "Swing Easy!" cover but including a miniature inset of the "Songs for Young Lovers" cover. In 1961, the 1954, 8 song, 10" album was re-released as a 12 song, 12" LP (Capitol W-1429) 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?".


Original album 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)

Complete personnel[edit]

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4:

Harry Edison (tpt); Tommy Pederson, Ray Sims (tbn): George Roberts (b-tbn); Skeets Herfurt, Mahlon Clark (alt); Babe Russin, Eddie Miller (ten/cit); Joe Koch (bar); Bill Miller (p); Allan Reuss (g); Joe Comfort (b); Alvin Stoller (d); Frank Flynn (vib).

Tracks 5, 6, 7, 8:

Harry Edison (tpt); Tommy Pederson, Ray Sims (tbn); George Roberts (b-tbn): Skeets Herfurt, Abe Most (alt); Babe Russin, Eddie Miller (ten/cit); Joe Koch (bar); Bill Miller (p); Bob Bain (g); Joe Comfort (b); Alvin Stoller (d); Frank Flynn (vib).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Swing Easy! at AllMusic
  2. ^ Put Your Dreams Away: A Frank Sinatra Discography