Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning

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Release date: 28 August 2006

Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning

Robbie Williams : Swing When You're Winning

Williams, Rupert Everett and Nicole Kidman 'do' swing. Great! The twat pack!

Even pop idols have pop idols. For all his antic capering and moth-to-flame fondness for farce, there's always been a suspicion that Robbie Williams would very much like to be taken seriously. With this collection of Rat Pack standards, culled from a era when wit, timing and glamour ruled the entertainment universe, he pays tribute to his heroes Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean...

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Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning: Wikipedia Album Entry

Swing When You're Winning is a traditional pop album by English pop singer Robbie Williams, released in 2001. Consisting mainly of pop standard song covers common to the Great American Songbook, this album is his fourth solo album released in the United Kingdom and his fifth solo album overall. Aside from the title, the album is not directly associated with Williams' previous album, Sing When You're Winning.

Born from his life-long love for Frank Sinatra - combined with the success of the track "Have You Met Miss Jones?" that he recorded for the film "Bridget Jones's Diary" in early 2001 - the album was recorded at the Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, California.

The album features the UK number one single "Somethin' Stupid", a duet with Nicole Kidman. Additional featured songs include versions of "Beyond The Sea" which was featured in the 2003 animated motion picture Finding Nemo, and "Have You Met Miss Jones", which was part of the soundtrack in the 2001 film Bridget Jones's Diary. The album's first song, "I Will Talk and Hollywood will Listen", is the only original song on the album.

The album featured duets with actors Rupert Everett, Nicole Kidman, Jon Lovitz and Jane Horrocks, as well as a special guest performance from Robbie's friend and former flatmate Jonathan Wilkes. Surprisingly the album features a duet with Frank Sinatra on the song "It Was a Very Good Year", in which Williams sings the first two verses, and a recording of Sinatra is used for the vocals on the third and fourth verses. Williams explains this came about after one of his session musicians played his vocals to Sinatra's family. This musician was purportedly a good friend of the family, and played with Sinatra on the original release of "It Was a Very Good Year". Additionally, backing musicians for portions of the album include the London Session Orchestra.

Williams was able to fulfil a lifetime's dream by appearing in a one man showcase at London's Royal Albert Hall with the London Session Orchestra, released on DVD as Robbie Williams Live at the Albert in 2001.

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