Golden Greats

Nat King Cole

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Golden Greats Review

by John Bush

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 Nat King Cole 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
2 Nat King Cole 02:35
3 Nat King Cole 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
4 Nat King Cole 02:54
5 Nat King Cole 03:16
6 Nat King Cole 02:47
7 Nat King Cole 03:01
8 Nat King Cole 03:22
9 Nat King Cole 02:43
10 Nat King Cole 02:57
11 Nat King Cole 02:52
12 Nat King Cole 02:23
13 Nat King Cole 02:36
14 Nat King Cole 03:09
15 Nat King Cole 02:51
16 Nat King Cole feat: Irene Higginbotham 03:15
17 Nat King Cole 03:07
18 Nat King Cole 02:46
19 Nat King Cole 02:55
20 Nat King Cole 02:31
21 Nat King Cole 03:03
22 Nat King Cole 02:36
23 Nat King Cole 02:52
24 Nat King Cole 02:37
25 Nat King Cole 03:10

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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