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Barnes & Noble - Gary Giddins
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.
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Barnes & Noble - Gary Giddins
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724387471221
  • Catalog Number: 74712

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nat King Cole Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Les Baxter Conductor
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Billy May Conductor
Irving Ashby Guitar
Oscar Moore Guitar
Pete Rugolo Conductor
Frank deVol Conductor
Ralph Carmichael Conductor
Joe Comfort Bass
Charlie Harris Bass
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Johnny Miller Bass
Nelson Riddle Conductor
John Collins Guitar
Antonio Morelli Conductor
Armondo Romue Jr. Conductor
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Harry Connick Jr. 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
Ron McMaster Mastering
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
Geoff Parsons 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    World of Nat King Cole

    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.

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