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In The Wee Small Hours

Frank Sinatra

1955

In The Wee Small Hours

Album Summary

In the Wee Small Hours is the ninth studio album by American vocalist Frank Sinatra. It was released in April 1955 by Capitol and produced by Voyle Gilmore with arrangements by Nelson Riddle. All the songs on the album deal with themes such as loneliness, introspection, lost love, failed relationships, depression, and night life. The cover artwork reflects these themes, portraying Sinatra on an eerie and deserted street at night awash in blue-tinged street lights. In the Wee Small Hours has been called one of the first concept albums.Sinatra had been developing the idea of an album with a consistent theme since 1946 with his first album, The Voice. He would successfully continue releasing "concept" albums with later releases such as Songs for Swingin' Lovers!, No One Cares, and Only the Lonely.In the Wee Small Hours was issued as two 10-inch LP discs, and also as one 12-inch record LP, making it one of the first of its kind in the pop field. It was also issued as four four–song 45-rpm EP discs sold in cardboard sleeves with the same cover as the LPs, not in paper covers like 45-rpm singles. The album was a commercial success, reaching number 2 on the Billboard album chart, where it stayed for 18 weeks, becoming Sinatra's highest charting album since Songs by Sinatra in 1947. The success of the album helped popularize the viability of the 12-inch LP in popular music, and the 10-inch format fell into obsolescence by the end of the 1950s. In 1970 it was re-issued as a ten track album under the name What Is This Thing Called Love?. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it number 100 on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, dropping it to number 101 in the 2012 revision and to number 282 in the 2020 update.

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Rating

3.27

Votes

4137

Genres

  • Jazz
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All of Frank’s music feels like Christmas, even if it’s not remotely related.

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5

Wow, two classics in a row. Our second from Frank Sinatra, and it's a legendary album. This is cited as one of the first ever concept albums in pop music; some people try give that award to the Beach Boys for Pet Sounds, but Frankie beat them. A whole album of sad boy hours at that. I love how defeated and wistful this whole thing is. Sinatra's not bitter. He's just accepting heartbreak and rejection as the inevitable price of love. Compare this to other artists from the '50s, like the Everly Brothers. Those guys wrote songs like incels and they tried to make their boohoos danceable. But compared to Ol' Blue Eyes, they're just kids. They don't know pain yet. Frank knows the pain like an old friend, and he doesn't resent it. Next to the rest of the pop landscape in the '50s, Sinatra seems like quite the pioneer. And how about this line from Wikipedia: "Based largely on Sinatra's reputation, this album helped change the 'tough guy' image, allowing for a larger range of acceptable emotional responses from men, which might previously have been perceived as for wimps." But even if you remove the high-brow analysis, this is just a fantastic collection of songs for late night loners. The title track has been in my DNA all my life, and there are so many gems on here to continue exploring. As someone who loves sad music, I have to give the man his due. Screw it, back to back 5 star albums. Frankie, you've earned it. Favorite tracks: In the Wee Small Hours, Can't We Be Friends, What Is This Thing Called Love, Glad to Be Unhappy, Mood Indigo, This Love of Mine. Album art: Exceptional. Perfect. I'm embarrassed to say I'm more familiar with the greatest hits covers, but this is just the ultimate encapsulation of what the music is. The slow-burning cigarette, the hazy twilight city street, even distant look in Frank's eyes - how is it even possible to capture that in a painting?? We can't see what he's looking at, but we can TELL he's looking past, looking through whatever's in front of him. Man, this is just too good. 5/5

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J'ai écouté le doyen des albums du générateur en même temps que je dégustais un très bon petit-déjeuner constitué de tartines grillées au spéculos, d'un jus d'orange et d'un café. Ce mélange alimentairo-sonore m'a permis de faire le plein d'énergie pour attaquer la journée de la meilleure des manières.

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Of course this belongs on this list, there is no doubt about that. Sinatra was one of the most influential people in musical history after all. That being said, it hasn't aged the best. A full 50-minute album of songs about heartbreak? It starts to get pretty annoying after the third song of him singing about a girl leaving him. My brother in Christ, chill. I'm sure this would sound better at a cocktail party in the 50s. I don't think Frank anticipated people listening to this album through headphones, in front of their computer, working and drinking hot cocoa.

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Love Frank. He was the soundtrack of a generation and somehow the little man's story was bigger than the music. Wee Small Hours - Sweet tune, and actually heart wrenching. Musically, very minimal. Mood Indigo - Very slow start to an album. Based on the album art and the first two songs, we have a moody record for sure. The moment of jaunty piano is so starkly different. Makes you want more. Lost love is the story so far. Is Mood Indigo Depression? Glad to be Unhappy - Wow, really pouring on the isolated man who lost his dame motif. This is one sleepy album. The ironic title is clever...but I don't think he's glad to be unhappy based on the lyrics. Unless this is like Shakespeare's sonnet where he says being in love is boring and sad, but I am in love and I love being that kind of sad? I Get Along Without You Very Well - Damn! Who is this album about? Ava Gardner? She messed him up! Deep in a Dream - Now we get the reflective idealized love song. It's funny that this came after that Black Keys album - which also was full of songs about looking for love or reflecting on the result of lost love. I See Your Face Before Me - Feels like Deep in a Dream Part II, but awake. Can't We Be Friends - Not a bad track. A clever turn on the same self-loathing style of previous songs. I'm not worthy of anyone, despair. This is one mopey album. When Your Lover Has Gone - Now this is getting ridiculous. Who listened to this album?

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5

A window into an age I only know because my parent's were kids then. It was a fun listen.

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5

A masterful album about heartbreak. I am always a fan of the old ones just because of the feel of the recordings. They kind of scratch an invisible itch of mine, and I've been a fan of this 50's popular music since fallout sparked my interest for it. It's such an enjoyable album from start to finish, not necessarily particularly genius og creative, I am just in love with the feeling it portrays.

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Don't understand the hype

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5

Beautiful album. Perfect for an evening in, full of that longing emotion after losing in love and the maturity and class to move with it. The album is neither invasive nor demanding but far from being mere background music to become wholly ignored. Franks velvet voice alone makes this easy to listen to but the accompanying instruments does nothing more than make him shine.

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5

Perhaps Sinatra’s finest album. Perfectly chosen songs to reflect that melancholy, down tempo, heartbreak mood - legend has it Frank recorded in front of a life size cardboard cut out of Ava Gardner - sung with the lightest of touches by the greatest interpreter of popular music, framed perfectly by exquisite Nelson Riddle arrangements. What’s striking is the musical choices - Can’t We Be Friends is simply backed by the beautiful guitar solos of George van Eps and little more than piano, drums and bass, creating a quiet, jazz cafe mood; whilst others, such as the opening track, are backed by a full orchestra which swells and soars - but throughout, Sinatra’s vocals stand out as the focal point, constantly capturing the emotion of the moment, making the listener truly believe the heartache. Sinatra’s artistry is captured beautifully on one of the greatest works of art of the twentieth century.

