Natalie Live!

Natalie Live!

by Natalie Cole
     
 

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 ofSee more details below

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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:
02/22/2011
Label:
Soulmusic.com
UPC:
5013929070936
catalogNumber:
2907093
Rank:
69368

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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
Marvin Yancy   Producer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Janice Williams   Spiritual Advisor
R. Evans   Composer
Roger Williams   Artwork
Charles Jackson   Producer
C. Jackson   Composer
Kevin Hunter   Personal Manager

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