Nat King Cole

Embraceable You: His Greatest Hits [ZYX]

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Born in Alabama, Nat King Cole rode his sweet-as-honey voice and his matching jazz piano skills into a successful career that found him charting pop hits, hosting his own radio and television shows, appearing in movies, and wowing audiences worldwide with his jazz trio. This set doesn’t truly contain his greatest hits, since it lacks two of his biggest, the country-tinged "Ramblin' Rose" from 1962 and "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" from 1963, to name just two omissions here, but it does have several of his signature early pieces, including “Embraceable You,” "I’m a Shy Guy,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” among others, making this a pleasant listen but hardly a career-spanning survey of this brilliant performer and musician.

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