In the Wee Small Hours

In the Wee Small Hours is the ninth studio album by American vocalist Frank Sinatra.wikipedia
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In the Wee Small Hours is the ninth studio album by American vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Sinatra released several critically lauded albums, including In the Wee Small Hours (1955), Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (1956), Come Fly with Me (1958), Only the Lonely (1958) and Nice 'n' Easy (1960).

Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely

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He would successfully continue this "concept" with later albums such as Songs for Swingin' Lovers! and Only the Lonely.
The album consists of a collection of torch songs, following a formula similar to Sinatra's previous albums In the Wee Small Hours (1955) and Where Are You? (1957).

Concept album

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In the Wee Small Hours has been called one of the first concept albums.
Singer Frank Sinatra recorded several concept albums prior to the 1960s rock era, including In the Wee Small Hours (1955) and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (1958).

I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)

I Get Along Without You Very Well
"I Get Along Without You Very Well" is an "exquisitely ironic" piece written by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics based on a poem by Jane Brown Thompson.

When Your Lover Has Gone

Gone Lover (When Your Lover Has Gone)
Sinatra was very tense during the recording of the album, reportedly breaking down and crying after the master take of "When Your Lover Has Gone".

In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

In the Wee Small Hours
They spotted Sinatra and Riddle and decided to show them their new composition "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning."
It was introduced as the title track of Frank Sinatra's 1955 album In the Wee Small Hours.

Can't We Be Friends?

Can't We Be Friends
"Can't We Be Friends?" opens with a set of chords on minimalist guitar.

I See Your Face Before Me

"I See Your Face Before Me" was Nelson Riddle's favorite and was the first song he arranged: he created a setting for it while at Ridgefield High School.
Riddle would later arrange "I See Your Face Before Me" for Frank Sinatra's 1955 album, In the Wee Small Hours.

Ill Wind (Arlen-Koehler song)

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"Ill Wind" features extended jazz solos by Harry Edison and Skeets Herfurt.

Dancing on the Ceiling (1930 song)

Dancing on the Ceiling
"Dancing on the Ceiling" is among the songs recorded with only a small group.

Glad to Be Unhappy

"Glad to Be Unhappy" was a forgotten song until Sinatra brought it into popular consciousness.

Bill Miller (pianist)

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He would rehearse each one of them reiteratively at home with Bill Miller, his pianist.

Last Night When We Were Young

Recorded nearly a year before all other selections, "Last Night When We Were Young" was difficult, according to Riddle, because about thirty takes were used.

Mood Indigo

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In addition to "Ill Wind", "Mood Indigo" by Duke Ellington is the purest jazz song on the album.

Songs for Swingin' Lovers!

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He would successfully continue this "concept" with later albums such as Songs for Swingin' Lovers! and Only the Lonely.
This album was arranged by Nelson Riddle, and took a different tack after In the Wee Small Hours (1955), recording existing pop standards in a hipper, jazzier fashion, revealing an overall exuberance in the vein of Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!.

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

1001 Albums: You Must Hear Before You Die
The most recent edition consists of a list of albums released between 1955 and 2017, part of a series from Quintessence Editions Ltd. The book is arranged roughly chronologically, starting with Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours and the most recent edition concluding with Microshift by Hookworms.

Swing Easy!

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With this new popularity he recorded two 10” LP albums, Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!, which both peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart, with the latter reaching number five on the UK Album Charts.

What Is This Thing Called Love?

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"What Is This Thing Called Love" is noted by Charles Granata for its "most expressive vocal shading".

I'll Be Around (1942 song)

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The arrangement for "I'll Be Around" is a musical pun in that the celesta plays a circular riff.

I'll Never Be the Same

"I'll Never Be the Same" uses a "wind chime" motif, which came from Riddle's appreciation of French impressionist music.

The Heart of Saturday Night

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His album The Heart of Saturday Night features cover artwork based on In the Wee Small Hours.
The album cover is based on In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra.

Lady in Satin

Per the biography "Divided Soul," Marvin Gaye cited it as a favorite and an inspiration for his posthumously released "ballad" album Vulnerable along with Billie Holiday's "Lady in Satin."
Originally, she wanted to do an album with bandleader Nelson Riddle after hearing his arrangements for Frank Sinatra's albums, particularly In the Wee Small Hours, but after hearing Ellis' version of "For All We Know", she wanted to record with him.

This Love of Mine

"This Love of Mine" was recorded by Sinatra in 1941 when he was with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra.
Sinatra re-recorded the song with Nelson Riddle in 1955 for the In The Wee Small Hours album.