Nat King Cole at the Sands

Nat King Cole

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Nat King Cole at the Sands Review

by AllMusic

This rare example of a Nat King Cole live recording captures one of the 20th century's greatest singers in fine voice in 1960 at the Sands, the Las Vegas headquarters of the Rat Pack. The band swings expertly through its sophisticated charts courtesy of legendary arrangers like Nelson Riddle and Dave Cavanaugh, and Cole demonstrates his command of a wide range of styles, from ballads like "I Wish You Love" and "Funny (Not Much)" to show tunes like "Thou Swell" and "Surrey with the Fringe on Top." A few bonus tracks are also featured, including a late-'50s studio recording of Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone" and Cole' sniffy take on the then-still new rock & roll craze, "Mr. Cole Won't Rock & Roll."

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