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In The Wee Small Hours

In The Wee Small Hours

1 Apr 1955
4.7 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 April 1955
  • Release Date: 14 May 1998
  • Label: Capitol Catalog
  • Copyright: ℗ 1998 Capitol Records, Inc. © 1991 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 49:47
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  • ASIN: B001J1QZHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,950 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I have played this CD a few times and liking it better each time
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A wonderful space-saving production showcasing Frank Sinatra at his peak on two classic albums.
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playing it every weekend, classic album
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Sinatra as always very good
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Im probably in a minority but i really don't think "In the wee small hours" is the Sinatra classic some say it is. This is undoubtedly a special album but one that is more of a mood album than one that is lavished with classic songs. The vocals are excellent and Nelson Riddles arrangements are understated and natural but a lot of the songs on here lack any real melody or hook - unlike other great ballads Sinatra recorded over his career. There are some classics that stand out like the fantastic title track "Glad to be unhappy" "I see your face before me" and "I get along without you very well" Undoubted classics but many other songs cannot in fairness really be called great. If your down,or it's late at night the mood of the album will carry it and you through to the end but i'd much rather play far superior albums like "Point of no return" and "Only for the lonely"

If your after one of Sinatra's torch albums then pick up "Only for the lonely" by far the best of the 4 torch albums Sinatra recorded in the 50's

For the committed Sinatra fan this will always remain an essential album but casual fans might want to look elsewhere.
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A collection of songs, all good, without exception, properly interpreted excelentementemente very good arrangements. The only problem is the quality of the recording, which is pretty average for an alleged deterioration of the original tapes or due to the remastering for digitization. No matter, adjusting the equalizers can enjoy the performances.

Una colección de canciones, todas muy buenas, sin excepción, excelentementemente bien interpretadas con muy buenos arreglos. El único problema es la calidad de la grabación, la cual es bastante mediocre por un supuesto deterioro de las cintas originales o debido a la remasterización para la digitalización. No importa, ajustando los ecualizadores podemos disfrutar de las interpretaciones.
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As a young man on a mission, I found myself faced with the prospect of having to buy this album without knowing much about Sinatra except that which had been told to me by my Grandfather, an avowed Sinatra fanatic. In all honesty, I thought this album would challenge me, and doubted that it would be my cup of tea.

This is not Sinatra as many of my age would understand him. Not the bombast of "My Way" nor the high kicking of "New York, New York." This is a man in agony, torn apart by a failed relationship. Sinatra's pain is translated into his singing, without ever turning itself into pathos.

There's no doubt that the arrangements are fabulous, but Nelson Riddle had surely realised that the best instrument at his disposal for this recording was Sinatra's voice. By not over-complicating the music,Riddle lets Sinatra life the weight off his mind and just sing. And sing he does, fantastically well. The sense one gets is of a man who sings rather than talking to a psychologist. Whilst not quite baring his soul, Sinatra is at least trying to make sense in his own head of what has happened to him. Asking questions of himself and his former lover, he perhaps helps in our own search for answers to similar questions.

It was a great place for me to start, and opened my ears to a true legend of music. A great album to listen to at any time, you should own this.
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During the 50's Sinatra made three seminal albums, Songs for Swinging Lovers, Come Fly With Me, and this...In the Wee Small Hours. This is just THE perfect album for those late nights when you have nothing else to do but relax with a good bottle of what ever you fancy (Frank would approve of a Bourbon or two) and losing yourself in this simply superb set.
Sinatra sings for the lost and the lonely, and no-one and I mean NO-ONE does it any better than this. Every note is sung from the heart and every note connects. The Chairman of The Board was truly at the top of his game when he made this and it shows.
Accompanied by the brilliant Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra this is big band swing does the blues and it works supremely well.
Quite simply put...brilliant!
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