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Nat King Cole Trio - The MacGregor Anthology

Label: Sepiatone Records
Catalog #: CRCL-8887
Released: August, 2002
Japanese Import

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The C.P. MacGregor transcriptions were not originally commercial recordings. They were initially released on 16" vinyl and were syndicated to radio stations throughout North America. The Trio recorded roughly 243 songs for MacGregor as the King Cole Trio. On more than a few occasions the Trio backed singers like Anita O'Day, who appears on this collection (purportedly these sessions were Anita's audition tapes for the vocalist job in Stan Kenton's band). Transcription companies thrived for many years into the fifties. Capitol approved of the Trio's recording of transcriptions, in part because of the exposure as wall as a good publicity these war effort broadcasts engendered where they were utalized. Nat's rich voca confidence comes through and his knack for ballads emanates from recordings such as the lovely "Laura" and the seldom heard "If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow." His touch on the piano is simplt superb, as is Oscar Moore's shimmering interplay on the guitar, all being held by the solid bass timing of Johnny Miller. This is by far the best version of the Trio, which remained a solid unit until Moore's departure in 1947 followed by miller's exit in 1948. Both joined Oscar's brother' group 'Johnny Moore's Three Blazers', a very good Trio-sounding group featuring Charles Brown on vocals and piano. In the ensuing years, the Trio essentially backed Nat King Cole, with Nat becoming the focus. Nat eventually stood away from the piano seat, playing less and less to become the great crooner he is now remembered.

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1. Laura   11. It's Only A Paper Moon
2. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me   12. I Wanna Turn Out My Light
3. Baby Won't You Please Come Home   13. Besame Mucho
4. Sweet Lorraine   14. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)
5. It Only Happens Once   15. I'm In The Mood For Love
6. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)   16. Keep Knockin' On Wood
7. I Realize Now   17. Baby
8. You Must Be Blind   18. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
9. Too Marvelous For Words   19. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
10. The Man I Love   20. If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow
    21. Cherokee (Bonus Track)

 

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