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In many ways, the last five years of Nat King Cole 's recording career was his most successful...more

Nat 'King' Cole: L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set)

In many ways, the last five years of Nat King Cole's recording career was his most successful period: despite the insurgence of rock 'n' roll and other non-traditional pop musics, Nat King Cole was riding higher than ever. He had more big hits in these years than ever before, and he mastered the technique of turning hit singles into best selling albums. The years 1960-1964 found Cole collaborating extensively with a new and outstanding musical director, the highly talented Ralph Carmichael, as well as creating some of his best-remembered albums with old friends like Billy May and Gordon Jenkins. There also were wonderful one-shot projects like his team-up with the great pianist George Shearing and Cole's only official live recording.

This second 11-CD set is the first complete collection of all of Nat King Cole's recordings from the final half-decade of his career, a total of 292 masters. The set includes all of the following albums, in many cases including rare 'bonus' material from the same sessions: Nat King Cole's only in-concert recording, 'Live At The Sands' (1960) ' universally regarded as one of the great live albums of all time. 'Wild Is Love' '
Nat King Cole's only original-story concept album, containing the classic title song, and his last collaboration with the great arranger Nelson Riddle (1960). 'The Magic Of Christmas' ' The King's only all-original Christmas concept album, a collection of traditional carols that marked his first project with the wonderful musical director Ralph Carmichael (1960). 'The Touch Of Your Lips' ' One of Cole's all-time greatest ballad albums, with sumptuous arrangements by the brilliant Mr. Carmichael (1960). 'Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays' '  

Another brilliant collection of love songs, Cole's only meeting with the marvelous jazz pianist, backed by more deluxe string arrangements from Ralph Carmichael ' including many bonus tracks (1961). 'The Nat King Cole Story' ' Nat King Cole's massive autobiographical statement of 1961, in which he recreated his classic hits of the '40s and '50s in state of the art stereo with the original orchestrations in an elaborate three-LP package ' including several bonus tracks. 'Let's Face The Music!' ' Cole's last teaming with his old chum Billy May proved to be one of the hardest-swinging albums of his career, in which he not only swung the hell out of 12 great songs but contributed five solos (the only ones of his career) on electric organ (1961)! 'More Cole Espanol' ' Nat King Cole's final Spanish-language album brought him South of the border to Mexico City, both musically and literally! With Ralph Carmichael (1962). 'Ramblin' Rose' ' Nat King Cole's first mega-hit of this period, a blockbuster country song 'by two Jewish boys from Brooklyn' that became one of his all-time best-sellers and led to an equally succesful album (1962). 'Dear Lonely Hearts' ' The second of Nat King Cole's country albums. (1962). 'Where Did Everyone Go' ' The only time that Nat King Cole recorded a set of saloon-and-suicide songs in the style of
Frank Sinatra's 'Only The Lonely.' An all-time classic if under-appreciated album of quality pop music, orchestrated in high style by the great Gordon Jenkins and featuring several all-time Nat King Cole classics, such as the title song and the haunting I Keep Going Back To Joe's (1962). 'My Fair Lady' ' Nat King Cole's marvelous but little-known recording of the complete score to the 1956 classic musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe, with marvelous orchestrations by Ralph Carmichael (1963). Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer, one of the biggest hits of the early '60s, and a song that all but defined an era, expanded into a marvelous sing-a-long album ' 12 warmly nostalgic songs of the good old summertime, featuring Nat King Cole, Carmichael's orchestra and a large chorus. Includes That Sunday, That Summer, among the most beautiful songs Nat King Cole recorded in the later period (1963). 'I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore ' ' 

Cole's final country album, the most modern sounding of the three, with sophisticated charts by Ralph Carmichael, and including many bonus tracks and singles (1964). L-O-V-E  Nat King Cole's last hit was a German import by Bert Kaempfert that he and Ralph Carmichael worked into a classic album, all of hard-swinging, Basie-esque love songs with a continental flavor. Nat King Cole's final album featured some of the best singing (and swinging!) of his entire career. Plus over 40 singles, nearly none of them ever reissued on LP or CD, including some wonderful, hidden gems, such as : - Several outstanding showtunes, such as Look No Furtherfrom 'No Strings,' and Magic Moment from 'The Gay Life.' -
Nat King Cole's little-known 1960 reunion session with Stan Kenton and his Orchestra.

Nat King Cole's only date with arranger Richard Wess, which resulted in the swinging 'Cappuccina'.
A marvelous selection of foreign language versions of his hit songs, most never commonly available in any country! - Several outstanding movie songs, including Nat King Cole's vocals from his last film, the classic comedy-western 'Cat Ballou.'
Most of these singles tracks have only been heard in the last 40 years with over-dubbed rhythm section ' this package marks their first compilation in the orginal, untampered masters, as they were meant to be heard.

