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Nat King Cole – Recent APO Collection (8x SACD, 1957-1963) PS3 ISO

Nat King Cole – Recent APO Collection (8x SACD, 1957-1963)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 14,4 GB
Analogue Productions Remasters 2010-2011

This recent Analogue Productions collection includes the albums: Just One Of Those Things (1957), Love Is The Thing (1957), After Midnight (1957), St. Louis Blues (1958), The Very Thought Of You (1958), Where Did Everyone Go (1963), plus The Nat King Cole Story (1961).

Nat King Cole – Just One Of Those Things (1957) [APO Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 75:23/36:21 mins | Scans included | 2,26 GB (2,07 GB)

Just One of Those Things is a theme album comparable to one of Frank Sinatra’s uptempo swing albums of the same period (Come Fly With Me, etc.), and employs the same arranger/conductor, Billy May. Nat King Cole is a bit less effective than Sinatra at uptempo material; he tends to undersing these sprightly standards, and May saves his dramatic horn charts and percussion shots for moments when Cole is away from the microphone. Even so, by the fifth track, “These Foolish Things Remind Me of You,” May has retreated to ballad time, and though his embellishments threaten to break out behind the singer, Cole gives an assured, unhurried performance. And that’s the point: that Cole has tamed the rambunctious May does not mean he doesn’t give wonderful interpretations to some wonderful songs: “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Just One of Those Things,” “The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On).” And the light-handed swing supports those efforts well.

Tracklist:
01. When Your Lover Has Gone
02. A Cottage For Sale
03. Who’s Sorry Now?
04. Once In A While
05. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You
06. Just For The Fun Of It
07. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
08. I Understand
09. Just One Of Those Things
10. The Song Is Ended
11. I Should Care
12. The Party’s Over
13. You’ll Never Know (Bonus Track)
14. When Your Lover Has Gone (Mono Mix)
15. A Cottage For Sale (Mono Mix)
16. Who’s Sorry Now? (Mono Mix)
17. Once In A While (Mono Mix)
18. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You (Mono Mix)
19. Just For The Fun Of It (Mono Mix)
20. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Mono Mix)
21. I Understand (Mono Mix)
22. Just One Of Those Thing (Mono Mix)
23. The Song Is Ended (Mono Mix)
24. I Should Care (Mono Mix)
25. The Party’s Over (Mono Mix)
26. You’ll Never Know (Bonus Track Mono Mix)
27. Just For The Fun Of It (Bonus Track Mono Mix)
Tracks “14-27” presented in 2 channels only.

Nat King Cole – Love Is The Thing (1957) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:37/30:25 mins | Scans included | 1,96 GB (1,84 GB)

Nat King Cole’s collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. Cole’s first stereophonic long player, 1957’s Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair’s undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks. The opener “When I Fall in Love” is considered by many to be nothing short of definitive; the restrained orchestration perfectly adapts to the singer’s verdant vocals. Similarly, “Stardust” sparkles as a flawless musical alliance is formed with Cole’s warm and inviting narrative weaving over Jenkins’ intimate score. Simply stated, both songs are unmitigated masterworks — and we’re only two cuts into the dozen-song LP. Another key to the project’s success is Jenkins ability to reign in just enough instrumentation to support Cole’s uniformly restrained leads. Examples abound throughout, with “Stay as Sweet as You Are,” “At Last,” and the rural sophistication of “When Sunny Gets Blue.” The heartfelt “Love Letters” and even the comparatively light “Ain’t Misbehavin’” incorporate a sonic synergy as the airy string section glides between Cole’s line by line phrasing. Also worth mentioning is the Jenkins original “I Thought About Marie,” as it sits comfortably beside some of the most time-honored tunes in 20th century popular music.

Tracklist:
01. When I Fall In Love (Stereo)
02. Stardust (Stereo)
03. Stay As Sweet As You Are (Stereo)
04. Where Can I Go Without You? (Stereo)
05. Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much [Mono]
06. Love Letters [Mono]
07. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Stereo)
08. I Thought About Marie (Stereo)
09. At Last (Stereo)
10. It’s All In The Game (Stereo)
11. When Sunny Gets Blue (Stereo)
12. Love Is The Thing (Stereo)
13. When I Fall In Love [Mono]
14. Stardust [Mono]
15. Stay As Sweet As You Are [Mono]
16. Where Can I Go Without You? [Mono]
17. Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much [Mono]
18. Love Letters [Mono]
19. Ain’t Misbehavin’ [Mono]
20. I Thought About Marie [Mono]
21. At Last [Mono]
22. It’s All In The Game [Mono]
23. When Sunny Gets Blue [Mono]
24. Love Is The Thing [Mono]
Tracks “12-24” presented in 2 channels only.

