Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole Story
5 x LP
strictly Limited boxset
010 US Analogue Production 45RPMreissue on 5xLP -38 songs in this collection, three are also included in the same recordings included on other Analogue Productions Nat "King" Cole reissues. "Stardust" (track 28) is the same version included on Lo...
Release date: 21-11-2010(Orginally released in 1940s)
2010 US Analogue Production 45RPMreissue on 5xLP -38 songs in this collection, three are also included in 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"appear on After Midnight, however these versions are stereo re-recordings of the original arrangements from the 1940s.
You Wanted the Best, You Got It: Mastered from the Original 3-Track Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech
Exquisite Sonics: Cole's Voice Has Never Sounded as Rich, Balanced, or Immediate
Momentous Career-Spanning Collection a Must for Any Fan of Vocal Music
Sumptuous Set Spans 38 Songs, Includes Canvas-Bound Embossed Box and Deluxe Booklet
Cole's Just One Of Those Things, Where Did Everyone Go?, St. Louis Blues, After Midnight, Love Is the Thing, and The Very Thought of You also Available on 180g 45RPM LP from Analogue Productions
"...Sonically, this just may be a permanent entry in the global audiophile community's list of 'Best-Ever Sounding LPs'. It certainly belongs there for musical content, too." Sound Quality: 99% out of 100% - Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, May 2011
Analogue Productions' Blue Note and Nat "King" Cole Reissues WIN A Positive Feedback 2010 Brutus Award!
"...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out!" - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52
"The results on this five 45rpm 180g 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 musicians. The arrangements and performances are faithful to the originals but the sound of course is far superior. The feeling is of sitting in on history by being there, not merely eavesdropping after the fact...Given the sonics and the superb packaging, it's easy to say that this box set is worth every penny of its considerable cost. I cannot recommend it more highly." Music = 10/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, Musicangle
"...mastered from the original three-track work tapes is a sonic spectacular that outdoes the original by a wide margin - as does its packaging. The SACD includes three-channel and two-channel mixes. A major reissue." Stereophile Records To Die For - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, February 2010
"I got my Nat King Cole box...not only is the sound AMAZING, the presentation box is so beautiful. It is a piece of art!!! You are doing great things, my friend!!! - Stephen Fish, Acoustic Sounds customer
You wanted the best, you got it. We guarantee you will revel in the music, sound, and presentation here on Analogue Productions' blockbuster set. 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. Containing 38 tracks, many re-recorded in stereo for this anthology, this unmatched set spans the entirety of his distinguished career.
Cole's early beginnings leading the popular jazz-oriented Nat King Cole Trio are documented with selections including "Route 66" and "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)." But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Hits including "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable," "Orange Colored Sky," "Night Lights," and "Looking Back" 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 with the two huge hits, "Ramblin' Rose" and "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer," to further expand the musical scope.
A talent and voice for all times with a body of work that defined their eras, Nat King Cole's career offers some of the finest, most enduring and treasured recordings ever made. Of course, 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.
Using the original first generation 2-track and 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and all-analog systems comprised of custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads, and a 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 45RPM 180-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 always a prestigious release. But Analogue Productions has now made it incredible. Complete with 5 LPs, canvas-bound embossed box, and a booklet with essays and pictures, the audiophile label's effort proudly recreates the experience for a new generation to cherish with a historic release that epitomizes the meaning of "deluxe." This is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title.
Of the 38 songs in this collection, three are also included in 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" appear on After Midnight, however these versions are stereo re-recordings of the original arrangements from the 1940s.
A1 Straighten Up And Fly Right
A2 Sweet Lorraine
A3 It's Only A Paper Moon
A4 (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
B1 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
B2 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
B3 Nature Boy
B4 Lush Life
C1 Calypso Blues
C2 Mona Lisa
C3 Orange Colored Sky
C4 Too Young
D2 Somewhere Along The Way
D3 Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
E1 Blue Gardenia
E2 I Am In Love
E3 Answer Me, My Love
F1 Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
F2 The Sand And The Sea
F3 If I May
F4 A Blossom Fell
G1 To The Ends Of The Earth
G2 Night Lights
H1 Send For Me
H2 St. Louis Blues
H3 Looking Back
H4 Non Dimenticar (Don’t Forget)
I2 Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep
I3 Ay, Cosita Linda
J1 Wild Is Love (Spoken Intro And Song)
J2 Ramblin’ Rose
J3 Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer
Extra info: strictly Limited boxset
Label: Analogue Productions
Originally released: 1961
This release: 2010