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For all the resurgence in interest in Nat King Cole since 1991, when his daughter Natalie recorded a duet patching her new vocal with his from 40 years earlier and scored a gold-selling hit, Capitol Records lacked a single-disc hits collection that covered Cole's most successful singles for the label. This 22-track, 62-plus minute CD/cassette collection does the trick. Cole scored 21 Top Ten hits between 1944 and 1963, and 19 of them are here, from "Straighten Up and Fly Right" to "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer." The only ones missing are seasonal hits, "The Christmas Song" and "Frosty the Snow Man." In their places, you get the original and later versions of "Unforgettable" (neither of which, as it happens, quite made the Top Ten). You also get Cole's four number one songs, "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," and "Too Young," along with such memorable tunes as "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," "Smile," and "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66." The non-chronological sequencing emphasizes the stylistic and qualitative consistency of Cole's work; it doesn't much matter if you juxtapose a song recorded in the '40s ("Nature Boy") against one recorded in the '60s ("Ramblin' Rose"), because you still get the same warmth and assurance in Cole's singing and the same tastefulness in the arrangements. One might have hoped for more in the way of packaging (there are no liner notes), but this is the single album to buy to hear Nat King Cole's best-known vocal performances.

Tracks 1. Unforgettable 2. Route 66 3. Orange Colored Sky 4. Mona Lisa 5. Walkin' My Baby Back Home 6. Straighten up and Fly Right 7. Send for Me 8. Looking Back 9. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) 10. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 11. Nature Boy 12. Ramblin' Rose 13. Pretend 14. Too Young 15. Somewhere Along the Way 16. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer 17. Smile 18. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup 19. Answer Me, My Love 20. A Blossom Fell 21. If I May 22. Unforgettable

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Performer:  Nat King Cole
Release Date:  October 18, 1994
Label:  Capitol
Genre:  Jazz
Release Date:  October 18, 1994
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Nat King Cole is an American icon. Some sixty years later his early recordings with the King Cole Trio are still highly regarded by jazz afficianados around the world. And many of his solo efforts remain among the best loved songs of all time.  This collection contains some of both. If you have never heard the King Cole Trio, you are certainly in for a treat. Among the selections included here are the incredible "Straighten Up and Fly Right" from 1943 as well as other favorites like "You …
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