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  • Audio CD (March 27 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0079KKHWA
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The current vogue of taking songs from the American songbook, which has served Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow so well in recent years, is nothing new; Bobby Darin was doing it back in 1961. Love Swings tells the story of a relationship via 12 classic tracks, with the first six (which would have made up the original first side of the album) concerning the joys of being in a relationship and the second six detailing the downside. It is has been described as the most sophisticated album of Bobby Darin's career and it is hard to disagree. Hallmark.

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By Anton Garcia-Fernandez - Published on
A singer clearly influenced by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin could rival Ol' Blue Eyes at hard-swinging numbers, but when it came to emotional depth, that was a totally different matter. Critics have long pointed out that one of the main differences between Sinatra and Darin is that the younger singer wasn't as successful at creating a lingering mood through song and maintaining it throughout a whole album. That is perhaps why Darin didn't usually record concept albums, which was home territory for the man from Hoboken. Yet this album, 'Love Swings,' cut for Atlantic in 1961, is the one worthwhile exception--a collection of twelve standards outlining the different stages of a love relationship, from the effervescence of its early stages to the sadness, melancholy, and acceptance of its eventual failure.

Anyone expecting a bunch of hard-swinging tracks is misled by the title. While many of the songs are uptempo numbers, particularly the ones depicting the early stages of love, there are also beautifully sung ballads such as Isham Jones's "There Is No Greater Love" and Jerome Kern and Leo Robin's often-overlooked "In Love in Vain." In general the uptempo numbers ("Long Ago and Far Away," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "How About You," "The More I See You," "It Had to Be You") appear in the first part of the album, coinciding with the excitement brought about by love, while the more pensive tunes ("Something to Remember You By," "Skylark," "Spring Is Here") surface on side B, as the relationship slowly begins to take a downturn. But by this time Darin had learned Sinatra's lesson from the classic 'Songs for Swinging Lovers' that there is no reason why a sad song shouldn't swing, and so we find here a nice uptempo reading of the Russ Columbo-associated "Just Friends," which Chet Baker had also recorded as a fast-paced number for Pacific a few years earlier. The album closes appropriately with a mid-tempo rendition of the self-mocking, hopeful "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan."

The twelve charts are arranged by Torrie Zito, and while he doesn't come anywhere near Nelson Riddle, Billy May, or Gordon Jenkins, who wrote such fine albums for the Capitol Sinatra, he does stay out of Darin's way on the swinging tracks and actually shows some flair at arranging the ballads. Darin sounds very comfortable and occasionally takes liberties with the lyrics, particularly on "How About You," where he finds a way to fit "a TV set," "fish and chips," and "rock'n'roll" into the lyrics and proclaims that Mrs. Darin's looks "kinda" give him a thrill! Unfortunately this is one of Hallmark's typical budget releases with very little information, but at least the sound is good, and being one of Darin's most artistically successful concept albums, it really is well worth picking up at such an affordable price. Why this collection failed to capture the public's imagination (and spending money) when it was first released remains a mystery to me. I only wish that Darin had recorded many more discs like this one...
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HASH(0xaa723c0c) out of 5 stars Refreshing Bobby Darin Songs You Don't Hear on All of the other Bobby Darin CDs Feb. 22 2014
By fairladyinsocal - Published on
Bobby Darin is one of my all-time favorite singers/entertainers so when I first heard these songs in 2009, I fell in love with Bobby all over again!!! (Listened to this collection all night long). I love all of these songs, even though most of them I'd never heard Bobby sing before. Most of the songs featured on the other Bobby Darin albums are good (I have never liked "Splish Splash") but this album is special and one of a kind. It captures Bobby at his highest point in life. If you love Bobby Darin like we do, this is the album you've got to own!
HASH(0xaa3b01c8) out of 5 stars Perfect driving music June 13 2014
By calicat - Published on
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As I drive about I enjoy upbeat music and this does it for me. It is love songs and a swinging rhythm. For me I can drive through traffic and be behind bad drives and keep my cool with this kind of music.
HASH(0xaa3ec2f4) out of 5 stars Very pleased Sept. 30 2014
By Dan Mazzenga - Published on
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Great album,great singer, great songs
HASH(0xba055d5c) out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 5 2015
By Lorraine Komatsubara - Published on
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Good old songs.

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