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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

3.29

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5199

Genres

  • Jazz
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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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

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Fri Aug 06 2021
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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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

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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Wed Sep 15 2021
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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Mon Dec 13 2021
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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Fri Jan 07 2022
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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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

In The Sad Boi Hours

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

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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Wed Jul 28 2021
1

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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Wed Feb 17 2021
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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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Don't understand the hype

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

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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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

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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Sat May 07 2022
4

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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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

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

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

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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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

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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Sat Apr 03 2021
2

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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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

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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Tue May 24 2022
2

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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Thu Dec 03 2020
5

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

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

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Wed May 19 2021
5

This might be my favorite album.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
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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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Ah, Frank. Hijodetureputamadre.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

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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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

A* loved it

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

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

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

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

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

Melancholy off the scale, great vocals and sublime arrangements.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

great frank!

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Wed Aug 11 2021
5

Legendary

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Tue Sep 28 2021
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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Sun Oct 17 2021
5

World class

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

I really liked this album for some reason. Vibe was right for the time and place

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

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

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Wed Jan 19 2022
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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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

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

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

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

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

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

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

One of the best albums ever made, great stuff

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

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

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Wed Feb 09 2022
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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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Classic

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Fri Feb 11 2022
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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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

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

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Wed Feb 16 2022
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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Thu Feb 17 2022
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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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Damn Frankie

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

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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Fri Apr 29 2022
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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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

There’s just something so magical about Frank Sinatra songs. It’s probably just the orchestral aspects of each song, but both his voice and the band come together to create music that feels as if it could wash all your problems away. This album in particular perpetuates that relaxed feeling, which makes it a joy to listen to. Favorite track: Glad to be Unhappy

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Thu Jun 09 2022
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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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Another excellent Sunday album.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
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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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

A sound like the feeling of eating a good meal while sitting in a Cafe off the Mediterranean. A chill creeping down my spine with an urgency to absorb the beauty of the moment before it passes. I'm not mad at people thinking I like jazz lol

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

This is, hands down, my favorite Sinatra record to date. Gone is the swagger and ego of the King of Croon. Instead, we're presented with an image of a tender hearted, big-feels lover. The lyrics are beautiful and the delivery is, unsurprisingly, flawless. The musical arrangements are stark and minimal, perfectly complimenting the moody vocals. I have no complaints here. "In the Wee Small Hours" is a very specific vibe and I'm here for it.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Sometimes, doing this generator highlights why some artists are so revered. This is one of those cases. From a beautiful delivery to the sturdy concept aesthetic, I really found this album stands out.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

2/2 sad franks

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

The first album on the 1001 list. It’s a fitting start. Obviously a dated sound but the greatness comes through.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

This is gorgeous - every second of it

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Romance is dead and it died with Old Blue Eyes.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Absolutely essential listening. It's the work that not only birthed the concept album, but the concept of the album itself, as a cohesive piece of art. It also re-ignited Sinatra's career, and formed the basis for the break up album. I love albums that capture a time and place, and for me this is a late-night, rainy-day, drinking-alone-in-a-city album, and I love it. Maybe a bit long, but it works well as a background piece you can dip your attention in and out of at will. 27/10/22

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

One of the first concept albums, and one of my personal favorites. Perfect for those late, lonely nights.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

This is a classic. Every track is such a mood. I really enjoyed listening to this one, and added it to a list I'll listen to whenever I want to relax

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Love his voice and the gorgeous, melancholy instrumentation here. It's cool to hear a vaguely conceptual album from the 50s, which seems incredibly uncommon. Love it.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Ohhhh Frankie Sinatra

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Wed Feb 03 2021
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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Wed Oct 07 2020
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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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Classic Chairman of the Board

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 29 2021
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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

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

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

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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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

good one

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

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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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

easy listening. 4-5

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

brt sinatra

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Good tunes

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

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

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Fri May 14 2021
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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Thu May 20 2021
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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Fri May 14 2021
4

his 1st Capital album. brilliant cover.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

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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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

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

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

This is the grandfather of all breakup albums

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Wed Sep 15 2021
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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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Really liked this album and his older work… good listen

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Not heard before. Admired rather than hugely enjoyed.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

smooth crooner album

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Great album and soothing voice. 3.5

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

241020 17:45 4

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Winter mood, nice

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Classic Sinatra. Very chill and cool sound.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
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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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

