Collectors' Choice highlights Nat King Cole's Capitol catalog with "two-fer" CDs!

PenthouseSerenadeCD.jpgCurious about what’s still to come for Nat King Cole? Click here here to peek at the second wave of Collectors’ Choice reissues!

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Ramblin’ Rose/Dear Lonely Hearts
(CCM08202)


Get two of Nat’s country-themed albums on one compact disc!

Now, this ain’t exactly cry-in-your-beer, honky-tonk material; these two 1962 releases are more along the lines of the country-pop Dean Martin recorded for Reprise, and they were every bit as successful; in fact, 1962’s Ramblin’ Rose stayed on the charts for 162 weeks! And if it seems too long of a jump from the sublime jazz trio sides that started Nat’s career, well, consider this further incontrovertible proof that the man could do anything and do it brilliantly.

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The Touch of Your Lips/I Don’t Want to Be Hurt Anymore (CCM08212)

While Nat had acclaimed collaborations with Capitol’s unparalleled array of arrangers including Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Gordon Jenkins, it was with a less-celebrated arranger, Ralph Carmichael, that he recorded some of his most accomplished albums.

Here are two of them: his 1961 romantic masterpiece The Touch of Your Lips and the third and last of his "country" releases, 1964’s I Don’t Want to Be Hurt Anymore (those still doubting Nat’s ability to carry a country tune should check out his work here in front of a band boasting James Burton and Glen Campbell on guitar and Elvis favorite Don Robertson on piano)!

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Cole Espanol/More Cole Espanol
(CCM08222)


It wasn’t too hard to figure out that these two albums would make a muy bueno "twofer" — especially when you consider that neither of these albums have ever been on CD — in the U.S. 1958’s Cole Espanol was partially recorded in Havana with Cuban musicians to lend authentic flavor; 1963’s More Cole Espanol was recorded in Mexico City.

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Welcome to the Club/Tell Me All about

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