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The Very Best Of Nat King Cole

Nat King ColeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Stardust (2005 - Remastered)Nat King Cole 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sweet Lorraine (2003 Digital Remaster)The King Cole Trio 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (2003 Digital Remaster)The King Cole Trio 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Straighten Up And Fly Right (2003 Digital Remaster)The King Cole Trio 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (2003 Digital Remaster)The King Cole Trio 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. What'll I Do? (2003 Digital Remaster)The King Cole Trio 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Morning StarNat King Cole 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Penthouse Serenade (Instrumental) (2006 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Candy (2006 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Walkin' My Baby Back Home (2003 - Remastered)Nat King Cole 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Unforgettable (2003 - Remastered)Nat King Cole 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mona Lisa (2003 - Remaster)Nat King Cole 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Nature Boy (2003 Digital Remaster)The King Cole Trio 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Somewhere Along The Way (2003 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Smile (2003 - Remastered)Nat King Cole 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. A Blossom Fell (2003 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Can't I? (2003 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Let There Be Love (2003 - Remastered)Nat King Cole 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Almost Like Being In Love (2005 - Remastered)Nat King Cole 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Ballerina (2003 - Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter) (2006 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Let's Face The Music And Dance (2005 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Autumn Leaves (French Version) (2005 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. When I Fall In Love (2004 - Remastered)Nat King Cole 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. That Sunday, That Summer (2005 - Remastered)Nat King Cole 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Looking Back (2005 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. L-O-V-E (Multilingual Version) (2006 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. I Wish You Love (2006 Digital Remaster)Nat King Cole 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000F2CAMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Nat King Cole's death in 1965, this compilation is the CD companion of an excellent DVD/documentary. Produced with the blessing of his estate, this disc is a thorough survey of his timeless genius--all recorded on the Capitol label. It captures his sumptuous and soothing tenor voice crooning on the pop tunes he made famous, like the ethereal "Nature Boy," the melancholy "Mona Lisa," and the bouncy "Straighten Up and Fly Right," and "Route 66." It also features Cole's often-overlooked skills as an Earl Hines-style pianist. "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)," and "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup," attest to his international appeal, and see if you can keep a dry eye when you listen to Natalie Cole's posthumous, digitally-enhanced duet with her father on "Unforgettable." From strings to big bands, Nat King Cole is never out of style. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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The Very Best Of Nat King Cole features 28 hits and classics on one CD, including 1 previously unreleased track, Morning Star. Highlights include Unforgettable, Mona Lisa, (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66, and more. The World Of Nat King Cole documentary airing on PBS' American Masters on May 17th to over 5 million viewers.

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114 of 121 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great mastering, but a very poor track listing January 3, 2007
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Yeah, it's hard to go wrong with the music of Nat King Cole, but somehow this disc manages to do so.

Casual fans should be aware that this disc is anything but "the very best" of Nat King Cole, despite the title. Some of Nat's biggest hits are missing in action. Note the absence of "Ramblin' Rose" and "Send For Me" and "Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer" and "Pretend" and "Too Young" and ... well, you get the idea.

By excluding so many of Nat's biggest hits, the producers were able to include some rarely heard tracks like "Candy" and the live "I Wish You Love," but what's the point? Those who prefer Nat's 1961 stereo remakes of classics like "Unforgettable" and "Smile" and "When I Fall In Love" will also be disappointed, as the versions heard here are the mono originals that most Cole fans agree are inferior to the remakes recorded when Nat's voice was at its distinctive best.

All in all, the track listing resembles some committee's idea of a mix tape -- an indiscriminate, incoherent hodge-podge of big hits and obscurities that have nothing at all in common. Following the wistful "Looking Back" by cutting immediately to the bouncy, foreign-language version of "L-O-V-E" does both songs a major disservice.

