Frank Sinatra – Come Dance With Me

Artist: Frank Sinatra (with Billy May and his Orchestra)
Genre: Vocalist, Big Band, Swing
Title: Come Dance With Me
Musicians: Frank Sinatra – vocals, Billy May – arranger, conductor
Heinie Beau – arranger

Come Dance with Me! was Sinatra’s most successful album, spending two and a half years on the Billboard charts. Stereo Review wrote in 1959 that “Sinatra swaggers his way with effortless verve through an appealing collection of bouncy standards, aptly described in the album notes as ‘vocals that dance'”.

This is my favorite type of Sinatra sound I like to call “the swingin era”. This is not the best pressing or is it? The vocals are a bit noisy, but this was done in 1959 after all.

I’m not going to breakdown the entire LP here, but my favorite cut is:
“Something’s Gotta Give” (Johnny Mercer) – 2:38 – “Something’s Gotta Give” is a popular song with words and music by Johnny Mercer in 1954. It was published in 1955. It was written for and first performed by Fred Astaire in the 1955 musical film Daddy Long Legs, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1955 as Best Original Song, losing to Love is a Many Splendored Thing. The song playfully uses the irresistible force paradox – which asks what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object – as a metaphor for a relationship between a vivacious woman and an older, world-weary man. The man, it is implied, will give in to temptation and kiss the woman. The song’s lyrics echo the plot of Daddy Long Legs, in which a reserved man in his 50s (Astaire) falls in love with a woman in her early 20s.


Somethings Gotta Give:

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