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Cocktail Combos

 
In some ways, this three-CD set from 1997 was a very unnecessary release. There had already been reissues of the complete output of the Nat King Cole Trio plus all of the Aladdin recordings made by Charles Brown and Floyd Dixon, so all 75 numbers on this generous reissue (25 from Cole, 32 by Brown including three from his days with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, and 18

Overview

In some ways, this three-CD set from 1997 was a very unnecessary release. There had already been reissues of the complete output of the Nat King Cole Trio plus all of the Aladdin recordings made by Charles Brown and Floyd Dixon, so all 75 numbers on this generous reissue (25 from Cole, 32 by Brown including three from his days with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, and 18 by Dixon) were already readily available elsewhere. Also, since this is a three-CD package, it is not exactly inexpensive. However, the music (in settings ranging from trios to quintets with tenorman Maxwell Davis) is quite enjoyable, falling between swing-oriented jazz and early R&B. Many of the three artists' early hits are here (including Cole's "Sweet Lorraine" and Brown's "Drifting Blues"), and the enjoyable release can act as an introduction to the music of these popular singers/pianists. However, completists should look elsewhere.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/1997
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724385204227
catalogNumber:
52042

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Straighten up and Fly Right
  2. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You  - Nat King Cole
  3. Sweet Lorraine  - Nat King Cole
  4. Easy Listening Blues  - Nat King Cole
  5. Bring Another Drink  - Nat King Cole
  6. I'm a Shy Guy  - Nat King Cole
  7. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You  - Nat King Cole
  8. Don't Blame Me  - Nat King Cole
  9. I'm Through With Love  - Nat King Cole
  10. Come to Baby, Do!  - Nat King Cole
  11. The Frim Fram Sauce  - Nat King Cole
  12. Loan Me Two Till Tuesday  - Nat King Cole
  13. Route 66 Kicks  - Nat King Cole
  14. Baby, Baby All the Time  - Nat King Cole
  15. Oh, But I Do!  - Nat King Cole
  16. But She's My Buddy's Chick
  17. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)  - Nat King Cole
  18. (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons  - Nat King Cole
  19. You're the Cream in My Coffee  - Nat King Cole
  20. You Don't Learn That in School  - Nat King Cole
  21. I Miss You So  - Nat King Cole
  22. I Think You Get What I Mean  - Nat King Cole
  23. (Everyone Has Someone) But All I've Got Is Me  - Nat King Cole
  24. What'll I Do?  - Nat King Cole
  25. I'll String Along with You  - Nat King Cole

Disc 2

  1. Blazer's Boogie  -  Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
  2. Baby Don't You Cry  -  Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
  3. Driftin' Blues  -  Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
  4. Homesick Blues
  5. How High the Moon  - Charles Brown
  6. Get Yourself Another Fool
  7. In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down
  8. Trouble Blues
  9. I Don't Care Who Knows
  10. When Your Lover Has Gone
  11. Tormented
  12. Alley Batting
  13. Take Me
  14. Let's Have a Ball
  15. Did You Ever Love a Woman
  16. Again
  17. Gee!
  18. I've Made up My Mind
  19. I've Got That Old Feeling  - Charles Brown
  20. Without the One You Love
  21. Black Night
  22. Once There Lived a Fool
  23. Hard Times
  24. Evening Shadows
  25. Rollin' Like a Pebble in the Sand

Disc 3

  1. Rising Sun
  2. Cryin' and Driftin' Blues
  3. Goodnight My Love
  4. Cryin' Mercy
  5. P.S. I Love You
  6. My Silent Love
  7. I Want to Fool Around with You
  8. Married Woman
  9. Wino Blues
  10. Empty Stocking Blues
  11. Walkin' and Talkin' Blues
  12. San Francisco Blues
  13. Bad Neighborhood
  14. You Played Me for a Fool
  15. Telephone Blues
  16. You Need Me Now
  17. Broken Hearted Traveler
  18. Do I Love You?
  19. A Long Time Ago
  20. Lovin' (Brought Me into This World)
  21. Tired, Broke, and Busted
  22. Come Back Baby
  23. Call Operator 210
  24. Wine, Wine, Wine
  25. Red Cherries

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Brown   Piano,Vocals
Floyd Dixon   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Otis   Drums
Oscar Moore   Guitar
David Bryant   Bass
Nat King Cole   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Maxwell Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Hayes   Guitar
Larance Marable   Drums
Johnny Miller   Bass
Herman Burell Mitchell   Guitar
Johnny B. Moore   Guitar
Walter Murden   Drums
Wesley Prince   Bass
Callestine Daniels   Drums
Jesse Ervin   Guitar
Warren McOwens   Bass
Lee Young   Drums
Chuck Norris   Guitar
Walt Champion   Bass
Nathaniel "Monk" McFadden   Drums
Ellis Walsh   Drums
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers   Track Performer
Eddie Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Frank Haywood   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Eddie Mesner   Producer
Billy Vera   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Producer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Kim Niemi   Contributor
Dana Suesse   Composer
Joe Ciardiello   Illustrations
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Monroe Tucker   Composer
Charles Atkinson   Composer

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