Nat King Cole – After Midnight (1957) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:40 mins | Scans included | 1,92 GB (2,59 GB)

Once Nat King Cole gave up playing piano on a regular basis and instead focused on a series of easy listening vocal albums, jazz fans longed for him to return to his first love. These 1956 studio sessions made up Cole’s last jazz-oriented disc, where he played piano and sang on every number, joined by several guest soloists. Cole’s vocals are impeccable and swinging, while his piano alternates between providing subdued backgrounds and light solos that don’t reveal his true potential on the instrument. Willie Smith’s smooth alto sax buoys the singer in the brisk take of “Just You, Just Me.” Harry “Sweets” Edison’s muted trumpet complements the leader in his interpretation of “Sweet Lorraine.” Composer Juan Tizol’s valve trombone and former Cole sideman Jack Costanzo’s bongos add just the right touch to the brisk take of “Caravan.” Stuff Smith’s humorous, unusually understated violin is a nice touch in “When I Grow Too Old to Dream.” It’s hard for any Nat King Cole fan to ignore these important sessions.

Tracklist:
01. Just You, Just Me
02. Sweet Lorraine
03. Sometimes I’m Happy
04. Caravan
05. It’s Only A Paper Moon
06. You’re Looking At Me
07. Lonely One
08. Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
09. I Know That You Know
10. Blame It On My Youth
11. When I Grow Too Old To Dream
12. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
13. I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late) (Bonus Track)
14. You Can Depend On Me (Bonus Track)
15. What Is There To Say (Bonus Track)
16. Two Loves Have I (Bonus Track)
17. Candy (Bonus Track)
18. Just You, Just Me (Bonus Track, Take One)
19. It’s Only A Paper Moon (Bonus Track, Take One “Breakdown”)

Nat King Cole – St. Louis Blues (1958) [APO Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:41/32:58 mins | Scans included | 2,04 GB (1,84 GB)

The filmed version of W.C. Handy’s life, St. Louis Blues, is a fictional abomination full of every bad cliché that Hollywood could come up with. Its one saving grace was the dignified performance given by Nat King Cole in the lead role (even if Handy was never a singing pianist). This LP, in addition to featuring Nelson Riddle’s “Overture” from the film, finds Cole singing ten of Handy’s finest compositions (including “Beale Street Blues,” “Careless Love” and the title song) while backed by an orchestra playing Riddle’s arrangements.

Tracklist:
01. Overture, Love Theme, Hesitation Blues
02. Harlem Blues
03. Chantez Les Bas
04. Friendless Blues
05. Stay
06. Joe Turner’s Blues
07. Beale Street Blues
08. Careless Love
09. Morning Star
10. Memphis Blues
11. Yellow Dog Blues
12. St. Louis Blues
13. Overture, Love Theme, Hesitation Blues
14. Harlem Blues
15. Chantez Les Bas
16. Friendless Blues
17. Stay
18. Joe Turner’s Blues
19. Beale Street Blues
20. Careless Love
21. Morning Star
22. Memphis Blues
23. Yellow Dog Blues
24. St. Louis Blues
Tracks “12-24” presented in 2 channels only.

Nat King Cole – The Very Thought Of You (1958) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 112:27/56:08 mins | Scans included | 3,2 GB (3,03 GB)

Nat King Cole possessed one of the most accessible and appealing voices of any singer in the 1950s. This ballad-oriented set puts the emphasis completely on his voice (there is no piano playing or any hint of his jazz-oriented past) and features Cole accompanied by Gordon Jenkins’ sweet arrangements for a string orchestra. Many other singers might find it difficult to overcome, much less uplift this type of accompaniment, but Cole’s basic and honest delivery works quite well in this setting. Highlights include “The Very Thought of You,” “But Beautiful,” “This Is All I Ask,” “For All We Know,” and “The More I See You”.