The hardcover book features the usual Bear Family amenities: 184 pages of full-color photos from the Capitol vault, extensive analysis and background by Will Friedwald, the definitive Nat King Cole scholar, as well as a complete discography and tune index by Michel Ruppli, Jordan Taylor, Russell Wapensky & Richard Weize.

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Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01BallerinaNat 'King' Cole
02Funny (Not Much)Nat 'King' Cole
03The ContinentalNat 'King' Cole
04I Wish You LoveNat 'King' Cole
05You Leave Me BreathlesNat 'King' Cole
06Thou SwellNat 'King' Cole
07My Kinda LoveNat 'King' Cole
08The Surrey With The Fringe On TopNat 'King' Cole
09Where Or When (instrumental)Nat 'King' Cole
10Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch ...)Nat 'King' Cole
11Joe Turner's BluesNat 'King' Cole
12Mr. Cole Won't Rock And RollNat 'King' Cole
13IntroductionNat 'King' Cole
14Wild Is LoveNat 'King' Cole
15Wild Is LoveNat 'King' Cole
16Hundreds And Thousands Of GirlsNat 'King' Cole
17It's A Beautiful EveningNat 'King' Cole
18Tell Her In The MorningNat 'King' Cole
19Are You Disenchanted?Nat 'King' Cole
20Pick-UpNat 'King' Cole
21Beggar For The BluesNat 'King' Cole
22World Of No ReturnNat 'King' Cole
23In Love AgainNat 'King' Cole
24Stay With ItNat 'King' Cole
25Wouldn't You KnowNat 'King' Cole
26He Who HesitatesNat 'King' Cole
27Wild Is Love (reprise)Nat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01SteadyNat 'King' Cole
02My Love-1Nat 'King' Cole
03Magic NightNat 'King' Cole
04Is It Better To Have Loved And Lost?Nat 'King' Cole
05Someone To Tell It TooNat 'King' Cole
06Baby BlueNat 'King' Cole
07When It's SummerNat 'King' Cole
08You Are MineNat 'King' Cole
09Away In A MangerNat 'King' Cole
10I Saw Three ShipsNat 'King' Cole
11Silent NightNat 'King' Cole
12The First NoelNat 'King' Cole
13Joy To The WorldNat 'King' Cole
14Deck The HallsNat 'King' Cole
15Hark The Herald Angels SingNat 'King' Cole
16Adeste Fideles 1Nat 'King' Cole
17Adeste Fideles 2Nat 'King' Cole
18O TannenbaumNat 'King' Cole
19A Cradle In BethlehemNat 'King' Cole
20God Rest Ye Merry, GentlemenNat 'King' Cole
21Caroling, Caroling/O Holy NightNat 'King' Cole
22O Little Town Of BethlehemNat 'King' Cole
23The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)Nat 'King' Cole
24Buon Natale Means (Merry Christmas To You)Nat 'King' Cole
25The Happiest Christmas TreeNat 'King' Cole
26Toys For Tots (Marine Corps Release)Nat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01If I KnewNat 'King' Cole
02I Remember YouNat 'King' Cole
03Sunday, Monday Or AlwaysNat 'King' Cole
04A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley SquareNat 'King' Cole
05My Need For YouNat 'King' Cole
06PoincianaNat 'King' Cole
07The Touch Of Your LipsNat 'King' Cole
08You're Mine, You!Nat 'King' Cole
09IllusionNat 'King' Cole
10Funny (Not Much)Nat 'King' Cole
11Not So Long AgoNat 'King' Cole
12Only ForeverNat 'King' Cole
13Lights OutNat 'King' Cole
14It's Only A Paper MoonNat 'King' Cole
15Sweet LorraineNat 'King' Cole
16(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66Nat 'King' Cole
17Straighten Up And Fly RightNat 'King' Cole
18(I Love You) For Sentimental ReasonsNat 'King' Cole
19Embraceable YouNat 'King' Cole
20Answer Me My LoveNat 'King' Cole
21Darling Je Vous Aime BeaucoupNat 'King' Cole
22SmileNat 'King' Cole
23PretendNat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01The Sand And The SeaNat 'King' Cole
02A Blossom FellNat 'King' Cole
03Nature BoyNat 'King' Cole
04Too YoungNat 'King' Cole
05Somewhere Along The WayNat 'King' Cole
06UnforgettableNat 'King' Cole
07Mona LisaNat 'King' Cole
08Send For MeNat 'King' Cole
09If I May-1Nat 'King' Cole
10Looking BackNat 'King' Cole
11Goodnight Little LeaguerNat 'King' Cole
12Take A Fool's AdviceNat 'King' Cole
13The First Baseball GameNat 'King' Cole
14Because You Love MeNat 'King' Cole
15Make It LastNat 'King' Cole
16CapuccinaNat 'King' Cole
17Let True Love Begin (Let's Begin Again)Nat 'King' Cole
18Let True Love Begin (Let's Begin Again) (withNat 'King' Cole
