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Robbie Williams|Swing When You're Winning

Swing When You're Winning

Robbie Williams

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Performance dynamo and chameleonic entertainment personality Robbie Williams made a rapid transformation -- from English football hooligan to dapper saloon singer -- for his fourth LP, Swing When You're Winning. Still, Williams' tribute to the great American songbook is a surprisingly natural fit with its intended target: '50s trad-pop patriarchs like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. And just like those two loveable rogues, Williams has brawled and boozed in the past, but isn't afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve; in fact, he's one of the few modern pop stars to fully embrace affecting balladry and nuanced singing. Williams and longtime producer Guy Chambers are also extremely careful with their product, so it shouldn't be surprising that Swing When You're Winning has innumerable extra-musical touches to carry it over: the cover features Williams relaxing in the studio in a period suit; his contract with EMI enabled the addition of the treasured Capitol logo at the top of the sleeve, and several tracks were even recorded at the famed Capitol tower in Hollywood. Fortunately, Williams is no less careful with his performances. Since he lacks the authoritative air of master crooners like Sinatra and Bing Crosby (along with the rest of humanity), he instead plays up his closer connections to the world of Broadway. His readings are dynamic and emotional -- sometimes a consequence of trying to put a new spin on these classics (six of the covers are Sinatra standards, three are Bobby Darin's). He also invited, with nearly universal success, a series of duet partners: Nicole Kidman for the sublime "Somethin' Stupid," Jon Lovitz for the irresistibly catty "Well, Did You Evah," Rupert Everett for "They Can't Take That Away From Me," longtime Sinatra accompanist Bill Miller on "One for My Baby," even Sinatra himself for a version of "It Was a Very Good Year" on which Williams takes the first two verses (over the 1965 arrangement), then bows out as Sinatra's original counsels him concerning the later stages of life. Though it may be an overly close tribute to a familiar original (like many of the songs here), Williams' considerable skills with expression and interpretation largely overwhelm any close criticism. He's definitely much better on the comedy songs, especially the hilarious "Well, Did You Evah" (originally a duet for Crosby and Sinatra in the 1956 film High Society). Lovitz's rounded tones and faux-affected airs are a spot-on interpretation of Brother Cros, while Williams' emulation of a boorish lug ("That's a nice dress -- think I could talk her out of it?") is nearly perfect as well. Though arranger Steve Sidwell hasn't done many charts (and those for the movies Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Romeo + Juliet), he also acquits himself nicely aping classic scores for "One for My Baby" and "Beyond the Sea." The lone Robbie Williams original is "I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen," a sweeping pipe-dream fantasy of true American superstardom for Britain's biggest pop star. It could happen, too; Pierce Brosnan surely isn't growing any younger.
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1
I Will Talk And Hollywood Will Listen
00:03:17

Tim Grant, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Gavyn Wright, Conductor, Violin, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Maurice Murphy, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Murray, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Crowley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - David Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vince Mendoza, Musical Director - Dermot Crehan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - mary Scully, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Owen Slade, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Thompson, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Conductor - Andy Findon, Flute, Piccolo, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Kettel, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Black, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Ross, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Schaefer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Leaper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cathy Thompson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Bolt, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN ANDERSON, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Gardner, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Edwards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Berrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Tunstall, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Nightingale, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kate Musker, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Bevan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Emmanuel, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Willey, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathon Strange, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Smissen, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Dukes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sonia Slany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslav Kostecki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Keen, Flute, Piccolo, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Lake, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Benson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Lynda Houghton, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Lannigan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Leon Bosch, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Fuest, Bass Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Don McVay, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Kegg, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Skaila Kanga, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Fischer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Hirsch, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gustav Clarkson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Chappell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Orton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Roberts, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Cruft, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Pigneguy, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Naomi Wright, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Heley, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Bucknall, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pike, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Davies, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Julie Andrews, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Skinner, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Gavin McNaughton, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Sue Bohling, Cor Anglais, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Mack The Knife
00:03:18

Kurt Weill, Composer - Harold Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Findley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MARC BLITZSTEIN, Composer - Dan Higgins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Paakkari, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Kilgore, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Andy Martin, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bertolt Brecht, Composer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Power, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rupert Coulson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sal Lozano, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Bunnell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Huckins, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Ware, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Otto, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Doering, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Berghofer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gary Foster, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Christlieb, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Grant, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Iles, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Somethin' Stupid
00:02:50

Guy Chambers, Producer - Robbie Williams, MainArtist - Steve Power, Producer - Nicole Kidman, MainArtist - Carson C. Parks, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co.KG

