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Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours (1955)

January 5, 2012

[Album 6/1001]

In an effort to be as chronologically correct as possible (so as not to offend any particular decade’s musical contributions), here’s the first album described in the book!

When I think of Ol’ Blue Eyes, I inevitably think of the over-the-top SNL skit with Joe Piscopo as Frank and Eddie Murphy as Stevie Wonder.

With that image of Sinatra in mind, this album was a pleasant surprise.  It’s quite subdued throughout; some very nice arrangements, the trumpet & harp parts in particular.

It’s an appropriate album to start the 1001 albums list; there isn’t really a standout track among the sixteen.

Due to its slow tempos and quiet dynamics, to focus exclusively on In The Wee Small Hours from start-to-finish is almost boring.  However, as inoffensive background music for the time of day described in the album’s title, I’d imagine it’s a much better fit.   

From → 1950s

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