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Wild Is Love
Nat King Cole
Wild Is Love
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1

Though it may never shake its association with Nat King Cole's famously failed attempt to break into Broadway, Wild is Love nevertheless documents a compelling departure in the Cole oeuvre. Fashioned by songwriters Dotty W...  more »


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All Artists: Nat King Cole
Title: Wild Is Love
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Collector's Choice
Release Date: 2/26/2008
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 617742087925, 724382851127, 724382851141, 724382851158

Though it may never shake its association with Nat King Cole's famously failed attempt to break into Broadway, Wild is Love nevertheless documents a compelling departure in the Cole oeuvre. Fashioned by songwriters Dotty Wayne and Ray Rasch, the songs of this cycle trace a gossamer narrative through an untamed realm of romance populated by "Hundreds and Thousands of Girls." Cole himself, of course, is the libidinous hero, equal parts confident Don Juan and aw-shucks victim of the vast labyrinth of female affection. Cole's narration--often adorned with literal instrumental accoutrements--peppers the proceedings, throughout which he vacillates between love-worn fool ("Beggar for the Blues") and unabashed publicist for the amorous art of throwing caution to the wind ("Stay with It"). In the end, of course, the album assures us of the conclusion we could see coming from the outset. "He who hesitates," insists the song of the same name, "will never know all the wonder... Your chance goes by, and it's too late to wonder why." Despite a crash-and-burn run on Broadway, Wild is Love hardly suggests its own staging on record, so what's left--taken strictly on its own terms--remains an odd but important stop on the Cole train. --Jason Kirk

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Nat King Col's Talent On Wild Is Love Album
Frank Cooney | Killeen, Texas | 06/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have heard the album and was impressed with Mr. Cole's smooth rendition of all of the different types of music throughout. His music will be with us for many,many years to come. Wild Is Love is an album that didn't become as popular as other music by Nat King Cole, but in my view it was one of his best works."
"original and his best ~ Nat King Cole & Nelson Riddle"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 03/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Capitol Records presents "Wild Is Love", featuring an original production with music by Ray Rasch and lyrics by Dotty Wayne and the voice of Nat King Cole...with chorus, orchestration and conducted by Nelson Riddle is truly a masterpiece...sample one of the finest collections ever recorded by an artist who was always on top of the charts. No other singer in the business had the warmth that this man gave during a performance. Along with Frank Sinatra, Cole built the Capitol Towers and brought them fame and fortune. Cole in my estimation did more for Capitol Records than any other recording artist of that time...and the record still holds today.

Nat had a tenderness in his voice, completely flawless...he could never deliver a bad tune...his style and signature of making a song his own has never been duplicated. Within this compilation are 14 heartfelt ballads and upbeat tunes...Some songs have never seen the light of day...a collectors dream come true...more selections from the greatest entertainer of our time!

In alphabetical order and with an all-star guest cast are the 14 selections:














Entire collection is a stand out in my book...America never had a more widely beloved ambassador (except for Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong), hope this is a glimpse into the future of better things coming our way if the recording industry ever wakes up to the listeners and fans of good music.

Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg at Capitol Records, Hollywood, can't go wrong with any of Cole's albums that are now on CD...many are hard-to-find and some not well known...highlights and stand outs are the entire album with brilliant arrangements by the master of orchestration Nelson Riddle and Nat performing them...beautiful and heartfelt ballads and fun tunes...featuring Nat's original style are simply captivating...Nat sings this from the heart and you're loving we can relive the songs that gave us so much pleasure...remember Nat was with us for such a short time...just sit back, give a listen and enjoy the sounds we grew up with...songs we've come to love over these past plus sixty years...gotta love it!

Nat was awarded a posthumous plaque to the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, naming him one of the major early influences on rock 'n' roll...they'll never be another pass this way again...thank you Captiol for this release of Nat "King" Cole for the decades of music that followed...his songs will remain with us always and forever...just the way we like 'em!

Total Time: 36:00 on 14 Tracks ~ Capitol 828511 ~ (1/24/1995)"
Beggar for the blues
H D. MEIJ | Jipsinghuizen, Holland | 09/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is in my opinium Nat's best album. I own the LP with a beautiful couple of pictures for years(MONO). Bravo for Capitol for issuing the CD at last. Wild is love and it's a beautiful evening are coverd by Buddy Greco. Listen why!. Great stuff."