19chorus)Nat 'King' Cole
20LoveNat 'King' Cole
21I Heard You Cried Last NightNat 'King' Cole
22Orange Colored SkyNat 'King' Cole
23To The Ends Of The EarthNat 'King' Cole
24Non DimenticarNat 'King' Cole
25Blue GardeniaNat 'King' Cole
26Night LightsNat 'King' Cole
27Calypso BluesNat 'King' Cole
28I Am In LoveNat 'King' Cole
29Lush LifeNat 'King' Cole
30Walkin' My Baby Back HomeNat 'King' Cole
31Ballerina (Dance, Ballerina, Dance)Nat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 5
01Ebony RhapsodyNat 'King' Cole
02Day In, Day OutNat 'King' Cole
03Too Little, Too LateNat 'King' Cole
04When My Sugar Walks Down The StreetNat 'King' Cole
05Cold, Cold HeartNat 'King' Cole
06Let's Face The Music And DanceNat 'King' Cole
07Something Makes Me Want To Dance With YouNat 'King' Cole
08I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself...Nat 'King' Cole
09The Rules Of The RoadNat 'King' Cole
10Warm And WillingNat 'King' Cole
11Bidin' My TimeNat 'King' Cole
12Moon LoveNat 'King' Cole
13Azure-TeNat 'King' Cole
14A Beautiful FriendshipNat 'King' Cole
15Everything Happens To MeNat 'King' Cole
16Pick Yourself UpNat 'King' Cole
17September SongNat 'King' Cole
18Let There Be LoveNat 'King' Cole
19I Got It Bad And That Ain't GoodNat 'King' Cole
20SerenataNat 'King' Cole
21The Game Of LoveNat 'King' Cole
22Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)Nat 'King' Cole
23Guess I'll Go Back HomeNat 'King' Cole
24I'm LostNat 'King' Cole
25Don't GoNat 'King' Cole
26There's A Lull In My LifeNat 'King' Cole
27Lost AprilNat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 6
01Step Right UpNat 'King' Cole
02Magic MomentNat 'King' Cole
03The Right Things To SayNat 'King' Cole
04Look No FurtherNat 'King' Cole
05La Feria De Las FloresNat 'King' Cole
06GuadalajaraNat 'King' Cole
07La Golondrina (The Swallow)Nat 'King' Cole
08Tres Palabras (Withut You)Nat 'King' Cole
09Piel CanelaNat 'King' Cole
10Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart)Nat 'King' Cole
11Las Chiapanecas (While There's Music, ...)Nat 'King' Cole
12Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)Nat 'King' Cole
13Adios Mariquita Linda (Adios And Farewell...)Nat 'King' Cole
14No Me PlatiquesNat 'King' Cole
15Aqui Se Habla En Amor (Love Is Spoken Here)Nat 'King' Cole
16A Media LuzNat 'King' Cole
17Dear Lonely HeartsNat 'King' Cole
18Ramblin' RoseNat 'King' Cole
19Nothing Goes Up Without Coming DownNat 'King' Cole
20The Good TimesNat 'King' Cole
21Who's Next In Line?Nat 'King' Cole
22When You're SmilingNat 'King' Cole
23Wolverton MountainNat 'King' Cole
24One Has My Name, The Other Has My HeartNat 'King' Cole
25Skip To My LouNat 'King' Cole
26Sing Another Song (And We'll All Go Home)Nat 'King' Cole
27Your Cheatin' HeartNat 'King' Cole
28Goodnight, Irene, GoodnightNat 'King' Cole
29I Don't Want It That WayNat 'King' Cole
30Twilight On The TrailNat 'King' Cole
31He'll Have To GoNat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 7
01Farewell To ArmsNat 'King' Cole
02Happy New YearNat 'King' Cole
03When The World Was YoungNat 'King' Cole
04Spring Is HereNat 'King' Cole
05No, I Don't Want HerNat 'King' Cole
06Say It Isn't SoNat 'King' Cole
07Am I Blue?Nat 'King' Cole
08Laughing On The OutsideNat 'King' Cole
09I Keep Going Back To Joe'sNat 'King' Cole
10The End Of A Love AffairNat 'King' Cole
11That's All There IsNat 'King' Cole
12Someone To Tell It ToNat 'King' Cole
13If Love Ain't ThereNat 'King' Cole
14Where Did Everyone Go?Nat 'King' Cole
15Miss YouNat 'King' Cole
16Oh How I Miss You TonightNat 'King' Cole
17All Over The WorldNat 'King' Cole
18Lonesome And SorryNat 'King' Cole
19My First And Only LoverNat 'King' Cole
20Near YouNat 'King' Cole
21Why Should I Cry Over You?Nat 'King' Cole
22YearningNat 'King' Cole
23All By MyselfNat 'King' Cole
24It's A Lonesome Old TownNat 'King' Cole
25Misery Loves CompanyNat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 8
01In The Cool Of The DayNat 'King' Cole
02Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of SummerNat 'King' Cole
03FeliciaNat 'King' Cole
04You'll SeeNat 'King' Cole