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Mood music to the highest caliber. Wistful, melancholy. Makes me want to smoke a cigarette under an awning in the rain, glass of whiskey-on-the-rocks conveniently in the other hand as a compliment. Sinatra has a very powerful voice, you can tell when he hits those big notes, and when he brings it down to an almost stare-out-the-window-dreaming whisper. I appreciated when the band behind him broke into some jazzy numbers to break up the big band music. Favorite tracks: "Can't We Be Friends?", "This Love of Mine"

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I liked this more than I expected. Does everyone reach an age where suddenly music like this appeals? I'm less likely to put something on the turntable that's harder, faster, louder than maybe even 5 years ago and listen to something softer, slower, quieter. That might just be an after work/evening thing; it's different during the working hours with headphones. Also I have a theory that all art, whether it be music, painting, architecture, whatever, reaches an artistic peak and then descends to its lowest common denominator over time. Craftmanship and beauty become far to expensive, quick and cheap trumps all. You can't fail to listen to the orchestral arrangements in this and think "Well that's really lovely".

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These are gorgeous wistful tunes matched perfectly to the moody cover art. The production really spotlights Sinatra's voice and delivers nostalgia straight to the heart. The thing I don't understand is why a guy like that didn't have better luck with the dames.

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He's a really good crooner. Did this album is pretty much exactly what you'd expected to sound like. It doesn't really do anything for me, but it doesn't offend me either.

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3

Good. Not dazzling or particularly thematic, but some real nice songs, and Sinatra's voice is lovely.

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Sounds like a musical soundtrack where I'm missing something by not experiencing the songs in the context of the film (which doesn't exist). Maybe someone should make a musical built around these songs? This album made me hungry for drums. The whole thing comes across as a sort of musical appetizer to me - it's got a nice flavor but doesn't leave me feeling full. I respect this and all but as the thing drags on, on a personal level I must admit I simply don't enjoy it (at least an albums worth of it). I honestly find ambient music more exciting than this. Great album cover though.

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I am conditioned to see Sinatra and think oh it’s a classic this will be good. But it’s kinda not. His voice is nice but the album is a drag. 2.5

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I really don't think it is fair to judge Frank Sinatra by today's standards. We aren't listening in the right medium. He was played on black and white tvs on a 12 inch screen on grandma's tv. With earbuds and cars being the most common place to hear music, it just isn't doing him justice. He is a good singer, I'll give him that and he would influence lounge for generations. That's basically where he stops being good though. All these songs sound exactly the same - I have no idea which one was the "hit." The lyrics have aged very terribly. This guy sounds like a whiny "nice guy." I'll be waiting for you when he's done with you? I'm not like the other guys? I think this was romantic back in the day, but he definitely treats women as one dimensional in his songs. They are objects - they don't do anything and their opinion matters little. It is hard to judge this by the original standards, so I'm not going to try. 2.5 stars rounded down.

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Frank Sinatra's crooning tones can't be surpassed. In the Wee Small Hours takes you through a journey of the end of a relationship, which mirrored Sinatra's personal life at the time with his separation from his second wife Ava Gardner. It's hard not to hear the emotion in his voice throughout, however this really has brought my mood way down for the day. Would have been 1 star if not for his dulcet tone and emotion throughout the album. Best: Dancing on the Ceiling Worst: Deep in a Dream

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Frank Sinatra hot take: His music hasn't aged well. Out of all of the legends that I have listened to on this list, Sinatra has been the least impressive to me. Sure, he sings on key, he has an intimate way of delivering music, he tells stories, he has a sense of the epic and he helped pioneer the concept album. He has a very nice voice. By todays standards though, he doesn't do any of these particularly well. He's no wordsmith, his stories are pretty shallow, he doesn't have great vocal range and his delivery seems more self indulgent than anything. I have been told by elders that he was the Jimi Hendrix of the microphone, but when I listen to Hendrix, he still rocks my socks off and people can point to exactly what he did that was innovative for the time. I just don't get that from Sinatra. All of that said, I don't hate his music. It's fine. It's alright. It has a calm, chill vibe that works great for some easy listening. But other musicians do that better too.

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5

Some great early pop there. I’ll happily play it to impress a significant other (I’m still single).

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5

Well it's Frank Sinatra. Crooning orchestral songs of lost and unrequited love. Still great for relaxed background music.

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5

This might be my favorite album.

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5

Quelque chose que j’adore dans ce genre de musique. Tellement beau! C’est intemporelle, la voix, les arrangements, tout est parfait! 5*

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5

Ah, Frank. Hijodetureputamadre.

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Not first time listening: 16/16 songs liked Who hurt you Frank? This is second to "Song For Swingin Dancers" but it's a very close second. Such sadness and loneliness that I can relate to. Also bias love to Frank Sinatra. 2 songs saved

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A* loved it

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5

Ellie- makes me feel I'm bathing chocolate So wholesome and Christmassy

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5

I love this record, Nelson Riddle's arrangements are perfect.

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5

Melancholy off the scale, great vocals and sublime arrangements.

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5

great frank!

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Legendary

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5

Frank's best era. This album was the first concept that he made and would continue to follow the format. This album was the first pressed 12" LP. From an artistic standpoint, this is some of the best Sinatra songs recorded. If you're in a melancholy mood, listen to this album.

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5

World class

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5

Sinatra at his absolute peak. This along with Sings for Only the Lonely are ssns pareil. 5 🌟

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5

not the greatest collection of tunes, but with frank's voice he could just narrate a bible and it would be amazing

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5

Classic depressief album. 5 - i'm in my joker era

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5

genieten. Meer heb je niet nodig, buiten een haard en een boek.

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5

Le meilleur album de l'année 1955 je n'ai pas peur de le dire

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5

One of the best albums ever made, great stuff

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5

Opuštajuće. Divan glas. Uvik se vraćan ovom albumu pa je možda i navika, al briga me 💛

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5

In the wee small hours slušan ovo i uff, Sinatra me uvik asocira na toliko toga... osjećaj Božića, crno-bilog filma, sporog plesa u lepršavoj haljini, pucketanje vatre sa komina, gramofonske ploče, sviranje klavira u zatamnjenom baru, a povrh svega, njegov glas!! vječni klasik

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5

Classic

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5

9/10 frank sinatras a total asshole but this was a really nice album, production is incredible and I want to give full credit to the talented people who actually wrote these songs

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5

“At the height of his powers” is a hackneyed phrase but it must’ve been invented for this album.

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5

Funnily I listened to this album just last week. One of the best albums for the end of the night.

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5

A classic! Sinatra's voice is wonderful! I already knew some songs but never listened this album entirely. What a crime. It truly deserves the spot on this list. Favorite tracks: * In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning * I'll Be Around * This Love Of Mine

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Damn Frankie

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Let's say you get dumped by the love of your life. You can deal with it in the healthy, boring way, nobody's gonna judge you for that. By all means take care of yourself, you do you. My way is a little different though. Get yourself a bottle of Jack Daniel's and a couple of packs of Camel Straights and put on this album ("Sings for Only The Lonely" will work too) and get good and drunk while chain smoking, you'll eventually feel better the next day.

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5

I am a fan of this Sinatra period. I did not love the earlier big-band era, but the worn, lonely Sinatra always worked for me. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are spectacular.

