Nat King Cole The Nat King Cole Story 200g 45rpm 5LP Box Set
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Re-Pressed at Quality Record Pressings on 200g Vinyl! Cut from the Original 3-Track Master Tapes!
Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve
Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering.
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Click Here to read Michael Fremer's essay on the Nat King Cole Mastering efforts!
One of Nat "King" Cole's crowning achievements and a fittingly lavish
celebration of a cultural and musical icon, The Nat "King" Cole Story offers a
glorious overview of the career of one of the greatest and most beloved
performers in popular music history. 38 tracks, many re-recorded in stereo for
this anthology, offer a selection spanning his popular career.
His beginnings leading the popular jazz-oriented Nat "King" Cole Trio are
represented with selections including "Route 66" and "I Love You (For
Sentimental Reasons)." Hits including "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa,"
"Unforgettable," "Orange Colored Sky," "Night Lights" and "Looking Back" are
here to represent his unparalleled string of memorable hits as a popular
vocalist. "Calypso Blues" and "Ay Cosita Linda" help illustrate the range his
projects could cover. More contemporary to this anthology, selections including
"Wild Is Love" are augmented here with two huge hits as a special bonus, "Ramblin'
Rose" and "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" to further expand the scope.
A talent and voice for all times with a body of work that could and did help
define their eras, Nat "King" Cole's career offers some of the finest, most
enduring and treasured recordings ever made. Nat "King" Cole could never be
fully served by any one set. But this wonderful cornucopia stands as a fantastic
celebration for the enthusiast and a good starting point for someone just
beginning to explore The Nat "King" Cole Story.
Using the original first generation 2-track and 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
stunning beauty of these recordings in this 45-RPM 200 gram five album set.
Originally presented as a deluxe box set of 3 LPs in a canvas-bound embossed box
with essays and pictures included in a album-sized booklet, The Nat "King" Cole
Story was a prestigious release Capitol took obvious pride in. Complete with 5
LPs, canvas-bound embossed box and booklet with essays and pictures, Analogue
Productions proudly recreates the experience for a new generation to cherish
with this deluxe release. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting
in the ultimate version of this title and a historic reissue.
There are 38 songs in this collection. Of those, three are the same recordings
included on other Analogue Productions Nat "King" Cole reissues. "Stardust"
(track 28) is the same version included on Love Is The Thing. "St. Louis Blues"
(track 30) is the same version included on the album of that title. And
"Paradise" (track 33) is the same version included on The Very Thought Of You.
Three more songs - "Sweet Lorraine," "It's Only A Paper Moon" and "(Get Your
Kicks On) Route 66" - are songs that appear on After Midnight, however these
versions are stereo re-recordings of the original arrangements from the 1940s.
"...mastered from the original three-track work tapes is a sonic spectacular
that outdoes the original by a wide margin - as does its packaging... A major
reissue." - Stereophile Records To Die For - Michael Fremer, Stereophile,
"The results on this (five) 45rpm 180g [now 200g] LP set are simply astonishing,
particularly if you’ve heard the originals. The transparency, dynamics and
three-dimensionality create the intense sensation of being in the studio with
the musicians and especially with Cole who appears as a visceral, floating
apparition between the speakers. The size and three-dimensionality of the vocal
image produces the sensation of the listener being a “fly on the microphone mike
stand” listening to Cole perform, surrounded by the musicians." - Michael
Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 10, Sound 11
• 5 LP box set
• 200g 45rpm
• Cut from the Original 3-Track Master Tapes!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering
• Canvas-bond Embossed Box
• Booklet features essays and pictures
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
1. Straighten Up And Fly Right
2. Sweet Lorraine
3. It's Only A Paper Moon
4. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
6. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
7. Nature Boy
8. Lush Life
9. Calypso Blues
10. Mona Lisa
11. Orange Colored Sky
12. Too Young
14. Somewhere Along The Way
15. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
17. Blue Gardenia
18. I Am In Love
19. Answer Me, My Love
21. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
22. The Sand And The Sea
23. If I May
24. A Blossom Fell
25. To The Ends Of The Earth
26. Night Lights
29. Send For Me
30. St. Louis Blues
31. Looking Back
32. Non Dimenticar (Don’t Forget)
34. Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep
35. Ay, Cosita Linda
36. Wild Is Love (spoken intro and song)
37. Ramblin’ Rose
38. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer