In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

Released in 1955, Sinatra´s 9th studio album takes us on a journey of love lost and loneliness with his magnificent voice and perfect intonation which is as relevant today as it was back then. With impeccable track listing, this is one of the greatest albums of all time.

In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – Frank Sinatra

The doomed relationship between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner would give birth to this heartbreaking album, which Sinatra took only a few days to record. He had wanted to do an LP for a while, in a time where record companies were only releasing singles. But Frank knew he could pull this of, and he delivered an album that I recommend to anyone who can´t go to sleep. Its simply the perfect companion.

In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
While the whole wide world is fast asleep
You lie awake and think about the girl
And never ever think of counting sheep…

Can’t We Be Friends – Frank Sinatra

Because the album had such a defined theme: love loss, heartbreak, depression, failed relationships, etc. its considered by some to be one of the first concept albums released.  It was released in 1955 and peaked at No. 2 and remained there for 18 weeks. In 2002 it was certified Gold.

What Is This Thing Called Love – Frank Sinatra

The album was recorded during five sessions which took place in the evening. (Oh! great way to guarantee it will be listened to in the evenings?).  Rumors says Sinatra broke down and cried in the recording of the following song:

When Your Lover Has Gone – Frank Sinatra

Having loved Frank Sinatra all my life, it is without a doubt my favorite album by him. I think it made me understood what heart break felt like (as a young girl it was hard to imagine) and it is also made me grow up completely in love with him, his voice, and though nowadays I don´t find betting, drinking or being a ladies man attractive, he was probably the first crooner (the only one?) to have a piece of my heart.

 

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