Greatest Hits [Capitol]

The Greatest Hits [Capitol]

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by Nat King Cole
     
 
For all the resurgence in interest in Nat King Cole since 1991, when his daughter Natalie recorded a duet patching her new vocal with his from 40 years earlier and scored a gold-selling hit, Capitol Records lacked a single-disc hits collection that covered Cole's most successful singles for the label. This 22-track, 62-plus minute CD/cassette

Overview

For all the resurgence in interest in Nat King Cole since 1991, when his daughter Natalie recorded a duet patching her new vocal with his from 40 years earlier and scored a gold-selling hit, Capitol Records lacked a single-disc hits collection that covered Cole's most successful singles for the label. This 22-track, 62-plus minute CD/cassette collection does the trick. Cole scored 21 Top Ten hits between 1944 and 1963, and 19 of them are here, from "Straighten Up and Fly Right" to "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer." The only ones missing are seasonal hits, "The Christmas Song" and "Frosty the Snow Man." In their places, you get the original and later versions of "Unforgettable" (neither of which, as it happens, quite made the Top Ten). You also get Cole's four number one songs, "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," and "Too Young," along with such memorable tunes as "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," "Smile," and "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66." The non-chronological sequencing emphasizes the stylistic and qualitative consistency of Cole's work; it doesn't much matter if you juxtapose a song recorded in the '40s ("Nature Boy") against one recorded in the '60s ("Ramblin' Rose"), because you still get the same warmth and assurance in Cole's singing and the same tastefulness in the arrangements. One might have hoped for more in the way of packaging (there are no liner notes), but this is the single album to buy to hear Nat King Cole's best-known vocal performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/1994
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724382968726
catalogNumber:
29687

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nat King Cole   Primary Artist,Vocals
Natalie Cole   Track Performer
Hank Jones   Piano
Oscar Moore   Bass
Ralph Carmichael   Conductor
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
John Collins   Guitar
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Johnny Collins   Guitar
Curtis Ousley   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Baxter   Arranger
Natalie Cole   Executive Producer
Billy May   Arranger
Pete Rugolo   Arranger
David Foster   Producer
Frank deVol   Arranger
Howard Barnes   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Executive Producer
Johnny Mandel   Adaptation
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Joe Sherman   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
John Kraus   Engineer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
John Turner   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Noel Sherman   Composer
Willie Stein   Composer
Harold Cornelius   Composer
Sid Avery   Cover Photo
Dominic John   Composer
Hans Carste   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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The Greatest Hits [Capitol] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent album full of Nat's best. You feel as if you are there in the studio with him! A must for the Nat King Cole fan!!