Frank Sinatra Ring-a-Ding Ding!
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- Released: June 7, 2011
- Label: Concord Records
Q (Magazine) - p.1284 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sheer delight, consummately breathing new life into such standards as 'Let's Fall in Love'...and 'I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm'..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1173 stars out of 5 -- "One of his best for Reprise..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.904 stars out of 5 -- "Sinatra's Reprise debut was the Johnny Mandel-arranged swing-fest, RING-A DING DING!..."
- 2.Let's Fall in Love
- 3.Be Careful, It's My Heart
- 4.A Foggy Day
- 5.A Fine Romance
- 6.In the Still of the Night
- 7.The Coffee Song
- 8.When I Take My Sugar to Tea
- 9.Let's Face the Music and Dance
- 10.You'd Be So Easy to Love
- 11.You and the Night and the Music
- 12.I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
- 13.Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
- 14.Have You Met Miss Jones? - (previously unreleased)
Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Don Fagerquist, John Anderson (trumpet); Frank Rosolino (trombone); Bud Shank (flute); Bill Miller (piano); Emil Richards (vibraphone).
Includes liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is Sinatra's first release on his own Reprise label.
Audio Mixer: Larry Walsh.
Liner Note Authors: Ralph J. Gleason; Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Arranger: Johnny Mandel.
Unlike many of Sinatra's Reprise and latter-day Capitol releases, there's no real thematic link connecting the songs on this album. RING-A-DING-DING is more a case of Sinatra stepping into the studio with arranger Johnny Mandel (former trombonist for both Jimmy Dorsey and Count Basie) and a batch of great songs and doing what he does better than anyone else in the world. While the jaunty title tune provided the media with one of many famous Sinatra catch phrases, it's the cool assurance he displays on "A Foggy Day," "You'd Be So Easy To Love" and others that makes this album an example of the singer in his prime.
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