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In the Wee Small Hours
In the Wee Small Hours
General information
Artist
Arranger
Release date(s)
1955
Recorded
February 8, 1955 - March 4, 1955
Record Label
Producer
Voyle Gilmore
Product code
Track information
Discs
1 (2 in 10" version)
Total tracks
16
Length
48:41
Singles
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Reception
5 /5 [1]
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Alternate cover art
Chronology
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In the Wee Small Hours is the tenth studio album by Frank Sinatra and it was released in 1955. It has been recognized as one of Sinatra's first concept albums, and has been recorded as one of Sinatra's highest rated and popularized early albums.

In the Wee Small Hours has been recognized as one of Sinatra's first concept albums, and has been recorded as one of Sinatra's highest rated and popularized early albums. Like most of Sinatra's Capitol work, the album was arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. The album sports a theme of lonliness and despair, a trait given to Sinatra's later ballad albums Where Are You? and Only the Lonely.

The album's inception began with Sinatra's first studio album, but was never fully realized until Sinatra's divorce with Ava Gardner.

In the Wee Small Hours is also notable in that it was originally released under both 12" and 10" formats.

History Edit

Production Edit

In the Wee Small Hours was arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle and recorded by Sinatra at the Capitol Records Studios building in Hollywood, California. The album's tracks were recorded over five separated recording sessions during February and March of 1955, with exception of Last Night When We Were Young.[3]

Track information Edit

Following Sinatra's previous projects under Capitol Records, Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!, Sinatra had an idea to build an album compiling of songs that tell a story. This album was one of the first of these projects later dubbed "concept albums," an artistic movement Sinatra pioneered in. The sixteen songs used for In the Wee Small Hours create a mood of brooding sadness associated with "the wee small hours of the morning," the hours after midnight until dawn.

Track listing Edit

12" release Edit

Side one Edit

  1. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Bob Hilliard, David Mann) – 3:00
  2. "Mood Indigo" (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 3:30
  3. "Glad to Be Unhappy" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:35
  4. "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" (Hoagy Carmichael, Jane Brown Thompson) – 3:42
  5. "Deep in a Dream" (Eddie DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:49
  6. "I See Your Face Before Me" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 3:24
  7. "Can't We Be Friends?" (Paul James, Kay Swift) – 2:48
  8. "When Your Lover Has Gone" (Einar Aaron Swan) – 3:10

Side two Edit

  1. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Cole Porter) – 2:35
  2. "Last Night When We Were Young" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) – 3:17
  3. "I'll Be Around" (Alec Wilder) – 2:59
  4. "Ill Wind" (Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:46
  5. "It Never Entered My Mind" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:42
  6. "Dancing on the Ceiling" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:57
  7. "I'll Never Be the Same" (Gus Kahn, Matty Malneck, Frank Signorelli) – 3:05
  8. "This Love of Mine" (Sol Parker, Henry W. Sanicola, Jr., Frank Sinatra) – 3:33

10" release Edit

Side one Edit

  1. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Bob Hilliard, David Mann) – 3:00
  2. "Mood Indigo" (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 3:30
  3. "Glad to Be Unhappy" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:35
  4. "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" (Hoagy Carmichael, Jane Brown Thompson) – 3:42

Side two Edit

  1. "Deep in a Dream" (Eddie DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:49
  2. "I See Your Face Before Me" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 3:24
  3. "Can't We Be Friends?" (Paul James, Kay Swift) – 2:48
  4. "When Your Lover Has Gone" (Einar Aaron Swan) – 3:10

Side three Edit

  1. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Cole Porter) – 2:35
  2. "Last Night When We Were Young" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) – 3:17
  3. "I'll Be Around" (Alec Wilder) – 2:59
  4. "Ill Wind" (Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:46

Side four Edit

  1. "It Never Entered My Mind" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:42
  2. "Dancing on the Ceiling" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:57
  3. "I'll Never Be the Same" (Gus Kahn, Matty Malneck, Frank Signorelli) – 3:05
  4. "This Love of Mine" (Sol Parker, Henry W. Sanicola, Jr., Frank Sinatra) – 3:33

Reception Edit

Allmusic gave the album a perfect score of five out of five stars, giving the album praise for its lonely and desolate themes. The rhythm of the album is blue and melancholy as "the singer goes through a series of standards that are lonely and desolate." In addition, Allmusic' Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "Sinatra's voice had deepened and worn to the point where his delivery seems ravished and heartfelt, as if he were living the songs."[1]

Rolling Stone reviewed the album and also gave it a perfect five out of five star score.[2]

In the Wee Small Hours peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts of 1955.[4]

Allocates Edit

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Amazon.com 10 Best Albums by Decade (50s) 1999 3[5]
Gear The 100 Greatest Albums of the Century 1999 [5]
Blender The 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time 2002 54[5]
Rolling Stone The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2003 100[6]
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die 2005 N/A[7]
Time The All-TIME 100 Albums 2006 N/A[8]
Mojo 100 Records That Changed the World 2007 11[9]

Personnel Edit

Personnel
William Claxton Photography
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Paul James Composer
David Mann Composer
Bob Norberg Remastering
Sol Parker Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger, Conductor
Henry W. Sanicola, Jr. Composer
Frank Sinatra Composer, Vocals
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Larry Walsh Remastering
Pete Welding Compilation, Liner Notes

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Allmusic review
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rolling Stone 5/5 listing
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 In the Wee Small Hours 1991 CD release liner notes, track information pages
  4. http://www.allmusic.com/album/in-the-wee-small-hours-r24092/charts-awards
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://acclaimedmusic.net/ + http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/A1785.htm
  6. 500 Greatest Albums: In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra | Rolling Stone Music | Lists, June 15, 2011
  7. Robert Dimery, Michael Lydon: Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition, January 9, 2012
  8. [http://www.time.com/time/2006/100albums/0,27693,In_the_Wee_Small_Hours,00.html Time: "All-Time 100 Albums," November 2, 2006
  9. http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/A1785.htm + http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=3172289350&frmid=0&msgid=714055 Mojo's 100 records that changed the world list

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