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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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With his silky tenor and subtle, if highly underrated phrasing, Nat King Cole will long be remembered as one of the 20th century's true vocal giants. But lost among his renowned ballads and wealth of pop hits is the fact t...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Nat King Cole
Title: Spotlight on
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 8/1/1995
Release Date: 8/1/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724382939320, 0724382939351, 724382939344

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With his silky tenor and subtle, if highly underrated phrasing, Nat King Cole will long be remembered as one of the 20th century's true vocal giants. But lost among his renowned ballads and wealth of pop hits is the fact that Cole began his career as one of America's great jazz pianists, before his tentative vocalizing with the Nat King Cole Trio forever sealed his fate. Though Cole purists will be familiar with much of this material, this satisfying collection eschews the biggest hits to focus on standards by Gershwin, Mercer, Berlin, and Rodgers and Hart (among others), performed in musical settings ranging from Cole's original trio (in a pair of previously unreleased tracks), the Count Basie Band, and arrangements by the likes of Nelson Riddle and Billy May. The result is a remarkably fresh introduction to an artist who effortlessly wove jazz, blues, and pop into a dreamy, often transcendent new whole. --Jerry McCulley

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Pat E. (Momathome) from WAYNESVILLE, NC
Reviewed on 7/7/2016...
This is one of Nat King Cole's best albums. There are 18 songs, a few of which I haven't seen on some of his previous albums. This is a great album to add to your collection, or to experience the smoothness of Nat's voice for the first time.

CD Reviews

So many wonderful songs
C. E. Miles | O'Fallon, IL United States | 07/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I guess most people associate Nat King Cole with one of two things; "The Christmas Song" or the re-mixed duets with daughter Natalie. Unfortunately that is all the exposure that some people get. Nat King Cole is probably one of the greatest vocalist/pianist of the 20th century. His wonderful knack for delivering a lyric is second to none, and the emotion that he puts into every song he sings sets him apart from any other singer of his generation. This CD contains such great tunes as "Too Marvelous for Words" and the romantic ballad "That's All". If you have had limited exposure to Nat King Cole, then this is a perfect album to get started with. If you like it, and I'm sure you will, be sure and get more or Mr. Cole's work. He was a great artist who left us all way too soon."
Even if some of these Songs have been done over and over..
S. Henkels | Devon, Pa United States | 12/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"..and over! "She's Funny that Way",say, may not be my favorite "old standard", but Nat does put his special imprint on even non-top-of-line tunes. Every one here is given the "King" treatment,which is standard for Nat and his players. Included here is the best version of "For You" I've heard, among my all-time favorites anyway, and not overplayed like perhaps some of the others here. It has a nice jazzed-up arrangement,Nat's smooth voice fitting it perfectly. Same with "Mood Indigo". This album is especially suggested for those who already have his most famous songs, and want something showing Nat doing tunes that,for him, are less known."