Tracklist:
01. The Very Thought Of You (Stereo)
02. But Beautiful (Stereo)
03. Impossible (Stereo)
04. I Wish I Knew The Way To Your Heart (Stereo)
05. I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store) (Stereo)
06. Magnificent Obsession (Stereo)
07. My Heart Tells Me (Stereo)
08. Paradise (Stereo)
09. This Is All I Ask (Stereo)
10. Cherie, I Love You (Stereo)
11. Making Believe You’re Here (Stereo)
12. Cherchez La Femme (Stereo)
13. For All We Know (Stereo)
14. The More I See You (Stereo)
15. Don’t Blame Me (Stereo)
16. There Is No Greater Love (Stereo)
17. The Very Thought Of You [Mono]
18. But Beautiful [Mono]
19. Impossible [Mono]
20. I Wish I Knew The Way To Your Heart [Mono]
21. I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store) [Mono]
22. Magnificent Obsession [Mono]
23. My Heart Tells Me [Mono]
24. Paradise [Mono]
25. This Is All I Ask [Mono]
26. Cherie, I Love You [Mono]
27. Making Believe You’re Here [Mono]
28. Cherchez La Femme [Mono]
29. For All We Know [Mono]
30. The More I See You [Mono]
31. Don’t Blame Me [Mono]
32. There Is No Greater Love [Mono]
Tracks “16-32” presented in 2 channels only.

Nat King Cole – The Nat King Cole Story (1961) [2x SACD – APO Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | 2x SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 103:01 minutes | Scans included | 4,44 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 110:13 mins | Scans included | 2,15 GB

One of Nat King Cole’s crowning achievements, & a fittingly lavish celebration of a cultural & musical icon, The Nat King Cole Story offers a glorious overview of the career of one of the greatest & 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.

Tracklist
DISC ONE:
01. Straighten Up And Fly Right
02. Sweet Lorraine
03. It’s Only A Paper Moon
04. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
05. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
06. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
07. Nature Boy
08. Lush Life
09. Calypso Blues
10. Mona Lisa
11. Orange Colored Sky
12. Too Young
13. Unforgettable
14. Somewhere Along The Way
15. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
16. Pretend
17. Blue Gardenia
18. I Am In Love [Stereo Layer Only]
DISC TWO:
01. Answer Me, My Love
02. Smile
03. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
04. The Sand And The Sea
05. If I May
06. A Blossom Fell
07. To The Ends Of The Earth
08. Night Lights
09. Ballerina
10. Stardust
11. Send For Me
12. St. Louis Blues
13. Looking Back
14. Non Dimenticar (Don’t Forget)
15. Paradise
16. Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep
17. Ay, Cosita Linda
18. Wild Is Love
19. Ramblin’ Rose [Stereo Layer Only]
20. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer [Stereo Layer Only]

Nat King Cole – Where Did Everyone Go (1963) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 3.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 2,56 GB (2,84 GB)

This is the third and final collection to feature the team of Nat King Cole and Gordon Jenkins (arranger). Their earlier collaborations yielded the uniformly superior chart-topper Love Is the Thing (1957) and follow-up The Very Thought of You (1958). As the moniker suggests, there is a perceptible poignancy and longing weaved throughout Jenkins’ arrangements. The opener “Where Did Everyone Go?” possesses a solitude accentuated by responsive instrumentation that supports, yet never intrudes. Cole’s practically conversational delivery of pop standards — such as Irving Berlin’s “Say It Isn’t So” or Johnny Mercer’s “When the World Was Young” — become musical soliloquies with the score as a sonic subtext. His rich and cozy baritone carries the ache of “Am I Blue?” and the slinky “I Keep Goin’ Back to Joe’s” into an understated, almost plaintive blues. Here he perfectly demonstrates a boundless capacity as a melodic interpreter of song. “No, I Don’t Want Her” finds Cole’s voice gilded with an intimacy that virtually takes the listener into the singer’s confidence. As he had done on his previous outings with Cole, Jenkins supplies one selection. Suitably “That’s All There Is, There Isn’t Any More” is the last track on the album and certainly provides a lovely contrast to Judy Garland’s arguably more familiar reading.

Tracklist:
01. Where Did Everyone Go?
02. Say It Isn’t So
03. If Love Ain’t There
04. (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young
05. Am I Blue?
06. Someone To Tell It To
07. The End Of A Love Affair
08. I Keep Goin’ Back To Joe’s
09. Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)
10. No, I Don’t Want Her
11. Spring Is Here
12. That’s All There Is
13. A Farewell To Arms
14. Happy New Year

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