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In The Wee Small Hours (Ltd Ed) (Vinyl) [Limited Edition]

Frank Sinatra LP Record
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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 programme 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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Product in very good condition; origina dust cover

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection March 30 2006
Format:Audio CD
There are simply no words to explain how much this album has meant - to me,to audiences, to the whole of popular music. I am a fourteen year old girl and have been listening to,reading about,and watching every available piece of Sinatra material since I was eleven.My dad has finally given up his hope that I'll get tired of Sinatra one day and research someone useful,like George Washington or Britney Spears(just kidding).There is no better example of why Ms.Spears will have to do without an extra devoted follower than "In the Wee Small Hours."Someone said that a person has to be old enough to buy booze to appreciate Sinatra. So I'm an anomaly.The truth is,anyone with any reasonable view of what comprises the essence of quality at least appreciates the artistry on this album. Every breath is perfect, every word elegant in its crystalline diction,every note of every instrument flawlessly placed. Nothing is sentimentalized.Hearing the likes of Steve Lawrence and Jack Jones attempt "I'm a Fool to Want You" is embarrasing, but with Sinatra maudlin, trite, sentimental lyrics become one-act Shakespearean tragedies.I am not exaggerating in any way.I'm not a singer,but as Walter Chronkite said,"People who understand music hear sounds no one else makes when Sinatra sings."The music of Frank Sinatra,obviously, was his autobiography.But more than that, it was a confession made on every aspect of mankind.In his voice are the delicate illusions of F. Scott Fitzgerald,the blaring colors of Hemingway-and the everyman quietly carrying the torch for the gal that got away.The gal,of course, was Ava Gardner,and every word in these songs can be traced to her("Your answer was goodbye,and there was even postage due.I fell in love just once,and then it had to be with you. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra's best and maybe all of pop music's best June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ten years before the Beatles were getting credit for making the LP more than just a collection of album fillers to sit next to the 45 singles, Frank Sinatra was mastering te Long Playing Album with concept collections on Capital Records. Ironically, it was Capital who were the american label for the Beatles in the 1960's (EMI being the primary label in England). In the Wee Small Hours is not only my favorite studio, non best of, cd, It maybe the greatest pop music album ever. Sinatra also recorded masters such as Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely and September of my Years. Yes, The Beatles, The Who, and Springsteen created some all time great studio albums. However, this is pure magic. The mood set by Frank's voice as an instrument in it's own right, and the rapture of Nelson Riddle's conducting places this as one of the most artistic moments in any ones carrer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra's finest moment is his saddest... Feb. 20 2004
By jmpg
Format:Audio CD
The man never fails to impress, even after being long gone. "In the Wee Small Hours" is one album that reminded everyone that Frank was much more than a one-sided lively swinger. Sure, anyone could turn to "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" (a superb album in its own right and the perfect counter-listen) or any of his more commercial hits in his later years and be mildly entertained. However, Frank showcased his abilities to the fullest with his sad concepts, conveying a sense not seen in any singer before or since.
Every track creates a unified somber sound that perfectly accents the cover art (Frank standing outside alone under street lights late at night, the imagery he popularized). The opening notes of the title song will draw you in and lead you into Duke Ellington's infamous 'Mood Indigo' and the rest is just as good to listen to. The album never skips a beat and there are absolutely no fillers to be found here. The love gone wrong ballad concept may be the case, but whether you relate with the Gardner-Sinatra relationship or not, you will still enjoy the music just the same.
Okay, so Frank wasn't a songwriter, but if it weren't for his signature touch, the mood just wouldn't have had that same feel. The songs simply can't be sung by another person. It's what makes "In the Wee Small Hours" one of the best of all ballad collections by anyone. You won't be disappointed. Prepare for some amazing late-night listening. Although Ava left Frank with sad thoughts in mind, what resulted arguably turned out to be his finest moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars None better for lonely nights July 29 2003
By jayesh
Format:Audio CD
This album is the ultimate in comfort music. When your lonely, destitute, world-weary, put on this cd and you'll have a buddy. Frank Sinatra's all-knowing voice on this, surely a landmark album in the history of popular music, is breathtaking. Understated, weary yet subtly powerful, his performances on my favourite tracks "Glad To Be Unhappy" and "I'll Be Around" are spellbinding. These tracks have a musical accompaniment of only piano, bass, guitar, drums and xylophone. This is where Sinatra's voice is most at home and where he is most able to communicate his regrets, wishes and desperation. Nelson Riddle paints a beautiful landscape with his haunting arrangments. I sometimes think that the violins heard in most of these songs, are made of heart strings, such is the emotiveness of the music. Again as in the majority of Sinatra's Capitol repotoire, most songs heil from the songwriting hayday of the 1920's - 1940's. Songs that might have sounded rather bland originally, but here are fully restored their intended beauty in the capable hands of Sinatra/Riddle.
This album can seem a little intense to the novice Sinatra fan, but it will grow on you, as it did to myself.
Definitely a must-buy album, and if liked, you must also purchase "No One Cares" and "Only the Lonely" to help complete the set of classic sad Sinatra "concepts".
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really only wanted a single track from tis record ...
I really only wanted a single track from tis record, 'In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning'. This one is fabulous. The rest are Ok, but not particularly enjoyable for me.
Published 2 days ago by Chris Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets be Frank!
If you like classic Frank this is one for the collection, and shipped fassst! Im pleased at the pressing and the value.
Published on April 11 2011 by Vinylspir
5.0 out of 5 stars this, not sgt peppers, was THE milestone concept lp
here sinatra proved he was no flash in the pan, no mere velvet toned singer, and not even just ' the voice'. here sinatra proved he was an artist. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by ageofanxiety
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Elegance
So brilliant, and soul stirring. What genius to pair Sinatra with Nelson Riddle!
The teaming of these two is the start of an era that sealed Frank's place as an American... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Damian P. Gadal
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra at his best
For phrasing, tone control,the ability to "set the scene" and involve the listener these performances cannot be beaten. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by Frankietwobob
5.0 out of 5 stars I Have Many Sinatra Albums - This Is My All-Time Favorite
Apparently Frank hand-picked each tune to reflect the deep blues he was experiencing over his breakup with Ava Gardner. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by AvidOldiesCollector
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Overrated
A previous reviewer made the point that this re-recording, which should be better than the original, *isn't." Quite true. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any music fan
We all seem to run out of superlatives when reviewing this album. I actually read them all, and still, the listening experience was better than anything I had expected. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Blues Bro
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Sinatra's best album's
I'm am a 19 year old Woman, and let me just said WOW!!!!
Frank Sinatra sings like no one I've ever heard before, he sings so emotionaly, he gives these songs a life of their... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003
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