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Nat 'King' Cole - After Midnight


Analogue Productions



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UPC: 753088078262

Hybrid Mono SACD

Hybrid Mono SACD  

Also available on:
180 Gram Vinyl Record
45 RPM Vinyl Record

Click Here to See Photos from the Nat "King" Cole Mastering Session

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

This disc is playable as Mono only on both the CD and SACD layers.

Included with this deluxe reissue is a 4,600-word essay by Chris Hall about the album.

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

In this felicitous blending of Nat "King" Cole's supreme talents as jazz pianist and vocalist with small combos featuring fellow jazz alumni, classic pop and jazz met in a wildly successful brew. A combination of new and familiar songs are featured, including fresh recordings of classic hits like "Route 66." Musicians include Harry "Sweets" Edison, Juan Tizol, Lee Young, Stuff Smith and Willie Smith augmenting his famous Trio. In addition to the full original album, five additional tracks and one alternate take from the original sessions are included in this release. Mellow, classy, focused and vibrant, After Midnight was a hit and an instant classic upon its release in 1956 and remains a gem to treasure today.

Mastered from the original first-generation full-track monaural session tapes by Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray and Gus Skinas to high resolution DSD and standard CD, the exemplary recording is presented in appropriately exquisite sound quality. 

Recorded in 1956.

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




Just You, Just Me
Sweet Lorraine
Sometimes I’m Happy
It’s Only A Paper Moon
You’re Looking At Me
Lonely One
Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
I Know That You Know
Blame It On My Youth
When I Grow Too Old To Dream
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66

Bonus tracks, songs left off original LP:
What Is There To Say?
I Was A Little Too Lonely
You Can Depend On Me
Two Loves Have I
Just You, Just Me, Take 2
It's Only A Paper Moon (Take 3)

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

Chad does it again....

posted on 06/08/2017
5 Stars
Buy it, buy it now.


posted on 12/01/2011
5 Stars
Good thing it's an SACD or it'd be worn out by now!

A great album with amazing sound quality

posted on 01/06/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Benjamin
By 1956 Nat "King" Cole had been riding the tops of the charts for more than a dozen years. Since about 1950, with the monster hit Mona Lisa, he'd increasingly abandoned his jazz roots for well-crafted pop. But with this album he went back into the studio, the new studio in the basement of the famous Capitol Tower (called for good reason "The House that Nat Built") and recorded this jazzy album of classics. This was just before stereo, and so this album is in beautiful mono. They knew how to record these beautifully, and this is the best mono recording I've ever heard.

Or it least it is as mastered by Steve Hoffman & Co on SACD. It feels so intimate it's like you're sitting in a chair right next to these guys and they go through these numbers. It's almost a little eerie at times--Nat is gently singing and almost breathing down your neck, but separated by a Twilight Zone veil of 55 years. The liner notes by NKC expert Chris hall are witty, insightful, and beautifully written. Buy it.


posted on 01/05/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Roberto-Juan Gonzalez
BRAVO, INDISPENSABLE!!! Nat "King" Cole, with his trio and distinguished guest artists, in MONO, with sound that continues the outstanding sonics of this incredible series.

Nat Cole was about to turn the corner into the singing career that made him famous when he brought his trio into Capitol records in 1956 and made these recordings. The man had an uncanny ability to comp (jazz lingo for piano accompaniment) while singing. His solos are virtuosic, pared down to essentials, just like vintage Count Basie, and the band is so tight, they fit like a tailored suit. The contributions from the assembled instrumental soloists are lovely.

I hear more color in his vocals than I have EVER heard in ANY issues of these recordings, and I own all of them. Even in mono, this sounds like the trio is sitting in my living room.


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