4
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
00:02:57

Harold Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Chuck Findley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Russell, Composer - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Paakkari, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Andy Martin, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sal Lozano, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Huckins, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Ware, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Otto, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Doering, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Berghofer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gary Foster, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Christlieb, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Grant, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Iles, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Liston, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Farias, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
It Was A Very Good Year
00:04:28

Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - SONNY BURKE, Producer - Al Schmitt, Engineer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Gordon Jenkins, Conductor, Musical Director - Ervin Drake, ComposerLyricist - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Brumby, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LOWELL FRANK, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Straighten Up And Fly Right
00:02:36

Harold Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Findley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Nat King Cole, ComposerLyricist - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Paakkari, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Andy Martin, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sal Lozano, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Huckins, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Ware, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Otto, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Doering, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Berghofer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gary Foster, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Christlieb, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Grant, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Iles, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Liston, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Farias, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Well, Did You Evah
00:03:50

Gavyn Wright, Conductor, Violin, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Garfield Jackson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Murray, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Watkins, Horn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - David Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dermot Crehan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - mary Scully, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Thompson, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Salmins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Andy Findon, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Kettel, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Schaefer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Leaper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Bolt, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN ANDERSON, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Gardner, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - John Barclay, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Edwards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emmanuel, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Woodcock, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathon Strange, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Smissen, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Timothy Grant, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslav Kostecki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Keen, Flute, Piccolo, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Lake, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Lannigan, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Leon Bosch, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Paul Morgan, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Adrian Hallowell, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Benedict Cruft, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Kegg, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Skaila Kanga, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Fischer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Hirsch, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gustav Clarkson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Chappell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Roberts, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Pigneguy, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pike, Bass Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Skinner, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Gavin McNaughton, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Sue Bohling, Cor Anglais, AssociatedPerformer - Mitch Dalton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Benham, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gardham, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Nicholas Rodwell, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Lovitz, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Evans Jones, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Mr Bojangles
00:03:17

Jerry Jeff Walker, Composer, Author - Gavyn Wright, Conductor, Violin, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Findley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - David Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Cooper, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Dermot Crehan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Higgins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Paakkari, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Kilgore, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Andy Martin, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Emlyn Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Schaefer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Leaper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cathy Thompson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Bolt, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Edwards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Berrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Brumby, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gillian Findlay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Bevan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Emmanuel, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Tear, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Willey, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Woodcock, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathon Strange, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sal Lozano, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Bunnell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Huckins, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Smissen, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Dukes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Ward, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Donald McVay, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Timothy Grant, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Ware, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Otto, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Kegg, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Doering, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Berghofer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Simon Fischer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Hirsch, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian McKinnon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McMenemy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Foster, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Christlieb, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Grant, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Chase, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Wilkinson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Gustav Clarkson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Philip De Groote, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Chappell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Orton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Iles, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
One For My Baby
00:04:17

Gavyn Wright, Conductor, Violin, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Garfield Jackson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Mercer, Author - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - David Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Arlen, Composer - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dermot Crehan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - mary Scully, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Paakkari, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Robbie Williams, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Schaefer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Leaper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Bolt, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Edwards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emmanuel, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Woodcock, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathon Strange, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Smissen, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Timothy Grant, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslav Kostecki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Lake, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Benson, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Patrick Lannigan, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Leon Bosch, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Benedict Cruft, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Kegg, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rebecca Hirsch, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gustav Clarkson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Chappell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Roberts, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Benham, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Talbot, Clarinet, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Evans Jones, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Things
00:03:22

Chris White, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Darin, Composer, Author - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Salmins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Trumpet, Musical Director, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Spong, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Bishop, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Gardner, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Power, Producer - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Catlin-Birch, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mitch Dalton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Horrocks, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Ain't That A Kick In The Head
00:02:28

Gavyn Wright, Conductor, Violin, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Garfield Jackson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Findley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - David Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sammy Cahn, ComposerLyricist - Dermot Crehan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Higgins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Paakkari, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Andy Martin, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Schaefer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Leaper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Bolt, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Edwards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emmanuel, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathon Strange, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sal Lozano, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Bunnell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Huckins, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Smissen, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Timothy Grant, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Ware, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Otto, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslav Kostecki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Lake, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Kegg, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Doering, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Berghofer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Rebecca Hirsch, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Foster, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Christlieb, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Grant, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Gustav Clarkson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Chappell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Iles, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Roberts, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Benham, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Evans Jones, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

