In the Wee Small Hours

In the Wee Small Hours

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by Frank Sinatra
     
 

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Expanding on the concept of Songs for Young Lovers!, In the Wee Small Hours was a collection of ballads arranged by Nelson Riddle. The first 12" album recorded by Sinatra, Wee Small Hours was more focused and concentrated than his two earlier concept records. It's a blue, melancholy album,

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Expanding on the concept of Songs for Young Lovers!, In the Wee Small Hours was a collection of ballads arranged by Nelson Riddle. The first 12" album recorded by Sinatra, Wee Small Hours was more focused and concentrated than his two earlier concept records. It's a blue, melancholy album, built around a spare rhythm section featuring a rhythm guitar, celesta, and Bill Miller's piano, with gently aching strings added every once and a while. Within that melancholy mood is one of Sinatra's most jazz-oriented performances -- he restructures the melody and Miller's playing is bold throughout the record. Where Songs for Young Lovers! emphasized the romantic aspects of the songs, Sinatra sounds like a lonely, broken man on In the Wee Small Hours. Beginning with the newly written title song, the singer goes through a series of standards that are lonely and desolate. In many ways, the album is a personal reflection of the heartbreak of his doomed love affair with actress Ava Gardner, and the standards that he sings form their own story when collected together. Sinatra's voice had deepened and worn to the point where his delivery seems ravished and heartfelt, as if he were living the songs.

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Release Date:
05/26/1998
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724349475526
catalogNumber:
94755
Rank:
11374

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In the Wee Small Hours 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been rated one of the top 200 albums of all time. It was recorded in the 1950's and Sinatra's voice sounds amazing. There are also great lyrics and arrangements on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be the finest vocal album of American ballads ever recorded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to be careful with a CD with a bunch of ballads on it, because it can get quite boring after a while. This one is Sinatra's best though, and the only one I would recommend. I'm not saying the others are bad. I'm just saying that this is the only one I think every Sinatra fan should have. Some of the best songs are as follows: "When Your Lover Has Gone," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Glad to be Unhappy," "Mood Indigno" and "What Is This Thing Called Love." This was recorded in 1954, and the sound quality is great. That's because it was recorded at Capitol Records, and Frank was still young.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Frank Sinatra in his finest voice. The atmosphere is intimate. The band is prominent but the vocals remain the primary. A sweet example of Sinatra's ability. This is a must have cd for any collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie to you you're not alive if you haven't heard this album. Think I'm being too grandiose in my statements, well buy this album and prove me wrong. It's Frank Sinatra's finest hour. There's not a mis-step in one of the greatest albums ever produced. Nelson Riddle's charts are soft, tender, heartbreaking and intimate unlike anything imaginable. The themes of heartbreak and loss can are identifiable to anyone with a pulse. Sinatra's voice pierces the soul. "Only connect" said E.M. Forrester when asked what was needed in order to get an audience. Sinatra realized this. That's why we're talking about it 50 years after its release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first pining strings set the tone, and the title track epitomizes the whole wide world of unrequited love. Listen to this after a breakup to empathize with Sinatra, if you dare!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago