Nat King Cole

The MacGregor Years, 1941-1945

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On this four-CD set are included the bulk of Nat King Cole's radio transcriptions of 1941 and 1944-45. Although the programming could be a little better (the complete sessions are not compiled strictly in chronological order), the music has a strong unity and is consistently enjoyable. Pianist-vocalist Cole and his trio (which also includes important contributions by guitarist Oscar Moore and either Johnny Miller or Wesley Prince on bass) are featured extensively both as a unit and as an accompanying group to singers Anita Boyer, Ida James, Anita O'Day and the Barrie Sisters on 33, 15, five and five songs respectively. There are 120 selections altogether (some are quite brief) including two six-song instrumental medleys that put the emphasis on Cole's piano playing. Some of the music had already been reissued by Laserlight but this compiliation is more complete. Highly recommended to all fans of the King Cole Trio.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:55
2 1:59
3 2:35
4 2:46
5 2:08
6 2:23
7 3:10
8 2:21
9 1:27
10 0:52
11 1:37
12 2:51
13 3:09
14
2:06
15 2:43
16 1:09
17 3:03
18 2:07
19 1:40
20 2:38
21 3:08
22 3:34
23 2:26
24 2:26
25 3:00
26 2:14
27 2:08
28
2:29
29 2:59
30 3:35

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:38
2 2:30
3 2:59
4 2:01
5 2:09
6 3:45
7 2:24
8 2:07
9 2:26
10 1:29
11 2:17
12 2:31
13 1:54
14 2:33
15 2:54
16 2:52
17 1:52
18 2:41
19 1:42
20 3:45
21 1:23
22
3:02
23 2:20
24 3:14
25 2:53
26 2:23
27 3:05
28 1:43
29 2:39
30 2:11

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:20
2 2:16
3 2:36
4 2:31
5 1:55
6
2:16
7 2:49
8 1:58
9 2:18
10 4:00
11 2:36
12 1:58
13 2:43
14 2:40
15 2:42
16 1:39
17 1:47
18 2:49
19 2:42
20 2:39
21 2:27
22 2:39
23 2:33
24
2:41
25 3:07
26 2:30
27 2:01
28 2:37
29 2:14
30 2:02

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:25
2 3:03
3 1:48
4 1:53
5 2:16
6
2:36
7 2:59
8 2:38
9 2:31
10 1:39
11 3:01
12 1:23
13 2:25
14 2:32
15 2:43
16 3:13
17 2:15
18 2:31
19 2:25
20 1:55
21 2:37
22 2:11
23 2:53
24 2:58
25 2:31
26 2:20
27 2:35
28 2:31
29 3:27
30 2:25
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