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In The Wee Small Hours

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Expanding on the concept of Songs for Young Lovers!, In the Wee Small Hours was a collection of ballads arranged by Nelson Riddle. The first 12" album recorded by Sinatra, Wee Small Hours was more focused and concentrated than his two earlier concept records. It's a blue, melancholy album, built around a spare rhythm section featuring a rhythm guitar, celesta, and Bill Miller's piano, with gently aching strings added every once and a while. Within that melancholy mood is one of Sinatra's most jazz-oriented performances -- he restructures the melody and Miller's playing is bold throughout the record. Where Songs for Young Lovers! emphasized the romantic aspects of the songs, Sinatra sounds like a lonely, broken man on In the Wee Small Hours. Beginning with the newly written title song, the singer goes through a series of standards that are lonely and desolate. In many ways, the album is a personal reflection of the heartbreak of his doomed love affair with actress Ava Gardner, and the standards that he sings form their own story when collected together. Sinatra's voice had deepened and worn to the point where his delivery seems ravished and heartfelt, as if he were living the songs.
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1
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (Remastered 1998)
00:02:59

Bob Hilliard, ComposerLyricist - Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Shure, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Slatkin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Perissi, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - George Van Eps, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Saxon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Slatkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Bluestone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Ross, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mischa Russell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kurt Reher, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Kramer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Mann, ComposerLyricist - John Cave, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - George Poole, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Kaproff, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Singer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Sosson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Beller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cy Bernard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kathryn Julye, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Stephens, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Arkatov, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent DeRosa, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Eger, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jules Kinsler, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Luella Howard, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Gleghorn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Mood Indigo (Remastered)
00:03:30

Duke Ellington, ComposerLyricist - Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albany Bigard, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Glad To Be Unhappy (Remastered)
00:02:34

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

4
I Get Along Without You Very Well (Remastered)
00:03:39

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Shure, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Slatkin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - HOAGY CARMICHAEL, ComposerLyricist - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Perissi, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Saxon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Slatkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Bluestone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Ross, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mischa Russell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kurt Reher, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Kramer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Cave, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - George Poole, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Kaproff, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Singer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Sosson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Beller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cy Bernard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Stephens, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Arkatov, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent DeRosa, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Eger, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jules Kinsler, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Luella Howard, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Gleghorn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Deep In A Dream (Remastered)
00:02:46

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Shure, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Slatkin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Perissi, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Saxon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Slatkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Bluestone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Ross, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mischa Russell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Kurt Reher, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Kramer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Delange, Composer - John Cave, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - George Poole, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Kaproff, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Singer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Sosson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Beller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cy Bernard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Stephens, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Arkatov, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent DeRosa, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Eger, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jules Kinsler, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Luella Howard, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Gleghorn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

6
I See Your Face Before Me (Remastered)
00:03:21

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Howard Dietz, Composer - Arthur Schwartz, Composer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Can't We Be Friends? (Remastered)
00:02:45

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kay Swift, ComposerLyricist - Paul James, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

8
When Your Lover Has Gone (Remastered)
00:03:08

Einar Aaron Swan, Composer - Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Shure, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Slatkin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Perissi, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Saxon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Slatkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Bluestone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Ross, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mischa Russell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kurt Reher, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Kramer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Cave, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - George Poole, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Kaproff, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Singer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Sosson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Beller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cy Bernard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Stephens, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Arkatov, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent DeRosa, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Eger, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jules Kinsler, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Luella Howard, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Gleghorn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

9
What Is This Thing Called Love (Remastered)
00:02:32

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Last Night When We Were Young (Remastered)
00:03:14

Paul Nero, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Shure, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Slatkin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Arlen, Composer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - E.Y. HARBURG, Composer - Harry Klee, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Slatkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Bluestone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Ross, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mischa Russell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Edelstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Kast, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Gibbons, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Williamson, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Comfort, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Cave, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Beller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Maxine Johnson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Cy Bernard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kathryn Julye, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Pederson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Webb, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Francis Howard, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Morton Friedman, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Robyn, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Eudice Shapiro, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Graas, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Mahlon Clark, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Stanley Harris , Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bart Caldarell, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Carlson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Gilbert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

11
I'll Be Around (Remastered)
00:02:56

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - ALEC WILDER, Composer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Ill Wind (Remastered)
00:03:43

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harold Arlen, Composer - Ted Koehler, Composer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

13
It Never Entered My Mind (Remastered)
00:02:39

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - Paul Shure, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Slatkin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Perissi, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Saxon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Slatkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Bluestone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Ross, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mischa Russell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kurt Reher, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Kramer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Cave, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - George Poole, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Kaproff, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Singer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Sosson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Beller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cy Bernard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Stephens, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Arkatov, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent DeRosa, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Eger, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jules Kinsler, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Luella Howard, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Gleghorn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

14
Dancing On The Ceiling (Remastered)
00:02:54

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Composer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

15
I'll Never Be The Same (Remastered)
00:03:01

Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Shure, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Slatkin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Kahn, Composer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Perissi, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Signorelli, Composer - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Saxon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Slatkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Bluestone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Ross, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mischa Russell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kurt Reher, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Kramer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Cave, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - George Poole, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Kaproff, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Singer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Sosson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Beller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cy Bernard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Stephens, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Arkatov, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent DeRosa, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Matty Malneck, Composer - Joseph Eger, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jules Kinsler, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Luella Howard, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Gleghorn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

16
This Love Of Mine (1998 Remastered)
00:03:33

Henry Sanicola, Composer - Barry Parker, Composer - Sweet, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Shure, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - NELSON RIDDLE, Conductor - Bill Miller, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Perissi, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Voyle Gilmore, Producer - Frank Sinatra, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edgar Lustgarten, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Felix Slatkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Bluestone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Ross, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mischa Russell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Kramer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - John Cave, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - George Poole, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Kaproff, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Singer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Marshall Sosson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Beller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cy Bernard, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Stephens, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Arkatov, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent DeRosa, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Eger, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Bay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jules Kinsler, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Luella Howard, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Gleghorn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Expanding on the concept of Songs for Young Lovers!, In the Wee Small Hours was a collection of ballads arranged by Nelson Riddle. The first 12" album recorded by Sinatra, Wee Small Hours was more focused and concentrated than his two earlier concept records. It's a blue, melancholy album, built around a spare rhythm section featuring a rhythm guitar, celesta, and Bill Miller's piano, with gently aching strings added every once and a while. Within that melancholy mood is one of Sinatra's most jazz-oriented performances -- he restructures the melody and Miller's playing is bold throughout the record. Where Songs for Young Lovers! emphasized the romantic aspects of the songs, Sinatra sounds like a lonely, broken man on In the Wee Small Hours. Beginning with the newly written title song, the singer goes through a series of standards that are lonely and desolate. In many ways, the album is a personal reflection of the heartbreak of his doomed love affair with actress Ava Gardner, and the standards that he sings form their own story when collected together. Sinatra's voice had deepened and worn to the point where his delivery seems ravished and heartfelt, as if he were living the songs.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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