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

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Pretty much a breakup album.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

mooooi

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Moraal van het verhaal is dat ik meer Frank Sinatra moet luisteren. Goede nat king cole vibe, love it. Afsluiten met een goede drake bar: “Sinatra lifestyle, i’m just being frank with ya”

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Smooth. Romantic songs.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

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

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

An early concept album that requires a couple listens

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

chill

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Elegante

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

It's Frank. Amazing. 4/5

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Heerlijk album met die geniale stem

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

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

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

In the very Swag Hours

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

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

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Claaaaaassic

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Epic

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

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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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

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

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

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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Sat May 21 2022
4

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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Mon May 30 2022
4

It's Sinatra...

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Mon May 30 2022
4

9/10

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

It was good, definitely can’t escape from Sinatra’s theatrics, which is both good and bad at times. 8/10

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

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

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

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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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

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

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

4/5

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

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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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

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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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

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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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

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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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Can never go wrong with Sinatra

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

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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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

Han vet hur man sjunger

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

Frank is king. Great singing, lush orchestral arrangements, classic songs.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

4.25

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Classic album, great for easy listening

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Beautiful voice, really retro. Nice album, but not really upbeat enough while trying to throw down some calcs. 5/10

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

ALBUM RATING: 3.6 ALBUM GRADE: B- TRACK RATINGS: 1. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - 4.0 2. Mood Indigo - 3.5 3. Glad to Be Unhappy - 3.5 4. I Get Along Without You Very Well - 3.5 5. Deep in a Dream - 3.5 6. I See Your Face Before Me - 3.5 7. Can’t We Be Friends? - 3.5 8. When Your Lover Has Gone - 3.5 9. What Is This Thing Called Love? - 4.0 10. Last Night When We Were Young - 3.5 11. I’ll Be Around - 3.5 12. Ill Wind - 3.5 13. It Never Entered My Mind - 3.5 14. Dancing on the Ceiling - 3.5 15. I’ll Never Be the Same - 3.5 16. This Love of Mine - 3.5

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Classic Frank. Good slow jams.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Sinatra tippuu about aina, myös nyt. Hienon melankolinen levy, 4/5

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

A relaxing but never boring album, short songs with a lot of meaning about love, loneliness, etc. Even if this album is great it isn't the best album of Sinatra, at some point for some people could get repetitive.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

I'm going to be honest with you, I'm a sucker for this 1950's music era, especially with Sinatra. It's very dreamy, melancholic, pleasant on the ears. I Imagined listening to this on a balcony on Paris where I could watch Eiffel Tower on 10p.m after having a fancy dinner.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

No big hits I could recognize but one of the most relaxing albums I've ever heard. A nice pleasant listen. 8/10.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

ring a ding. 4/5

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

After listening in the wee small hours of the morning, I think it may indeed be a good album for that time of day.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

I think I prefer Tom Waits review of this album to the actual album itself: "... you put this record on after dinner and by the last song you are exactly where you want to be." Sinatra sounds great, but the continual maudlin songs and saccharine strings get a bit much if you're giving it a concentrated listen. The small band on 'Can't We Be Friends?' really feels like a relief!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Great selection of songs. Sinatra at his best.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

There's nothing wrong with music for WASPs. Very smooth.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

legend

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

I’ve never really given much time to swing as a music genre, and whilst I’m familiar with Frank Sinatra‘s more well-known music, I’ve never actually listened to any of his albums. It was a pleasant, listen, nice beat easy to listen to, and quite relaxing. Overall an enjoyable album And one that surprised me as well

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Gorgeous voice

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Now this is better..... His voice is silky smooth really hits the spot this morning. In my view this is proper Frank before he morphed into an overblown husk. I love the feel for these 50's arrangements- the orchestration is lush.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

so so sweet

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

Definitive Sinatra, even though it doesn't contain any of the universally known songs (you know, My Way, New York New York etc.). He's in fine voice throughout, and the orchestrations are perfect.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

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

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

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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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

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

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Good break up songs

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Its fine

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

foi bom pro clima chuvoso

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

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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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

A little boring, but also sad

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Kind of depressing

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

mellow. coffee house-like music.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

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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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

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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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

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

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Simple. Calming. Plain

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Iconic voice

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Frank is fine.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

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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Tue May 25 2021
3

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Very good but all quite similar.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

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

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

Not for me.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

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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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

solid, classic

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

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