Analogue Productions - CAPP 1613 SA - SACD Hybrid Multichannel
Mastered By Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering
Two Disc Limited Edition - includes three-channel and two-channel mixes
Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For!
Mastered from the Original 3-Track Analog Masters by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray with DSD specialist Gus Skinas
"...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,
"Listening to Nat King Cole in 3-channel DSD from hard disk… and yes, those are the same three speakers that were used for the mastering. The sound of the DSD playback via EMM Labs multi-channel was simply unbelievable... As a long-time Nat King Cole fan, I was knocked out by the amazing quality of the DSD masters." - David W. Robinson, www.positive-feedback.com
Excellent mastering on this collection. 3.0 mix has a very nice warm sound to it and the songs are excellent. I bought this not knowing how much I would like it but I am glad I took the gamble. Music 10/10 mastering 9/10 and the multi channel mix 10/10. HRAudio Review
You wanted the best, you got it. We guarantee you will revel over the music, sound, and presentation here on Analogue Productions' blockbuster set. 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.Containing 38 tracks, many re-recorded in stereo for this anthology, this unmatched set spans the entirety of his distinguished career.
Cole's early beginnings leading the popular jazz-oriented Nat King Cole Trio are documented with selections including "Route 66" and "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)." But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Hits including "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable," "Orange Colored Sky," "Night Lights," and "Looking Back" 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 with two huge hits, "Ramblin' Rose" and "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer," to further expand the musical scope.
A talent and voice for all time and a body of work that defined multiple music eras, Nat King Cole's catalog includes some of the finest, most enduring and treasured recordings ever made. Of course, 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.
Using the original first generation 2-track and 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and all-analog systems comprised of custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads, and a console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman realize the stunning beauty of these recordings in this hybrid 2-SACD set.
Of the 38 songs in this collection, three are also included in 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 the same name. 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" appear on After Midnight, however these versions are stereo re-recordings of the original arrangements from the 1940s. Also, tracks 11, 34, and 35 are stereo-only.
No matter how you look at it, this collection can not be beat! Never before has this set sounded so rich, with every detail and nuance restored in a manner that places you in the recording studio with Cole.
Listening to Nat King Cole in 3-channel DSD from hard disk… and yes, those are the same three speakers that were used for the mastering. The sound of the DSD playback via EMM Labs multi-channel was simply unbelievable... As a long-time Nat King Cole fan, I was knocked out by the amazing quality of the DSD masters." - David W. Robinson, www.positive-feedback.com
"...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
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Multi-Channel SACD Layer
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray, Steve Hoffman and Gus Skinas
• Slide Cover with 2CD Fold-Out Jewel Case
• Booklet includes pictures and essays
An unparalleled sonic and music experience!
Nat King Cole The Nat King Cole Story Track Listing:
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
14. Somewhere Along The Way
15. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
17. Blue Gardenia
18. I Am In Love
19. Answer Me, My Love
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
29. Send For Me
30. St. Louis Blues
31. Looking Back
32. Non Dimenticar (Don’t Forget)
34. Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep
35. Ay, Cosita Linda
36. Wild Is Love
37. Ramblin’ Rose
38. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer
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