Nat "King" Cole - The Nat King Cole Story


Label:

Analogue Productions

Genre:

Jazz

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CAPP 1613 SA
UPC: 753088161360
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Hybrid 3-Channel Stereo SACD


No. of Discs: 2

Hybrid 3-Channel Stereo SACD  

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Read Michael Fremer's Essay on the Nat King Cole Mastering Efforts


Tracks playable as Three-Channel and Stereo on the SACD layer and as Stereo on the CD layer. There is no Mono mix included. Three of these tracks are stereo only: "Orange Colored Sky" (track 11), "Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep" (track 34) and "Ay, Cosita Linda" (track 35).

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

"...mastered from the original three-track work tapes is a sonic spectacular that outdoes the original by a wide margin - as does its packaging. The SACD includes three-channel and two-channel mixes. A major reissue." Stereophile Records To Die For - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, February 2010

This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original three-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 SACD experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this SACD includes a three-track transfer for multichannel playback. In order to master from the three-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for three-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 three-track playback headstack and also a three-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 a truly historic reissue.

Additional liner notes by Nat "King" Cole expert Jordan Taylor.

The SACD packaging is a modernized version of the original LP outing. This two-disc collection is bundled in a "Brilliant Box" Jewel Case that houses both The Nat King Cole Story SACDs tightly and securely. Accompanying the discs is an eight-page booklet detailing original session notes, recording dates, studio locations and musician credits. Along with that, there's a 36-page booklet that includes the original liner notes and articles from George T. Simon, Ralph J. Gleason and Leonard Feather as well as additional essays by Nat "King" Cole expert Jordan Taylor and analog champion Michael Fremer. All of these items are neatly organized inside a CD slipcase that visually replicates the cover of The Nat King Cole Story.

One of Nat "King" Cole's crowning achievements and a fittingly lavish celebration of a cultural and musical icon, The Nat "King" Cole Story offers a glorious overview of the career of one of the greatest and most beloved performers in popular music history. 38 tracks, many re-recorded in stereo for this anthology, offer a selection spanning his popular career.

His beginnings leading the popular jazz-oriented Nat "King" Cole Trio are represented with selections including "Route 66" and "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)." Hits including "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable," "Orange Colored Sky," "Night Lights" and "Looking Back" are here to represent his unparalleled string of memorable hits as a popular vocalist. "Calypso Blues" and "Ay Cosita Linda" help illustrate the range his projects could cover. More contemporary to this anthology, selections including "Wild Is Love" are augmented here with two huge hits as a special bonus, "Ramblin' Rose" and "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" to further expand the scope.

A talent and voice for all times with a body of work that could and did help define their eras, Nat "King" Cole's career offers some of the finest, most enduring and treasured recordings ever made. Nat "King" Cole could never be fully served by any one set. But this wonderful cornucopia stands as a fantastic celebration for the enthusiast and a good starting point for someone just beginning to explore The Nat "King" Cole Story.

Using the original first generation 2-track and 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and custom headstacks, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable SACD experience. For this deluxe 2-disc hybrid SACD set, the album is featured in stereo on the standard resolution CD layer and high resolution stereo DSD layer, while the DSD multi-channel layer features high resolution 3-channel sound for all tracks recorded in 3-channels (all but 3 songs).

There are 38 songs in this collection. Of those, three are the same recordings included on other Analogue Productions Nat "King" Cole reissues. "Stardust" (track 28) is the same version included on Love Is The Thing. "St. Louis Blues" (track 30) is the same version included on the album of that title. And "Paradise" (track 33) is the same version included on The Very Thought Of You. Three more songs - "Sweet Lorraine," "It's Only A Paper Moon" and "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" - are songs that appear on After Midnight, however these versions are stereo re-recordings of the original arrangements from the 1940s. Three of these tracks are stereo only: "Orange Colored Sky" (track 11), "Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep" (track 34) and "Ay, Cosita Linda" (track 35).

Read some glowing praise for the quality of these SACD reissues here:

http://puresuperaudio.blogspot.com/2010/05/nat-king-cole-sacd-project-launch.html

 



1. Straighten Up And Fly Right
2. Sweet Lorraine
3. It's Only A Paper Moon
4. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
6. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
7. Nature Boy
8. Lush Life
9. Calypso Blues
10. Mona Lisa
11. Orange Colored Sky
12. Too Young
13. Unforgettable
14. Somewhere Along The Way
15. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
16. Pretend
17. Blue Gardenia
18. I Am In Love
19. Answer Me, My Love
20. Smile
21. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
22. The Sand And The Sea
23. If I May
24. A Blossom Fell
25. To The Ends Of The Earth
26. Night Lights
27. Ballerina
28. Stardust
29. Send For Me
30. St. Louis Blues
31. Looking Back
32. Non Dimenticar (Don’t Forget)
33. Paradise
34. Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep
35. Ay, Cosita Linda
36. Wild Is Love (spoken intro and song)
37. Ramblin’ Rose
38. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 8 person(s) rated this product.

One Of The Best!

posted on 03/03/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: KSCNYC
They don't make music like this anymore. It was recorded quite beautifully. The three-track playback is stunning!


CD layer only

posted on 01/26/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: ~~RR
Our disc player is only a CD player so I can only play the CD layer. But when it is this good, the SACD layer is a bonus. If you have any other issues of this album, buy this one. It's about as pure as you will get from the CD format. In fact, this is what CD's should sound like in this day and age.


Outstanding recording and package

posted on 06/27/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Don Bingaman
Great three-channel sound of one of the best vocal artist of the 20th century. Quality of the package including the booklet that comes with the disc is outstanding.


It's like being in the studio in 1961!

posted on 11/29/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bill Saul
Listening to the 3 channel mix of these Nat Cole sessions from 1961 makes you really appreciate the talent of the man. With his voice separated from the orchestra it feels like you were standing next to him while he was recording. You can hear how perfect his voice was. Even though most of the cuts are re-recordings they sound just like the originals but better in terms of quality and sound. This SACD is worth every penny and more!


Nat Cole

posted on 11/22/2011
5 Stars
I just have to say thank you to all at Analogue Productions who were involved in this (and each) Nat Cole reissue. It is impossible to convey what a stellar job they have done and this had to be a labor of love or it could not have been achieved. And thank you for issuing them on SACD (a personal favorite in terms of format). If anyone is debating whether or not to purchase these fabulous upgrades, I can only say "Buy them now"! You will not regret it. I do not believe that these will be bettered in my lifetime. Well done everybody!


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