World of Nat King Cole

The World of Nat King Cole

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by Nat King Cole
     
 
A famous story about the unflappable pianist and singer tells of the one time he lost his temper: He called his office and a switchboard operator answered, “Capitol Records, home of the Beatles.” That was shortly before he died, and some people had forgotten that Capitol had been largely built on his genius for crafting hit singles for 20 years, regardless of changing

Overview

A famous story about the unflappable pianist and singer tells of the one time he lost his temper: He called his office and a switchboard operator answered, “Capitol Records, home of the Beatles.” That was shortly before he died, and some people had forgotten that Capitol had been largely built on his genius for crafting hit singles for 20 years, regardless of changing fashions. These 28 tracks, celebrating the 40th anniversary of his death, are weak on his piano and otherwise predictable, but who can quibble? The big band material dominating the middle section is radiant and the ballads can induce tears, even now.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Easily the longest of any Capitol single-disc compilation, 2005's The World of Nat King Cole also benefits from a fresh remastering of its material to make it the best introduction to the interpretive brilliance of Nat King Cole. Nearly all the hits that need to be here are indeed present: "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "Route 66," "Nature Boy," "Too Young," and "Mona Lisa." The compilers also wisely chose a few representative songs to replace some of the middling hits; the only surprise is the absence of "The Christmas Song" and "Lush Life," although the chart hits -- "Answer Me, My Love," "Pretend," "Looking Back," and the much-maligned "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" -- are missing for good reasons. In their places are excellent selections like "Let There Be Love" from a 1961 George Shearing collaboration, "Thou Swell" from Cole's 1960 LP at the Sands hotel in Las Vegas, his sublime 1956 version of "Stardust," and the ghost duet on "Unforgettable" between Nat and daughter Natalie Cole that earned seven Grammy awards in 1992. The liner notes include many great photographs as well as an essay written by Natalie.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724387471221
catalogNumber:
74712

Tracks

  1. Smile
  2. It's Only a Paper Moon
  3. Straighten Up and Fly Right
  4. Route 66
  5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
  6. Nature Boy
  7. Too Young
  8. Unforgettable
  9. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  10. Orange Colored Sky
  11. Send for Me
  12. A Blossom Fell
  13. Mona Lisa
  14. Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
  15. On the Street Where You Live
  16. Almost Like Being in Love
  17. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
  18. Ramblin' Rose
  19. Let There Be Love
  20. You Stepped Out of a Dream
  21. When I Fall in Love
  22. L-O-V-E
  23. Let's Face the Music and Dance
  24. Just One of Those Things
  25. Day In - Day Out
  26. Thou Swell
  27. Unforgettable
  28. Stardust

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nat King Cole   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Baxter   Conductor
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Billy May   Conductor
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Oscar Moore   Guitar
Pete Rugolo   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
Ralph Carmichael   Conductor
John Collins   Guitar
Joe Comfort   Bass
Charlie Harris   Bass
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Johnny Miller   Bass
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Antonio Morelli   Conductor
Armondo Romue   Conductor

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Harry Connick   Author
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Natalie Cole   Liner Notes
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Pete Rugolo   Arranger
Bobby Troup   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank deVol   Arranger
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Howard Barnes   Composer
William Best   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Joe Davis   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Osvaldo Farrés   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Author
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Arranger
Edward Heyman   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Joe Sherman   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Deek Watson   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Author
Victor Young   Composer
Milton DeLugg   Composer
Ian Grant   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Ollie Jones   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Carlos Santana   Author
Diana Barnes   Art Direction
Kevin Flaherty   Producer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Sidney Lippman   Composer
Noel Sherman   Composer
William Stein   Composer
Harold Cornelius   Composer
Carole Cole   Executive Producer
Dominic John   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Dave Cavanaugh   Arranger
Rob Christie   Producer
Lionel Rand   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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The World of Nat King Cole 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pust this cd on repeat and take a trip to the 'World of Nat King cole.' You'll want to listen to these timeless classics over and over again. These are truly some of Nat's best songs. I definetly recommend this.