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The Nat King Cole Songbook

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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cd Listening Bar Ieg
  • ASIN: B00020P84Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rambling Rose
  2. Unforgettable
  3. Straighten Up And Fly Right
  4. Pretend
  5. Ballerina
  6. It's Only A Paper Moon
  7. Smile
  8. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  9. Route 66
  10. For Sentimental Reasons
  11. Send For Me
  12. Sweet Lorraine
  13. The Christmas Song
  14. Mona Lisa/Too Young/Nature Boy

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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c4a324c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x8ce03dc8) out of 5 stars The Nat King Cole Songbook - Sammy Davis Jr. 24 Feb. 2006
By Lorraine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An excellent tribute to Nat King Cole from Sam, this collection is smooth and arguably one of the best interpretations of Cole's music ever. A must for Sammy fans, whose own inimitable style shines through from the start, you will be in no doubt that this is Sam singing from the very first notes - suberb musical arrangement as always makes it most memorable!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c65a708) out of 5 stars The Definitive "Route 66" 10 Feb. 2011
By R.P.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Everyone has covered "Route 66", originally penned by Bobby Troup (who would later marry singer Julie London and star together on TV's "Emergency" - produced by London's previous husband Jack Webb of "Dragnet" fame - I digress).

The Stones took a crack at it on their first album. The Replacements played it in their live sets. Depeche Mode did a cover. It has been a staple of countless bar bands over the decades. Nat King Cole recorded the original in 1946, but Sammy Davis Jr. made it really swing with this version in 1965. This track anchors a splendid tribute to Nat King Cole obviously recorded with heartfelt affection by Davis. The standards you would expect are all here, but "Route 66" transports you back in time to a place in the mid-sixties that today only afficionados of Mad Men are likely to understand.

This record and pretty much all of Sammy's output for Reprise during the 1960s shows him in fine form. Also his sets with Count Basie and Buddy Rich should be a part of any Sammy collection. It is astonishing that today he is not held in higher regard and his music played in wider circulation.

Davis could sing, dance, act, do remarkable comic impressions, play a multitude of instruments, yet he is barely an asterisk in African American pop culture.

A sadly overlooked treasure.
HASH(0x8cd042d0) out of 5 stars For sentimental reasons 1 Jan. 2014
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album was Sammy Davis Jr's tribute to his friend and mentor, Nat King Cole. As it says on the front of the album, it includes 16 of Nat's hits. However, three of those songs are part of a medley and two songs are taken from earler Sammy albums. Regarless of that, this is a fine album. Sammy gives respectful perfomances of his friend's songs, while adding his own style to them.
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