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5

Wow, this was gorgeous. I've always loved the brash and campy '60s Sinatra, but I forget that there was really something beautiful about his work for all those years before that. A man with an amazing voice singing sublime torch songs to Nelson Riddle's orchestra. Wonderful. This was truly like buttah.

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5

Another excellent Sunday album.

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5

I channel my inner 1950s teenage girl for this listen. For some reason I don’t play Frank that often. Whenever I do though I absolutely love his music and feel like I could listen to it all day. This album is no exception. His voice just hits home on so many levels. Emotionally, you can connect with the simple subject matter on each song. Usually they’re about love, or lost love but not always. Intellectually, I can appreciate his delivery. Frank’s versions of songs that I already know like “Mood Indigo” and “Can’t we be Friends? ” are so different as to make them totally his own. The arrangements of the orchestration on his music are prefect for his voice too.

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4

This was a pleasant surprise. I thought I would find it too jazzy for my taste, since I find standards to be a bit bland at times, but Sinatra has an excellent voice and that did save things.

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4

it's very calm and nice. his voice is very soothing, and it's the kind of music i could fall asleep to or study to. the music gets a but repetitive after a while though, but that's just personal taste.

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Classic Chairman of the Board

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Realize I know very little about Sinatra: it seems from reading this album marked a kind of inflection point of his turning into the Sinatra of my all but unconscious cultural zeitgeist awareness. I realize this is not actually a review but I'm kind of sick of that anyway, it's not like I'm qualified to judge a particular offering even in the context of all Sinatra, let alone all pop, rock, punk, hip hop, some country and some jazz of a 3/4 century... this project is ridiculous.

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4

I love this kind of music hence the 4 star rating, but I can see the possible complaints. There is no variety whatsoever in this album. Every song sounds exactly the same, it just so turns out that I like the sound.

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There is nothing here that massively stands out, but it is certainly a great representation of Sinatra, with songs that i've never heard before. Sinatra has such amazing talent and he does get some of it across here. But I feel other songs from him are more deserving of the elusive 5 stars.

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Give me melancholy Sinatra over peppy Sinatra 9 times out of 10, please.

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This is the music I grew up with, the music that I could never get tired of. My mom, when I was a kid, would play Sinatra all the time, and I never complained. The meaning of the songs have definitely changed since I last listened to this album, but the feel of instruments, and the vocals are just perfect. This is music from a different time, and you feel that when listening, and it takes a hell of a lot to transport a person like that.

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4

good one

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Really nails that quiet, soft, early morning feel. It’s light, but not exactly lighthearted. Favorite track(s): “Mood Indigo”

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avoir eu une voix comme c;a je n, aurais jamais travailler chez mittal 4 étoile pour la voix rien pour le style

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Auf jeden Fall was für (später) Abends, und Vielleicht noch eher im Winter? Würde da spontan auch an Suntory Whisky denken - for relaxing times. Gefällt mir jedenfalls richtig gut, und ja: fantastisch, diese Stimme!!

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4

easy listening. 4-5

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class. Just the control of his voice, the arrangements. like a vetriano picture - you can almost hear the raindrops...

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4

Net zoals Ella Fitzgerald heeft dit een air van oude Disneyfilms. Ella was net iets beter, maar dit mag er ook zijn.

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4

brt sinatra

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4

Hella old man music but its nice for filling the quiet while doing HW or something.

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4

Good tunes

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A combination of low, catchy vocals and slow melodic motifs.

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4

Lush harmonies. Surprising string arrangments. He doesn't trust thw stars and his heart has surely broken in two.

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4

Very sad album. Great production though. Enjoyable album overall.

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4

Very classic. Soothing in every way, especially that familiar velvet voice. Lot of simpy sad boi vibes but I guess that was in vogue then.

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4

An album that shows just how amazing Sinatra can be at creating moods with his music. I’ve never heard much of his work outside of songs used in films, but this album has made me a lot more interested in his work.

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his 1st Capital album. brilliant cover.

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continuing a theme here so far of artists i should listen to more but never really did There is something about this that is somewhat timeless, maybe it is how well regarded he is but also the lyrics deal with topics that everyone has experienced in big or in small parts. "Fools rush in, so here I am Very glad to be unhappy" I Get Along Without You Very Well - "of course" is such a simple song but captures that feeling very well "But I should never think of Spring For that would surely break my heart in two" "Awake or asleep, every memory I'll keep Deep in a dream of you" "The love that you cherish so often may perish And leave you with castles in air" "I saw you there one wonderful day But you took my heart and you threw my heart away" "So I'll be around when he's gone" "I love my ceiling more Since it is a dancing floor Just for my love" "But kings can be wrong" "Since nothing matters, let it break" One of the few albums recently I wasn't slightly itching to finish. Unlike Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music where I thought "Just too many love songs or songs about love more accurately." I could listen to sinatra for another 16 tracks as there is just something about the album or in general his style. I regret not owning an old vinyl for this one, with a cigar and an old fashioned.

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4

I'm a real sucker for blue rainy crooning like this.

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This is the grandfather of all breakup albums

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4

The last Frank Sinatra album we had was really fun because I hadn't heard it before and it felt like a step out of his comfort zone collabing with someone else. This one I was hoping would be on here because I already created a Frank Sinatra playlist and this CD is on it. Hadn't listened yet, but I am intimately familiar with the title track. Opening this album with it is pure perfection. This song will always give me so much comfort as it was a part of the Sinatra album of greatest hits that I have listened to going to bed since I went to school at John Paul in Plano. This is one of my favorite songs of the bunch because it is so touching and sad while at the same time filled with promise. If you're thinking about them at 3am, they are a special someone. Though, as I listen to this album, I'm starting to reframe that song as most of the songs on this album are sad. All about a guy who can't catch any sleep because he is thinking about his missed opportunities and bad times with love. "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "Deep in a Dream" both have some sadness to them. Frank is fine being alone, but he doesn't want to be. Overall, I liked this album a ton. Perfect to play late at night when you're about to fall asleep. And an absolute painting of an album cover.

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4

Really liked this album and his older work… good listen

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4

Not heard before. Admired rather than hugely enjoyed.

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4

smooth crooner album

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4

Great album and soothing voice. 3.5

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4

Some classic songs on here, delivered in Sinatra's classic voice and mode.

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4

Winter mood, nice

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4

Classic Sinatra. Very chill and cool sound.

