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Swing Era - Nat King Cole: Soundies & Telescriptions


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Before achieving international pop stardom in the 50's, Nat King Cole enjoyed considerable success fronting his own trio in Hollywood. This video is a fascinating collection of early film shorts produced for theaters and television. Backed by such sidem

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  • Actors: Nat "King" Cole
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Swing Era
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DMU7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davidson on September 3, 2005
This DVD consists of what amount to early music videos by the Nat King Cole Trio. They fall into two groups: (1) Soundies from the 1940s featuring Oscar Moore on guitar and Johnny Miller on bass; (2) Snader Telescriptions from 1950-51 featuring Irving Ashby on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, and Jack Costanzo on conga drum. And of course, Nat sings and plays the piano on all.

The most annoying thing about these films is that the sound is badly out-of-synch on many of the telescriptions. These same songs can be found on the DVD "The Snader Telescriptions" from Storyville with much better synchronization. (But that disc doesn't have the soundies.)

The performances on this DVD are first rate and highly recommended. For those who only know Nat King Cole from his records, these films give you a chance to see as well as hear this great singer/piano player.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on August 12, 2012
Jim Davidson's fantastic September 3, 2005 review provides a solid background for this video. My copy is not out of sync, so I am awarding this DVD 5 stars. The music is divided into soundies and transcriptions.

Before proceeding allow me to explain soundies and telescriptions. A soundie is a mini music video that was popular during most of the 1940s. They were usually three minutes long and were presented on coin operated movie jukeboxes. A telescription - a television transcription - was also approximately three minute videos made for TV. The producer, Louis D. Snader, did made-for-TV shorts during 1951-52 and you will see the term Snader Telescription often used. Another distinction is soundies were often scripted and staged, while the telescriptions were live performances.

What this DVD contains is a set of 27 performances, divided between the two formats. Here are the performances:
1.Route 66
2.Sweet Lorraine
3.Little Girl
4.Home
5.The Trouble with Me Is You
6.Calypso Blues
7.For Sentimental Reasons
8.Thats My Girl
9.Mona Lisa
10.Because of Rain
11.Too Young
12.This Is My Night to Dream
13.Nature Boy
14.You Call It Madness
15.Got a Penny Benny
16.Come to Baby Do
17.Errand Boy for Rhythm
18.Is You Is or Is You Aint My Baby
19.I'm a Shy Guy
20.Who's Been Eating My Porridge
21.Frim Fram Sauce
22.Oh Kickeroony
23.Now He Tells Me
24.Breezy and the Bass
25.Solid Potato Salad
26.It's Better to Be by Yourself
27.Always You

As you can see, the music covers a lot of Nat's most popular work from the period, and, in fact, some of his most enduring classics.
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By Steve Mitchell on March 31, 2014
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The title content was real nice, but the transfer from film was lousy. Any production house, worth their name, would have used a digital transfer system to get the best video and audio possible, not an old analogue television film chain for the final product. It was good seeing the old 'soundies' though.
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I have a lot of the Trio on CD, and it was interesting to see the Nat King Cole Trio in the Soundies.
The Soundies were Videos made in the 40's, and are definitely a must for Nat Cole fans.
You Won't like the White Face they made him wear with make-up.
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I also noticed the syncing problem, but it's still great to see Nat, not mention the often under-appreciated guitarists Oscar Moore and Irving Ashby!
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