05Mr. Wishing WellNat 'King' Cole
06On The Sidewalks Of New YorkNat 'King' Cole
07Get Out And Get Under The MoonNat 'King' Cole
08After The Ball Is OverNat 'King' Cole
09There Is A Tavern In The TownNat 'King' Cole
10On A Bicycle Built For TwoNat 'King' Cole
11In The Good Old SummertimeNat 'King' Cole
12That Sunday, That SummerNat 'King' Cole
13Our Old Home TownNat 'King' Cole
14Don't ForgetNat 'King' Cole
15You Tell Me Your DreamNat 'King' Cole
16That's What They MeantNat 'King' Cole
17Wouldn't It Be Loverly?Nat 'King' Cole
18I've Grown Accustomed To Her FaceNat 'King' Cole
19I Could Have Danced All NightNat 'King' Cole
20With A Little Bit Of LuckNat 'King' Cole
21You Did ItNat 'King' Cole
22Show MeNat 'King' Cole
23I'm An Ordinary ManNat 'King' Cole
24Hymn To HimNat 'King' Cole
25Get Me To The Church On TimeNat 'King' Cole
26The Rain In SpainNat 'King' Cole
27On The Street Where You LiveNat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 9
01Silver BirdNat 'King' Cole
02My True Carrie LoveNat 'King' Cole
03I Don't Want To Be Hurt AnymoreNat 'King' Cole
04A Rag, A Bone, A Hank Of HairNat 'King' Cole
05PeopleNat 'King' Cole
06Let Me Tell You, BabeNat 'King' Cole
07Brush Those Tears From Your EyesNat 'King' Cole
08You're Crying On My ShoulderNat 'King' Cole
09Was That The Human Thing To Do?Nat 'King' Cole
10Only YesterdayNat 'King' Cole
11Road To NowhereNat 'King' Cole
12Go, If You're GoingNat 'King' Cole
13I'm Alone Because I Love YouNat 'King' Cole
14Don't You Remember?Nat 'King' Cole
15I'm All Cried OutNat 'King' Cole
16I Don't Want To See TomorrowNat 'King' Cole
17You're My EverythingNat 'King' Cole
18L-O-V-ENat 'King' Cole
19WanderlustNat 'King' Cole
20MarnieNat 'King' Cole
21More And More Of Your AmoreNat 'King' Cole
22The Ballad Of Cat BallouNat 'King' Cole
23They Can't Make Her CryNat 'King' Cole
24How I'd Love To Love YouNat 'King' Cole
25Coquette (Little Coquette)Nat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 10
01MoreNat 'King' Cole
02Your LoveNat 'King' Cole
03My Kind Of GirlNat 'King' Cole
04Thanks To YouNat 'King' Cole
05There's LoveNat 'King' Cole
06Swiss RetreatNat 'King' Cole
07The Girl From IpanemaNat 'King' Cole
08Three Little WordsNat 'King' Cole
09No Other HeartNat 'King' Cole
10Je Ne Repartirai Pas (french version)Nat 'King' Cole
11Les Feuilles Mortes (french version)Nat 'King' Cole
12Le Bonheur C'est Quand On S'aime (french)Nat 'King' Cole
13Crois-Moi Ca Durera (french version)Nat 'King' Cole
14Passing By (french version)Nat 'King' Cole
15L-O-V-E (italian version)Nat 'King' Cole
16Tu Sei Cosi Amabile (italian version)Nat 'King' Cole
17Amor (spanish version)Nat 'King' Cole
18Tu Eres Tan Amable (spanish version)Nat 'King' Cole
19Muetterlein (german version)Nat 'King' Cole
20L-O-V-E (german version)Nat 'King' Cole
21I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore (japanese)Nat 'King' Cole
22L-O-V-E (japanese version)Nat 'King' Cole
23Kareha (japanese version)Nat 'King' Cole
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 11
01Magic NightNat 'King' Cole
02Is It Better To Have Loved And Lost?Nat 'King' Cole
03Baby BlueNat 'King' Cole
04When It's SummerNat 'King' Cole
05You Are MineNat 'King' Cole
06If I KnewNat 'King' Cole
07Looking BackNat 'King' Cole
08Take A Fool's AdviceNat 'King' Cole
09Because You Love MeNat 'King' Cole
10Make It LastNat 'King' Cole
11CapuccinaNat 'King' Cole
12Let True Love Begin (Let's Begin Again)Nat 'King' Cole
13Magic MomentNat 'King' Cole
14Farewell To ArmsNat 'King' Cole
15Happy New YearNat 'King' Cole
16FeliciaNat 'King' Cole
17You'll SeeNat 'King' Cole
18Mr. Wishing WellNat 'King' Cole
19Silver BirdNat 'King' Cole
20PeopleNat 'King' Cole
21Let Me Tell You, BabeNat 'King' Cole
22MarnieNat 'King' Cole
23No Other HeartNat 'King' Cole
24UnforgettableNat 'King' Cole
25FeliciaNat 'King' Cole
26A Rag, A Bone, A Hank Of HairNat 'King' Cole
27I Don't Want To See TomorrowNat 'King' Cole
28Song Of Raintree CountryNat 'King' Cole
Nat King Cole "Some performers - like myself - have to be loud and rambunctious. But Nat was... more
"Nat 'King' Cole"