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4

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra (1955) Twenty-first century listeners to this collection of 16 tracks from over 65 years ago are invited to consider the concept of the ‘concept album’. Frank Sinatra selected songs for this record (actually two monophonic records when released) that are all about lost love—introspective reflection once a man has realized that it’s all over. But within this overall theme, there is a painstaking ordering and arranging of the tracks that provide rhythm, development, climax, and resolution. We get paradox (in “Glad to Be Unhappy”), irony (Can’t We Be Friends?”, “Last Night When We Were Young”), philosophical musing (“What Is This Thing Called Love?”), and other lyrical devices that tear away at heartstrings. And the songwriters behind these tracks include many deservedly famous names like Ellington, Rodgers, Hart, Carmichael, Porter, and Kahn. But it’s Sinatra who brings it all together. The four songs recorded with a small jazz ensemble—“Glad to Be Unhappy”, “Can’t We Be Friends?”, “I’ll Be Around”, and “Dancing on the Ceiling”—are carefully spaced among the more lush orchestral arrangements, giving the album a sense of breathing or pulsing. The closing track “This Love of Mine” provides resignation, resolution, and catharsis, as love lost is accepted and the artist turns questioningly toward an uncertain future. The beauty of Frank Sinatra’s voice Is on full display. While the mood of these particular songs precludes the bombastic and triumphant timbre evident in many of his later and more popular hits, the mellow and delicate vocal quality he brings to In the Wee Small Hours is fully expressive of a sorrowful, lamenting soul. Brooding, mourning, reflecting, wondering, and praying, he sings his sadness. Nelson Riddle demonstrates his superlative orchestral arranging skills, from steady double bass pulsing to soaring high strings, harp, muted horns, and bright percussion. The only humor on this record is provided by Riddle’s orchestra, as it sometimes seems to say, “Cheer up, Frank. It will be better after you’ve slept it off. Someday you may look back on this and proclaim “I Did It My Way!” With cover art that captures the melancholy, Sinatra’s tie is loosened and his hat is pushed back, abandoning the ‘cool’ and ‘cocky’ look. He stands, pensive and alone in the pre-dawn urban mist, wondering what went wrong with a love that’s now gone. Having just taken his first drag off of a cigarette, he’s now prepared to ponder, and we get to listen in. We feel his disappointment and pain. I suppose calling it quits with Ava Gardner will do that to you. 4/5

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4

better than I expected, seeing as I Do Not like Frank Sinatra

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“Sinatra often mourning lost love and sounding a bit desolate but ultimately hopeful.”

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Pretty much a breakup album.

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mooooi

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Started listening to this yesterday, found it nightmarishly horrible and had to switch it off, but I was not in a great place. Picked it up again today and enjoyed it a lot more; despite Sinatra's reputation, there is something heartfelt and sincere about his songs and the way he sings them. I like the way it tells a story as well.

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Genrensä parasta mitä oon kuullut. Sopi sunnuntaiajeluun kun haki deitin kyytiin

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2/2/22 Very romantic vibes for an album with a darker sad message. Was a beautiful album and perfect to nap to lol! Favorite song: no clear favorite. Liked it all as a whole. Each song flowed together.

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4

A really solid and beautiful album overall but no standouts to me

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Listened to on 2/2/22 4.5/5 Favorite song: This Love of Mine This album was so easy to listen to and was the perfect accompaniment to a rainy day. Would absolutely listen to again and again

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Smooth. Romantic songs.

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Predivno, dosegla sam novu razinu mira s ovim albumom. Jedino nije skroz nešto sta inace slušam pa zato nije 5

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4

An early concept album that requires a couple listens

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4

chill

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Elegante

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It's Frank. Amazing. 4/5

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4

Heerlijk album met die geniale stem

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The encapsulation of what Sinatra represented. Majestic and charismatic. Liked it, not loved it (I am more a Chet Baker guy)

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These songs would be great in a movie, but listening to an entire album of them gets a bit repetitive.

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In the very Swag Hours

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Imagine being the guy making the second ever album and having to follow this up 😨

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Claaaaaassic

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Epic

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I don't know the 50s were capable of such powerful music. It's gloomy and heartbreaking, not the kind of happy dance music I'm used to hearing from Sinatra. We've all got to comment on that remarkable album cover, encapsulating the sad introspection this album embodies. Sinatra's somber voice got me through all the songs, regardless of how I feel about the arrangements. But plenty of the arrangements were beautiful, complimenting the intensity and mood, albeit at many times excessive or unoriginal. There were a few recording sessions and you can hear just how different they sound from each other, one more classical while another on the jazzy end. Favorites: In the Wee Small Hours, Mood Indigo, Deep In a Dream, Can't We Be Friends?, I'll Be Around, It Never Entered My Mind, This Love of Mine

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I'm a huge fan of Sinatra. But... this is not my favorite of his works. This is nice 'winding down at the end of the day with a glass of scotch' music. It's got its place fo sho, but in the grand Sinatra scheme, it's pretty low on the pole. Still 4 stars.

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Great. Best Sinatra album I've listened to. Historically, this album is very significant.

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The sunshine yesterday felt inappropriate for this album. Moody and full of mystique, I felt like I needed to be alone at a bar or fireplace at with a martini or scotch in hand. I do think it ran a few tracks too long.

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It's a great break up album. Very downbeat but at the same time smooth. It's not Dusty Springfield level heartbreak, but very good nonetheless!

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It's Sinatra...

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9/10

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8/10. 50 minutes is too long to listen to Sinatra for, but this is still pretty good

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I love me some Sinatra, so smooth and charismatic. This album definitely set a mood. It wasn't precisely the mood I was in today but I could see enjoying it more under different circumstances.

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I love Frank, but this was just a little depressing.

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4/5

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The very first1001 album!! What a great cover! It must be worth a bit these days. I wanted to listen to this while we were having lunch, and then while I was making dinner, but forgot. I mentioned on our last Sinatra album, that in my opinion, there were better singers from that era, Dean Martin being the most obvious. Frank, on the other hand had a more human sounding voice that would falter when he kicked it up a notch. The arrangements are nice. I like the way they might sneak in a muted trumpet for the last 10 seconds of a song. It was all so different then, in the pre-singer song writer era. The same bunch of 20-something guys from NYC were cranking out tunes for artists like Frank, with very predictable, safe lyrics, and arrangements that didn’t push the envelope. Anyway, my co-judge and I will replay this over dinner soon.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: He’s the greatest dancer, Lost in music, Thinking of you, You’re friend of me

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The bobbysoxers had to stop the screams at some time. The jubilence and hysteria couldn't last forever. Hearts were made to be broken, as the soon to be Ol' Blue Eyes found out on the path to making In the Wee Small Hours. Sixteen tracks of sheer, unrelenting sadness, backed up by a ready and game orchestra, can seem daunting but Frank does what he can to give his all with each track. Of course, we have this album to thank for not only popularizing the 12" record but also concept albums; separate entities that would come together in greater detail in ensuing decades. As for Frank, he had finally found a niche and a formula to cultivate and refine from time to time. Favorites: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Mood Indigo, Glad to be Unhappy, I Get Along Without You Very Well, Can't We Be Friends?, I'll Be Around, Ill Wind, This Love of Mine.

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Sinatra isn't entirely my thing, it's nice to listen to tho He definitely has a beautiful voice and he nails it each time Personally, it gets a teensy bit old

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Can never go wrong with Sinatra

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Really really good. Reminds me of waking up as a kid in winter and watching old cartoons like Tom and Jerry. Can sleep or chill to this music while dreaming of being in love.

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1955. Key Songs: Mood Indigo, What Is This Thing Called Love

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I heard something very close to what I expected. Sinatra's voice is familiar of course. It's like a warm but thin blanket: It won't hold up to a lot, but that's not what it's for. Its function as a sad album is the most interesting part of the record. There's a double disconnect: First, between the lyrics and moderately upbeat (to modern ears) compositions, and second, between the subject matter and Frank's impeccably smooth delivery (the affect seems not to quite match). He's most uncomfortable during the more-actually-jazzy sections.

