Frank Sinatra A Swingin' Affair! Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Mono SACD
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Frank Sinatra A Swingin' Affair! on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Mono SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Brassy 1957 Affair Swings Hard, Follows in Path of Songs For Swingin’ Lovers
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity Mono SACD Restores
Immediacy and Presence Absent for Decades
Concept Record Flies High on Sinatra’s Interpretations of Cole Porter Tunes,
American Songbook Classics, and Steely Self-Assured Attitude
Another Iconic Nelson Riddle-Frank Sinatra Collaboration from Artists’ Peak Era
Swing, swing, swingin': There’s nothing wrong with taking a proven concept,
tweaking and bettering it, and then doing it all over again. While many sequels
fail to hit the mark, Frank Sinatra slams another proverbial ball of the park on
1957’s A Swinging Affair!, an unofficial follow-up of sorts to the previous
year’s smash Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! Hitting slightly harder than its
predecessor, with revered self-assurance and horn-stoked energy, the Capitol
classic remains quintessential Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition hybrid mono SACD presents another supreme collaboration between
Sinatra and longtime creative companion Nelson Riddle. Imaging, dynamics,
separation, airiness, and tonalities experience significant enhancement and
restoration, particularly compared to what’s present on digital and analog
pressings made over the past four decades. A Swingin’ Affair! now sounds how it
was intended, with the spatial dimensions of Capitol’s Studio A and depth of
Sinatra’s mellifluous baritone realistically present and balanced.
While largely similar to Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! in approach and execution,
Sinatra’s 1957 treasure steps up the brassiness and boldness. Riddle’s charts
teem with color, charm, and sophistication, the instrumental touches in sync
with the Chairman’s phrasing and diction. Jut one close listen reveals why so
many Sinatraphiles believe the Sinatra-Riddle pairing tops any other during the
vocalist’s illustrious career. Brisk tempos and rousing crescendos drive the
songs ahead, and Sinatra latches onto the attack, singing as if nothing is ever
going to contain him.
Exuberance, swagger, and smoothness abound. So do memorable ballads on which
Sinatra’s voice seems to simply glide. His interpretations of Cole Porter’s “At
Long Last Love,” the bluesy torch classic “No One Ever Tells You,” and Rodgers
and Hart’s “I Wish I Were In Love Again” rank amongst his finest mellow moments.
Regal atmospherics and thrilling climaxes punctuate a majority of the material,
while the song selection is utterly infallible. If only all second acts were
Full of ring-a-ding-ding joy and acrobatic vocal feats, A Swingin’ Affair! earns
its exclamation point and more.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Mono SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Night and Day
2. I Wish I Were In Love Again
3. I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’
4. I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plans
5. Nice Work If You Can Get It
6. Stars Fell on Alabama
7. No One Ever Tells You
8. I Won’t Dance
9. The Lonesome Road
10. At Long Last Love
11. You’d Be Nice to Come Home To
12. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
13. From This Moment On
14. If I Had You
15. Oh! Look At Me Now