Unforgettable: With Love

Unforgettable: With Love

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by Natalie Cole

Although Natalie Cole had been a highly successful pop/R & B singer, Unforgettable launched her on a new career as a standards singer. Here Cole pays homage to her father, legendary singer Nat "King" Cole, by performing many of his classic hits. The result is a glorious tribute to an unparalleled artist, performed with skill and obvious affection. Cole…  See more details below


Although Natalie Cole had been a highly successful pop/R & B singer, Unforgettable launched her on a new career as a standards singer. Here Cole pays homage to her father, legendary singer Nat "King" Cole, by performing many of his classic hits. The result is a glorious tribute to an unparalleled artist, performed with skill and obvious affection. Cole charms with bouncy numbers such as "Orange Colored Sky," "L-O-V-E," and "Paper Moon," and dazzles with poignant ballads such as "Mona Lisa." And she tugs the heartstrings with the title track, a "duet" with her father that was, of course, created technologically. Well worth all the accolades --Unforgettable earned six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year -- this labor of love preserves the integrity of these incomparable songs while introducing them to a new generation of music lovers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
A major change of direction for Natalie Cole, Unforgettable found the singer abandoning the type of R&B/pop she'd been recording since 1975 in favor of jazz-influenced pre-rock pop along the lines of Nat King Cole's music. It was a surprising risk that paid off handsomely -- both commercially and artistically. Naysayers who thought that so radical a change would be commercial suicide were proven wrong when the outstanding Unforgettable sold a shocking five million units. Quite clearly, this was an album Cole was dying to make. Paying tribute to her late father on "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "Route 66," and other gems that had been major hits for him in the 1940s and early '50s, the 41-year-old Cole sounds more inspired than she had in well over a decade. On the title song, overdubbing was used to make it sound as though she were singing a duet with her father -- dishonest perhaps, but certainly enjoyable. Thankfully, standards and pre-rock pop turned out to be a primary direction for Cole, who was a baby when the title song became a hit for her father in 1951.

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Elektra / Wea


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natalie Cole   Primary Artist,Vocals
Monty Alexander   Piano
Alan Broadbent   Piano,Celeste
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Pat Coil   Synthesizer
Gary Foster   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Steve Kujala   Woodwind
Don Menza   Tenor Saxophone
John Patitucci   Bass
Joe Sample   Piano
Ronnie Lang   Woodwind
Lanny Morgan   Alto Saxophone
Viola   Guitar
John Chiodini   Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Ralph Grierson   Synthesizer
Tom Garvin   Synthesizer
Marilyn Baker   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Richard Todd   French Horn
Murray Adler   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Pete Beltran   Bass Trombone
Samuel Boghossian   Viola
George Bohannon   Trombone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Darius Campo   Violin
Stuart Canin   Violin
Gene Cipriano   Oboe,Woodwind
John Clayton   Bass,String Bass
Brad Cole   Piano
John Collins   Guitar
Ronald Cooper   Cello
Gail Cruz   Violin
Isabelle Daskoff   Violin
Donna Davidson   Background Vocals
Chuck Domanico   Bass,String Bass
Assa Drori   Violin
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
Bob Efford   Baritone Saxophone
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Pavel Farkas   Violin
Henry Ferber   Violin
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Clare Fischer   Piano
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Frederick Seykora   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
James Getzoff   Violin
Julie Gigante   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Harris Goldman   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Thurman Green   Trombone
Susan Greenberg   Flute
Sol Gubin   Drums
Debbie Hall   Background Vocals
Diana Halprin   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Jim Hughart   Bass
John Thomas Johnson   Tuba
Thomas "Snake" Johnson   Trombone
Harold Jones   Drums
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Nathan Kaproff   Violin
Anne Karam   Cello
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer
Myra Kestenbaum   Viola
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Bernard Kundell   Violin
Michael Lang   Piano
Ronald Langinger   Flute
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Brian Leonard   Violin
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Rene Mandel   Violin
Michael Markman   Violin
Gene Merlino   Background Vocals
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Dick Nash   Trombone
Buell Neidlinger   String Bass
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Irma Neumann   Violin
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone,Woodwind
Nils Oliver   Cello
Bruce Paulson   Trombone
John Pisano   Guitar
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Stanley Plummer   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Dorothy Remsen   Harp
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Daniel Rothmuller   Cello
Myron Sandler   Viola
Sid Sharp   Violin
Don Shelton   Background Vocals
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Paul Shure   Violin
Andy Simpkins   Bass
Nolan Andrew Smith   Trumpet
Sally Stevens   Background Vocals
Susan Stevens   Background Vocals
Sheridon Stokes   Woodwind
Robert Stone   String Bass
Margaret Storer   String Bass
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Milton Thomas   Viola
Alexander Treger   Violin
Bob Tricarico   Baritone Saxophone
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Dorothy Wade   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Dave Weckl   Drums
Ken Yerke   Violin
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Alan DeVeritch   Viola
Dixie Blackstone   Violin
Ezra Kliger   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Yoko Matsuda   Violin
William Perkins   Alto Saxophone
Michael Ferril   Violin
Marilyn L. Johnson   French Horn
Tom Boyd   Oboe
Michael Melvoin   Piano
Brad Wanaar   French Horn
David Stockhammer   Viola
John Johnson   Tuba
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Bass Trombone
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet
Kerry Katz   Background Vocals
Mari Tsumura-Botnick   Violin
Ike Cole   Piano
Antony Cooke   Cello
Edith Markman   Violin
Rick Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
George Bohanon   Trombone
James Hughart   Bass,Drums
Mike Nowack   Viola
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Rich Logan   Background Vocals
David Duke   French Horn
James Thatcher   French Horn
Donald McInnes   Viola
Karen Jones   Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Violin
Louise di Tullio   Flute,Woodwind
Raymond Tischer   Violin,Viola
Richard Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Natalie Cole   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Bill Holman   Arranger
Michel Legrand   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Ralph Burns   Arranger
David Foster   Producer
Jerry Jordan   Engineer
Kevin Becka   Engineer
William Best   Composer
Ray Blair   Engineer
Ray Brown   Arranger
Terry Brown   Engineer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Clare Fischer   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
André Fischer   Arranger,Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Randy Long   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Adaptation,Orchestral Arrangements
Marty Paich   Arranger,rhythm arrangement,Orchestral Arrangements
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Joe Sherman   Composer
Valerie Smith   Contributor,Linguist
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Deek Watson   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff   Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Roy Trakin   Liner Notes
Peter Darmi   Engineer
John Turner   Composer
Marnie Riley   Engineer
Rick Winquest   Engineer
Tim Lauber   Engineer
Joey Wolpert   Engineer
Chris Rich   Engineer
Woody Woodruff   Engineer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Shelley Dobbins   Composer
Michele Galdieri   Composer
Anas Alaf   Engineer
John Bruno   Engineer
Gino Redi   Composer
Pierre Leloup   Linguist
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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