Nat King Cole Gets 10-CD/2-DVD Career Retrospective

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Universal Music will celebrate the work of one of the most accomplished singers in popular song with the release of the definitive Nat King Cole collection on October 9, 2015.


Entitled Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography, it is a glorious career retrospective containing 262 tracks from 1939 - 1965 over 10 CDs including all of his signature songs, a disc of rare and unreleased recordings and a disc featuring his legendary Live At The Philharmonic appearances from 1944, a landmark in the history of jazz.

Housed in a deluxe clamshell box, the set will also feature two DVDs, the first featuring the unreleased 1963 Australian TV Special The Mobil Limb Show and the second featuring the acclaimed 2014 documentary Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark as well as an 88 page book by respected author and musicologist Richard Havers, which is illustrated with rare and unseen photos of Nat at work and play and includes his original tour scrapbook.


Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama in the Deep South of the US on March 17, 1919 in a society riven with racial prejudice and went on to become the first black TV star in America.

As a child he sang in church where his father was a preacher and from a very early age he picked out tunes on the piano encouraged by his mother who played the church organ. He made his recording debut in his brother Eddie's band in 1936 and his improvisational skills can be heard in his earliest recordings with the King Cole's Swingsters in '39 but his reputation started to grow exponentially when he stepped up to the mike and unleashed that velvet baritone on an unsuspecting world.

Cole went on to work with some of the great songwriters and arrangers of the 40s and 50s including Billy May, Gordon Jenkins and Nelson Riddle, and his flawless warm phrasing ensured that he had more than 100 hit records and charted more than two dozen albums in his era-defining career. Though his voice made him one of the most recognizable singers in history alongside Sinatra, Crosby and Dean Martin, Cole was modest about his gift, saying "I'm a musician at heart. I know I'm not really a singer. I couldn't compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it."

Cole died tragically too soon of lung cancer in 1965 but left behind a catalogue of music that stands shoulder to shoulder with any other singer of that era and continues to delight new generations of listeners to this day. Nat King Cole was awarded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1990 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000.

Beautifully produced and expertly researched Nat King Cole: His Musical Autobiography runs the gamut of Cole's unique talent from his pure jazz piano stylings to his sublimely romantic ballads and is a joy for anyone whose interest in Cole stretches beyond the pop hits that made him famous.

The full tracklisting of the box is as follows:

Disc 1: 1939-1943 - I Like to Riff
  • There's No Anesthetic For Love
  • Riffin' At The Bar-B-Q
  • Harlem Swing
  • Dancing In The Street
  • I Like To Riff
  • By The River Sainte Marie
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • This Side Up
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • Gone With The Draft
  • Early Morning Blues
  • Scotchin' With Soda
  • Hit The Ramp
  • Stop! The Red Lights On
  • Call The Police
  • Are You Fer It
  • That Ain't Right
  • Hit That Jive Jack
  • All For You
  • Vim, Vom Veedle
  • Pitchin' Up a Boogie
  • Let's Spring One
  • F.S.T. (Fine Sweet And Tasty)
  • Got A Penny
  • Let's Pretend
Disc 2: 1943-1946 - Straighten Up and Fly Right
  • Straighten Up And Fly Right
  • I Just Can't See For Lookin'
  • Jumpin' At Capitol
  • If You Can't Smile And Say Yes
  • Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • Embraceable You
  • It's Only A Paper Moon
  • The Man I Love
  • Body & Soul
  • Prelude in C Sharp Minor
  • What Is This Thing Called Love
  • Easy Listening Blues
  • I Realize Now
  • Bring Another Drink
  • I'm A Shy Guy
  • You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • It is Better to be By Yourself
  • The Frim Fram Sauce
  • Come To Baby Do!
  • Homeward Bound
  • This Way Out
  • But She's My Buddy's Chick
  • How Does it Feel
Disc 3: 1946-1949 - Get Your Kicks on Route 66
  • (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
  • Everyone Is Sayin' Hello Again (Why Must We Say Goodbye?)
  • I'm In The Mood For Love
  • I've Only Myself To Blame
  • To A Wild Rose
  • You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
  • The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  • The Best Man
  • I Love You For Sentimental Reasons
  • In The Cool of the Evening
  • You're the Cream In My Coffee
  • Come In Out of The Rain
  • Meet Me At No Special Place
  • Save The Bones For Henry Jones
  • Nature Boy
  • It's The Sentimental Thing To Do
  • The Geek
  • Little Girl
  • Lost April
  • Put 'Em In A Box, Tie 'Em With A Ribbon
  • Lush Life
  • Land Of Love
  • Yes Sir That's My Baby
  • Calypso Blues
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me
Disc 4: 1950-1951 - Unforgettable
  • For You My Love
  • I Almost Lost My Mind
  • Baby Won't You Say You Love Me
  • Mona Lisa
  • The Greatest Inventor Of Them All
  • Home (When Shadows Fall)
  • The Tunnel Of Love
  • Orange Colored Sky
  • Jam-Bo
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Jet
  • The Magic Tree
  • Always You
  • Destination Moon
  • Too Young
  • That's My Girl
  • Red Sails In The Sunset
  • Because Of Rain
  • Song Of Delilah
  • Unforgettable
  • My First And My Last Love
  • Miss Me
  • Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  • The Ruby & The Pearl
Disc 5: 1952-54 - Somewhere Along the Way
  • Somewhere Along the Way
  • Funny (Not Much)
  • Penthouse Serenade
  • Laura
  • I'm Never Satisfied
  • Faith Can Move Mountains
  • Strange
  • Pretend
  • Can't I
  • That's All
  • I Am In Love
  • Return To Paradise
  • A Fool Was I
  • Tenderly
  • Let's Fall In Love
  • Lover, Come Back To Me!
  • Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
  • Answer Me, My Love
  • It Happens To Be Me
  • Make Her Mine
  • Smile
  • Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)
  • My One Sin (In Life)
  • The Sand & The Sea
  • A Blossom Fell
  • If I May
  • Forgive My Heart
Disc 6: 1955-57 - Stardust
  • I Want To Be Happy
  • Someone You Love
  • Take Me Back To Toyland
  • Dreams Can Tell A Lie
  • I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
  • Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You
  • Ask Me
  • Too Young To Go Steady
  • Never Let Me Go
  • 10.That's All There Is To That
  • My Dream Sonata
  • Night Lights
  • To The Ends Of The Earth
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • Ballerina
  • Blame It On My Youth
  • You Are My First Love
  • When Rock and Roll Comes To Trinidad
  • Love Letters
  • Stardust
  • Send For Me
  • When I Fall In Love
  • My Personal Possession
  • With You On My Minde
  • The Song Of Raintree County
  • The Party's Over
  • Angel Smile
Disc 7: 1958-60 - You Made Me Love You
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Looking Back
  • Do I Like It
  • Come Closer To Me
  • Come To The Mardi Gras
  • This is All I Ask
  • The Very Thought Of You
  • Mood Indigo
  • Nothin' In The World
  • Non Dimenticar (Don't Forget)
  • Crazy She Calls Me
  • Give Me Your Love
  • Madrid
  • You Made Me Love You
  • I Must Be Dreaming
  • Sweet Bird Of Youth
  • In A Mellow Tone (instrumental)
  • Midnight Flyer
  • Time And The River
  • Whatcha Gonna Do
  • That's You
  • Hundreds and Thousands of Girls
  • My Love
  • Wild is Love
  • If I Knew
  • Poinciana
  • When It's Summer
  • Illusion
Disc 8: 1961-65 - Ramblin' Rose
  • Take a Fool's Advice
  • When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
  • Let True Love Begin
  • Cappuccina
  • Step Right Up (And Say You Love Me)
  • Everything Happens To Me
  • The Right Thing To Say
  • September Song
  • Ramblin' Rose
  • Your Cheatin' Heart
  • Dear Lonely Hearts
  • I Could Have Danced All Night
  • All Over The World
  • Nothing Goes Up (Without Coming Down)
  • Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer
  • My True Carrie Love
  • That Sunday, That Summer
  • Mr Wishing Well
  • I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore
  • People
  • More And More Of Your Amor
  • Kareha (Japanese version of Autumn Leaves)
  • I Don't Want To See Tomorrow
  • L-O-V-E
  • Let Me Tell You Babe
  • The Ballad of Cat Ballou
  • The Girl From Ipanema
  • Three Little Words
  • No Other Heart
Disc 9: Jazz at the Philharmonic
  • Lester Leaps In
  • Tea For Two
  • Blues
  • Body And Soul
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • The Man I Love
  • I've Found A New Baby
  • Rosetta
  • Bugle Call Rag
  • One O'Clock Jump
  • Oh, Lady Be Good!
Disc 10: Rare & Unreleased
  • Just You, Just Me (takes 1-6)
  • Little Child
  • The Day Isn't Long Enough
  • Sweet William (And The Lily Of The Valley)
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • The Magic Window
  • Why Can't We Try Again
  • You're Wrong, All Wrong
  • Little Fingers
  • United (takes 1-3)
  • Unfair (take 8)
  • One Sun
  • Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo Paloma
  • Thank You Pretty Baby (takes 1-13)
DVD 1: Mobil Limb Show Television Special
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • When I Fall In Love
  • I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Right Myself a Letter
  • Imagination
  • Mona Lisa
  • It's Only a Paper Moon
  • Too Young
  • Where or When
  • To The Ends of the Earth
  • Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
  • To The Ends of the Earth
  • Non Dimenticar
  • To The Ends of the Earth
  • Acércate Más
  • To The Ends of the Earth
  • Dear Lonely Hearts
  • I Love A Piano
  • Walking My Baby Back Home
  • Ramblin' Rose
  • A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
DVD 2: Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark (2014 Documentary)

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