Nat King Cole

"Some performers - like myself - have to be loud and rambunctious. But Nat was just Nat."
- Sammy Davis, Jr.


On December 20, 1954, a little more than a week before the start of the period covered by this box set, Nat King Cole and his musical director Nelson Riddle recorded A Blossom Fell. The song would be one of Cole's big hits of 1955; in 1956 it would become the lead track of his album 'Ballads Of The Day,' a popular compilation of successful singles. Empirical evidence suggests that Cole and his producer, Lee Gillette, regarded A Blossom Fell as one of the singer's all-time greatest hits. Cole would land more than a hundred songs on various hit charts over a 25-year period in his lifetime alone yet A Blossom Fell was one of the 36 songs they chose to re-record in stereo in 1961, for the retrospective album, 'The Nat King Cole Story.'

A Blossom Fell was in many ways, a typical Nat King Cole song. Like many of his hits in the '50s and '60s, it was a European import. Cole must surely hold the record, you should forgive the expression, for doing more foreign-born songs than any other American entertainer – with the possible exception of Louis Armstrong. In this particular case, the song came from England, where it had been written by three rather obscure authors named Harold Cornelius, Dominic John and Howard Barnes. (The only other fact I have been able to find out about them is that they also wrote one other song that Cole put on the charts: the 1955 Dreams Can Tell A Lie. This tune was neither anywhere near as good a song nor, correspondingly, nearly as big a hit as A Blossom Fell.)

For most of his career, not only did a significant portion of Cole's material come from outside the United States, a large percentage of his market resided there as well. Around the same time A Blossom Fell was released in America, Cole's disc also charted in the song's native country, where Cole's version climbed considerably higher than rival recordings by home-grown crooners, Dickie Valentine and Ronnie Hilton.

The song is also an archetypical Nat King Cole hit in that, with no disrespect intended to Mr. Valentine and Mr. Hilton, I doubt that anyone would remember this particular song – and many others - were it not for Cole. In a sense, this was the opposite of the traditional path into The Great American Songbook. In many cases, the original source of the great songs is irrelevant; only scholars and music nerds would care that All The Things You Are was introduced by a singer no one has ever heard of (even in 1939) in a show called 'Very Warm For May' that quickly flopped. A Blossom Fell is precisely the reverse scenario: we care about the song only because Nat Cole had a hit with it. We would have no reason to remember the song were it not for Cole; he not only put it on the map, he was the whole map.

Even though it has been recorded by a handful of other singers, the song's only cred comes from the Cole-Riddle hit recording. The Austrian jazz singer Simone Kopemajer recently included it on an album because, as she told me, she loved the Cole performance of it. To Frau Kopemajer, Blossom represents a slice of the Great American Songbook and of the Cole canon – I don't think she was aware that the song had actually originated in Europe.

But in contrast to All The Things You Are - which is, admittedly, an unfair standard of excellence to compare it to - A Blossom Fell is by no means a classic example of songwriting. The lyric pivots on two points, the first being the use of plants as a metaphor. Cole would sing other songs that used variations on this idea, most notably the famous Blue Gardenia (1953), the obscure Sweet William (1952), and the classic Autumn Leaves (which he would perform for the first of many times later in 1955).

