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|Nat King Cole|
Nat King Cole
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Indelible music but the box set has some flaws
Greg Brady | Capital City | 10/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you doubt his importance in the Capitol Records stable, consider their "stack of records" shaped office building was nicknamed "The House that Nat Built", thanks to his long run of successful singles on the pop and R&B charts. How well you think this box set summarizes his career probably depends on whether you're looking for a comprehensive take on his career from the jazzier Trio sides all the way through the late 60s...or if you mostly want the string-laden pop hits.
With anyone who had as many Top 40 hit singles as Cole did in his career (79), inevitably you have to make some decisions as to WHICH ones make it. Otherwise you'd spend 3 of these discs on the "hits" and have about 25 (50 cuts max...box sets of more than 5 CDs have a limited market) left to get in artistically important rarities, album tracks and live material. What they settled on is 18 Top 10 hits, 10 Top 20s, and 7 lower charters. (just under half the single hits)
There was SOME attempt made to represent Nat's jazz work (his cover of Duke Ellington's "Caravan","Bop-Kick" and others), foreign language forays ("Non Dimenticar","Azure-Te") and even a gospel number ("Standin' in the Need of Prayer").
The only huge misstep is M.I.A. #6 smash "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer". That one really should be on here. #9 charter "Frosty the Snowman" isn't here either, but you can forgive them the desire to not delve too deeply into seasonal material. (Cole's classic take on Torme's "The Christmas Song" is here and that's enough). Those are the only Top 10s that missed the set. Other than that you might quibble with their choices (I wish "You Don't Learn That in School" were here) but only "Kee-Mo-Ky-Mo" makes me cringe.
The jazz Trio work is a bit underrepresented here. (Around 13 cuts) There also isn't a whole lot of examples of Cole "working" a crowd here either.(Though "Mr. Cole Won't Rock and Roll" is a nice novelty medley, gently poking fun at "Tutti Frutti","Why Do Fools Fall in Love?","Rock around the Clock" and other early rock standards). As rarities go, they should have gotten the licensing to some of the Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers material (Nat's first recordings with his older brother) and Grammy winner "Midnight Flyer" ought to have made the cut.
If you think his best stuff was the Trio stuff, you'll probably be happier with COOL COLE (ASIN B00005RT8F), a 4CD set of tunes from 1940-1950 that contains SOME of the "ballad days" material but places most of its emphasis on Nat's jazzier stuff. (If you have REALLY deep pockets opt for THE COMPLETE CAPITOL RECORDINGS OF THE NAT KING COLE TRIO (ASIN B000002TNU), which will set you back 2 G's or more.) As far as a comprehensive look at Nat's career, this one will probably satisfy MOST fans and has more to recommend it than the other Capitol boxset THE CLASSIC SINGLES. (That set suffers from a lack of completeness on what its title would lead you to believe was a counterpart to its COMPLETE CAPITOL SINGLES released on Frank Sinatra.)"
Finally, it's re-released!
James Fenos | Columbus, OH United States | 11/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This boxed set was first released in 1992 and then taken out of print. It languished on the shelf for ten years, now it's available again. Absolutely nothing has changed about this boxed set, nothing. The mastering was great then, I'm sure it stood the test of time. I have the original boxed set, trust me, it's well done. If you want excellent mastering and more stereo takes, purchase the masterful songbook compilations, they are presented with 20bit mastering. That technology doen't exist here. This boxed set takes us on a chronological journey starting with the mono takes from the early trio days to the mono solo era to the final stereo takes. It's a history lesson of great American music none of us should deprive ourselves."
A perfect collection of Cole - NOW RELEASE EVERYTHING!!!!
Wes | World Citizen, Earth | 12/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"That Nat hasn't received the deluxe complete box set is a travesty. Everything that he and his trio recorded for Capitol WAS released in a large box set (which I own, and is out-of-print), but it is HIGH TIME for Blue Note and Capitol to roll out complete sets, similar to Frank Sinatra with his Columbia / Capitol (Concepts) / Reprise treasure chests. Fans have had ENOUGH of the compilations - let's have EVERYTHING chronologically issued. Nat deserves nothing less. Until then, this is a very, very fine collection of Nat's smooth genius. It belongs in yours."