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Share the magic of Nat King Cole with friends and family with The World of Nat King Cole CD. This definitive collection of the great Nat King Cole marks the 40th anniversary of Cole's death in February of 1965. It includes 28 of the greatest tracks of his career and showcases this legend's memorable voice and style. Includes: 1. Smile 2. It's Only A Paper Moon 3. Straighten Up And Fly Right 4. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 6. Nature Boy 7. Too Young 8. Unforgettable 9. Walkin' My Baby Back Home 10. Orange Colored Sky 11. Send For Me 12. A Blossom Fell 13. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) 14. On The Street Where You Live 15. Almost Like Being In Love 16. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup 17. Mona Lisa 18. Ramblin' Rose 19. Let There Be Love 20. L-O-V-E 21. You Stepped Out Of A Dream 22. Just One Of Those Things 23. Let's Face The Music And Dance 24. Day In - Day Out 25. Thou Swell (Live at The Sands) 26. When I Fall In Love 27. Unforgettable (virtual duet with Natalie Cole) 28. Stardust.

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00065YMRG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill VINE VOICE on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With its broad scope and high quality repertoire, this new CD instantly becomes THE single-disc NKC collection to own. Besides all the obvious tunes, it's got songs from throughout his career, with excellent remastered recordings of top-notch performances. So often I scratch my head when I see so many and frequent 5-star customer ratings for products (5 stars for EVERYTHING), but this CD truly deserves the rating.

Let me count the ways The World of Nat King Cole is so swell. First and foremost, it presents the amazing talents of its subject in all their manifestations. His velvety singing is so well known, but this CD also gives us a chance to enjoy Nat's jazz piano playing too. The guy is so cooool - just for one small instance, listen to the way he sings "Cal-eye-fornia" on the second chorus of "Route 66." Then there's the fact that this disc, with its 28 songs (!) gives a pretty comprehensive look at the various stages Cole's career went through, from jazz leader to pop star. Next check out the sound quality. Considering most of these recording were made about a half-century ago, and it becomes staggering to hear how clear and intimate these songs sound today! Finally, I appreciate the design of the CD packaging and the very nifty CD booklet.
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Over the years I have owned any number of Nat King Cole collections. Although I never failed to enjoy the music I found each of those vinyl LP's or compact discs to be flawed in some way. Collectors like myself have long been clamoring for something better. Finally in 2005 Capitol Records has seen fit to correct this egregious oversight. Nearly three years in the making, "The World of Nat King Cole" provides the listener with nearly 80 minutes of the very best that this beloved and legendary performer has to offer. Please understand that this disc is not really intended to be a "greatest hits" package. That would be virtually impossible for Nat King Cole because just about every song he ever recorded had the potential to become a "greatest hit". Rather, "The World of Nat King Cole" provides the listener an outstanding overview of a recording career at Capitol that spanned nearly a quarter century. You'll hear several of his biggest numbers with the King Cole Trio. Songs such as "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "Nature Boy" and "Route 66" were huge hits in the early 1940's and remain popular to this day. If you are hoping to find some of Nat's biggest solo hits you certainly will not be disappointed. Enjoy once again all-time favorites like "Ramblin' Rose", "Too Young", "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and so many others. But what distinguishes "The World of Nat King Cole" from so many other of the previous compilations is the inclusion of some of the best material from his LP's. I especially enjoyed a tune called "Let There Be Love", a terrific jazz number that was featured on the 1962 album "Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays". There is also a song from his "Live At The Sands" LP and three upbeat numbers backed by the swingin' Billy May Orchestra.Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brad Hoffman on March 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you're an avid Cole Collector, there's really nothing new here. However, if you're new to Nat King Cole's music, this is an excellant starting point. Not only are the Original versions of his influencial singles here (except Smile which is from his 1961 album "The Nat King Cole Story", and "Send For Me", which is a re-engineered version of the 1957 hit from the 1965 album "Looking Back")but there are also some gems from his LP releases as well, like On the Street Where You Live, from his "My Fair Lady" album, and "Let's Face the Music", from the '64 album of the same name. This album is pretty much a retread of the "Greatest Hits" package from 1994, and the "Capitol Collectors Series" from 1990, but with a few extra goodies. You've got a beautifully created booklet, with lots of rare photos of Nat with President Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, and even relaxing at home with his kids. Good Stuff. Now, Capitol, where is the long awaited television documentary "The World Of Nat King Cole", that was supposed to accompany this CD? It has already aired in Great Britain, and is on DVD there. Why not here?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Patch on July 25, 2005
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If you are like me and have bought every Nat Cole anthology because you know he is one of the best ever, but now have half a dozen "greatest hits" albums, you might wonder "why buy another one?" In one word, engineering: the data extraction from the old Ampex tapes and 78 masters just keeps getting better (compliments to the remastering group at Capital; I know it's a lot more than "engineering"). The song selection is terrific and the liner notes are too, but if you have high quality audio, the sound will transport you. It is studio quality, almost "master tape" sound, significantly better than anything done previously. Is Nat's version of "Stardust" the ultimate one, a masterpiece of popular song? This disc may convince you, if you are not already.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hugo on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In addition to being one of the finest Jazz pianists ever, he possessed the dreamiest vocal instrument in recording history and became the most accomplished singer of Pop Music. His definitive, hauntingly beautiful and inspiring version of STARDUST alone is worth owning of this latest compilation, WORLD OF NAT KING COLE. Encompassing different phases from his Jazz Trio, Big Band Orchestra, Pop and Country tinged ballads, Swing, and an occasional sprinkle of rock and roll mid-tempo tunes this twenty-eight track disc of Nat King Cole standards, most definitive gems, will please even the merely curious or casual music lover. The "live" performance included here of the swingin' THOU SWELL, at The Sands Hotel, demonstrates what an exciting concert stage performer Cole was in front of an audience. A wonderful tribute and essay reminiscing the memories of her father, his famous musician friends and his music is authored by the artist's greatest legacy herself, Natalie Cole. Sibling Carole Cole also contributes "Thank You's" in the liner notes. This is a tremendous treasure of a disc and one of the better compilations issued in recent years. Now, I must go explore that early 1990's Capitol Records Nat King Cole Box Set I bought last year that I still have not opened and listened to. Always save the best for last! Mr. Cole, if only you knew how UNFORGETTABE you and your music have become throughout the passing years.
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