One other complaint: The uncredited liner notes are among the most embarrassing ever penned for an album by any major artist: "In his lifetime, the king was renowned for an immortal ability to make stars of his hope and torment." Ehhhhh... Looks like someone took a creative writing class at the local community college.

All that said, Capitol deserves a lot of credit for including the previously unreleased version of "Morning Star" (it's a stunner) and for some very tasteful art direction.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of an Angel May 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Nat King Cole is often called the black Sinatra, a banner that could easily be reversed. Fact of the matter is that both Nat King Cole and Sinatra were artists in their own right, with very distinct styles, titans each. Cole had a beautiful phrasing; you never missed a word, a voice as clear as crystal, yet powerful as bell. He was quite the charmer as well. Although the lyrics are often very innocent, his deliverance tells you he has something far more risque on his mind. The man flirts through his singing with a very subtle sexual undertone. Aside the fact he had the voice of an angel that was probably the key to his success. Male or female, you immediately get the idea you share a secret with Cole underneath that sugarcane topping.

Cole had a long and prolific career and any single disc compilation is going to fall short. My biggest beef with this compilation that it hardly does justice to his years at Capitol with the Nat King Cole Trio. The trio featured some of his most lasting song, only a few found their way to this disc. His more lush productions are favored here. Still for the casual fan this is an excellent starting point.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fine single CD retrospective--as far as it goes, that is February 23, 2008
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The Very Best Of Nat King Cole is a single CD compilation of what are truly just some of the best from Nat King Cole. No single CD could EVER contain all of Nat's best work; he did so much beyond perfection that the title of this CD is a stretch of the imagination. However, what we do get here is very high quality controlled words and music; and that does impress me nonetheless.

"Stardust" starts the track set off with a beautiful love song sung by Nat in his best form. The lush musical arrangement also enhances the beauty of the number; but it's truly Nat's vocals that make this rendition of "Stardust" an instant Nat King Cole classic. "Sweet Lorraine" is a favorite of mine; Nat does this up right with his excellent diction and he imparts to his listeners every subtle nuance of every word he sings. "(Get Your Kicks) On Route 66" sparkles like gold when Nat sings it; this works so well in Nat's capable hands. "Route 66" is a very playful song; I really like this number with its excellent piano accompaniment.

"What'll I Do?" always tugs at my heartstrings; and when Nat sings this I really am impressed. Wow, how Nat does this with great sensitivity. The relatively simplistic musical arrangement keeps the focus on Nat's singing--which is where we want it!

"Unforgettable" is, of course, completely sublime! "Mona Lisa" also gets the royal treatment by Nat. Nat sings "Mona Lisa" with all his heart and the strings do a fine job on "Mona Lisa," too. "Smile" also tugs at my heartstrings; "Smile" is a stunning ballad and Nat sings this perfectly. I could listen to Nat singing "Smile" over and over again--and I have!

"I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter" is another one of my very favorite tunes; the upbeat flavor belies the sadness of the lyrics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great singing of great songs May 17, 2006
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I know i gave it five stars, but how many times can you re-package his greatest hits (while adding one or two rarities). This must be at least the twentieth re-packaging of these same songs, and I keep buying them because i have an obsessive compulsive disorder. It seems like every year (or even less) there is another cd out containing the greatest hits of Nat Cole, But i feel if this is the way people can be introduced to him then all for the better. But for some of us who have been fans of his since whenever, it would be nice and thoughtful of his record company to throw us a bone every now and then. Cole is one of the few great singers who could toss off the burden of Sinatra's influence and have his own style. Frank destroyed generations of pop singers, who could not help but either sound like him or come pretty close to same in interpretation of the standards. Both he and Nat stand like monuments (pace Bing and Al) in the delivery of the great American popular song. The female singers like Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and Mabel Mercer are a whole other story. I like Nat not just because of his beautiful voice (which i think veers more toward baritone than tenor) but also his sincerity, his diction, and his great musicality. The same goes for Frank. I am humbled by their greatness.
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