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June 26th, 2011

Frank Sinatra: In The Wee Small Hours

Posted by michael lavorgna in Music, Records, Some Records I Really Enjoy


Frank Sinatra
In The Wee Small Hours

His seventh studio record, his first LP, 1955, originally released as a pair of 10″ discs or one LP filled with beautifully written songs – Duke Ellington, Rogers & Hart, Hoagy Carmichael!, Cole Porter!! and more -, expertly arranged by Nelson Riddle and performed by The Voice with more control, cool and mood than a bucketful of method actors on methadone.

From the liner notes:

“Frank’s rare in-person presence pervaded each of the six sessions held to record this album. Standing in front of the mike with his hands nearly always jammed into his pockets, his shoulders hunched a little forward, he sang.

And as he sang, he created the loneliest early-morning mood in the world.”

As “Andy” pointed out, this is Tom Waits’ # 1 “most cherished album of all time“. The story goes Sinatra recorded this record, what’s called the first concept album, after his breakup with Ava Gardner which explains his mood indigo. I feel his pain…

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  1. Andy said,

    on June 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    One of the best albums by one of the best artists of all time. Second favourite is ‘Only the Lonely’. I found it funny that my parents never liked him. I had to discover him all by myself. As I gathered my relatives vinyl collections over time, not a single Frank Sinatra record in the lot. Some really strange stuff that I can’t bear to listen to, but can’t bear to throw out either. But no Frankie.

    Boy, did they ever miss out.

  2. milo shepherdson said,

    on June 26th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Concerning Tom Waits’ list, it is perhaps unforgiveably churlish of me to point out that Wee Small Hours is only #1 in the sense that it is listed first. The list is chronological, from 1955 forward. A fun read, though,the list. Writing about Trout Mask Replica:

    “…this is the high jump record that’ll never be beat, it’s a merlot reduction sauce. He takes da bait. Dante doing the buck and wing at a Skip James suku jump. Drink once and thirst no more.”

    Tell it, brother!

  3. ken mac said,

    on June 27th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I love all eras of Frank, but particularly the latter Reprise era. The sun is behind the clouds, the swing remains, and his reflective mood is common to all men, of a certain age…


  4. on June 27th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    > The sun is behind the clouds, the swing remains, and his reflective mood is common to all men, of a certain age…

    Nice.

  5. Spindly said,

    on February 17th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Good to see this out there. So great when it’s late. So subtle.

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