Search - Nelson Riddle, Nat King Cole :: Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love/Sings Ballads of the Day

Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love/Sings Ballads of the Day
Nelson Riddle, Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love/Sings Ballads of the Day
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #1

1953 s Two in Love was Nat s first vocal album for Capitol, and who better to accompany him on that maiden voyage than arranger Nelson Riddle?! The two recorded several more tracks in 1955 for Capitol s reissue of the albu...  more »

     
?

Larger Image

CD Details

All Artists: Nelson Riddle, Nat King Cole
Title: Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love/Sings Ballads of the Day
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Collector's Choice
Release Date: 11/6/2007
Album Type: Single
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Style: Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 0617742082722, 061774208272, 617742082722

Synopsis

Product Description
1953 s Two in Love was Nat s first vocal album for Capitol, and who better to accompany him on that maiden voyage than arranger Nelson Riddle?! The two recorded several more tracks in 1955 for Capitol s reissue of the album in the 12" format; all in all, one of Nat s most romantic albums and a worthy start to his career as a pop vocalist. 1956 s Ballads of the Day , meanwhile, is something of a greatest hits album, as it compiles 12 singles - all but one arranged by Riddle - released in 1954 and 1955, all but two of which charted. It s Nat at his best.
 

CD Reviews

Elegant album by the great Nat King Cole
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 03/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love/Sings Ballads is a great two-fer CD that has all the songs from two of Nat King Cole's record albums entitled Nat King Cole Sings for Two In Love and Nat King Cole Sings Ballads Of The Day. The quality of the sound is very good; and I like the miniature replicas of the original artwork. In addition, the musical arrangements by Nelson Riddle shine with their usual energy every step of the way!

The track set begins with Nat crooning his heart out on "Our Love Is Here To Stay." Nat sings this very sweetly and his voice never sounded better. Nat's excellent diction and timing make his rendition of this classic love song a very memorable piece; and it's a strong beginning for this album. "This Can't Be Love" features Nat squarely front and center with a jazzy big band style arrangement; I love that elegant piano work and the number is easily a highlight of this album. "Autumn Leaves" always tugs at my heartstrings whenever I hear it; and Nat does this great justice to this fine, melancholy ballad.

"Almost Like Being In Love" is an infectious tune that has a distinctly upbeat flavor and the brass combined with the piano really carries the melody well! Nat never sings a superfluous note and that amazes me. There's no question why Nat King Cole was so successful! "Tenderly" is yet another gorgeous love ballad that Nat delivers without a flaw. Terrific!

"Angel Eyes" is a romantic tune that Nat embellishes just right when he delivers this like the pro he always was; and the musical arrangement works wonders for this ballad. "Smile" is another number that moves me greatly whenever I hear it; this ballad works so well to touch people and Nat uses his voice as an instrument to convey every subtle nuance of the lyrics to his audience. Moreover, "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" strikes me with its beauty; Nat always sang this very well and if you listen for the piano it's very elegant.

"Return To Paradise" is actually a new number for me; I don't recall hearing this number before. Nat sings this very well and the percussion helps to set the mood for this number. Nat handles the tempo changes effortlessly. The album ends with Nat performing "The Sand And The Sea;" he delivers this beautifully and it makes a charming ending for this album. There's a backup chorus but even without it Nat could have handled this tune more than just "OK."

Overall, this is one excellent CD that fans of Nat King Cole cannot afford to ignore. People who like classic pop vocals and even the "oldies" will keep this album for ages to come.
"