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Ol Frank songs to chill and fall asleep to. Work environment didn’t help my engagement

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Good break up songs

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Its fine

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foi bom pro clima chuvoso

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Kind of beautiful and kind of boring. Made me feel like a ciggie

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1:00 AM: "What is this thing called love?" "I have a new 1001 album today, let's listen", and it's apropos for all the reasons I hate to admit. Scene: Post-cocktail party. Swap stories. Has-beens of what-could-have-beens. And time grew cold. Fuck you Sinatra, but you got me 5 drinks deep, you win with your candor and forward lyrics. I can only laugh how piercing your earnestness is, I hate it and also respect it. Some sort of party-bus went by during my walk, I wanted on but also want to leave it be. I mentioned to the driver "What a night!" and he chuckled as the passengers took selfies outside to remember (or delete in the morning). I'm just a tourist here, keep, moving. And recollect. Did I mention I'm laughing? I'll be around, from now on. I Goodbye again. Now and then, drop a line. Let's get "serious", this was a perfect post-party walk around the block sad-nostalgic-I'm-getting-older sort of mood. Normally listening I'd fucking hate this shit, but in this very specific mood-very specific time it really worked. Unfortunately all the songs sound about the same though. 3*

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A little boring, but also sad

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Kind of depressing

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A classic no doubt, though I like Frank's swinging stuff more, this was pretty downtempo.

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I can see the cigarette smoke filled rundown Jazz bar I wish I was in when I listen to this and I love that.

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mellow. coffee house-like music.

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It was good. I definitely enjoyed it. It was a little repetitive, but I honestly don’t really mind. Would probably give a 3.5 if possible, but it didn’t do enough for me to give it a 4.

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J'ai pas pris de chance, je suis aller direct écouter ses greatest hits au lieu de l'album. Sinatra est clairement très cool, j'aime bien son style, mais j'écouterais pas vraiment ça dans mon char. Malgré tout, j'ai aimé mon écoute. Agréable.

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Muss bock auf frank sinatra haben dann schon easy. Sicher nicht nervig Nice stimme

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Simple. Calming. Plain

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Iconic voice

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Frank is fine.

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Taki klasyczny glos, a ja kojarze go glownie z swiatecznego jingla o sniegowaniu, wiec jest to pierwszy sinatrowy album jaki slyszalem, a uslyszalem kompilacje mocno sadge kawalkow zaspiewanych w jazzowych araqnzacjach, nie jakis murzynski jazzik, tylko taki ultra klasyczny wybielowy swingowy rodzaj jazzu jaki mozna grac, ale nie jest to dziwne, bo wszystkie kawalki poza tytulowym in the wee small hours of the morning pochodza z wielkiej ksiegi hamerykanskiego spiewactwa XX wieku, czyli cos jakby ksiega miar i wag co masz spiewac i jak zeby byc "hamerykanski", ale twistem w tym albumiku jest to ze sinatra wybral jedynie najbardziej sadgowe utwory, wiec stworzyl albumik koncepcyjny, cos na tamte czasy iscie rewlucyjnego muzycznie, czuje ze instrumentale nie sa na tym samym poziomie co wokal tego albumika, na plejaka leci tytulowy kawalek i i will never be the same

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In the words of Jav “this reminds me of old people and Christmas”. 3/5

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Mmmm it's nice.. relaxing, but all the songs sound the same and are about the same thing! Quite boring

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Very good but all quite similar.

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An album I never expected to like. Never really looked into his music. But really atmosferic. An eye-opener.

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The very first album in the book! Frank Sinatra did us a lot of favors by being a workhorse, namely bringing "the LP" as it were to everyday households. The music itself is very low-key, mellow, just plain ol' sad. Perfect for "the wee small hours of the morning", but kind of makes me sleepy. Shoutout to Sinatra's backing band, they nail the performance here.

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Not for me.

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Pleasant singing voice and the music sounds nice in the background. I definitely didn't mind it playing, but there's nothing about it that might hold my attention. Probably great to have playing while trying to fall asleep.

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Sinatra is really a master of his craft and his talents are on full display here. I appreciate his quieter moments better than the bombast, especially on the opening track. At the same time, I found this record, as a whole, to be pleasant, but kind of forgettable. Favourite track: “Last Night When We Were Young”

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I like Frank when he's singing from a lonely place, and the arrangements to these songs really help him sell the sentimental melancholy. It doesn't all work, and a few tracks could have been cut, but I still enjoyed wallowing with Frank for an hour. (Sidenote, his take on I "Get Along Without You" is nowhere near Chet Baker's brilliant version.) Fav Tracks: What Is This Thing Called Love? and In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.

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solid, classic

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Sinatra’s talented but these crooners just aren’t for me

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Sleepy album about him during a break up and into single life

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I've heard this a few times now and it creeps under your skin after a while. You can hear Sinatra's world weary voice cracking at times as he makes his way through the songs. The arrangements are subtle and delicate and really compliment Sinatra. Nice for late night listening.

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This was first time listening to Frank Sinatra. Liked it over all

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It's frankie

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A lot of Frank singing songs about losing love. I wasn't really familiar with any of these before. Good if you're feelin' blue and want to wallow in it.

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No one's jumping out of their chair to change stations on the wireless when a Sinatra song comes on. He's universally loved. However, this one's a little tricky to rate because it depends on the context. If I'm sitting in an armchair on Christmas Eve, looking out the window and the snow starts to fall as I take a sip of whiskey - this album is getting 4.9 stars. Easily. But for everyday listening, this isn't making it into my rotation so it has to get a 3. Enjoyed listening to many of the non-hits for a change. Great album, it's clear why he's up there with the all time big band singers like Seth MacFarlane.

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A lovely album. Of its time and like Ray Charles, would be better appreciated on vinyl. Very nostalgic feels to this but doesn’t feature any of his obvious classics. Still a good album with nice ambient tones. Love his voice and the big band feels.

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Definitely Frank Sinatra, lots of mournful songs about love with an orchestral backing. These days doesn't seem like much but he has a great voice and I know the impact he had on music. Good album, a bit on the melancholy side though.

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Frank was a good way to start the day, dude is emo as fuck.

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its classic Sinatra but none of his best stuff 3.5

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Un nouvel album soporifique de la part du chouchou de robpanière, j'ai en effet eu le temps de faire trois siestes malgré comme vous le savez une nuit de sommeil de très bonne qualité derrière moi.

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Frank Sinatra is good, but very much not my thing. I prefer for the music to take more of a leading role and the singer to add emphasis to the music rather than being the driver of the song. It's a personal preference thing, and I acknowledge that. I did like the latin Sinatra album I got previously on this list, but these songs mostly sound the same to me. Not bad, just not for me 3/5

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It's good, but a bit dated

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Couldn't face Sepultra for my early dog walk so jumped to next album - Frank! I know loads of Sinatra, but an entire album? Nope. This felt like a Xmas album. It was lovely-like being stroked by a hot chocolate with Baileys.

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This was a pleasant album but it's not going to set anyone's world on fire. I didn't feel like there were any stand-out tracks. It's a work meant to be taken as a whole because it's regarded as the first 'concept-album' where there's a thematic link between all the tracks for the first time ever, rather than just a disparate collection of songs. That's a good touch but I just couldn't say I loved it.

