Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic
Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition) - AudioSoundMusic

Natalie Cole - Unforgettable...With Love (2LP, 30th Anniversary Edition)

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COMPILATON

Natalie Cole - Vocals, Vocal Arrangement (D5)

Nat King Cole - vocals (D5) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Nat King Cole]

Backing Vocals – Debbie Hall (B3), Don Shelton (B3), Donna Davidson (B3), Gene Merlino (B3), Kerry Katz (B3), Rick Logan (B3), Sally Stevens (B3), Susan Stevens (B3)

Piano – Clare Fischer (A1, C6, D4), Joe Sample (A2, B4), Ike Cole (A3), Mike Lang (A4, B2-3, C2, C4, D1, D5), Michael Melvoin (A4, B2-3, C4, D5), Brad Cole (A5-6, C3), Alan Broadbent (B1, C1, C5, D2),

Piano - Monty Alexander (D3) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Monty Alexander]

Bass – Andy Simpkins (A1, C6), John Patitucci (A2, B4), Ray Brown (A3-4, B2-3, C1, C4, D5), James Hughart (A5-6, C3, D2), Chuck Domanico (B1), John Clayton (C2, D1), Andrew Simpkins (D3-4)

Drums – Harold Jones (A1, A5-6, C3, C6, D2-4), Dave Weckel (A2, B4), Jeff Hamilton (A3, C1-2, D1), Sol Gubin (A4, B1-3, C4, D5) 

Guitar – Dennis Budimir (A3, B1), John Chiodini (A4, B2-3, C1, C4, D5), Alfred Viola (A5-6, C3, D2), John Collins (D3), John Pisano (D3),

Trombone – Dick Nash (C4)

Trumpet – Conte Candoli (A5), Chck Findley (C5)

Saxophone – Pete Christlieb (B3, D5), David "Fathead" Newman (B5)

Vocal Arrangement by David Foster (D5)

Rhythm Arrangement by Clare Fischer (A1, C6, D4), Marty Paich (D3), Tommy LiPuma (D3)

Orchestral Arrangement by Michel Legrand (A1, C6), Johnny Mandel (B1, D4), Marty Paich (D3)

Arranged by Ralph Burns (A2, B4), Andre Fischer (A3, C1), Ray Brown (A3, C1), Johnny Mandel (A4, B2-3, C4, D5), Bill Holman (A5-6, C2-3, D1-2), Michel Legrand (C5),

Lyrics by Ray Noble (A1), Billy Rose (A2, C2), E. Y. Harburg (A2), Bobby Troup (A3), Jay Livingston (A4), Bert Kaempfert (A5), Milt Gabler (A5), Lorenz Hart (A6), Geoffrey Parsons (B1), John Turner (B1), Billy Strayhorn (B2), Geo David Weiss (B3), Joe Sherman (B3), Milton Delugg (B4), Willie Stein (B4), Deek Watson (B5a), Lawrence (B5b), Gross (B5b), Johnny Mercer (B5c), Jacques Prévert (B5c), Irving Mills (C1), Nat King Cole (C1), Jolson (C2), DeSilva (C2), Bob Russell (C3), Sylvia Dee (C4), Eden Ahbez (C5), Anna Sosenko (C6), Lerner & Loewe (D1), Lorenz Hart (D2), Shelley Dobbins (D3), Michele Galdieri (D3), Ira Gershwin (D4), Irving Gordon (D5)

Music by Ray Noble (A1), Harold Arlen (A2), Bobby Troup (A3), Ray Evans (A4), Bert Kaempfert (A5), Milt Gabler (A5), Richard Rodgers (A6), Charles Chaplin (B1), Billy Strayhorn (B2), Geo David Weiss (B3), Joe Sherman (B3), Milton Delugg (B4), Willie Stein (B4), William Best (B5a), Lawrence (B5b), Gross (B5b), Joseph Kosma (B5c), Irving Mills (C1), Nat King Cole (C1), Jolson (C2), DeSilva (C2), Billy Rose (C2), Duke Ellington (C3), Sid Lippman (C4), Eden Ahbez (C5)¸ Anna Sosenko (C6), Lerner & Loewe (D1), Richard Rodgers (D2), P.G. Redi (D3), George Gershwin (D4), Irving Gordon (D5)

 

2 LPs, standard sleeve

30th Anniversary Edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Record Industry (The Nederlands)

Label : Concord / Craft Recordings

Original label : Elektra

Recorded by Al Schmitt, Armin Steiner, Woody Woodruff

Mixed by Al Schmitt

Remastered by Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch at D2 Mastering

Lacquer cut by Bernie Grundman

Produced by Andre Fischer (A1, A3, A5-6, B1, C1, C3, C5-6, D2, D4), Tommy LiPuma (A2, B4, D3), David Foster (A4, B2-3, C2, C4, D1, D5)

Originally released in June 1991

Reissued in February 2022

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. The Very Thought Of You
  2. Paper Moon
  3. Route 66
  4. Mona Lisa
  5. L-O-V-E
  6. This Can't Be Love

Side B:

  1. Smile
  2. Lush Life
  3. That Sunday That Summer
  4. Orange Colored Sky
  5. A Medley Of: For Sentimental Reasons / Tenderly / Autumn Leaves

Side C:

