Wednesday, July 2, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: NAT KING COLE - THE EXTRAORDINARY
He might be best remembered for the ballads, but he could do it all, from Latin (Papa Loves Mambo) to Rat Pack (Open Up The Doghouse, Two Cats Are Coming In with Dino). It's the swing I like, the breezy way he sings Route 66 or Walkin' My Baby Back Home. As for jazz chops, his version of Ellington's Don't Get Around Much Anymore matches any. This is a nice packed set at 22 cuts, including a previously unreleased take of 1953's You're W
rong All Wrong. Some of the big hits here are the 1961 re-recorded versions, including Mona Lisa and Unforgettable, but they don't sound flawed and the vocals are perfect. All you Mad Men fans need at least one Nat collection.