Dean Martin was always at his best when he sounded effortless, when the singing required no exertion — just the same amount of investment required to order a martini. Confident, refined, breezy, and easygoing, this 1960 Capitol album epitomizes the crooner’s charm. In pairing with arranger and Frank Sinatra right-hand-man Nelson Riddle, Martin strikes all the right notes on this collection of then-recent and retro standards.
While Martin enjoyed his biggest commercial success at Reprise, the aptly titled This Time I’m Swingin’ is considered by many critics and vocal-pop fans to be his finest studio hour. He approaches each song with supreme confidence and debonair control, never overreaching his limits or breaking a sweat. Here, he more than lives up to his nickname: The King of Cool. Charismatic, assured, and note-perfect, the album belongs alongside any of the period sets cut by his pal and once-and-future labelmate Sinatra. No wonder that his most recognized hit, the aforementioned and included “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” was actually cut at these sessions.
|1||I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me|
|3||You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You|
|4||On The Street Where You Live|
|6||Until The Real Thing Comes Along|
|1||Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone|
|2||I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face|
|4||Mean To Me|
|5||Heaven Can Wait|
|6||Just In Time|
|7||Ain’t That A Kick In The Head|