In the Wee Small Hours

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/1998
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724349475526
  • Catalog Number: 94755
  • Sales rank: 118

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist, Vocals
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Technical Credits
Frank Sinatra Composer
David Mann Composer
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Bob Norberg Remastering
Henry W. Sanicola Jr. Composer
Pete Welding Liner Notes
Larry Walsh Remastering
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Sol Parker Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In the wee small hours

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the top 200 albums of all time

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Torch song of all torch songs

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It doesn't get any better

    This may be the finest vocal album of American ballads ever recorded.

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    Posted July 5, 2009

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