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Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer

April 14, 2009
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 26:50
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  • ASIN: B0021I51LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,445 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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These two albums are not Nat King Cole's best original albums. In fact, creatively, they're probably the least of them all. However, that's a relative statement! Enjoying Nat's albums are hardly difficult, and these are no exceptions. This is probably the most "cheerful" set.
The first is a collection of very old 'Americana' (in the form of turn-of-the-20th century "chestnuts") and newer material of a compatible spirit. Some of the authentics here - 'On a Bicycle Built for Two' or 'After the Ball' for example - would have their last mainstream outing here, I suspect. Most should enjoy the affable way these long-cherished but now largely forsaken ditties are done.
The newer cuts are enjoyable, particularly the showpiece ballad 'That Sunday, That Summer'. The title track 'Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer' was a very popular hit in '63, but I would single out 'That Sunday, That Summer' and the almost barbershop-quartet real oldie 'You Tell Me Your Dream' as the best of the lot.
By this time (1963), the "Mitch Miller sing-along" approach (bouncy tempos, a chorus singing along much of it, large orchestra with occasional novelty adaptations like a bicycle horn to fit 'On a Bicycle Built for Two') was popular, and this album does reflect that. It does so in an engaging way, however, and of course the main attraction is clearly Nat's game performances.
The second album (also 1963) is Nat "covering" select songs from the Broadway show 'My Fair Lady'. It is admittedly uneven. Nat is not an ideal Henry Higgins in those numbers, excepting of course, 'I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face'. He obviously enjoyed himself, and it's hard not to let quibbles go and enjoy the somewhat ironic readings.
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Ordered this from Amazon and received it within that same week...and the shipping was FREE, great service and outstanding album of "Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer" and "My Fair Lady", featuring early songs from the early 1900's and one of the most popular musicals every to hit Broadway...both albums were in my LP collection for years, almost forty of them during the early years while my children were growing up...and now that they are adults, they appreciate the one and only master of interpretation NAT "KING" COLE...no other singer in the business had the warmth that this man gave during a performance...along with Frank Sinatra, Cole built the Capitol Towers and brought them fame and fortune. Cole in my estimation did more for Capitol Records than any other recording artist of that time (and that my friend is saying something), but is the gospel.

Nat had a major hit with "THOSE LAZY HAZY CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER", remember hearing this on all the major radio stations and everyone during that time was sitting around the local swimming pool enjoying it...other highlights are "GET OUT & GET UNDER THE MOON", "THAT SUNDAY, THAT SUMMER", "THAT'S WHAT THEY MEANT BY THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME"...and then "I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT", "ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE", "I'VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE", each song has been remastered to perfection...now on digital compact disc we can continue being delighted by Nat's God given talent.

Nat had a tenderness in his voice, completely flawless...he could never deliver a bad tune...his style and signature of making a song his own has never been duplicated...within this twofer album are happy upbeat and Broadway musical tunes...some are timeless and remain classics, while others are songs that have never seen the light of day...
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Two long out-of-print LPs -- "Those Lazy ..." from 1963 and "My Fair Lady" from 1964 -- make a welcome return on CD. The remastered sound is excellent and the program is relaxed and upbeat on two albums that fit together quite nicely.
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There were only so many solos in the show that made sense transferred & rearranged for Nat's style so over all I'd say those should've been used as part of another perhaps theater song theme album rather than a literal full on one man show of nearly the entire score. Still I love it as I do almost anything Nat did -
I just wish they'd either left out the decidedly non-solo material off or as with the brilliant out of the box thinking behind the changing of "Show Me" into a hauntingly pensive ballad rather than the showtune throwaway it was written as had all listened twice & used as they so often did, Cole's top of the industry colleagues - rethought some of the arrangements. I'd never sell the CD but I will say the only reason I ever sought it out was for this latter mentioned song as I found Nat's arrangement & rendering of it as a ballad quite literally so haunting I felt it was worth the price of the CD to have not being one to be happy buying MP3 tracks with their glaringly bad compression regardless of the technology of the day.
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