Nat King Cole St. Louis Blues 180g 45rpm 2LP
Mastered from the Original 3-Track Analog Masters by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at Acoustech!
Click Here to read Michael Fremer's essay on the Nat King Cole Mastering efforts!
Casting early-20th Century works by "the Father of the Blues" with particularly
smooth vocals by Nat King Cole and the resourceful orchestrations of Nelson
Riddle resulted in this classic album, a worthy tribute to the W.C. Handy
Included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with
rare photos, a 1,600-word essay by Jordan Taylor on the album and a 1,200-word
essay by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a
no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title.
An influential figure in the early 20th century development of blues and popular
music as a music scholar and as the composer of numerous popular songs, W.C.
Handy has often been called "the Father of the Blues." When two of the finest
and most popular of mid-20th century musical figures, jazz and popular music
icon Nat "King" Cole and style setting arranger extraordinare Nelson Riddle
undertook an album dedicated to the music of W.C. Handy, the results were at
once a worthy tribute and transformative. Particularly smooth vocals by Nat
"King" Cole were aptly backed by resourceful orchestrations from Nelson Riddle.
From the landmark laments of "St. Louis Blues" and the loving appreciation of
"Morning Star" on through to the colloquial rag of "Joe Turner's Blues," the
varied facets of W.C. Handy's songs were given a lastingly freshened
interpretation. Along with the contemporary Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
(also available here at Acoustic Sounds), this album is considered by many to be
the best anthology of the music of W.C. Handy.
Using the original first generation 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults
and all-analogue systems including custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads,
console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these
releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman realize the rich
beauty of these recordings in this double 45-RPM 180-gram album set. Included
with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare
photos, a 1,600-word essay by Jordan Taylor on the album and a 1,200-word essay
by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a
no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title and
a historic reissue.
Originally released in 1958.
• 180g 45rpm Double Vinyl
• Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech
• Includes six-panel booklet with rare photos and essays by Jordan Taylor and
1. Overture (Introducing Love Theme and Hesitating Blues)
2. Harlem Blues
3. Chantez Les Bas
4. Friendless Blues
6. Joe Turner's Blues
7. Beale Street Blues
8. Careless Love
9. Morning Star
10. Memphis Blues
11. Yellow Dog Blues
12. St. Louis Blues