In The Wee Small Hours (studio album) by Frank Sinatra

In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
Year: 1955
Overall rank: 382nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Best album of 1955 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1950s (6th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (382nd)
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From 08/01/2022 10:03
Perhaps better as background music than something to really pay attention to, but Sinatra's fantastic song selection and his excellent, embodied performances paired with the brilliant Norman Riddle arrangements make this an essential vocal jazz record. It's perhaps a tad long, but I keep coming back to it and loving it.
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From 05/09/2022 22:07
This is a very important album in music with it being one of the earliest concept albums ever released. The influence this album has had is monumental and this makes it a must listen. The consistent themes of the songs are a positive as it makes the sound feel really cohesive. You also do find yourself getting lost in Sinatra's introspective mood making this a perfect listen late at night. The vocal is powerful and simply blows me away with each listen. However, the record drags on for far too long and it gets very repetitive by the end. Every time I put this album on I get distracted by other things and I get bored often. It lacks variety and the track listing is bloated. Musically, it could be more experimental as well. Overall, the quality of the music is questionable but the significance of this release is huge making it a must listen.
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From 04/02/2022 19:30
Very sad and moody record that is hauntingly beautiful and sounds like the finest traditional pop.
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90/100
From 11/10/2021 19:48
Sinatra gets sad... and presents and absolute masterwork on the art of singing.
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From 09/30/2021 04:12
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Listen this in the night, alone and with some alcohol and you will feel it friends
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From 10/31/2020 12:08
It’s significance in popular music is undeniable, I just wish I enjoyed the actual music more :(
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From 09/17/2020 21:01
Now I know why 45's were more popular than albums back in the 1950s, listening to more than two Frank Sinatra (etc.) songs at a time is simply exhausting.
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From 04/17/2020 01:11
Highlights:

In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
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From 10/21/2019 02:05
"In The Wee Small Hours" is a cold 50s ballads album. Maybe the first set of recordings actually thought to be a fully flahsed-out LP with sort of a "theme" in mind.

Sinatra is one of those big guys that I never actually understood for a long time, and to this day I still think he is a little bit overrated, especially because music as we know evolved, what I mean by that Is that he is not a composer, and to me that is a really, really big thing.

Nevertheless, It is "ancient" albuns like this one, that really proves that the old format still holds-up sometimes. Sinatra is capable of picking up a set of songs that talks to each other in a special way, making It a very moody album, that makes the songs more emotional-gripping when you listen to the tracks in a sequence.

The title track, "Glad to be Unhappy", "I Get along without you very well", "Can't We Be Friends?", And "Last Night When We Where Young" are songs that build up the mood perfectly, making It very hard to not feel at least a bit sad.
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From 08/22/2019 20:40
God I think I would crumble if I listened to this in the same mood as Sinatra.
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