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The World of Nat King Cole

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Nat King Cole 12/5/2005

Review

Easily the longest of any Capitol single-disc compilation, 2005's The World of Nat King Cole also benefits from a fresh remastering of its material to make it the best introduction to the interpretive brilliance of Nat King Cole. Nearly all the hits that need to be here are indeed present: "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "Route 66," "Nature Boy," "Too Young," and "Mona Lisa." The compilers also wisely chose a few representative songs to replace some of the middling hits; the only surprise is the absence of "The Christmas Song" and "Lush Life," although the chart hits -- "Answer Me, My Love," "Pretend," "Looking Back," and the much-maligned "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" -- are missing for good reasons. In their places are excellent selections like "Let There Be Love" from a 1961 George Shearing collaboration, "Thou Swell" from Cole's 1960 LP at the Sands hotel in Las Vegas, his sublime 1956 version of "Stardust," and the ghost duet on "Unforgettable" between Nat and daughter Natalie Cole that earned seven Grammy awards in 1992. The liner notes include many great photographs as well as an essay written by Natalie. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Smile Nat King Cole 2:51
  3. 2 It's Only a Paper Moon Nat King Cole 2:53
  4. 3 Straighten Up and Fly Right Nat King Cole 2:24
  5. 4 (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 Nat King Cole 3:0
  6. 5 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons Nat King Cole 2:51
  7. 6 Nature Boy Nat King Cole 2:37
  8. 7 Too Young Nat King Cole 3:10
  9. 8 Unforgettable Nat King Cole 3:9
  10. 9 Walkin' My Baby Back Home Nat King Cole 2:38
  11. 10 Orange Colored Sky Nat King Cole 2:31
  12. 11 Send for Me Nat King Cole 2:28
  13. 12 A Blossom Fell Nat King Cole 2:30
  14. 13 Mona Lisa Nat King Cole 3:13
  15. 14 Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) Nat King Cole 2:42
  16. 15 On the Street Where You Live Nat King Cole 3:8
  17. 16 Almost Like Being in Love Nat King Cole 1:50
  18. 17 Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup Nat King Cole 2:48
  19. 18 Ramblin' Rose Nat King Cole 2:46
  20. 19 Let There Be Love Nat King Cole 2:42
  21. 20 You Stepped Out of a Dream Nat King Cole 2:34
  22. 21 When I Fall in Love Nat King Cole 3:8
  23. 22 L-O-V-E Nat King Cole 2:31
  24. 23 Let's Face the Music and Dance Nat King Cole 2:23
  25. 24 Just One of Those Things Nat King Cole 2:12
  26. 25 Day In - Day Out Nat King Cole 2:22
  27. 26 Thou Swell Nat King Cole 1:58
  28. 27 Unforgettable Nat King Cole 3:28
  29. 28 Stardust Nat King Cole 3:13

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