  1. Straighten Up And Fly Right
  2. Avalon
  3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  4. Too Young
  5. Nature Boy
  6. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

Side D:

  1. Almost Like Being In Love
  2. Thou Swell
  3. Non Dimenticar
  4. Our Love Is Here To Stay
  5. Unforgettable

         

        Awards;

        1992 Grammy Award Winner:

        • Record Of The Year: "Unforgettable"
        • Album Of The Year: Unforgettable With Love
        • Song Of The Year: "Unforgettable"
        • Best Traditional Pop Performance: "Unforgettable"
        • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s): "Unforgettable"
        • Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical: Unforgettable With Love

         

        Reviews:

        "Being the child of a famous entertainer can be a challenge. In the case of Natalie Cole, it was daunting. Her father Nat “King” Cole” was a musical icon. He rose to initial stardom as a jazz pianist (on the lines of Earl “Father” Hines). Because of his incredible voice and and congeniality, he became a cultural trailblazer as an African-American performer. Natalie pursued a successful career as an r & b singer in the 70’s (“This Will Be An Everlasting Love”) and transitioned to pop with her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac”. Her transcendence to stardom occurred in 1991, with a tribute album to her father, Unforgettable…With Love. With lush production, and outstanding arrangements (David Foster, Andre Fischer, Ray Brown, Bill Holman, Michel Legrand, Marty Paich), the album garnered 7 Grammys, including four for the single, “Unforgettable”. This track was electronically mixed to combine Natalie and Nat “King” Cole in a trend-setting duet.

        Craft Recordings has released a re-mastered 180-gram double vinyl of Unforgettable…With Love. It is a showcase for Ms. Cole and features top-notch jazz and orchestral session players with talented arrangers… and of course, The Great Nat Cole Songbook! Side A opens with the atmospheric lushness of “The Very Thought Of You”. Cole’s delivery is smooth and deliberate. After the slower intro to “Paper Moon”, she breathes life into the familiar verse and chorus with jazzy nuances including scat. The cool grooves continue on the quintessential road tune, “Route 66”. There is a fine guitar solo by Dennis Budimir and one on piano by Ike Cole. “Mona Lisa” benefits from an acoustic guitar (John Chiodini). There are moments of unrestrained romanticism (“L-O-V-E”) and whimsical big band resonance (“This Can’t Be Love”). Gliding along, Side B features Cole warmly interpreting the eternally optimistic Charlie Chaplin tune, “Smile”. Next up is the sophistication and bluesy elegance of “Lush Life” (Billy Strayhorn). Her vocal phrasing is nimble and interacts effectively with the studio musicians. There are occasional over-produced pop numbers (“That Sunday, That Summer”), but she manages to swing on cuts like “Orange Colored Sky”. Her medley of “I Love You For Sentimental Reasons”/“Tenderly”/Autumn Leaves” effectively conveys the tribute spirit to her father.

        The warm musical reverie flows contextually into Side C. Cole breezes through the jazzy syncopation of “Straighten Up And Fly Right” (with a great piano solo by Alan Broadbent). There is a nice up tempo translation of “Avalon”. A certain highlight is the Duke Ellington classic, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”. Natalie distills the stylish rhythm and Bill Holman’s arrangement of the orchestra is excellent. “Too Young” is performed with measured ballad articulation including a mid-song tempo shift. One of Nat King Cole’s most interesting vocals was the ethereal “Nature Boy”. Backed by Michel Legrand’s swirling orchestration, this complex, slightly foreboding melody offers a simple look at love. The segue into” Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup” is seamless. The repertoire is memorable. Side D takes off with swinging covers of “Almost Like Being In Love” (Lerner & Lowe) and “Thou Swell” (Rodgers & Hart). Cole is even adept at English/Italian vocals on “Non Dimenticar”. Her heartfelt sensual delivery on “Our Love Is Here To Stay” is worthy homage to Gershwin. The album concludes with the “duet” on “Unforgettable”. At the time, considered somewhat controversial, it epitomizes the familial, musical vision of this album…an emotional and graceful convergence of the past and present.

        This vinyl re-mastering of Unforgettable…With Love is a great achievement. The overall mix is balanced, with a centered focus on Cole’s pristine voice. The lush orchestration is layered, but not intrusive. Superior musicianship and songwriting stand the test of time.” Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition, March 2022

         

        “A major change of direction for Natalie Cole, Unforgettable found the singer abandoning the type of R&B/pop she'd been recording since 1975 in favor of jazz-influenced pre-rock pop along the lines of Nat King Cole's music. It was a surprising risk that paid off handsomely -- both commercially and artistically. Naysayers who thought that so radical a change would be commercial suicide were proven wrong when the outstanding Unforgettable sold a shocking five million units. Quite clearly, this was an album Cole was dying to make. Paying tribute to her late father on "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "Route 66," and other gems that had been major hits for him in the 1940s and early '50s, the 41-year-old Cole sounds more inspired than she had in well over a decade. On the title song, overdubbing was used to make it sound as though she were singing a duet with her father -- dishonest perhaps, but certainly enjoyable. Thankfully, standards and pre-rock pop turned out to be a primary direction for Cole, who was a baby when the title song became a hit for her father in 1951.” AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

         

        Ratings :

        AllMusic : 4 / 5  ; Discogs : 4.61 / 5 ; Audiophile Audition : 4.5 / 5

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