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Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2106 - SACD Hybrid Mono -
Numbered Limited Edition - Plays On All CD Players
Half Speed Mastered by Rob LoVerde from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR SACD
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This is Sinatra, at or near the top of his game. He is right out front where he belong and the band is right with him all the way with Nelson as their very able guide.. It is in mono but that is not a negative factor, just buy this. 5/5 Sacdnet.
Fluid, Sweeping Milestone 1956 Set Arguably the Best Swing Album Ever Made Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity Mono LP Captures Heft of Enthusiastic Orchestrations, Confidence of Sinatra’s Voice Includes Standard-Setting Renditions of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “Pennies From Heaven”
Having endured a traumatic breakup and recorded his first “saloon style” concept album the year prior, Frank Sinatra returned with vivacious gusto on the aptly titled Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, a light-on-its-feet set bursting with joyousness, pop, vitality, optimism, and finger-snapping promise. Indisputably one of the greatest swing efforts ever undertaken, it contains highlight-reel renditions of now-standards such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” and “Pennies From Heaven.” The equivalent of a musical fountain of youth, the fluid material mirrors Sinatra’s confidence and enthusiasm, which nearly burst off the page.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition SACD presents in mono this jubilant affair, eviscerating in transparency that rendered by the previous remasters and at least equaling the sonics of the extremely rare original 45RPM editions of the Capitol release. Akin to Mobile Fidelity’s other Sinatra titles, it’s the definitive pressing and one meant to be handed down to future generations.
There’s every reason any music lover would yearn to be as close to the music on this record as possible. And in rendering the scope, scale, thrust, and peaks-and-valleys dynamics of the orchestra, not to mention the timbral richness and full extension of Sinatra’s impeccable singing, this pressing gives you a front-and-center chair to the sessions at the Hollywood studios.
Rare is the album replete with the superb combination of contagious pitch-perfect singing, swaying tempos, life-affirming emotions, and breezy string arrangements exemplified here. Nelson Riddle’s scales climb to unforeseen heights, the rushing crescendos and twirling comedowns surging with power, persuasion, and pleasantry. At times, the strings and rhythm section threaten to overwhelm Ol’ Blue Eyes. Yet Sinatra, lighthearted and in great humor, is in such brilliant form, he matches the splendor and seems to invite Riddle to bring all he’s got.
Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! finds both icons at their peak, each having loads of fun and delighting in the songs’ captivating faculties. Tenderness, swagger, affection, spring-like bloom, romance, danceability, smoothness, sentimentality—all present in spades, coursing through the arrangements and Sinatra’s phrasing. A vocal pop masterpiece, and immediate mood-lifter, conceptual records don’t come any better.
Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! Listing:
1. You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened in Monterey
3. You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me
4. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
5. Too Marvelous for Words
6. Old Devil Moon
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. Love Is Here to Stay
9. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
10. I Thought About You
11. We’ll Be Together Again
12. Makin’ Whoopee
13. Swingin’ Down the Lane
14. Anything Goes
15. How About You?
Mobile Fidelity believes that mastering systems should be neutral and transparent. The essential idea is to unveil all the detailed musical information on the original master recording without adding deterioration, coloration or other sonic artifacts.
It is worth noting that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab stands out as one of few record labels that independently invests in research and development of audio technology. With proprietary innovations such as GAIN 2™, general music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike have reaped the benefit of a higher consumer audio standard without investing in costly new hardware. Mobile Fidelity is pleased to work with a variety of engineering legends and companies including Tim de Paravicini, Ed Meitner, Pass Labs, Theta Digital and Sony Electronics.
Our joint efforts to seek out the ultimate audio experience, has resulted in significant advances for the technology of music reproduction.
GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD and Ultradisc II™ 24kt Gold CDs
For over twenty years, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has continually searched for the ultimate audio experience. During this search MFSL engineers and associates created The GAIN™ System, a proprietary mastering technology which brought warmth and ambience to the compact disc format. A few years ago - with higher resolution formats on the horizon - the vision of GAIN 2™ began. As it stands today, GAIN 2™ is one of the greatest technical advancements in analogue and digital technology in the last ten years. It consists of a series of critical modifications and new components to Mobile Fidelity's proprietary mastering chain.
We feel that GAIN 2™ has come extremely close to meeting this goal. The key accomplishments of GAIN 2™ System are 1) the ability to extract all the musical information as possible through the Ultra High bandwidth analogue tape playback system with proprietary custom tape playback heads, reproducer electronics and 2) transparently capturing and storing that information with the Direct Stream Digital recording system.