Dean Martin This Time I'm Swingin'! Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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Dean Martin This Time I'm Swingin'! on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Legendary Crooner Backed by Orchestra Conducted by Nelson Riddle
1960 Capitol Album of Then-Recent and Classic Standards Arguably Martin's Most
Timeless Set: MoFi Edition Includes Bonus Track "Ain't That a Kick in the Head"
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: No Martin Album Sounds Like This
Dean Martin was always at his best when he sounded effortless, when the singing
required no exertion—just the same amount of investment required to order a
martini. Confident, refined, breezy, and easygoing, this 1960 Capitol album
epitomizes the crooner’s charm. In pairing with arranger and Frank Sinatra
right-hand-man Nelson Riddle, Martin strikes all the right notes on this
collection of then-recent and retro standards.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity’s
180g LP gets inside the core being of Martin’s impeccably smooth, relaxed
singing by presenting every phrase, dip, and inflection with lifelike realism.
The LP does similar wonders for Riddle’s backing orchestra. Horns teem with
punch and midrange; rhythms possess incredible pacing; strings saunter and
float. No Martin album has ever sounded like this. Mobile Fidelity also secured
the rights to a bonus track, "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," left off the album
and released as a single in order to promote the movie Ocean's Eleven.
While Martin enjoyed his biggest commercial success at Reprise, the aptly titled
This Time I’m Swingin’ is considered by many critics and vocal-pop fans to be
his finest studio hour. He approaches each song with supreme confidence and
debonair control, never overreaching his limits or breaking a sweat. Here, he
more than lives up to his nickname: The King of Cool. Charismatic, assured, and
note-perfect, the album belongs alongside any of the period sets cut by his pal
and once-and-future label mate Sinatra. No wonder that his most recognized hit,
the aforementioned and included “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” was actually
cut at these sessions.
Riddle’s expert ordering of the charts and direction of horns, strings, and
piano equates to jazz and swing genius. Brass blows hard and strong during
breaks, calm down for verses during which slinky 88s and swaying strings join
the dance, and then rise up, the mix elegantly performed and irresistibly
catchy. If you’re not snapping your fingers and instantly transported to a swank
nightclub within the first few passages of the opening “I Can’t Believe That
You’re In Love With Me,” check your system’s setup.
Yet Martin is the real star. Hearing him handle such classics as the devotional
“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” upbeat “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves
You,” hopeful “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You),” bluesy “You’re Mean to
Me,” and clever “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” with such aplomb—and
now, in such ravishing detail—will remind you why you love music, and why
nothing of this ilk will likely ever be made again.
Martin convincingly conveys the mood each song demands, but a sense of optimism,
playfulness, and feel-good romance pervade this stylish effort. If you are a fan
of real singing and emotional crooning, you cannot live without this analog
edition. A veritable gem.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
• Pressed at RTI
1. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
2. True Love
3. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
4. On the Street Where You Live
6. (It Will Have to Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along
1. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
2. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
3. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
4. Mean to Me
5. Heaven Can Wait
6. Just In Time
7. Ain't That a Kick in the Head