Nat King Cole : St. Louis Blues

Nat King Cole : St. Louis Blues


Nat King Cole (piano, vocals), Nelson Riddle and his orchestra

Capitol 993

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Overture (Introducing Love Theme and Hesitating Blues)
A2 - Harlem Blues
A3 - Chantez Les Bas
B1 - Friendless Blues
B2 - Stay
B3 - Joe Turner's Blues
C1 - Beale Street Blues
C2 - Careless Love
C3 - Morning Star
D1 - Memphis Blues
D2 - Yellow Dog Blues
D3 - St. Louis Blues

Recorded January 29–31, 1958 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles

An influential figure in the early 20th century development of blues and popular music as a music scholar and as the composer of numerous popular songs, W.C. Handy has often been called "the Father of the Blues." When two of the finest and most popular of mid-20th century musical figures, jazz and popular music icon Nat "King" Cole and style setting arranger extraordinare Nelson Riddle undertook an album dedicated to the music of W.C. Handy, the results were at once a worthy tribute and transformative. Particularly smooth vocals by Nat "King" Cole were aptly backed by resourceful orchestrations from Nelson Riddle. From the landmark laments of "St. Louis Blues" and the loving appreciation of "Morning Star" on through to the colloquial rag of "Joe Turner's Blues," the varied facets of W.C. Handy's songs were given a lastingly freshened interpretation. Along with the contemporary Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (also available here at Acoustic Sounds), this album is considered by many to be the best anthology of the music of W.C. Handy.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.


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