Nat King Cole

Golden Greats

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The three-CD box set Golden Greats offers, at a budget disc's price and with a budget disc's meager additions, a complex view of Nat King Cole's career. The set includes 76 tracks from his 25-year span as a pop icon, spread well throughout his various periods, and neglecting very few of his classics (among the hits on tap: "Unforgettable," "Orange Coloured Sky," "Nature Boy," "Sweet Lorraine," "Route 66," "Embraceable You"). It compiles early classics from the King Cole Trio -- "Gone With the Draft," "Are You fer It?," "I Like to Riff" -- and correctly focuses on the first half of his career, including a variety of lesser known songs that work perfectly in context ("When I Take My Sugar to Tea," "Save the Bones for Henry Jones," "It's Only a Paper Moon"). Just like any well-done budget collection, it includes much music yet little context.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:35
3 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
4 02:54
5 03:16
6 02:47
7 03:01
8 03:22
9 02:43
10 02:57
11 02:52
12 02:23
13 02:36
14 03:09
15 02:51
16 03:15
17 03:07
18 02:46
19 02:55
20 02:31
21 03:03
22 02:36
23 02:52
24 02:37
25 03:10

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
2 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:58
4 02:33
5 02:38
6 03:05
7 03:22
8 02:30
9 02:13
10 02:53
11 02:47
12 03:02
13 03:01
14 03:11
15 02:24
16 02:50
17 03:01
18 02:24
19 02:41
20 03:15
21 02:40
22 02:44
23 02:29
24 02:39
25 02:19

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:26
2 02:54
3 03:01
4 03:02
5 02:27
6 02:35
7 02:40
8 02:39
9 02:50
10 02:22
11 03:11
12 02:19
13 03:08
14 03:16
15 03:05
16 02:33
17 02:25
18 03:41
19 02:30
20 02:01
21 03:11
22 02:39
23 02:39
24 02:15
25 02:13
26 02:40
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