12
They Can't Take That Away From Me
00:03:07

Nicky Holland, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Conductor, Violin, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Garfield Jackson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Peter Hanson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Findley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - David Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Dermot Crehan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Paakkari, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Larry Alexander, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Kilgore, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Andy Martin, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Schaefer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Leaper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Bolt, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Liz Edwards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emmanuel, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Woodcock, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathon Strange, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sal Lozano, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Bunnell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Smissen, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Timothy Grant, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Otto, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslav Kostecki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Zoe Lake, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Benedict Cruft, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Kegg, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Skaila Kanga, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Doering, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Berghofer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Simon Fischer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Hirsch, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Foster, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Christlieb, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Grant, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Gustav Clarkson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Chappell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Roberts, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Shave, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Benham, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Everett, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Teele, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Holtman, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Marienthal, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bev Dahlke-Smith, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Evans Jones, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

13
Have You Met Miss Jones?
00:02:34

Iain Dixon, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris White, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Todd, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Arch, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Price, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Edwards, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gordon Campbell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Stewart, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Salmins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Spong, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Bishop, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Williams, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Gardner, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - John Barclay, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Brumby, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Stuart Brooks, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitch Dalton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Kerr, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy MacKintosh, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Burgess, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Tom Jenkins, Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Me And My Shadow
00:03:16

Harold Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Findley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Chambers, Producer - Richard Flack, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Paakkari, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Rose, ComposerLyricist - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Sidwell, Conductor, Musical Director - Andy Martin, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Al Jolson, ComposerLyricist - Robbie Williams, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Brumby, Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sal Lozano, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Huckins, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Ware, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Otto, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Doering, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Berghofer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gary Foster, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Christlieb, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Grant, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Iles, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Liston, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - DAVE DREYER, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Farias, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Wilkes, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

15
Beyond The Sea
00:28:14

Charles Trenet, ComposerLyricist - Jack Lawrence, ComposerLyricist - Robbie Williams, MainArtist

(C) 2001 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Chrysalis Records Limited

Descrizione dell'album

Performance dynamo and chameleonic entertainment personality Robbie Williams made a rapid transformation -- from English football hooligan to dapper saloon singer -- for his fourth LP, Swing When You're Winning. Still, Williams' tribute to the great American songbook is a surprisingly natural fit with its intended target: '50s trad-pop patriarchs like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. And just like those two loveable rogues, Williams has brawled and boozed in the past, but isn't afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve; in fact, he's one of the few modern pop stars to fully embrace affecting balladry and nuanced singing. Williams and longtime producer Guy Chambers are also extremely careful with their product, so it shouldn't be surprising that Swing When You're Winning has innumerable extra-musical touches to carry it over: the cover features Williams relaxing in the studio in a period suit; his contract with EMI enabled the addition of the treasured Capitol logo at the top of the sleeve, and several tracks were even recorded at the famed Capitol tower in Hollywood. Fortunately, Williams is no less careful with his performances. Since he lacks the authoritative air of master crooners like Sinatra and Bing Crosby (along with the rest of humanity), he instead plays up his closer connections to the world of Broadway. His readings are dynamic and emotional -- sometimes a consequence of trying to put a new spin on these classics (six of the covers are Sinatra standards, three are Bobby Darin's). He also invited, with nearly universal success, a series of duet partners: Nicole Kidman for the sublime "Somethin' Stupid," Jon Lovitz for the irresistibly catty "Well, Did You Evah," Rupert Everett for "They Can't Take That Away From Me," longtime Sinatra accompanist Bill Miller on "One for My Baby," even Sinatra himself for a version of "It Was a Very Good Year" on which Williams takes the first two verses (over the 1965 arrangement), then bows out as Sinatra's original counsels him concerning the later stages of life. Though it may be an overly close tribute to a familiar original (like many of the songs here), Williams' considerable skills with expression and interpretation largely overwhelm any close criticism. He's definitely much better on the comedy songs, especially the hilarious "Well, Did You Evah" (originally a duet for Crosby and Sinatra in the 1956 film High Society). Lovitz's rounded tones and faux-affected airs are a spot-on interpretation of Brother Cros, while Williams' emulation of a boorish lug ("That's a nice dress -- think I could talk her out of it?") is nearly perfect as well. Though arranger Steve Sidwell hasn't done many charts (and those for the movies Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Romeo + Juliet), he also acquits himself nicely aping classic scores for "One for My Baby" and "Beyond the Sea." The lone Robbie Williams original is "I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen," a sweeping pipe-dream fantasy of true American superstardom for Britain's biggest pop star. It could happen, too; Pierce Brosnan surely isn't growing any younger.
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