The Nat King Cole Story

The Nat King Cole Story


recorded in 1961

Capitol 1613

Analogue Productions : 5 LPs 180 gram (45rpm) in box with booklet

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Straighten Up And Fly Right
2 - Sweet Lorraine
3 - It's Only A Paper Moon
4 - (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
5 - (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
6 - The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
7 - Nature Boy
8 - Lush Life
9 - Calypso Blues
10 - Mona Lisa
11 - Orange Colored Sky
12 - Too Young
13 - Unforgettable
14 - Somewhere Along The Way
15 - Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
16 - Pretend
17 - Blue Gardenia
18 - I Am In Love
19 - Answer Me, My Love
20 - Smile
21 - Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
22 - The Sand And The Sea
23 - If I May
24 - A Blossom Fell
25 - To The Ends Of The Earth
26 - Night Lights
27 - Ballerina
28 - Stardust
29 - Send For Me
30 - St. Louis Blues
31 - Looking Back
32 - Non Dimenticar (Don’t Forget)
33 - Paradise
34 - Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep
35 - Ay, Cosita Linda
36 - Wild Is Love (spoken intro and song)
37 - Ramblin’ Rose
38 - Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer

One of Nat "King" Cole's crowning achievements and a fittingly lavish celebration of a cultural and musical icon, The Nat "King" Cole Story offers a glorious overview of the career of one of the greatest and most beloved performers in popular music history. 38 tracks, many re-recorded in stereo for this anthology, offer a selection spanning his popular career.

His beginnings leading the popular jazz-oriented Nat "King" Cole Trio are represented with selections including "Route 66" and "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)." Hits including "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable," "Orange Colored Sky," "Night Lights" and "Looking Back" are here to represent his unparalleled string of memorable hits as a popular vocalist. "Calypso Blues" and "Ay Cosita Linda" help illustrate the range his projects could cover. More contemporary to this anthology, selections including "Wild Is Love" are augmented here with two huge hits as a special bonus, "Ramblin' Rose" and "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" to further expand the scope.

A talent and voice for all times with a body of work that could and did help define their eras, Nat "King" Cole's career offers some of the finest, most enduring and treasured recordings ever made. Nat "King" Cole could never be fully served by any one set. But this wonderful cornucopia stands as a fantastic celebration for the enthusiast and a good starting point for someone just beginning to explore The Nat "King" Cole Story.

There are 38 songs in this collection. Of those, three are the same recordings included on other Analogue Productions Nat "King" Cole reissues. "Stardust" (track 28) is the same version included on Love Is The Thing. "St. Louis Blues" (track 30) is the same version included on the album of that title. And "Paradise" (track 33) is the same version included on The Very Thought Of You. Three more songs - "Sweet Lorraine," "It's Only A Paper Moon" and "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" - are songs that appear on After Midnight, however these versions are stereo re-recordings of the original arrangements from the 1940s. 

Originally presented as a deluxe box set of 3 LPs in a canvas-bound embossed box with essays and pictures included in a album-sized booklet, The Nat "King" Cole Story was a prestigious release Capitol took obvious pride in. Complete with 5 LPs, canvas-bound embossed box and booklet with essays and pictures, Analogue Productions proudly recreates the experience for a new generation to cherish with this deluxe release. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title and a historic reissue.

Using the original first generation 2-track and 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and all-analogue systems including custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman realize the stunning beauty of these recordings in this 45-RPM 180 gram five album set.