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You can't go wrong with any of Cole's albums that are now on CD...both are excellent, many are hard-to-find B-sides not well known...such as "BE STILL MY HEART", "BRAZILIAN LOVE SONG", "FAREWELL TO ARMS", "FOR THE WANT OF A KISS", "HAPPY NEW YEAR", composed by Gordon Jenkins, "I WISH I KNEW", "MAGIC MOMENT", "MAGIC NIGHT", "MAKE IT LAST", "MR. WISHING WELL", "ONE SUN", "THANK YOU, PRETTY BABY", "UNFAIR" and "UNITED", when it comes to interpretation and expertly performed, Nat is the master at his craft.
More familiar songs like "AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER", "AROUND THE WORLD", "FASCINATION", "I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM", a favorite of mine from the Betty Grable days of the '40s, "PEOPLE", hit song from the musical "Funny Girl", Nat has a way of making this his own, "THERE'S A GOLD MINE IN THE SKY", "YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU", performed and made popular by Al Jolson, Judy Garland and Harry James, "YOU'RE MY THRILL", a wonderful Joni James hit, but listen as Nat lays out his signature style and it's a classic again.
This collection is available on EMI/Capitol Import label and is only in the Mono version, but the care that was taken is incredible...a must have for all the fans of this beloved man...they'll never be another pass this way again...thanks to this UK release of Nat "King" Cole...just the way we like 'em!
Total Time: 55:37 on 22 Tracks ~ EMI/Capitol 538414 ~ (3/25/2002)
The CD has numerous highlights. "An Affair To Remember" features Nat singing perfectly about a romance that just could never be forgotten. The strings help to make the musical arrangement very fine. I really like "Fascination;" Nat King Cole croons this without a superfluous note and again the lush musical arrangement enhances the natural beauty of the number. Nat's excellent diction helps to make him a very special singer. Moreover, listen for "I Wish I Knew;" this slow tempo ballad gets the royal treatment from Nat who delivers this like the pro that he remains!
"Be Still My Heart" is another wonderful tune that sparkles brightly when Nat sings it; and "Around The World" impresses me as Nat sings this ballad from the movie of the same name.
"Magic Moment" places Nat squarely in the spotlight although the musical arrangement almost drowns him out once or twice (humph!); and "You Made Me Love You" sounds real sweet when Nat King Cole performs it. "You Made Me Love You" is a great ballad; and I predict that you will like this very much.
Nat King Cole's interpretation of the love ballad entitled "People" reflects his excellent ability to convey every single different shade of love; and "Brazilian Love Song" gives us Nat doing a Latin song that is rather romantic and very beautiful. The album ends with "Mr.Read more ›
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