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The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics, (1947-1950)


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  • Audio CD (November 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005H12
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meet Me At No Special Place (And I'll Be There At No Particular Time)
2. Naughty Angeline
3. I Miss You So
4. That's What
5. When I Take My Sugar To Tea
6. What'll I Do
7. This Is My Night To Dream
8. Makin' Whoopee
9. There I've Said It Again
10. I'll String Along With You
11. To Marvelous For Words
12. Love Nest
13. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
14. Little Girl
15. No Moon At All
16. If I Had You
17. For All We Know
18. 'Tis Autumn
19. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
20. I Used To Love You (But It's All Over Now)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John O'Neill VINE VOICE on September 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This 2nd volume of vocal numbers with the Trio covers the years of 1947 - 1950. Recorded before Nat was to become more of a "pop" vocalist and receive backing from arrangers like Gordon Jenkins and Nelson Riddle, the work done with the trio reveals a jazzier side of this great vocalist - not only can he sing but he was incredible jazz pianist with a style that was light and fun. The arrangements for piano, guitar, and bass are always tight and pulled off with perfection. Add to these numbers Nat's "smooth as silk" delivery and you've got a winning collection of standards including "What'll I Do", "Makin' Whoopee", "Too Marvelous for Words", and "Dream a Little Dream of Me".

The sound is slightly better than volume 1. There is a little hiss throughout BUT when you consider the age of these recordings and the generally quiet and open nature of a small jazz combo (i.e. nothing loud to cover up the hiss) it's perfectly understandable and in no way should detract from the enjoyment of the these performances.

Also pick up the 1942 - 1946 collection to round out the collection. There's a third volume which contains only istrumental numbers but part of the magic of these recordings is Nat's voice.
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The Nat King Cole Trio made hit after hit during the later part of the 1940's even as the group was gradually leaning toward going their own ways. Nat's piano playing combined with bass and guitar always pleased their adoring audiences.

The CD track set starts off with a masterpiece: "Meet Me At No Special Place (And I'll Be There At No Particular Time)." The upbeat melody and the overall flavor of this song belie the sarcasm in the lyrics as Nat sings of a love affair that's over. The trio plays to perfection and Nat croons this marvelously. "Naughty Angeline" follows with another upbeat melody as Nat sings of Angeline who is far too casual about her boyfriend's feelings. Nevertheless, Nat's character wants to tame her and make her his own. Listen for an awesome piano solo! SMILE

"What'll I Do" by Irving Berlin gets the royal treatment from these fine musicians; Nat and the trio massage this with an unusually slow tempo to enhance the romantic flavor of "What'll I Do." Wonderful! "Makin' Whoopee" allows the trio to fool around a bit while they weave their magic. "Makin' Whoopee" sports a great playful flavor to it as it makes its commentary about men and their experiences during marriage. I predict that you will like "Makin' Whoopee" very, very much.

"There I've Said It Again" gets a slower than usual tempo to highlight the romantic effect of this classic pop tune; and "Little Girl" gives us a peppy, relentlessly happy number that the trio performs without a superfluous note.

The CD ends with a King Cole Trio novelty piece entitled "Ooh Kickeroonie." Nat and his buddies play this playful tune and infuse it with a certain style that make a novelty piece sound like a classic pop vocal! That's talent!
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I grew up listening to Nat King Cole. I still remember watching his half hour show on my black and white TV in the fifties. He has long been one of my favorite artist. I remember him singing the song Smile and China Gate in two different movies many years ago.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By v on February 2, 2009
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If you like Nat King Cole's smooth voice and relaxing tunes this needs no review!!!!!!!! Just listen !
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