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More Frank? Not so soon. I'm a little Franked out. "In the wee small hours of the morning While the whole wide world was having a snooze Frankie crooned on in a smooth baritone About ciggies, the moon, love and booze"

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3. It's Frank, legendary voice. Though an entire album of his songs back to back is like ordering an entire dozen of donuts and then realizing this is way too much of a good thing all at once.

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Frank is always great

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Situacija je ovakva... Definitivno je ovaj čovjek pojam 12.mj, jer očito sve šta sam čuo bih mogao svrstati u soundtrack decembra svake godine. Tako da sada, em nije hladno, em nisu još blagdani... Ne znam, ima taj štih on za takve stvari. Za sad je ovakav rejting, a vjerujem da će sjesti bolje idući puta kada ga budem slušao (po gore navedenom se i zna kada).

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The best part of this album was roasting it with Honor. Lowkey every song sounded the same but I think that was the point? It's supposedly the first concept album. Makes sense. The concept of this one was being a SIMP. 3/5

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Disc lànguid i depressiu, que fa honor al seu títol, en un monòleg trist i melangiós que s'intueix a altes hores de la nit (o primeres del matí) sobre el desamor i la desesperació. Tot això amb la veu característica i inigualable de Sinatra i amb l'acompanyament d'una big band amb forts elements jazzístics

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Good but makes me sleepy

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Sort of bland, especially knowing he didn't write any, or at least many, of his own songs.

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The earliest album in the 1001 Albums series, heralding from a distant and mysterious place in music. Rock and roll had only just started to hit the charts, the Les Paul guitar had barely been on sale, the British Invaders were putting in the hours at school and most punk rockers hadn't been born. The standards covered by Sinatra here are even older, dating back through the 1930s to 1929 (Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love"). Almost nobody alive will recall these songs in their infancy, through early performances and Broadway recitals: they have simply endured through the years to become relics of a halcyon era. To many people of my generation, the swelling strings, mellow mood, jazz inflections and signature croon are associated with "grandparent music", "Christmassy fireside tunes", all cigar smoke and black-and-white romance. Years of pop culture association has worked its charm, and I couldn't escape those feelings either: "In The Wee Small Hours" has become an album that feels so distinctly and charmingly old, mature, sentimental. Adding to this association is the emotion and tone of the songs themselves. The album is often labelled as one of the first concept albums: what it lacks in narrative or musical motifs, it certainly makes up for by casting a singular mood and emotion. Every song is bathed in washes of melancholic blue light as if to match the classic image on the cover. This approach works to the album's credit as well as to its detriment: the mood is so lethargic that in the wrong mood it can become a huge drag, each song merging into the other in an indistinguishable mass. The lagging tempo aside, there is some lovely, lush instrumentation here: from the simplicity of the piano led "Glad to Be Unhappy" to the bombastic climax of "Last Night When We Were Young" (the most animated things get). Almost every song is soaked in luscious strings and muted brass, while the celesta has some standout moments. As well as a lovely refrain in "I'll Be Around", I give top marks for its delicate use in the first verse of "I Get Along Without You Very Well", mimicking the raindrops on leaves referenced in the lyrics. On top of all that is the obvious centrepiece, Sinatra's vocal. Eloquent, considered, and dazzling: he mines the depths of heartbreak with such beautiful intonation and feeling. It speaks for itself, so I'm not going to sit around trying to write about why Frank Sinatra has a good voice. All in all, this album is exquisitely performed and arranged. It needs to be heard in full to be "got", and it has to be said that my enjoyment of it would rest on how I was listening. If I can get past the "mood music" prejudice I have, its rating might come to increase by its hundredth birthday. Long may it live.

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I really struggle to know why this Sinatra album is on vs any other. It's fine but it's all a bit samey to me , at least it played round Christmas

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It’s always fine to get a warm caress from Frank Sinatra’s voice.

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Well, it's Sinatra. Mr. Santa himself i guess. Pleasant surprise for the christmas time (writing this on December 16th) :) It doens't impress me that much, but it also wasn't bad either. Nice and chill listen overall. :)

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Killer voice, no doubt, but....yawn

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good sinatra album, i guess the album as a whole is better than each song individually

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A good album to wind down to.

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This made we want to play Fallout again. I've heard Frank Sinatra a lot before but never listen to a full album. It's not really for me but was still enjoyable to listen to.

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Love Frank's voice and this album is very soothing though it could use a bit more variety

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I hate to rate Sinatra this low, but all these songs are basically the same. There's nothing upbeat or peppy but maybe that's the point. It's sweet and smooth and languid and would 100% put me to sleep.

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Frank is nostalgic of my grandparents’ house, which are all lovely memories. However I had a hard time listening to the whole album.

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I can hear where Tom Waits has gotten much inspiration on his slower songs on this concept album by Sinatra But an album full of this gets quite monotonous to me, even though his voice is absolutely stunning and the music is great.

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I actually rather enjoyed this

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Saved Prior: None* [I have a live version of a medley containing It Never Entered My Mind saved which I like better ('The Girl That Got Away/It Never Entered My Mind' off his 'World on a String' live album). Check it out, it's better than any song on this album tbh.] Off Rip: In The Wee Small Hours Of Hours The Morning, Mood Indigo, I'll Never Be The Same Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: I appreciate that he made arguably the first sad boy hours album. I also count myself as a Sinatra fan. I can also also admit to myself that this album is eh. It feels a bit static, which makes sense on a conceptual level given the themes of the album but doesn't make it a terribly enjoyable listen.

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Ukolla kiva soundi, mutta levyllinen tätä kerta-annoksena on jo turhan hapokasta. Aika ajanut tyylistä ohi jo jokunen päivä sitten? Ei silti ihan paska :)

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j’ai pris la liberté de m’endormir sachant que je l’avais déjà écouté

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A real contemplative album, just as the title suggests. Dancing on the Ceiling, Last Night When We We’re Young stood out on the first listen. Overall needs a little more swing for my tastes.

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Very Sinatra

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A pleasant mood

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Fine. One of the greatest voices ever. 6/10

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Some nice tunes. You could argue that there’s nothing wrong with it, but that’s not really a compliment, is it? 3.25

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I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed by this album, which is basically just a collection of standards. Essential if you're into Sinatra, but otherwise...maybe not. Best track: Ill Wind

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I can see why this is on the list, thinking of how towering a figure he is in American culture. While the arrangements and recordings are exquisite, as a matter of personal taste I can only take so much of Frank Sinatra at once. I don't seek out his music; that being said, I understand why his voice is considered so good and I can appreciate the work.

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Um álbum descontraído e agradável, muito característico e inconfundível, contudo, isto pode ser uma faca de dois gumes. As músicas são muito semelhantes entre si. Honestamente não é bem algo que me chame muito a atenção Nota:6/10

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Frank Sinatra has a great voice and I do love his work but this is largely back ground music. Go listen to some Chet Baker or even better Sammy Davis Jr instead

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fine.

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3.5 Stars. The good think about Frank Sinatra is you know what to expect in his music. The bad thing about his music is that you already know what to expect.

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Fine as quiet background music. Nothing here grabs me and makes me pay attention. I don’t think it’s bad, just not my kind of music.

