Nat "King" Cole 10th Anniversary
- Released: February 26, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Collector's Choice
Description by OLDIES.com:
The first thing you need to know about this 1953 album is that this is the first time it has been reissued in ANY form since its initial release over half a century ago! That alone should get your collector juices flowing - but equally intriguing is the fact that this record was one of the first albums designed with the collector in mind, as it scoured the vaults to bring hitherto-unreleased tracks to the record-buying public. And, 10th Anniversary was key in Nat's transition from bandleader to vocalist, as it devoted one side to late-period, 1945-1949 Trio recordings and the other side to vocal numbers arranged by usual Capitol suspects Pete Rugolo, Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle and Les Baxter. Includes from the Trio "10th Anniversary" was key in Nat's transition from bandleader to vocalist, as it devoted one side to late-period, 1945-1949 Trio recordings and the other side to vocal numbers arranged by usual Capitol suspects Pete Rugolo, Dave Cavanaugh, Nelson Riddle and Les Baxter.
- 1.Dream a Little Dream of Me
- 2.There! I've Said It Again
- 4.I'm an Errand Boy For Rhythm
- 5.The Love Nest
- 6.But All I've Got Is Me
- 8.I Can't Be Bothered
- 9.Too Soon
- 10.Rough Ridin'
- 11.The Story of My Wife
- 12.Sleeping Beauty
- 14.Where Were You?
- 15.Mother Nature and Father Time
- 16.Wish I Were Somebody Else
Liner Note Author: James Ritz.
Enjoying its first reissue since its 1953 debut, this retrospective of Nat "King" Cole's first decade as a singer and bandleader is divided between his early years as a jazz musician with his Trio, and his later commercial success as one of the quintessential American postwar romantic crooners. The Trio's ineffable swing and Cole's own talents as a pianist and singer on cuts such as "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm" are balanced by the lush romanticism of string arrangements by such master studio craftsmen as Pete Rugolo and Nelson Riddle on the exquisitely realized "Lovelight" and the after-hours "I Wish I Were Somebody Else."
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