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Top Pops

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In 1954, Capitol Records released the 10" LP collection Eight Top Pops, compiling eight songs that had appeared on singles by Nat King Cole during 1952. The first two, "Somewhere Along the Way" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," were the biggest hits, both reaching number eight in Billboard. "Because You're Mine," Cole's cover of the Mario Lanza movie song (done in a far more relaxed style than Lanza's, of course), was also a major hit, reaching number 16. "Faith Can Move Mountains" and "The Ruby and the Pearl" were somewhat less successful, but still lodged in the Top 30, as did the B-sides "Funny (Not Much)" and "I'm Never Satisfied." The only one of the eight songs not to earn a chart placing was "A Weaver of Dreams," the B-side of the single "Wine, Women and Song." In 1963, Capitol expanded Eight Top Pops into the 12" LP Top Pops by adding two tracks at the end of either side of the original release. These four songs all came from an EP recorded by Cole in 1954, on which he covered hits by other performers, including Doris Day's "If I Give My Heart to You," the De Castro Singers' "Teach Me Tonight," and Perry Como's "Papa Loves Mambo." In 2007, mail-order firm Collectors' Choice Music reissued Top Pops with four more added tracks (thus doubling the length of the original Eight Top Pops album). They were rarities all recorded in 1952: the A-side single "A Fool Was I," which hit number 17 in 1953; the non-charting single "You Will Never Grow Old"; the B-side "How (Do I Go About It?)"; and "When I'm Alone," which had never been released before in the U.S. (Except for "A Fool Was I," these tracks were making their CD debuts.) On the various tracks, Cole addresses charts written by his conductors Les Baxter, Billy May, Nelson Riddle, and Pete Rugolo, varying the mood from lightly romantic to lightly melancholic, but always remaining as smooth a crooner as ever. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Somewhere Along The Way
  2. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  3. Faith Can Move Mountains
  4. Funny
  5. Hold My Hand
  6. Teach Me Tonight
  7. I'm Never Satisfied
  8. Because You're Mine
  9. The Ruby And the Pearl
  10. A Weaver Of Dreams
  11. Papa Loves Mambo
  12. If I Give My Heart To You
  13. You Will Never Grow Old
  14. How (How Do I Go About It?)
  15. When I'm Alone
  16. A Fool Was I

Product details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B000YE9ZNK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,742 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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