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Love Is the Thing [Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import]

Nat King Cole Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a ... Read more in Amazon's Nat King Cole Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Sep 2010)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import
  • Label: Apo
  • ASIN: B003UUFH46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reference Nat King Cole Vocal Disc 18 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
As my previous review (of 'The Very Thought of You') outlines - the new Analogue Productions Nat King Cole Hybrid SACD releases are a true revelation.

Compared to all other CD releases of this title, including the much reveared DCC Gold CD version (also mastered by Steve Hoffman)this new AP version of 'Love is the Thing' clearly surpasses them all.

The strings within the Orchestration are now far sweeter to the ear, the stereo image vastly wider & deeper whilst the intricate detail of all the instruments within the sophisticated arrangements scored by Gordon Jenkins can now be easily recognised.

As for the vocals! well, it's like being next to Nat in the vocal booth during the recording Session!...(as an example, you can clearly hear him set off the microphone limiter on track 8 at around 2'40" singing 'being').

As with the AP 'The Very Thought of You' release, this is a Hybrid SACD disc - so if you're lucky enough to own the requisite hardware, you'll be able to unlock the amazing aural detail of the 10 tracks that are contained within the SACD layer and experience Nat King Cole as if you were attending a master tape playback in the Studio....yes, it really is that good.

In fact the only way to get a CD that could possibly equal this release on sonic terms, is to buy another Nat King Cole Hybrid SACD Title from Analogue Productions....I certainly will be!

Very Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Is The Thing by Nat Cole & Gordon Jenkins 17 Feb 2011
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This must surely be the ultimate in romantic ballads on CD: the smooth voice of Nat Cole accompanied by the sumptuous string arrangements of the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra! The LP was recorded in December of 1956 - incredibly, more than half a century ago, but still sounding as fresh today. The CD version was released in 1987.

And it's not only the romance in the performances - the songs are some of the most romantic too: Victor Young and Eddie Heyman's `When I fall in love' and `Love letters', and other Victor Young numbers, `Love is the thing', with Ned Washington and `Where can I go without you?' with lyrics by Peggy Lee; Hoagy Carmichael's `Stardust' (yes, all of it!) to which Mitchell Parish added lyrics [Sinatra's version with Don Costa gives us only the first half of the piece, much to Hoagy's annoyance!]; `At last', written by Warren and Gordon for the Glenn Miller 1942 movie Orchestra Wives; an original Gordon Jenkins number, `I thought about Marie'; and many more.

If you are in romantic mood, this CD cannot fail to please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those that love all genres of great music. 10 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nat's voice is mixed to the central speaker and sounds absolutely fantastic. Would have liked a tad more from the double bass but then it's the voice that matters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The recording of his voice is something special 18 Sep 2013
By Mark
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I prefer the mono tracks, the whole album is so so satisfying. Makes me just a bit sad that there isn't more 'things' in existence of this quality and commitment to excellence -- it would easily solve world peace and hunger in a matter of years.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nat King Cole 8 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just disappointed that the track I thought would be on this album was not there. Would be helpful if tracks could be displayed alongside album. Was very expensive and took ages to arrive. Good quality sound
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