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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Entertainment, 13 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Nat King Cole Songbook (Audio CD)
I should start by saying that its highly unlikely that I would give less than five stars to any of Sammy's Reprise albums and this is no exception but if you are looking for the quintessential Nat King Cole velvety atmosphere then this may not be the album for you. This was my first Sammy album purchase in the mid-60's: I had watched him on TV and, although not completely bowled over by the swingin' style, recognised there was an incredible talent on show. The 'Nat King Cole' banner swayed me to buy the album. When I first played it I was underwhelmed: too much swing and not enough romance was my first impression (Nat, of course, had by then ventured into a little more up-tempo music to capture the youth market, with huge success, notably with Ramblin Rose' (well, a little more up-tempo)).There are, of course slow tempo numbers as well and they are all given the Sammy professional treatment if not the Nat King Cole arrangement.

The more I played the album, however, the more I grew into it. Now I absolutely love it and its probably my favourite Sammy album, so much so that I often find myself singing the Sammy rather than the Nat version of many of the songs. One song to mention is 'Ballerina' in which Sammy deliberately sings a bass 'second show' out of tune but which comes across as absolutely brilliant. I'm singing it now! Love it, love it, love it!
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