Nat King Cole - At The Sands (1966/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Nat King Cole
Title: At The Sands
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, Big Band, Swing
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded live at the Sands, Las Vegas on January 14, 1960
Recorded in the wee small hours in January 1960 in front of a select crowd of casino guests and other Las Vegas entertainers, this album was billed at the time as Nat King Cole's only live recording. Accompanied by a big band arranged by Dave Cavanaugh, Cole plays piano and sings standards and old favourites including The Surrey With The Fringe On Top and Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today).
Debonair Nat King Cole sat at the piano and sang for a large Las Vegas audience from 2:30 until 5:00 in the wee hours of the morning on January 14, 1960. This wasn't the usual casino audience: this dedicated throng flocked to see Cole with the knowledge that the performance would be recorded. They sensed something special and they were right. Entertainers' performing schedules usually overlap. Since this one was scheduled after most showrooms go dark, it offered other Las Vegas entertainers the opportunity to sit and enjoy.
As usual, the music includes Cole's graceful piano fills and brief keyboard solos. "Where or When" is presented as a piano feature, as are two bonus tracks (at the end), which were recorded in a studio several months earlier. The big surprise of the reissue comes in the form of another bonus track—this one recorded that same morning at the Sands in Las Vegas: "Mr. Cole Won't Rock 'n' Roll." At the very end he adds, "I could if I wanted, though." Nat King Cole could do it all. This 8-minute medley includes a rock 'n' roll version of "Nature Boy" with altered lyrics that speak of "an enchanted cat" who said, "Come dwell in Heartbreak Hotel," and "I think, uh, Elvis was his name." The song is quite a gem, and adds immeasurably to the original recording.
The orchestra includes strings, but performs largely with a big band sound. Hence, the session swings. The emphasis for this well-preserved classic concert performance is on Cole's unforgettable vocal persona. --Jim Santella, All About Jazz
1 Ballerina 2:30
2 Funny (Not Much) 3:29
3 The Continental 3:40
4 I Wish You Love 3:00
5 You Leave Me Breathless 2:32
6 Thou Swell 2:41
7 My Kinda Love 3:06
8 The Surrey With The Fringe On Top 2:54
9 Where Or When 3:33
10 Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today) 4:23
11 Joe Turner Blues 5:03
Nat King Cole- vocals, piano
John Collins- guitar
Charlie Harris- bass
Lee Young- drums
Orchestra conducted by Antonio Morelli
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