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The Ultimate Collection [EMI]

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Nat King Cole 22/3/2004

Review

As is the case with the similarly titled four-CD set released by Red Box in 2007, Capitol/EMI's The Ultimate Collection does not present a comprehensive overview of Nat King Cole's evolution from brilliant jazz pianist to archetypal crooner. Released in 1999, it focuses exclusively upon his extraordinary success as a pop vocalist by lining up 22 of his all-time greatest hits. Cushioned by carefully arranged instrumentation, Cole articulates each song gently in a warm and magnetically persuasive voice. This easily digestible sampler will work best for those who desire nothing more than an accessible "best-of" collection. If you want to explore Cole's background as an extraordinarily adept jazz pianist, look into his excellent recordings from the '40s or even follow the trail back to 1936 for his earliest appearances on record. For the best imaginable blend of Nat King Cole's mature voice and swinging piano in a jazz setting, go directly to the magnificent After Midnight: The Complete Sessions. ~ arwulf arwulf
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Let There Be Love Nat King Cole 2:47
  3. 2 When I Fall in Love Nat King Cole 3:11
  4. 3 Mona Lisa Nat King Cole 3:28
  5. 4 Unforgettable Nat King Cole 3:28
  6. 5 Too Young Nat King Cole 3:26
  7. 6 Smile Nat King Cole 2:55
  8. 7 On the Street Where You Live Nat King Cole 3:10
  9. 8 Pretend Nat King Cole 2:44
  10. 9 Nature Boy Nat King Cole 2:55
  11. 10 Love Letters Nat King Cole 2:45
  12. 11 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Nat King Cole 4:45
  13. 12 Answer Me Nat King Cole 2:56
  14. 13 The Party's Over Nat King Cole 2:45
  15. 14 You'll Never Know Nat King Cole 2:43
  16. 15 Stardust Nat King Cole 3:15
  17. 16 It's All in the Game Nat King Cole 3:7
  18. 17 Autumn Leaves Nat King Cole 2:41
  19. 18 The More I See You Nat King Cole 3:28
  20. 19 You Made Me Love You Nat King Cole 2:56
  21. 20 Because You're Mine Nat King Cole 3:11
  22. 21 Let' Face the Music and Dance Nat King Cole 2:29
  23. 22 The Christmas Song Nat King Cole 3:13

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