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This generous anthology, with 28 tracks and close to 80 minutes of music, is one of the best single-disc sets on the market of Nat King Cole's pop side. Spanning over 20 years, from 1943 to 1964, The Very Best of Nat King Cole includes most of his biggest hits for Capitol Records, like 1946's "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66," 1950s "Mona Lisa," 1951's "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and "Unforgettable," and 1956's "When I Fall in Love" (with its wonderful orchestration arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins), although there are some intriguing omissions (1962's "Ramblin' Rose," for instance, isn't included here), but it's hard to quibble; after all, Cole charted over 100 pop singles during his career and nothing short of a massive box set could feature them all. What's most striking is how uniform everything is, as if it was all drawn from one long recording session, and Cole's rich, warm voice and perfect enunciation never falters. He was criticized for leaving his jazz roots for pop stardom, but it is worth noting how jazz-based and stripped-down most of these sides actually are, and even when orchestration is present, it is never intrusive or overwhelming, and the focus is always on Cole's steady, calm and measured vocals. It all adds up to a near-perfect introduction to Cole's Capitol years.

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Nate King Cole: Sweet Lorraine

Ageless, both the artist and the music, in this instance Sweet Lorraine. As a living witness to performances by the Nate King Cole Trio, I greatly appreciate the music of those days but now my granddaughters and three year old great daughter all enjoy and appreciate the sound

Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nate King Cole, and the many others of the 40’s,. 50’s, and 60’s set the standard for what are the classics to be appreciated a thousand years from as are Mozart, Back, et al. are appreciated today as the classics.

The Very Best of Nat King Cole

Thankfully my parents exposed and introduced me to so many fine musicians and wonderful music throughout my childhood. Sure, I listened and admired the popular music of my age group; but, I also heard and learned to respect the music of their teenage and young adult years. This exposure to the many greats of yesteryear was a true learning experience for me. Nat King Cole, Bert Kaemphart, Dean Martin, Glenn Miller,and so many others just helped to round out my appreciation of music from all ages. This is a fantastic remastered edition of one of those masters and is a wonderful addition to anyone's music library. I highly recommend that one should add it to their collection, too.


Born: March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, AL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

For a mild-mannered man whose music was always easy on the ear, Nat King Cole managed to be a figure of considerable controversy during his 30 years as a professional musician. From the late '40s to the mid-'60s, he was a massively successful pop singer who ranked with such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. He shared with those peers a career that encompassed hit records, international touring, radio and television shows, and appearances in films. But unlike them, he had...
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop
  • Released: May 01, 2006

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