Nat King Cole

Live at the Circle Room

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A number of live broadcasts by the Nat King Cole Trio have turned up on European independent labels, but this is the first to appear on Capitol. In spite of the usual background noise from a night club, including a cash register, rattling glasses, and the inevitable audience conversations, the sound of these newly discovered performances is far superior to the unauthorized releases of other live dates on labels like Musidisc, Duke, and Swing House. Most of the songs covered were recorded by the trio for Capitol, but there are exceptions: "C Jam Blues," two takes of "My Sugar Is So Refined" -- which deserved a better fate -- and, surprisingly, "I Found a New Baby." Cole's warm vocals are flawless, and the trio's playing is more than up to par. Needless to say, this is an essential release for anyone who enjoys Nat "King" Cole.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 0:42 Amazon
2 2:54 Amazon
3 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:46 Amazon
5 3:10 Amazon
6 4:08 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:24 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:53 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:21 Amazon
15 2:42 Amazon
16 3:17 Amazon
17 1:42 Amazon
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