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…