The first wave of Nat King Cole's reissued Capitol LPs has hit store shelves, and there's something for almost everyone's musical taste in this classy crooner's catalog. Get the back story of the each first wave "two-fer" (two LPs on one CD) reissues.
Ramblin' Rose/Dear Lonely Hearts
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.
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)!
Cole Espanol/More Cole Espanol
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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