The Very Best of Nat King Cole [Capitol]

The Very Best of Nat King Cole [Capitol]

The Very Best of Nat King Cole [Capitol]

The Very Best of Nat King Cole [Capitol]


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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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Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2006
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094635932423
catalogNumber: 59324
Rank: 1362


  1. Stardust
  2. Sweet Lorraine
  3. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
  4. Straighten Up and Fly Right
  5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
  6. What'll I Do?
  7. Morning Star
  8. Penthouse Serenade
  9. Candy
  10. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  11. Unforgettable
  12. Mona Lisa
  13. Nature Boy
  14. Somewhere Along the Way
  15. Smile
  16. A Blossom Fell
  17. Can't I?
  18. Let There Be Love
  19. Almost Like Being in Love
  20. Ballerina
  21. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter)
  22. Let's Face the Music and Dance
  23. Autumn Leaves
  24. When I Fall in Love
  25. That Sunday, That Summer
  26. Looking Back
  27. L-O-V-E
  28. I Wish You Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nat King Cole   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Billy May   Conductor
Oscar Moore   Guitar
Frank deVol   Conductor
Ralph Carmichael   Conductor
Harry Bluestone   Violin
David Cavanaugh   Conductor
John Collins   Guitar
Jack Costanzo   Bongos
Johnny Miller   Bass
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Lee Young   Drums
George Shearing Quintet   Track Performer
Charlie Harris   Bass
Antonio Morelli   Conductor

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Orchestral Arrangements
Billy May   Orchestral Arrangements
Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Frank deVol   Orchestral Arrangements
Ralph Carmichael   Orchestral Arrangements
Charles Trénet   Composer
William Best   Composer
H.M. Barnes' Blue Ridge Ramblers   Composer
David Cavanaugh   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Mitchell Parish   Composer
B. Russell   Composer
Joe Sherman   Composer
Deek Watson   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Albert Beach   Composer
L.C. Lovett   Composer
B.C. Hendricks   Composer
Uncle J. T. Young   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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