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FRANK SINATRA & COUNT BASIE – IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SWING LP – Nr MINT UK 1964 QUINCY JONES

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Frank Sinatra & Count Basie – It Might As Well Be Swing
(Reprise Records  1964  R1012)
UK Pressing

G&L Flipback Sleeve in Nr MINT- condition
– some thumbnail laminate creases near opening edge

Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don’t affect the sound quality)

Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and actor. Known as “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

William JamesCountBasie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By age 16, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten’s band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten’s death in 1935.

It Might as Well Be Swing is a 1964 studio album by Frank Sinatra, accompanied by Count Basie and his orchestra. It was Sinatra’s first studio recording with Quincy Jones.

This was Sinatra and Basie’s second collaboration after 1963’s Sinatra-Basie.

Sinatra’s cover version of “Hello Dolly” on the album features a new second verse improvised by Sinatra, which pays tribute to Louis Armstrong, who had topped the Billboard charts with his own version of the song earlier in 1964.

It Might as Well Be Swing is a reference to the title of the well known jazz standard “It Might as Well Be Spring”.

Track listing

  1. “Fly Me to the Moon” (Bart Howard) – 2:30
  2. I Wish You Love” (Léo Chauliac, Charles Trenet, Albert Beach) – 2:56
  3. “I Believe in You” (Frank Loesser) – 2:21
  4. “More (Theme from Mondo Cane)” (Riz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero, Marcello Ciorciolini, Norman Newell) – 3:05
  5. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (Don Gibson) – 3:00
  6. “Hello, Dolly!” (Jerry Herman) – 2:45
  7. “I Wanna Be Around” (Johnny Mercer, Sadie Vimmerstedt) – 2:25
  8. The Best is Yet to Come” (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) – 3:10
  9. “The Good Life” (Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon) – 3:10
  10. “Wives and Lovers” (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:50

Personnel

  • Frank Sinatra – vocals
  • Count Basie – piano
  • Quincy Jones – arranger, conductor
The Count Basie Orchestra
  • Al Porcino, Don Rader, Wallace Davenport, Al Aarons, George Cohn and Harry “Sweets” Edisontrumpets
  • Henry Coker, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes, Henderson Chambers and Kenny Shroyer – trombones
  • Frank Foster, Charles Fowlkes, Marshall Royal, Frank Wess and Eric Dixon – reeds
  • Emil Richards – vibraphone
  • George Catlett – double bass
  • Freddie Green – guitar
  • Sonny Payne – drums
  • Gerald Vinci, Israel Baker, Jacques Gasselin, Thelma Beach, Bonnie Douglas, Marshall Sosson, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Paul Shure and James Getzoff – violins
  • Virginia Majewski, Paul Robyn, Alvin Dinkin and Stan Harris – violas
  • Edgar Lustgarten and Ann Goodman – cellos
Production
  • Sonny Burke – producer
  • Lowell Frank – Engineer
  • Ted Allen – Cover photo
Weight 1.00000000 kg

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