FLAC 176kHz/24bit Download
Cover art and liner notes included
This download includes both the Stereo and the Mono mix files of the entire album.
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle.
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
This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original 3-track work tapes from Capitol's vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this file includes the original mono mix taken from separate microphone feeds, mixing consoles and tape machines at the original sessions. In order to master from the 3-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for 3-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a 3-track playback headstack and also a 3-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We've spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this reissue truly historic.
An influential figure in the early 20th century development of blues and popular music as a music scholar and the composer of numerous popular songs, William Christopher 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 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.
For this download both mono and stereo versions feature the opening "Overture/Hesitating Blues" medley restored to its original full length. Originally released in 1958.
Read some glowing praise for the quality of this reissue, also available on SACD, here:
|1. Overture, complete restored (introducing “Love Theme” and “Hesitation Blues”)|
|2. Harlem Blues|
|3. Chantez Les Bas|
|4. Friendless Blues|
|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|