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… See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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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Tracks

  1. The Very Thought of You  - Nat King Cole
  2. It's Only a Paper Moon  - Nat King Cole
  3. Route 66  - Nat King Cole
  4. Mona Lisa  - Nat King Cole
  5. Unforgettable  - Nat King Cole
  6. L-O-V-E  - Nat King Cole
  7. This Can't Be Love  - Nat King Cole
  8. Smile  - Nat King Cole
  9. Lush Life  - Nat King Cole
  10. That Sunday, That Summer  - Nat King Cole
  11. Orange Colored Sky  - Nat King Cole
  12. (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons  - Nat King Cole
  13. Tenderly  - Nat King Cole
  14. Autumn Leaves  - Nat King Cole
  15. Straighten up and Fly Right  - Nat King Cole
  16. Avalon  - Nat King Cole
  17. Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - Nat King Cole
  18. Too Young  - Nat King Cole
  19. Nature Boy  - Nat King Cole
  20. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup  - Nat King Cole
  21. Almost Like Being in Love  - Nat King Cole
  22. Thou Swell  - Nat King Cole
  23. Non Dimenticar  - Nat King Cole
  24. Love Is Here to Stay  - Nat King Cole
  25. Unforgettable  - Nat King Cole

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