The lyric also employs another time-honored conceit of songwriters: the idea that gypsies, being fortune-tellers, are a race of mystics who have the inside dope on fate. While many of the ethnic stereotypes of Tin Pan Alley had disappeared by the postwar era, the preconceived idea regarding gypsies was apparently alive and well. In songs like Golden Earrings and The Gypsy (and even Cole's own, earlier That Ain't Right), lovers evaluate their affairs based on tell-tale signs read by gypsies in tea leaves and crystal balls.

I have no idea if the tradition presented in A Blossom Fell is a genuine gypsy custom, or if it was invented wholly for the song. In fact, it's kind of an awkward idea, one of those concepts that's so goofy, I would almost like to think it really was part of the folklore of real-life Romany. According to the lyric, if two lovers are sitting beneath a tree, exchanging vows of affection, and a blossom happens to fall off a branch and touch the lips of one of the two lovers, it means he or she isn't telling the truth when he or she says he loves him or her.

It's an awkward idea to express in song, and make no mistake, it is very awkwardly expressed. The song opens, "A blossom fell / From off a tree / It settled softly / On the lips you turned to me." That's the A section, and the last two lines are very cumbersome. They make little sense when you read them in print, especially considering that even if this is a genuine gypsy tradition, it's certainly one that not many people would be familiar with. As the late Sammy Cahn once observed, it's a mortal sin for a lyricist to put something in a line that has to be explained: a songwriter's job is to make his point immediately understandable, and if it's deep and profound, like Cole Porter or Alan Jay Lerner, so much the better.

The most obvious point was that only a really top drawer vocal artist - a Cole, a Sinatra, a Clooney, a Holiday - could take a lyric like this and not only make it crystal clear, but sing it so compellingly that millions of listeners would want to rush out and buy the single. As he so often did, Cole compensates for any inadequacies a text might have - he puts over exactly what the lyricist wanted to say even on those frequent occasions where the lyric is lacking. The lyric needs help, and it gets it.

Arranger-conductor Nelson Riddle does the same for the melody: he opens with a glorious string flourish that actually suggests the wind blowing threw leaves and branches in a cherry orchard with blossoms falling all over the place. The secondary voice on Blossom is valve trombonist Juan Tizol, who appears frequently on Cole's sessions in the mid-'50s, most prominently on the 1956 album 'After Midnight.' (When Cole remade the arrangement in 1961, he took the chart slightly slower and replaced the valve trombone with the customary slide instrument.) Yet Riddle doesn't deserve all the credit; Cole, more than nearly all other pop singers, had a unique capacity for improving any melody, for emphasizing the parts of the tune that worked and minimizing its shortcomings. It's no insult to Sinatra to say that, for all his musical strengths (including a remarkable sense of timing), that he had to take a backseat to Cole in the realm of pure melody. The only major singers who compete with Cole in this respect were Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. But neither of those grand divas was the interpreter that Cole was.

Bing Crosby or Carmen McRae could have sung A Blossom Fell and put the meaning across, but Cole does something I don't feel any other singer could have possibly done with it, and that is to make us believe it. Cole sings it as if he was imparting wisdom gained from actual experience, and he makes the words and music sound unique to his idiom. As much as I love Sinatra, I somehow don't think he could convince me that he exists in this particular world - a stylistic universe where liars can be readily identified by the blossoms sticking to their prevaricatin' lips. I don't mean that at all disingenuously: Cole makes you believe it in the most literal and direct way. There never would have been any Watergate or Monica-gate in this world, because Nixon and Clinton would have had blossoms all over their faces.

Nat Cole is the kind of talent that's hard to fully fathom in the world of 21st century popular culture - where almost nothing means what it's supposed to mean. Everything in the millennial era would appear to be ironic or sarcastic, a series of codes where meaning is hidden and nothing is obvious. Yet Cole is precisely the opposite: when he sings about blossoms falling on the lips of liars, he doesn't mean it metaphorically, he isn't singing symbolically, he means exactly what he sings.

In fact, the song is precisely suited to Cole, not Sinatra or anyone else, great as they may be, simply because in this world that he creates, Cole himself would never have a blossom stuck to his own lips. If the song has any kind of symbolism at all, it's that which describes the singer himself.

That, in fact, is the central tenet of Cole's music. Sinatra, contrastingly, was about singing great songs with multiple levels of meaning - songs with deep gray areas between black and white, like Glad To Be Unhappy. Even when Sinatra sings something simple, he makes it deeper and more complicated, and adds in gradations of feeling - Johnny Hodges-like microtones and emotional glissandos in between points A and B. Cole, on the other hand is more direct. Sinatra can take a simple song and make it profound; Cole takes a complex song and makes it simple...

