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In the Wee Small Hours [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra & FriendsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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listen  1. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mood Indigo (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Glad To Be Unhappy (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Get Along Without You Very Well (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Deep In A Dream (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I See Your Face Before Me (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Can't We Be Friends? (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. When Your Lover Has Gone (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. What Is This Thing Called Love (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Last Night When We Were Young (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I'll Be Around (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ill Wind (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. It Never Entered My Mind (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Dancing On The Ceiling (1998 Digital Remaster) 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. I'll Never Be The Same (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. This Love Of Mine (1998 Digital Remaster) 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 26, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000006OHD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 1955 classic that spent 18 weeks at #2 on the charts!

The first of many artistic milestones in the long and illustrious collaboration of Frank Sinatra and arranger Nelson Riddle that began at Capitol Records, In the Wee Small Hours is a first in other notable ways, as well: it was the pair's first 12-inch LP; their first album devoted entirely to ballads; the first "concept album," a program of songs designed to be heard in a particular sequence that sustains a mood and suggests a story; the introduction of Sinatra's definitive "saloon singer" persona; and the first flowering of Sinatra's mature artistic sensibility. Oh, and it's a masterpiece, too. The cover portrait suggests the mood of late-night desolation almost as effectively as the music, with Sinatra in the corner, smoking a solitary cigarette on deserted street illuminated only by the a foggy, blue-green glow of lamplight. Loneliness, thy name is Frank! They say that memories of Ava Gardner caused him to break down after finishing this aching version of "When Your Lover Has Gone." Riddle's clarinet theme for "What Is this Thing Called Love?" is as haunting as Cole Porter's melody itself. And if there's a more devastating evocation of solitude than "It Never Entered My Mind"... well it must be on Only the Lonely. With songs like "I'll Be Around" and "Dancing on the Ceiling" to suggest at least the hope of hope, Wee Small Hours may flirt with despair, but never succumbs to it. It's the kind of comforting company that misery likes best. --Jim Emerson

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pathos and Despair July 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is Frank in his "I lost Ava Gardner" period. Never before was he su vulnerable, lonesome or as brilliant. No one has ever phrased a lyric like his man. No one. You feel his pain, his pathos, his despair and his loneliness on this album. It is a completely joyous experience to listen to this man sing particularly on this moving collection of wistful ballads.
The title track is an old standard, sung hundreds of times by other singers. But no one can sing it like Sinatra, it's as if you are listening and understanding the lyrics for the first time.
Others had greater range or greater voices. None had the inimitable gift that Frank Sinatra possessed and that was allowing you to understand a lyric and feel it deep down in your soul. There is only one Sinatra and this ablum epitomizes his vocal range and showcases his beautiful genius with a ballad.
Listen to "Mood Indigo" and "Deep in a Dream..." they will send goosebumps through you. For anyone who appreciates Sinatra or just great music, this is a must have.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark, ballad Sinatra... June 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In the Wee Small Hours is a perfectly arranged collection of ballads from the early peak of Sinatra's Capitol era. It is far less devastating than the 'cry in your sleeve' anguish of Only the Lonely and less string-heavy than the classic Where Are You collaboration with Gordon Jenkins. The cover art sets the mood for a quiet, late night listening.
As always in the 1950s, Sinatra and Nelson Riddle create the definitive recordings of great standards. Apart from the title song, itself a classic, there is plenty of substance here from Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and other composers from the era when songs really had lyrics. Duke Ellington's 'Mood Indigo' gets heartfelt lyrics here, and others like 'I Get Along Without You Very Well' show how completely Sinatra made these songs his own -- he's acting the role as much as singing the song.
This is certainly a 'mellow' album, not the finger-snapping sophistication of 'Songs for Swingin' Lovers' or 'A Swingin' Affair' (both stunning albums in their own right), but thoughtful orchestrations and meaningful lyrics. Sinatra had by this time mastered the art of breath control and could perform the long phrasing on these tracks without chopping up the verses. To see how hard this is, try reciting the lyrics out loud as Sinatra sings and try not to breathe in a way that calls attention to your breathing.
The five-star rating seems moot. 'Wee Small Hours' is a piece of history.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic album, horrible remastering job March 31, 2000
By Ken W.
Format:Audio CD
Did anyone at the label listen to this before it was issued? The previous 1991 CD sounds vastly superior to this- the high frequencies are all but obliterated, and there's a strange echo that is'nt heard on either the original LP or the 1st CD. The other remastered editions of Sinatra's 16 Capitol/Reprise are excellent (with the exception of Songs for Swingin' Lovers). Do yourself a favor and pick up the still readily available 1991 CD instead. Capitol, this classic of American popular music deserves better!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Better Sounding Version is Available April 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
As I get older, prejudices that used to prevent me from enjoying many different artists and genres of music are melting away. Case in point: I picked up a copy of the latest remaster of "In the Wee Small Hours" a few weeks ago, and now I'm hooked on Sinatra. Obsession followed, and I'm now trying to put together the best sounding collection of Sinatra I can afford, so I picked up the two Mobile Fidelity titles that are currently in print, and I'm buying the latest Capitol and Reprise remasters.

