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Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours   

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"


  • A1)   In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
  • A2)   Mood Indigo
  • A3)   Glad To Be Unhappy
  • A4)   I Get Along Without You Very Well
  • A5)   Deep In A Dream
  • A6)   I See Your Face Before Me
  • A7)   Can't We Be Friends?
  • A8)   When Your Lover Has Gone
  • B1)   What Is This Thing Called Love?
  • B2)   Last Night When We Were Young
  • B3)   I'll Be Around
  • B4)   Ill Wind
  • B5)   It Never Entered My Mind
  • B6)   Dancing On The Ceiling
  • B7)   I'll Never Be The Same
  • B8)   This Love Of Mine

Track listing above is from 1955-Jan-01 | US | Capitol Records - W-581 LP

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