Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Nat King Cole|
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Christian, Broadway & Vocalists
Always the musical chameleon, Nat King Cole seemed tailor-made for a gospel album. In the event, though, this 1959 offering falls a little flat. Despite the best efforts of Chicago's First Church of Deliverance Choir, whic... more »
Always the musical chameleon, Nat King Cole seemed tailor-made for a gospel album. In the event, though, this 1959 offering falls a little flat. Despite the best efforts of Chicago's First Church of Deliverance Choir, which provides inarguably lush accompaniment to these songs, Cole himself comes across as if he phoned in a lot of his leads. The recording itself oddly distances Cole's vocals from those of the choir, and yet a few supremely gorgeous tracks result. "Go Down Moses" and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" outshine the rest by far, yet other, stranger cuts ("Ain't Gonna Study War No More," "The First Baseball Game") nevertheless chronicle memorable compositions via serviceable takes. Thorough collectors will revel in this first ever CD release of bonus tracks "Lighthouse in the Sky," "Easter Sunday Morning," "This Holy Love," and "Peace of Mind" (the latter two from the super-rare Where Angels Gather LP). Elsewhere, "Steal Away" and "I Found the Answer" boast Cole's laudable articulation, and upbeat numbers like "Believe" and "Oh Mary, Don't You Weep" at least approximate the pulse and thrust of divine inspiration. Yet the overall effect is one of dubious reverence. Would that Cole had felt the spirit a little more. --Jason Kirk
Similarly Requested CDs
Nat King Cole and Gospel, nothing better!!!
Sheila | Independence, MO | 04/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an extremely rare CD. It was rare even in 1991, when I bought it. No idea why though because it is an excellent collection of spirituals and foot-stompin' gospel. Nat does an excellent job with each song, some performed in a reverent prayerful tone and others in a swinging, jazzy, light-hearted sound. Occasionally the choir backing him gets a little loud and overpowering, but Nat's warm, sweet voice continues to shine through. Not to be missed is the final track "Steal Away", definitely a heartfelt prayer. You will find yourself remembering and singing these songs for days afterward."
Great update to the original
J. Dupont Jr. | 03/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have the original 27 minute version, this version has been remastered with extra tracks. Awesome update. Spiritually uplifting music from the King of ballads"