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Very standard nice Sinatra fare - a bit of a whiny incel sometimes though.

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2 Sinatra albums within a week! Wild how these patterns pop up on such a huge list. This album is straight slow, sad ballads. Got very one-note after a while. And none of these are "the hits". BUT EEEEHH ITS FRANKIE WHAT YOU WANT ME TO FORGETABBOUT IT? WHERE AM I GONNA PUT THESE CANNOLIS? I LOVE LISTENING TO MY BOYS THE RAT PACK WHILE I EAT MY GABAGOOL

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Identifying mellow Sinatra : it’s mellow Sinatra

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I appreciate he has a silky voice. I understand that he has a corking songwriter, and the calibre of both the instrumentals the production are sky high. But it is Frank Sinatra. He can be nothing but the epitome of cliche crooning.

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some albums on this list are going to be weirdly difficult for me to rate and experience because of how culturally omni present they are. this is an example of one of those album. it's obviously lovely but i just can't get in to it.

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songs of heartbreak and loss. I had high hopes for this album; I've liked the Frank Sinatra I've heard in Fallout, and I love concept albums. overall it had a really warm, nostalgic sound to it, but it was a little too samey for my tastes. its still good background noise though

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Sad bastard music sung by Sinatra beautifully. Trite lyrics and the orchestration is a bit too similar, but if you're in that mood, it's great.

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I’ve never been much for Sinatra, but I do love Nelson Riddle. As expected I love the arrangements and music on this. I’m not into Frank’s voice and I’m not exactly sure why. I just couldn’t stop wanting someone else singing these songs. Strange to have this feeling when I know I should be thinking otherwise… His influence on modern music is undeniable and these songs are great. Still I don’t see a Frank Sinatra fan club in my future. It’s unlikely this will be something I revisit.

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I have often contemplated making the effort to be a Sinatra fan, but this is actually the first Sinatra album that I have ever listened to. The voice is delightful, but I think that there are probably other albums that I would have liked more.

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‘Twas fine. It could’ve used some switch up in terms of style since after a while they all seem to blend into each other, but I guess that is partially the nature of the genre as well. 5/10

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I like Frank but I didn't think this was one of his best.

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He has a really nice sound, but everything did sound very samey to me. No particular track stood out, and nothing really made me want to re-listen.

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From a historical perspective, it's interesting that this Sinatra release started the LP revolution. I recall interviews with Kieth Richards and other big stars from the 60s and they used the term "record" to refer to a single rather than a 12 inch. (They call a 12 inch an LP). Since my vinyl buying started in the early 70s, I never bought 45s and never understood why someone would buy one. I thought of it to be the same as buying a six pack of beer; why not get a case? I suppose we have come full circle since Spotify allows us to "buy" just the single and ignore the other songs on an LP. I'm not sure which LP has the most copies sold (and I don't want to know since it would probably make me noxious) but that record will likely stand for decades given the new buying trends.  Now to Frankie's LP. I have said many times that I don't like pop, but this isn't accurate. I like Frankie's pop. I like it a lot more than  the tunes on this LP. His voice is amazing; I get it - but give us some songs that move. When the album ended, Spotify segued to his cover of Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin". Now that's the Frankie I like.  

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It's good, but have to be in the right mood - very mellow but beautiful.

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Not my type of music Didn't mind it though

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Meh.

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Classical frank

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Unimpressed. Yes, Sinatra can croon but this is just a bunch of sad love songs. So kudos to his great voice but sorry if I'm not impressed by this "concept" in his concept album. There's no connection between the songs other than they're lovelorn and they have a similar sound. I wondered if I was missing something so I listened to the next album on the list - a George Jones tear jerker. It only hardened my resolve - Jones and Sinatra's albums are same shit different day. Sinatra has a better voice but Jones is a better musician. Kudos to both for a well-coordinated set of sad songs. But that's it.

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It's interesting that these songs are all similar in style. Probably the first "concept album," as wikipedia stated. Honestly, I don't like blanketing all of the albums as concept albums. In my head, I consider a concept album something more grandiose. But, I guess you have to start somewhere. <shrugs> Honestly, as I was listening to the album, at first I was intrigued that Sinatra was putting all of those type of songs together. You really don't get a lot of acts thinking "let's put all of these type of songs together so that they sound the same," but that's where we are. And it's not like it's a bad thing that they sound similar, as opposed to acts who have a specific sound and they can't vary it so that the songs sound different. Frank's music on the album does vary somewhat. However, "In the Wee Small Hours" is right. Because as I was listening to it, I kept thinking that a lot of the music sounded like something I would listen to to drift off to sleep to. Not necessarily BAD, but not the best to say it's "great music to fall asleep to."

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Cantor standard em execução admirável

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It was so strange listening to Frank and it wasn’t Christmas time.

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Never Listened to a whole Frank album from front to end. It's a lot. I like to sprinkle Frank in between the 4 tops and Sammy Davis and Dean Martin.

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It sets a mood. Nice to listen to while relaxing with a drink at the the end of a long day.

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it sounds good, but it also sounds sad. I don't know how to rank this!

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i really appreciate sinatra but the album is just not for me

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He has a great voice, duh, but 50s music was super mellow, just a man singing with a orchestra.

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welp Im not an old school guy in the slightest and this doesnt sound like its gonna do it for me. I get Sinatra classic yada yada but the first track is just kinda sleepy and boring to me. I didn't know an album could like make me fidgety? Idk man its just very boring and played out for me. I don't think I can finish this lol. There's just so much more interesting music I'd rather be listening to. I've heard shit like this in movies and TV for years to the point it's just kinda cliche to me.

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Snooze festival. Gave up by track three

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como me acorde del pato donald cantando... hasta daisy le avienta la maceta.

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Not my kind of music. Great for what it is I guess but not for me.

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Not a Sinatra guy

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Not the Sinatra record I’d recommend

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Great at what he does, but only does the one thing on this album.

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Chill.

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Bo-ring. I guess Sinatra is a legend and all that, but I'm not a fan...

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Nothing better than background music in a restaurant

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Again: super Hintergrund-Atmo und manchmal ist der ein oder andere Song der perfekte Soundtrack zum eigenen Lebensfilm. Bei aller Neigung zur Nostalgie bleibt dies aber eine reine Makeba 2.0

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He's got a nice voice and stuff, but I found this pretty boring.

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Nothing to this. Sound dated and boring

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croony, nice if you like that sort of thing, found it boring really

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croony, nice if you like that sort of thing, found it boring really

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smooth but belongs to a bygone era

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Na 3/4e plaat gehoord te hebben zat ik aan mijn Sinatra-tax. Niet onaardig maar niet echt mijn ding.

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Ouin. Non merci

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Goede zanger, en mooie teksten, maar iets te melancholisch voor mij

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I respect Frank & all...but there’s just way better albums from this era & genre I’m afraid. The tracks have not aged well and seem so dull now compared to so many other artists you could choose from. It’s a shame...2 Stars!

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Afternoon nap music, wasn’t really feeling the vibe.

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Crooning, but no upbeat swing

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Kinda bland. A good nighttime album though.

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It was ok

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Worth listening to only as an example of unimaginative and over-sentimental crooning.

