The Very Best of Nat King Cole [Capitol]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This generous anthology, with 28 tracks and close to 80 minutes of music, is one of the best single-disc sets on the market of Nat King Cole's pop side. Spanning over 20 years, from 1943 to 1964, The Very Best of Nat King Cole includes most of his biggest hits for Capitol Records, like 1946's "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66," 1950s "Mona Lisa," 1951's "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and "Unforgettable," and 1956's "When I Fall in Love" (with its wonderful orchestration arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins), although there are some intriguing omissions (1962's "Ramblin' Rose," for instance, isn't included here), but it's hard to quibble; after all, Cole charted over 100 pop ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This generous anthology, with 28 tracks and close to 80 minutes of music, is one of the best single-disc sets on the market of Nat King Cole's pop side. Spanning over 20 years, from 1943 to 1964, The Very Best of Nat King Cole includes most of his biggest hits for Capitol Records, like 1946's "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66," 1950s "Mona Lisa," 1951's "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and "Unforgettable," and 1956's "When I Fall in Love" (with its wonderful orchestration arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins), although there are some intriguing omissions (1962's "Ramblin' Rose," for instance, isn't included here), but it's hard to quibble; after all, Cole charted over 100 pop singles during his career and nothing short of a massive box set could feature them all. What's most striking is how uniform everything is, as if it was all drawn from one long recording session, and Cole's rich, warm voice and perfect enunciation never falters. He was criticized for leaving his jazz roots for pop stardom, but it is worth noting how jazz-based and stripped-down most of these sides actually are, and even when orchestration is present, it is never intrusive or overwhelming, and the focus is always on Cole's steady, calm and measured vocals. It all adds up to a near-perfect introduction to Cole's Capitol years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094635932423
  • Catalog Number: 59324
  • Sales rank: 938

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nat King Cole Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Billy May Conductor
Oscar Moore Guitar
Frank deVol Conductor
Ralph Carmichael Conductor
Harry Bluestone Violin
David Cavanaugh Conductor
Jack Costanzo Bongos
Johnny Miller Bass
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Lee Young Drums
John Collins Guitar
George Shearing Quintet Track Performer
Charlie Harris Bass
Antonio Morelli Conductor
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Gordon Jenkins Orchestral Arrangements
Billy May Orchestral Arrangements
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Frank deVol Orchestral Arrangements
Ralph Carmichael Orchestral Arrangements
Charles Trénet Composer
William Best Composer
H.M. Barnes' Blue Ridge Ramblers Composer
David Cavanaugh Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Nelson Riddle Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Mitchell Parish Composer
B. Russell Composer
Joe Sherman Composer
Deek Watson Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Geoff Parsons Composer
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Clifford R. Burwell Composer
Albert Beach Composer
L.C. Lovett Composer
B.C. Hendricks Composer
Uncle J. T. Young Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Great Songs! - a Nat "King" Cole MUST

    Perfect for anyone who wants to start a Nat collection! Amazing sound quality! This CD contains the multilingual version of L-O-V-E, so buyer beware; if you're looking for the original version specifically, I would recommend the actual L-O-V-E CD instead. Other than that however, I would highly suggest this CD to anyone.

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