Nat “King” Cole – The Very Thought of You – with Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra – Capitol/EMI Collectors’ Choice

by | Mar 6, 2008 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Nat “King” Cole – The Very Thought of You – with Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra – Capitol/EMI Collectors’ Choice Music mono CCM-875 ****:

Another big hit from the Nat Cole library of recordings for Capitol which are being reissued in the Collectors’ Choice series. I ‘spose you could call it the Cole-ectors’ Choice.  This was one of the singer/pianist’s big hits back in 1958, the year the stereodisc was introduced, but Capitol was only using stereo for a few of its classical recordings at this time.  It was Nat’s second album with Gordon Jenkins and is considered their most successful and artistic. The string arrangements are lovely and don’t sound dated even today; they offer perfect support for Cole’s unique baritone voice. We don’t get to hear a lot of his fantastic piano chops, but that’s only a problem to the crazy minority of us who actually preferred his piano stylings to his singing.

There were 14 tracks on the original LP – an unusually high total for vinyl days, and four more bonus tracks have been added. The tune selection hues to the super-romantic, following the album’s title.  Though some are rather sad songs about regret, Nat’s delivery is so tender that they sound less pessimistic.  The bonus closing ironic Happy New Year, however, fits right into what Sinatra used to called “cut your wrists” music.

TrackList:

1. Very Thought of You
2. But Beautiful
3. Impossible – Nat King Cole
4. I Wish I Knew (Notorious)
5. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
6. Magnificent Obsession
7. My Heart Tells Me
8. Paradise
9. This Is All I Ask
10. Cherie, I Love You
11. Making Believe You’re Here
12. Cherchez La Femme
13. For All We Know
14. More I See You
15. Don’t Blame Me
16. There Is No Greater Love
17. Farewell to Arms
18. Happy New Year

– John Henry

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