In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!
This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!
Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!
In this post we’re going to be talking about In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra!
As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!
This isn’t an album I have in my personal record collection although I do have a large number of Frank Sinatra albums, I don’t know why I haven’t got this one but rest assured I have ordered it now and will soon have it in my collection!
The book starts its piece on this album by talking about how in the early 1950’s Frank Sinatra was washed up, unable to even find a regular night club gig!
This is an unbelievable yet completely true fact, well I say fact, I wasn’t there to personally witness Sinatra being washed up, my Parents weren’t even born then… but there are countless records of this online and in other books as well so if you dig a little it’s pretty common knowledge.
Still incredibly hard to believe though, imagine a legend like Frank Sinatra being washed up! It was during this period that a knight in shining armour – or actually just Alan Livingston the man who created Bozo The Clown, he was a huge Sinatra fan and also Vice President of Artists & Repertoire at Capitol at the time – signed him to Capitol with a seven-year deal in 1953 and saved Sinatra from falling off the scene completely.
After being signed Sinatra went on to give an Oscar winning performance in From Here To Eternity and he released the albums Songs For Young Lovers and Swing Easy (the first two albums he made with arranger Nelson Riddle) cementing Frank Sinatra’s second chance in the industry.
In The Wee Small Hours as I said earlier was released in 1955, two years after being signed to Capitol. The album was made not long after Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner broke up. The book states that this album is perhaps the best break up album of all time, I personally wouldn’t go that far but it was definitely the best break up album of at least the 1950’s!
Let’s take a look at the track list for this iconic break up album!
Track One: In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Track Two: Mood Indigo
Track Three: Glad To Be Unhappy
Track Four: I Get Along Without You Very Well
Track Five: Deep In A Dream
Track Six: I See Your Face Before Me
Track Seven: Can’t We Be Friends?
Track Eight: When Your Lover Has Gone
Track Ten: Last Night When We Were Young
Track Eleven: I’ll Be Around
Track Twelve: Ill Wind
Track Thirteen: It Never Entered My Mind
Track Fourteen: Dancing On The Ceiling
Track Fifteen: I’ll Never Be The Same
Track Sixteen: This Love Of Mine
Because I don’t have the album I can’t see which tracks are on which side so that’s why I’ve put them all in one long list!
My favourite tracks are Last Night When We Were Young, What Is This Thing Called Love, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning and When Your Lover Has Gone.
I guess the most important thing I have to answer about this album is whether or not I believe this album belongs on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die!
I DO think this album should be on the list because at the very least it’s the best break up album of the 1950’s, it represents an iconic part of pop culture from 1950’s the break-up of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner!
On a more ‘serious’ note I think because this IS a break up album that was made not long after they broke up you can really feel the emotion in this album, unlike some other Sinatra albums that in my opinion have an overwhelming sense of ‘I’m recording this because I know you’ll buy it and I’ll make even more money’.
That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.
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