While I loved the music and singing, I was disappointed in the sound of "In the Wee Small Hours". It sounded like they were too heavy-handed with the noise reduction. In fact, the latest remasters of all the Capitol titles I've acquired so far sound like they have all been subjected to excessive noise reduction that has sapped the ambiance from the recordings in varying degrees. Some suffer more than others. The Reprise titles that I've acquired so far don't have this problem. And while they were unfortunately remastered too loudly, resulting in some audible clipping, overall they sound pretty good.

In the pursuit of audio nirvana, I purchased a used copy of the original CD release of In the Wee Small Hours and it was a welcome improvement over the remaster, although when I tried the same thing with a couple of other titles, I didn't get the same gratifying results. Maybe MFSL will attempt to remaster the remaining Capitol titles in the future, but at least for now, some relief can be had in the original CD release.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Frank Sinatra possessed the great wisdom to see the new LP record album as an opportunity to create a "concept album" of songs all about one topic. In The Wee Small Hours offers us a track set of songs all about love gone wrong and unrequited love. Frank sings with panache and his somewhat deepened voice reflects a vocal maturity that few singers ever attain. This CD proves it all.

The CD begins with the title track, "In The Wee Small Hours." "In The Wee Small Hours" deals with the consequences of a love gone bad--Frank sings of a man who sadly remembers his one true love who left him. The musical arrangement by Nelson Riddle enhances the beauty of this number and Frank delivers this with strength; and the vulnerability in his voice ironically makes his performance much, much stronger and beautiful.

"Mood Indigo" follows; and this song again reflects the usual high level of quality control Sinatra always maintained. He sings "Mood Indigo" passionately and the slow tempo of the arrangement works remarkably well. "I Get Along Without You Very Well" begins with a haunting musical intro and when Frank Sinatra comes in his voice is in excellent form as it is throughout this entire album. Frank delivers this with a degree of sensitivity that I rarely hear from any singer.

"Can't We be Friends" explores the thorny issue of a woman asking Frank if they could now just be friends instead of the lovers they once were. Frank focuses on the frustration and angst he experiences when their love goes wrong. In addition, many people say that "When Your Lover Has Gone" is both an excellent number and a reference to the pain Frank Sinatra felt after Ava Gardner ended their romance and marriage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Paulus Januar
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra is the Master of Love Lost
I've known all of Sinatra's "concept" albums by heart since I was a kid, at the time these albums were recorded. Sinatra is the master of love lost. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST of the "melancholy" Sinatra concept albums.
This could arguably be Frank's greatest album. Daughter Nancy has cited it as her favorite among her dad's albums. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Boston Brahmin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Many "old", familiar tunes by Sinatra. Nostalgic!
Published 2 months ago by JAMES E. ROSS
5.0 out of 5 stars Ii love it but is wasn't free as advertised.
I love it. However, I thought it was free, but I could only buy it for $5.99. It showed $0.00 on the search screen. How disappointing.
Published 4 months ago by Nancy Boettcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I really dont know Frank's work in depth and bought this on recommendation that is was one of his classics. I thoroughly enjoy it!
Published 4 months ago by gum
5.0 out of 5 stars Chairman of the Board
is well earned moniker. This album is fantastic and a must have of fans of "Ole Blue Eyes", young or old!
Published 4 months ago by JJMRVCLINY
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of excellent Sinatra tunes
Great music! I've really started appreciating Sinatra. I didn't have much Sinatra so this was a nice collection for the price!
Published 6 months ago by Steven Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars For Sinatra fans
This is a wonderful collection of songs. His voice is magical as always. It's a definite must have for Great American Songbook lovers.
Published 7 months ago by sjcape
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
If you like Sinatra, this is a must for you. I have many of his albums
and this is one of my favorite ones.
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Edmondson
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A question about the 1998 re-master
My says the same thing - not entertainer of the century.
Aug 9, 2011 by Maxwell Smart |  See all 2 posts
Frank Sinatra and small bands, trio, quartet etc
Check out Frank Sinatra: Live In Australia 1959 concert, and Sinatra and Sextet in Japan 1962. Two of his best concerts.

Close To You is a great intimate album and is one of Sinatra's most under-appreciated albums.
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