Frank Sinatra – Come Dance With Me

Another 1959 record from the best of joins the shelves, and its Sinatra, so of course it’s good. I still think the cover photo is a bit creepy though.

Come Dance with Me! is Frank Sinatra’s twenty-first studio album. This was Sinatra’s second recording with arranger Billy May, and it’s a great orchestra. The album reached #2 on the Pop charts and stayed in the chart for 140 weeks, apparently it is Sinatra’s most successful album but I’m not sure on what that is measured, still, it did well.

At the Grammy Awards of 1960, Come Dance With Me! took three awards: the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male, and the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement. The second of which was given to Frank Sinatra and the third was to Billy May.

As one can gather from the title the album is a collection of songs related in some way to dancing, or as it says on the back of the sleeve “Vocals that dance” which is very late 50’s.

A1Come Dance With Me
A2Something’s Gotta Give
A3Just In Time
A4Dancing In The Dark
A5Too Close For Comfort
A6I Could Have Danced All Night
B1Saturday Night
B2Day In, Day Out
B3Cheek To Cheek
B4Baubles, Bangles And Beads
B5The Song Is You
B6The Last Dance

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There’s not a great deal I can say about Sinatra that people don’t already know, in fact, there’s nothing really. There are loads of books out there and documentaries, some paint him in a good light and some in a bad light, but like everybody, he was most likely a mix of both.

I was just browsing around the internet and stumbled across 8 Sinatra albums for sale for £10. That’s £1.25 each, so not exactly a big investment risk. I bough them. It was, in truth, a bit of an impulse buy but that’s ok. They arrived and were in varying conditions, some were really good, some really bad, about 50/50, although I think most of the bad can be saved with a good clean. Here are the first four:

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The majority of the tracks on the first album, ‘ Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session! ‘  were cut on August 22nd & 23rd 1960, and this is a digitally enhanced re-release from 1984. The other three are ‘Sinatra for the Sophisticated’, a compilation album from 1966, ‘Nice ‘N’ Easy’, originally 1960 but this is 1972, ‘Sunday and Every Day’,  from 1969, which is an interesting one when considering everything else that was going on musically in ’69. It’s a compilation, and there have been a lot of those, released in the same year as the first two Led Zeppelin albums, the first King Crimson, ‘Let it Bleed’ by the Rolling Stones and lots of others of note, making this album a release for ‘Old Folks’ pretty much, or so it seems. Track 4, ‘Close to you’ was recorded in 1943, imagine this amongst everything else that was going on:

So 24 years had passed between the original release and 1969, and a hell of a lot had happened in music, but Sinatra’s appeal always endured somehow. He had a loyal fan base and was still acquiring new fans, seemingly on a ten year cycle, having had comeback after comeback.

The other four albums are these:

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I’m listening to ‘Songs for swinging lovers’ right now, which opens with ‘You make me feel so young’, a good start.

Here is the album on Apple Music:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/songs-for-swingin-lovers-remastered/id1075566378

or Spotify right here if you prefer:

Sometimes I like a bit of Sinatra, so these will be played now and again, my bet is it will be a Sunday afternoon accompanied by a gin and tonic, which is a very pleasant way indeed to spend some time.