The Greatest Hits [Capitol]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/1998
  • Label: Dcc Compact Classics
  • UPC: 010963112726
  • Catalog Number: 1127

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
Les 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
Geoff Parsons Composer
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What A Voice, What An Album

    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!!

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