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Nat King Cole 4/24/2007

Review

Cabu's Nat King Cole Anthology documents his transformation from a gifted jazz pianist with a great singing voice into a charismatic pop star who sometimes sang while seated at the piano. This double-disc compilation maps that stylistic mutation using records cut between January 1949 and August 1955, a period during which the management at Johnny Mercer's Capitol record company accelerated the changes in Cole's career by lining him up with selected performers from the Capitol roster of talent, including orchestras led by Pete Rugolo, Stan Kenton, Carlyle Hall, Ray Anthony, Nelson Riddle, and Billy May. Cole was also paired with vocalists Woody Herman, Dean Martin, Nellie Lutcher, and his wife, Maria Cole. The King Cole Trio show up here and there in this collection, sometimes as an intimate unit but most often overshadowed by one of Capitol's many "orchestras." Authentic jazz players are present throughout most of the anthology, but the real focus was naturally on Nat King Cole's velvety voice. Great moments include "Exactly Like You," Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," and the ever-awesome "Angel Eyes." A good introduction to Cole's later work, with cover art apparently intended for publication in Playboy magazine. ~ arwulf arwulf
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Yes Sir, That's My Baby Nat King Cole 2:28
  3. 2 Portrait of Jennie Nat King Cole 3:5
  4. 3 Exactly Like You Nat King Cole 2:40
  5. 4 For All We Know Nat King Cole 2:59
  6. 5 I Used to Love You Nat King Cole 2:58
  7. 6 Lush Life [Live Classics] Nat King Cole 3:15
  8. 7 Calypso Blues Nat King Cole 3:0
  9. 8 'Tis Autumn Nat King Cole 3:6
  10. 9 My Baby Just Cares for Me Nat King Cole 2:47
  11. 10 Can I Come in for a Second? Nat King Cole 2:51
  12. 11 Hey, Not Now (I'll Tell You When) Nat King Cole 3:1
  13. 12 Orange Colored Sky Nat King Cole 2:31
  14. 13 Destination Moon Nat King Cole 2:39
  15. 14 That's My Girl Nat King Cole 2:19
  16. 15 Unforgettable Nat King Cole 3:10
  17. 16 Walkin' My Baby Back Home Nat King Cole 2:39
  18. 17 What Does It Take Nat King Cole 2:46
  19. 18 Walkin' Nat King Cole 2:48
  20. 19 I'm Hurtin' Nat King Cole 2:49
  21. 20 Penthouse Serenade Nat King Cole 3:3
  22. 21 Rose Room Nat King Cole 2:45
  23. 22 Laura Nat King Cole 2:41
  24. 23 Somebody Loves Me Nat King Cole 3:2
  25. 1 It's Crazy Nat King Cole 2:22
  26. 2 You Stepped Out of a Dream Nat King Cole 2:36
  27. 3 Funny (Not Much) Nat King Cole 2:59
  28. 4 Where Were You Nat King Cole 2:17
  29. 5 Summer Is a Comin' In Nat King Cole 3:9
  30. 6 Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping (For Your Heart) Nat King Cole 2:27
  31. 7 Angel Eyes Nat King Cole 3:12
  32. 8 Lover, Come Back to Me Nat King Cole 2:28
  33. 9 Can't I? Nat King Cole 3:12
  34. 10 Almost Like Being in Love Nat King Cole 1:53
  35. 11 This Can't Be Love Nat King Cole 2:31
  36. 12 Blue Gardenia Nat King Cole 2:57
  37. 13 The Christmas Song Nat King Cole 3:13
  38. 14 Smile Nat King Cole 2:52
  39. 15 Open Up the Doghouse (Two Cats Are Comin' In) Nat King Cole 2:25
  40. 16 Papa Loves Mambo Nat King Cole 2:39
  41. 17 Teach Me Tonight Nat King Cole 3:10
  42. 18 Little Girl Nat King Cole 1:48
  43. 19 I Surrender Dear Nat King Cole 2:58
  44. 20 I Want to Be Happy Nat King Cole 1:43
  45. 21 I Didn't Know What Time It Was Nat King Cole 3:8
  46. 22 Takin' a Chance on Love Nat King Cole 2:2
  47. 23 I See You Face Before Me Nat King Cole 2:31

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