The Extraordinary Nat King Cole
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- 3(I Would Do) Anything For You01:45
- 4The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)02:46
- 6Walkin' My Baby Back Home02:40
- 7I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)02:36
- 8Midnight Flyer02:12
- 9Send For Me02:37
- 10Open Up The Doghouse (Two Cats Are Coming In)02:26
- 11(Get Your Kicks On) Route 6602:55
- 13Papa Loves Mambo02:40
- 14You've Got The Indian Sign On Me01:48
- 15Mona Lisa03:26
- 16Let's Face The Music And Dance02:25
- 17Almost Like Being In Love01:53
- 18Don't Get Around Much Anymore03:11
- 19Orange Colored Sky02:33
- 20Long, Long Ago02:18
- 21Breezin' Along With The Breeze02:29
- 22You're Wrong All Wrong02:57
- 23You Weren't There03:05
- 24How (How Do I Go About It?)02:45
- 25Sweet William (And Lily At The Valley)03:22
- 26Sleeping Beauty03:02
- 27When I'm Alone02:49
- 28The Magic Window03:23
- 29Little Fingers02:50
- 30Ain't She Sweet02:46
- 31What to Do02:33
- 32Straighten Up And Fly Right02:56
- 33(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons03:26
- 35Mona Lisa03:42
- 36The Christmas Song03:15
Info for The Extraordinary
The sparkling new Nat King Cole collection celebrates the classic crooner with a heaping helping of his most swinging performances, rare unreleased tracks, and a pair of duets with Dean Martin.
The second half of the 1940s Nat King Cole was the only challenger to Frank Sinatra’s role as America’s premier singer – pretty soon afterwards he even overtook Sinatra in popularity. It’s not difficult to hear why with his jazz leanings, his blues undertones and a voice as smooth as silk he appealed to just about everyone. The man who once said, “Critics don’t buy records. They get ‘em free,” was a twentieth century great who died far too young. He left us with one of the most wonderful recorded legacies ranging from pure jazz to sublimely romantic ballads. We are proud to be working his extraordinary catalogue into 2014 and beyond.
„Nat King Cole was a pretty fair jazz piano player, but it was his rich, warm, and smoothly elegant vocal style (which pretty much allowed him to sing even a soup recipe and make it work) that made him into an icon. This set has 'Mona Lisa,' 'Sweet Lorraine,' 'Unforgettable,' and dozens of other Cole classics, and while it doesn't have all of his hits or essential tracks by any means, there's still plenty here.“ (Steve Leggett)
Nat King Cole
Born March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, Nat King Cole reigns among a very short list of music royalty as one of the most identifiable and most memorable voices in American music. In 1942, Cole was one of the first artists to sign with Capitol Records, and he recorded nearly 700 songs for the label, becoming the first Number One artist on Billboard's first album chart. During his 30-year recording career, Cole recorded more than 150 charting singles on Billboard's Pop, R&B and Country charts, a staggering record that remains unbroken by any other artist ever signed to Capitol Records, which led to the label being affectionately tagged, "The House That Nat Built."
In 1956, Cole also became the first person of color to host his own national network television show, NBC's "Nat King Cole Show." 1965 saw the release of Cole's classic album, Unforgettable, and his untimely passing that year at the age of 47. At the time of his death, it was reported that Capitol Records had sold more than nine million Nat King Cole records. From "Mona Lisa" to "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole's songs are incomparable; it is difficult to contemplate a holiday season without the warmth of Cole's evergreen rendition of "The Christmas Song." Cole's catalog continues to sell in excess of one million albums per year around the world.
In January 2005, Nat King Cole made his first return in 40 years to Billboard's Top 50 with the #41 debut of The World Of Nat King Cole (Capitol/EMI). Cole's last album to reach the Top 50, Unforgettable, peaked at #30 in 1965. In 1991, Natalie Cole's Unforgettable: With Love, featuring her warm virtual duet of "Unforgettable" with her father, topped charts around the world and won the coveted Album Of The Year Grammy Award, introducing Nat King Cole to a new generation of music fans.
For the March 2009 release of Nat King Cole's RE:GENERATIONS (Capitol/EMI), many of the world's most pioneering hip-hop, Latin, reggae and rock musicians, producers and DJs joined together to bring each of their distinct styles to 13 of Cole's outstanding recordings. Evocative of a sleek and stylish metrolounge where music and the visual arts converge, RE:GENERATIONS honors Nat King Cole's continued cultural influence around the planet, 90 years after his birth.
Interest in Nat King Cole's story continues to grow as younger generations discover his music as well as his role as the quiet catalyst in a host of musical and social movements. The arc of Cole's life is a study in success despite adversity, and the triumph of civility, respect and raw talent in equal measure with political, cultural and business savvy.
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