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Re:Generations

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2009 release featuring re-imagined and remixed versions of some of Nat's biggest tunes by today's biggest stars. What has brought The Roots, TV On The Radio, Cee-Lo, Nas, Cut Chemist, will.i.am, Natalie Cole, Bebel Gilberto and other music visionaries together? Discover the magic of Nat King Cole dressed in new clothes! 13 tracks.

1. Lush Life (Cee-Lo)
2. Straighten Up and Fly Right (will.i.am & Natalie Cole)
3. Day In Day Out (Cut Chemist)
4. Brazilian Love Song (Michaelangelo L'Acqua & Bebel Gilberto)
5. The Game of Love (Nas & Salaam Remi)
6. Walkin' My Baby Back Home (The Roots)
7. Hit That Jive, Jack (Souldiggaz & Izza Kizza)
8. Calypso Blues (Stephen & Damian Marley)
9. More and More of Your Amour (Bitter:Sweet)
10. El Choclo (Brazilian Girls)
11. Pick-up (Just Blaze)
12. Anytime Anyday Anywhere (Amp Fiddler)
13. Nature Boy (TV On The Radio)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B001N26HGU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Beneventi on March 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a pretty cool idea: Hip Hoop, Latin, reggae and pop artists covering some of the genius' most notable tunes. That said, it feels like the "generation" gap is simply too wide. Newer beats and stylings don't always fit with Mr. Cole's era of songwriting. It is intriguing and filled with talent like will.i.am, The Roots, Nas, Cut Chemist and more, but few tunes rate a second listen. The exceptions definitely worth a download and a dance are "Lush Life" (Cee-Lo), "Calypso Blues" (Damien and Stephen Marley) and "Pick Up" (Just Blaze). Sample at iTunes before you buy. (Mark Beneventi)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Signor Emanuel Ravelli on June 28, 2009
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Relax, all you haters! As a huge Nat King Cole fan, I'm puzzled by all the concern voiced here about desecrating the music. It's really not that big a deal, it's actually interesting, and gives a few otherwise unmemorable tunes a bit more life. Finally, if this re-imagining actually gets only one teenager out there to buy a real Nat King Cole CD, it's well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charktorious on June 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
First off, I have a pretty wide variety of musical tastes - and I'm not a purist. So I gave this album a chance, and an open mind.

Didn't like it.

Two main reasons:

1- Sloppy technical execution. What I mean by that is that the blend of old and new did not always fit, from a technical standpoint (ie. Nat sometimes is off-key or not quite with the beat). The whole idea of doing this was to blend the old and new in such a way that you wouldn't perceive the difference. An example of when it worked was "Straighten Up and Fly Right", where it seemed to gel. Other songs, on the other hand, didn't fare as well.

2- Nat was not always in the forefront. A perfect example of this was "Lush Life", which actually had a nice beat to it. So much so that Nat's entire performance was shoved into the background. You could have extracted his vocals and it wouldn't have even been missed, and that's just disturbing. "Nature Boy" is another example of this. I kept thinking of the Billie Holiday remixes, where the new music seemed to fit itself around her voice. But on this album, I felt that the exact opposite was going on - the producers were trying to fit Nat's voice into the music.

I also didn't think that the different mix of genres worked all that well as a cohesive whole -the artists went into too many different directions. Not enough of detriment to give it its own bullet, but again it broke the whole "Nat was in the studio" imaginary scenario, imo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trudie Barreras VINE VOICE on February 1, 2014
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I had just finished reading Caroline Clarke's extraordinarily meaningful book, "Postcards from Cookie". The "Cookie" referenced was Carole (Cookie) Cole, Nat King Cole's oldest daughter. A significant part of the narrative in later chapters dealt with her endeavor to produce this album just prior to her own death. The album itself is enjoyable listening, blending the "old" and the "new" effectively, and seeming to be a kind of "jam session" even though it is obviously a composite of earlier recordings with subsequent work.
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...other than that I can't seem to stop playing this CD. I love it!

At 51 I'm lovin' modern digital recordings played through my car's sound system (subwoofers and all) including this CD of studio sampling and remix artists. This is a great CD to play while cruising in your car. The sound is incredible.

Every song has its own style so there's plenty of variety so it doesn't sound repetitive like a lot of modern electronica and dance music. There's some sampled sounds and looped rhythms that are amazingly artful and add a modern feel and full bodied sound to Nat King Cole's innocent, upbeat and positive style.

However, some of the remix riffs seem to clash with a melodic dissonance that conflicts with Nat's poignant style of delivery as well as playing on top of Nat's voice at times which is a big no-no to Nat King Cole fans and any other legendary vocalists for that matter. But it's not enough to ruin the majority of the CD.

For those put off by this remix of this legendary vocalist I'ld like to remind the purists that Nat has been part of the American cultural lexicon for decades just like Bing Crosby, Elvis and Campbell soup. And like Andy Warhol's use of the familiar Campbell soup can as borrowed "clip art" to force an alternative POV out of its cultural context, the same has been intelligently applied in the mixing of these selections.

Not saying the mixers did it perfectly but considering the huge cultural divide, IMO I feel most of the songs pulled it off and created something new and with a lot of ambience. One piece titled "Pick Up" has a girl smarting off in Rosie Perez street style lingo to Nat's sampled vocals. I couldn't stop laughing.

This would make an excellent party CD for all generations IMO.
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This is one of those projects that sharply divides. On the one hand, you have the purists who will be aghast. On the other hand, you have people open to experimentation and new ideas, (as well as a new generation discovering the old). I fall into the latter, that is those open to experimentation and new ideas. I'm a fan of Nat King Cole's, but still, a few of the tracks here are new to me.

"Re: Generations" is a remix/re-interpretation of 13 Cole tracks by DJs, Producers and singers. The idea birthed by his daughter Carole Cole, was to bridge the gap between the new and the old generation, and it works pretty well if you're willing to let it.

The songs are given diverse treatments; a Hip Hop/Jazz feel (the absolutely stunning and danceable "Lush Life" by Cee-Lo using select verses from the original, a groovy bassline, darting horns and skittery beats, "Walkin' my baby back home" with a rapped coda by The Roots, "The game of love" with Nas which also has a Brazilian feel), Reggae ("Calypso blues" with Damien Marley), Latin (the lilting "Brazilian love song" with Bebel Gilberto, "More and more of your amor" produced by Bittersweet, "El Choolo" with fab horns and a Matador feel), Rock (the very arty "Nature boy" is given an erie atmospheric feel by Alternative Rock band TV on the Radio adding distortion and electronic flourishes to great effect), while the rest largely stay true to the original arrangements with subtle embellishments.

"Straighten up and fly right" is produced by will.i.am and is a duet with daughter Natalie (scatting nicely) set to nice clipped beats over a Jazzy backdrop. "Hit that Jive Jack" is filled with hand claps with rapping by Izza Kizza over a spare musical arrangement.
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