October 10, 2007

Songs for Young Lovers

From Wikipedia:

Songs for Young Lovers is a 1954 album by Frank Sinatra, his first released for Capitol Records. It was released as a 10" LP as a set of eight songs.

The tracks were conducted by Nelson Riddle, the sessions for this album and the preceding singles ("I've Got the World on a String" and "From Here to Eternity") initiating a long-standing collaboration between the arranger and singer that would continue for the next twenty years. All the arrangements, except for Riddle's own "Like Someone in Love," were by Sinatra's uptempo man from his days at Columbia Records, George Siravo, whose charts Sinatra had continued to use in recent club appearances.

A continuation of his philosophy at Columbia, only this time Sinatra had greater cooperation from his new label in the person of producer Voyle Gilmore, who agreed the new album format should be an event, songs arranged around a specific theme or concept. In addition, the state-of-the-art Capitol studios were capable of producing a more detailed sound, which gave Riddle more freedom in his arrangements and orchestrations.

The first song on side one, "My Funny Valentine" (by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart):

Last song on side two, "Violets for Your Furs" (by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair):

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