Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours (1955)
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.