Nat King Cole

The Magic of Nat King Cole

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This budget-priced Nat King Cole collection presents the revered vocalist/pianist performing a variety of his signature jazzy tunes, including "Route 66," "Mona Lisa," "Paper Moon," and "Unforgettable." Although the sound quality of this 17-track set varies, and there are no recording dates or liner notes, it's clear that The Magic of Nat King Cole features material drawn from his 1940s and '50s radio and television appearances (for example, a deft take on "You're the Cream in My Coffee" is followed by applause and an announcement for the United States Armed Forces Radio Service). Though this compilation isn't for the casual Cole fan, completists may find it to be a hidden gem.

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