Unforgettable [Capitol Compilation]

Unforgettable [Capitol Compilation]

by Nat King Cole
     
 
There was a time when "smooth" wasn't a dirty word when it came to great vocal music. And the smoothest of them all was Nat "King" Cole. Starting out as a brilliant and innovative jazz pianist and singer, Cole, by the late '40s, was already becoming a stalwart of the pop charts. During the next two decades, he had a slew of hits that defined lush and sensitive yet

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There was a time when "smooth" wasn't a dirty word when it came to great vocal music. And the smoothest of them all was Nat "King" Cole. Starting out as a brilliant and innovative jazz pianist and singer, Cole, by the late '40s, was already becoming a stalwart of the pop charts. During the next two decades, he had a slew of hits that defined lush and sensitive yet intelligent and seasoned pop vocalizing. Due to his sophisticated musicianship, Cole could make anything sound good, from pensive ballads ("Nature Boy," "Autumn Leaves," "Too Young") to swingers ("(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," "Straighten up and Fly Right," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore") to romantic numbers ("Mona Lisa," "Smile," "L-O-V-E," "Unforgettable") and beyond. He may not have had Sinatra's hip appeal, but, at his peak, Cole was Sinatra's most serious vocal rival.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Confusingly, Capitol Records, Nat "King" Cole's label from the mid-'40s until his death in 1965, has released several albums titled Unforgettable, starting with a 10" LP first issued in 1953 and reissued in expanded 12-inch form, and including a compilation on the budget-priced CEMA label. (To make matters worse, there are Cole albums on less prominent labels also called Unforgettable.) And that isn't even counting the ones called The Unforgettable Nat King Cole or some other variant. Well, here's another one, an all-new CD compilation of remastered tracks apparently prepared as a collection of love songs to mark Valentine's Day, 2000. (A sleeve note from the Cole family says the disc is "like a musical Valentine filled with sunshine and moonbeams and love.") A delay seems to have caused the album to miss the holiday by a couple of weeks, but the intention remains clear. Covering recordings made between 1943 and 1963, the lengthy disc collects indelible Cole performances of many of his ballad hits, including "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," "Nature Boy," and "Mona Lisa," plus a clutch of standards such as "Tenderly" and "Almost Like Being in Love" originally recorded for albums like Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love. Of course, both the original version of the title song and the 1991 duet version with daughter Natalie Cole are included. Since Cole was primarily a ballad singer, the album functions as a good sampler of his best work as a vocalist.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724352472123
catalogNumber:
24721

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