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5 Mar 2023

Some of the very best of Mr. Nat King Cole!

Wonderful complete anthology of Nat's final five years at Capitol. The tracks are in chronological order of session dates, making it easier to see when everything was recorded. Some of Nat's very best work is here, including the iconic Christmas album, as well as "The Touch of Your Lips", "Nat King Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays", "Wild is Love", "The Nat King Cole Story" (including the tracks that were recorded for, but left off for time constraints of the vinyl LP's). Plenty of previously unreleased material is here, completing the picture of what Nat was up to. Sound quality is mostly excellent and uniform. If you are a Nat "King" Cole fan or just love a truly great voice and outstanding musicianship, this set is required listening. 5-Stars!

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Tracklist
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Ballerina
02 Funny (Not Much)
03 The Continental
04 I Wish You Love
05 You Leave Me Breathles
06 Thou Swell
07 My Kinda Love
08 The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
09 Where Or When (instrumental)
10 Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch ...)
11 Joe Turner's Blues
12 Mr. Cole Won't Rock And Roll
13 Introduction
14 Wild Is Love
15 Wild Is Love
16 Hundreds And Thousands Of Girls
17 It's A Beautiful Evening
18 Tell Her In The Morning
19 Are You Disenchanted?
20 Pick-Up
21 Beggar For The Blues
22 World Of No Return
23 In Love Again
24 Stay With It
25 Wouldn't You Know
26 He Who Hesitates
27 Wild Is Love (reprise)
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Steady
02 My Love-1
03 Magic Night
04 Is It Better To Have Loved And Lost?
05 Someone To Tell It Too
06 Baby Blue
07 When It's Summer
08 You Are Mine
09 Away In A Manger
10 I Saw Three Ships
11 Silent Night
12 The First Noel
13 Joy To The World
14 Deck The Halls
15 Hark The Herald Angels Sing
16 Adeste Fideles 1
17 Adeste Fideles 2
18 O Tannenbaum
19 A Cradle In Bethlehem
20 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
21 Caroling, Caroling/O Holy Night
22 O Little Town Of Bethlehem
23 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
24 Buon Natale Means (Merry Christmas To You)
25 The Happiest Christmas Tree
26 Toys For Tots (Marine Corps Release)
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 If I Knew
02 I Remember You
03 Sunday, Monday Or Always
04 A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
05 My Need For You
06 Poinciana
07 The Touch Of Your Lips
08 You're Mine, You!
09 Illusion
10 Funny (Not Much)
11 Not So Long Ago
12 Only Forever
13 Lights Out
14 It's Only A Paper Moon
15 Sweet Lorraine
16 (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
17 Straighten Up And Fly Right
18 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
19 Embraceable You
20 Answer Me My Love
21 Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
22 Smile
23 Pretend
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 The Sand And The Sea
02 A Blossom Fell
03 Nature Boy
04 Too Young
05 Somewhere Along The Way
06 Unforgettable
07 Mona Lisa
08 Send For Me
09 If I May-1
10 Looking Back
11 Goodnight Little Leaguer
12 Take A Fool's Advice
13 The First Baseball Game
14 Because You Love Me
15 Make It Last
16 Capuccina
17 Let True Love Begin (Let's Begin Again)
18 Let True Love Begin (Let's Begin Again) (with
19 chorus)
20 Love
21 I Heard You Cried Last Night
22 Orange Colored Sky
23 To The Ends Of The Earth
24 Non Dimenticar
25 Blue Gardenia
26 Night Lights
27 Calypso Blues
28 I Am In Love
29 Lush Life
30 Walkin' My Baby Back Home
31 Ballerina (Dance, Ballerina, Dance)
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 5
01 Ebony Rhapsody
02 Day In, Day Out
03 Too Little, Too Late
04 When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
05 Cold, Cold Heart
06 Let's Face The Music And Dance
07 Something Makes Me Want To Dance With You
08 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself...
09 The Rules Of The Road
10 Warm And Willing
11 Bidin' My Time
12 Moon Love
13 Azure-Te
14 A Beautiful Friendship
15 Everything Happens To Me
16 Pick Yourself Up
17 September Song
18 Let There Be Love
19 I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
20 Serenata
21 The Game Of Love
22 Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
23 Guess I'll Go Back Home
24 I'm Lost
25 Don't Go
26 There's A Lull In My Life
27 Lost April