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Meh

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Probably would enjoy this album more on a late Friday night. Not my style

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2/5 why can't i get frank sinatra as well? :(

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No offense to old blue eyes, but I just don't dig this type of music. It's sort of creepy to me, like Charlie Brown Christmas music or something. He's no Sammy Paradise, that's for sure. 2 stars.

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Se è vero che questo viaggio musicale nel mondo di 1001 mi ha donato delle belle scoperte è anche vero che vuole dei sacrifici in cambio. Al secondo album di Frank Sinatra, nonostante la mia convinzione che Frank Sinatra sia da sempre un artista che mi piace, mi devo amaramente ricredere. Questo album mi ha appallato tantissimo e anche irritato a tratti per la superficialità e il mood da canzonetta da film romantico commerciale anni '50. I testi sono veramente tipici dell'epoca con questa poetica che in superficie è elegante ma poi in realtà l'eleganza è il fine ultimo e di contenuto c'è poco. Dò 2 giusto perché alla fine so bravi i musicisti e lui comunque è bravo a cantà (anche se fa sempre la stessa cosa).

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L'ultima volta che ho recensito un album di Sinatra avevo dato un 3 honoris causa, ma avevo anche detto che teoricamente sarebbe stato 2.5 perché mi ero troppo annoiato. Ecco, l'esperienza è stata identica ma siccome penso che non sarebbe né etico, né corretto assegnare più di un tre honoris causa allo stesso artista dopo che ti ha annoiato due volte, questa volta si becca sto 2!

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arrangements were tight

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I was hopeful that we'd get another Bowie before another Blue eyes. What I generally do in the wee small hours is snooze. Yeah, snooze fest time.

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Frank. We get it. He's handsome with a lovely, smooth voice for a guy in the 50s. This album is sixteen songs and 50 minutes of him crooning about heartbreak and rejection over barely-there lounge music. Insert Jennifer Lawrence "ok" gif here. But worse than that it's just the same song over and over and over again. Three or four of them were more than enough for me. Sixteen is ridiculous.

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Good one. Will relisten, and might put it on in a date night :)

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- Amer - Dijete Talijanskog migranta - NI TRUNKE IRSKE KRVI - Koristi "wee" kao izraz?????????? I think yer a wee bit boring Frankie boy. Koliko god uživao u jazzu, Sinatra mi je samo oke, od cijele te "jazz elite" on mi je zadnja rupa na sviralu, jednostavno mi je lik prosjek i jebiga, tako i ovaj album. Samo moja 2 centića.

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A darker frank Sinatra album

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Not for me

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I prefer my Frank with a bit of swing and some brass

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Can't get on board with old blue eyes, definitely a product of its time.

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Not for me

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not his best

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Just gonna keep it short and simple. Yes Frank Sinatra is a legend in music. Not my thing but can understand why people like him so much. Every song sounds like a Christmas song, just not for me.

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This album is a snoozer. I’m not a big Sinatra person but these songs all sound really similar to me. Won’t be adding anything to my library.

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Didn't care for it at all. I think I cannot give it one star because it wasn't ear-clutching terrible....

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This is SOOOOOOOO boring. It's not particularly melodic, there's no energy... everything is sterile, atmospheric, 50's soundtrack music with some dispassionate crooner moaning through an hour of music. It is great as background music if you had a 50's cocktail party planned, but it isn't enjoyable on it's own. A generous 2.

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This music is all that is everything that is wrong about 'Merica. Smoke filled lounges with stiff drinks, cool men and hot women. Sinatra commanded this scene. These days, he'd have to stand at the bar for an hour thinking about which of the 9 IPAs he wants to order.

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I quite enjoyed this in a passive way. I've never really understood Frank and the clamour to eulogise him. I confess to not paying too much attention to this. I was busy with other tasks and had it on in the background. But it was soothing. Wiki said it's a concept album. That completely passed over me.

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Didn’t mind this but it washed over me somewhat. Feel like I know it, even though I probably have not sat down and played this album as a whole before. Music from another time and place. Probably wouldn’t play again.

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Really boring

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My bias towards his voice doesn't blind me from the fact this a bit of a snooze fest.

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Bit slushy.

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A Sinatra album with a good mix of tempos and valences? Just my thing. A Sinatra album comprising only downtempo crooners and woe-is-me love songs? Boring as hell.

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Frank's voice was beautiful, but the lyricism and instrumentals were too repetitive for me.

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Has a good vibe, and sticks with it the whole time. First time properly listening to Sinatra. First song is probably my fav.

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2.5/5

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I thought I was going to like this, but sadly, I did not. It was too heavy on the vocals and the music felt like more of an after-thought. Too bad.

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Never really been a fan

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First of all, what a voice! But. While I do like Sinatra (and, in previous incarnations, bought a couple of his albums), I cannot claim the same about this particular album. It simply bores me to the point of not being able to distinguish between the different songs. I think this album is as outdated as the cigarette Sinatra is holding in the cover.

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this was very slow and boring. i normally like some Sinatra but this was not it.

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Hach, Sinatra. Dieses Organ. Unglaublich. Die Platte allerdings ist größtenteils furchtbar. Selten habe ich derartig auskomponierte Musik und opulente Arrangements als so uninteressant empfunden.

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so boring

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To crooney..... just too damn crooney. Shave half an hour off and I might have enjoyed it.

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Frank doing his thing. Not for me.

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Bloody hard going. Not a pleasant listen

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nostalgia for no one

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1.5.

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Not my cup of tea

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Probablement la musique qui s’éloigne le plus de mes goûts. Très peu d’instrument, beaucoup d’emphase sur la voix qui est B+ et des textes d’amours et des histoires de vieux Je l’évite l’album au complet Je lévite ok je l’avoue le premier 30 secondes d’écoute m’a bercé un peu dans une époque différente et c’était plaisant, mais à la 31 secondes je cherchais le skip

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Every song sounds the same. We get it, a girl broke your heart. Maybe this would be interesting if there were an arc to the album but it's non-stop blubbering. It seems to be an album designed for people who feel bad and want to sulk in that feeling...I don't see how this album can actually be enjoyed as a whole. It's just depressing, repetitive and boring. How much longer is this album and how many more times is he going to use that fluttering bullshit? I have to take a break. What a shit ending to a shit album. How many people killed themselves to this soundtrack? I wish I could give it zero stars

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Gezapig.

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Not my style

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not my thing

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C'est du Sinatra, c'est toutes les mêmes

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boring

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not for me, something my Gran would like

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He has a lovely, distinguishable voice and for me quite nostalgic as I grew up listening to him because he was my parent’s era. However the album just got boring because every song sounded the same so sadly only 1*

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Not my thing at all

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This isn't interesting for the same reason Seinfeld isn't funny. To be honest, this album is to music lovers what the Gospels are to atheists: something we've never heard but are already weary of.

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I like Frank Sinatra. He sings amazing songs. But this album is depressing, boring and I dont find a reason to be included in this list.

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Off the top - not a Sinatra fan. Never liked Crooners, never thought Dean Martin was cool. Mood Indigo was a skip, can't do it. As far as essential, I think it's important to listen to bad music in order to appreciate the good. DNF

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This is the Frank they give us?

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