Nat "King" Cole - St. Louis Blues


Label:

Analogue Productions

Genre:

Jazz

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AAPP 993-45
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45 RPM Vinyl Record


No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM    

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Included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare photos, a 1,600-word essay by Jordan Taylor on the album and a 1,200-word essay by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title.

Analogue Productions' Blue Note and Nat "King" Cole Reissues WIN A Positive Feedback 2010 Brutus Award!
"...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out!" - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52

"...the Nat King Cole LPs are astonishingly beautiful, particularly played through my new Wilson Maxx3's. They make me cry." - Max Paley, Acoustic Sounds customer

An influential figure in the early 20th century development of blues and popular music as a music scholar and as the composer of numerous popular songs, W.C. Handy has often been called "the Father of the Blues." When two of the finest and most popular of mid-20th century musical figures, jazz and popular music icon Nat "King" Cole and style setting arranger extraordinare Nelson Riddle undertook an album dedicated to the music of W.C. Handy, the results were at once a worthy tribute and transformative. Particularly smooth vocals by Nat "King" Cole were aptly backed by resourceful orchestrations from Nelson Riddle. From the landmark laments of "St. Louis Blues" and the loving appreciation of "Morning Star" on through to the colloquial rag of "Joe Turner's Blues," the varied facets of W.C. Handy's songs were given a lastingly freshened interpretation. Along with the contemporary Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (also available here at Acoustic Sounds), this album is considered by many to be the best anthology of the music of W.C. Handy.

 

Using the original first generation 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and all-analogue systems including custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman realize the rich beauty of these recordings in this double 45-RPM 180-gram album set. Included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare photos, a 1,600-word essay by Jordan Taylor on the album and a 1,200-word essay by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title and a historic reissue.

Originally released in 1958.



1. Overture, complete restored (introducing “Love Theme” and “Hesitation Blues”)
2. Harlem Blues
3. Chantez Les Bas
4. Friendless Blues
5. Stay
6. Joe Turner’s Blues
7. Beale Street Blues
8. Careless Love
9. Morning Star
10. Memphis Blues
11. Yellow Dog Blues
12. St. Louis Blues

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Absolutely Amazing

posted on 09/07/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: JeffB
I have all the other lps in this series, and this was the last one I just bought. And just like the others, this one is just as amazing. The clarity and richness of King's voice in these lps has to be heard. With masters being about 50 years old, it's amazing how much warm lush sound is still in the tapes. And the team doing the mastering are true experts. The original Capital pressings sound like 78's compared to these pressings. If you're a King fan and appreciate his golden voice, you have to get all the current titles available. I hope there will be more reissues to come, especially the Christmas Album, which I have communicated to Acoustic Sounds how much I think it would be a great title to add. It needs to be given the remastered 45rpm treatment. Prepare to be amazed.


Amazing Sound!

posted on 08/03/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Collin
Nat's voice is there in the room. The dynamics and tone of this album are amazing. Give it a try. Hoffman and Gray really nailed it again. The music swings with Handy's great writing.


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