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The World of Nat King Cole

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2005 audio CD release

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Nat King Cole's death in 1965, this compilation is the CD companion of an excellent DVD/documentary. Produced with the blessing of his estate, this disc is a thorough survey of his timeless genius--all recorded on … see full wiki

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This might just be the best single disc collection of Nat King Cole ever!

  • Oct 11, 2010
Rating:
+5

Over the years I have owned any number of Nat King Cole collections.  Although I never failed to enjoy the music I found each of those vinyl LP's or compact discs to be flawed in some way.  Collectors like myself have long been clamoring for something better.  Finally in 2005 Capitol Records saw fit to correct this egregious oversight.

Nearly three years in the making, "The World of Nat King Cole" provides the listener with nearly 80 minutes of the very best that this beloved and legendary performer has to offer.  Please understand that this disc is not really intended to be a "greatest hits" package. That would be virtually impossible for Nat King Cole because just about every song he ever recorded had the potential to become a "greatest hit". Rather, "The World of Nat King Cole" provides the listener an outstanding overview of a recording career at Capitol that spanned nearly a quarter century. You'll hear several of his biggest numbers with the King Cole Trio. Songs such as "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "Nature Boy" and "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" were huge hits in the early 1940's and remain popular to this day.  If you are hoping to find some of Nat's biggest solo hits you certainly will not be disappointed.  Enjoy once again all-time favorites like "Ramblin' Rose", "Too Young", "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and so many others.  But what distinguishes "The World of Nat King Cole" from so many other of the previous compilations is the inclusion of some of the best material from his LP's.  I especially enjoyed a tune called "Let There Be Love", a terrific jazz number that was featured on the 1962 album "Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays". There is also a song from his "Live At The Sands" LP and three upbeat numbers backed by the swingin' Billy May Orchestra.  Rounding out the collection is the remarkable 1991 recording of "Unforgettable" with his daughter Natalie Cole.

Kudos to the engineers at Capitol Records for the unbelievable remastering job on these songs.  Each and every one of the songs on this disc is crystal clear.  I was simply overwhelmed by the sound on songs like "Nature Boy", "Orange Colored Sky" and "L-O-V-E".  It was literally like hearing many of these songs for the very first time!  And I would be remiss if I failed to mention the outstanding 28 page booklet that is just packed with photos and facts about the man and his music.  Whether you are a long time fan of Nat King Cole or sampling his music for the very first time this is the collection you want.  "The World of Nat King Cole" stands head and shoulders above all the rest.  Very highly recommended.

This might just be the best single disc collection of Nat King Cole ever! This might just be the best single disc collection of Nat King Cole ever! This might just be the best single disc collection of Nat King Cole ever! This might just be the best single disc collection of Nat King Cole ever!

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