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 6
01 Step Right Up
02 Magic Moment
03 The Right Things To Say
04 Look No Further
05 La Feria De Las Flores
06 Guadalajara
07 La Golondrina (The Swallow)
08 Tres Palabras (Withut You)
09 Piel Canela
10 Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart)
11 Las Chiapanecas (While There's Music, ...)
12 Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)
13 Adios Mariquita Linda (Adios And Farewell...)
14 No Me Platiques
15 Aqui Se Habla En Amor (Love Is Spoken Here)
16 A Media Luz
17 Dear Lonely Hearts
18 Ramblin' Rose
19 Nothing Goes Up Without Coming Down
20 The Good Times
21 Who's Next In Line?
22 When You're Smiling
23 Wolverton Mountain
24 One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart
25 Skip To My Lou
26 Sing Another Song (And We'll All Go Home)
27 Your Cheatin' Heart
28 Goodnight, Irene, Goodnight
29 I Don't Want It That Way
30 Twilight On The Trail
31 He'll Have To Go
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 7
01 Farewell To Arms
02 Happy New Year
03 When The World Was Young
04 Spring Is Here
05 No, I Don't Want Her
06 Say It Isn't So
07 Am I Blue?
08 Laughing On The Outside
09 I Keep Going Back To Joe's
10 The End Of A Love Affair
11 That's All There Is
12 Someone To Tell It To
13 If Love Ain't There
14 Where Did Everyone Go?
15 Miss You
16 Oh How I Miss You Tonight
17 All Over The World
18 Lonesome And Sorry
19 My First And Only Lover
20 Near You
21 Why Should I Cry Over You?
22 Yearning
23 All By Myself
24 It's A Lonesome Old Town
25 Misery Loves Company
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 8
01 In The Cool Of The Day
02 Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer
03 Felicia
04 You'll See
05 Mr. Wishing Well
06 On The Sidewalks Of New York
07 Get Out And Get Under The Moon
08 After The Ball Is Over
09 There Is A Tavern In The Town
10 On A Bicycle Built For Two
11 In The Good Old Summertime
12 That Sunday, That Summer
13 Our Old Home Town
14 Don't Forget
15 You Tell Me Your Dream
16 That's What They Meant
17 Wouldn't It Be Loverly?
18 I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
19 I Could Have Danced All Night
20 With A Little Bit Of Luck
21 You Did It
22 Show Me
23 I'm An Ordinary Man
24 Hymn To Him
25 Get Me To The Church On Time
26 The Rain In Spain
27 On The Street Where You Live
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 9
01 Silver Bird
02 My True Carrie Love
03 I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore
04 A Rag, A Bone, A Hank Of Hair
05 People
06 Let Me Tell You, Babe
07 Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes
08 You're Crying On My Shoulder
09 Was That The Human Thing To Do?
10 Only Yesterday
11 Road To Nowhere
12 Go, If You're Going
13 I'm Alone Because I Love You
14 Don't You Remember?
15 I'm All Cried Out
16 I Don't Want To See Tomorrow
17 You're My Everything
18 L-O-V-E
19 Wanderlust
20 Marnie
21 More And More Of Your Amore
22 The Ballad Of Cat Ballou
23 They Can't Make Her Cry
24 How I'd Love To Love You
25 Coquette (Little Coquette)
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 10
01 More
02 Your Love
03 My Kind Of Girl
04 Thanks To You
05 There's Love
06 Swiss Retreat
07 The Girl From Ipanema
08 Three Little Words
09 No Other Heart
10 Je Ne Repartirai Pas (french version)
11 Les Feuilles Mortes (french version)
12 Le Bonheur C'est Quand On S'aime (french)
13 Crois-Moi Ca Durera (french version)
14 Passing By (french version)
15 L-O-V-E (italian version)
16 Tu Sei Cosi Amabile (italian version)
17 Amor (spanish version)
18 Tu Eres Tan Amable (spanish version)
19 Muetterlein (german version)
20 L-O-V-E (german version)
21 I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore (japanese)
22 L-O-V-E (japanese version)
23 Kareha (japanese version)
Cole, Nat 'King' - L-O-V-E The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-1964 Vol.2 (11-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 11
01 Magic Night
02 Is It Better To Have Loved And Lost?
03 Baby Blue
04 When It's Summer
05 You Are Mine
06 If I Knew
07 Looking Back
08 Take A Fool's Advice
09 Because You Love Me
10 Make It Last
11 Capuccina
12 Let True Love Begin (Let's Begin Again)
13 Magic Moment
14 Farewell To Arms
15 Happy New Year
16 Felicia
17 You'll See
18 Mr. Wishing Well
19 Silver Bird
20 People
21 Let Me Tell You, Babe
22 Marnie
23 No Other Heart
24 Unforgettable
25 Felicia
26 A Rag, A Bone, A Hank Of Hair
27 I Don't Want To See Tomorrow
28 Song Of Raintree Country