Natalie Live!

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Regrettably, most of the R&B artists who emerged in the '70s never recorded official live albums -- and bootlegs aren't an option in most cases because bootleggers usually stick to rock and pop. Natalie Cole fans, however, were given a pleasant surprise when, in 1978, Capitol provided the double-LP Natalie Live. This excellent release contains the highlights of two concerts: one at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA, a Los Angeles suburb in August 1977, and the other at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Philadelphia in March 1978. Backed by solid bands, Cole is inspired and passionate on performances of gems from Inseparable "I Can't Say No," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Regrettably, most of the R&B artists who emerged in the '70s never recorded official live albums -- and bootlegs aren't an option in most cases because bootleggers usually stick to rock and pop. Natalie Cole fans, however, were given a pleasant surprise when, in 1978, Capitol provided the double-LP Natalie Live. This excellent release contains the highlights of two concerts: one at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, CA, a Los Angeles suburb in August 1977, and the other at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Philadelphia in March 1978. Backed by solid bands, Cole is inspired and passionate on performances of gems from Inseparable "I Can't Say No," "This Will Be," and the title song and Natalie "Sophisticated Lady" as well as Unpredictable "I've Got Love on My Mind," "Party Lights" and Thankful "Our Love" and "Lovers". Cole also surprises us with a few covers that weren't on any of her studio LPs, including a sweaty version of "Cry Baby" and a totally unexpected performance of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." That psychedelic classic might seem like an odd choice for Cole, but the tune actually works quite well for her. Besides, Cole never claimed to be a soul purist -- she never swore off rock or pop, and some of the gems that she performs have jazz overtones including "Lovers" and "Mr. Melody". One could nitpick about the absence of the enchanting, Brazilian-flavored "La Costa," which drove quiet storm programmers wild. But all things considered, Natalie Live is an exciting document of the singer's live performances of the late '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • Label: Soulmusic.com
  • EAN: 5013929070936
  • Catalog Number: 2907093
  • Sales rank: 89,286

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Cole Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Michael Wycoff Keyboards, Background Vocals
Anita Anderson Background Vocals
Charles Bynum Guitar
Bobby Eaton Bass
Ted Sparks Drums
Sissy Peoples Background Vocals
Linda Williams Conductor, Keyboards
Wayne Habersham Percussion, Background Vocals
Louis Pajomo Percussion
Andy Kastner Guitar
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Richard Evans Arranger
Gene Barge Arranger, Producer
Larkin Arnold Executive Producer
Don Hannah Adaptation
Barney Perkins Engineer
B. Russell Composer
Tennyson Stephens Composer
Ray Thompson Engineer
Wally Traugott Mastering
Marvin Yancy Producer
David Nathan Liner Notes
Janice Williams Spiritual Advisor
R. Evans Composer
Roger Williams Artwork
Alan Wilson Mastering
Charles Jackson Producer
C. Jackson Composer
Kevin Hunter Personal Manager
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