The Touch Of Your Lips (Remastered) Nat King Cole
Label: CAPITOL CATALOG MKT (C92)
Artist: Nat King Cole
Album including Album cover
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- 1The Touch Of Your Lips03:53
- 2I Remember You03:09
- 4You're Mine, You!03:20
- 5Funny (Not Much) (1961 Version)03:08
- 6Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)03:55
- 7Sunday, Monday, Or Always02:18
- 8Not So Long Ago04:06
- 9A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square04:45
- 10Only Forever03:15
- 11My Need For You03:21
- 12Lights Out02:23
Info for The Touch Of Your Lips (Remastered)
In the romantic mood of The Very Thought of You and Love Is the Thing. Nat king Cole brings his wonderfully appealing warmth to this rich program of beautiful ballads…
"If the front cover of the album, a close-up photograph of a young woman, her eyes closed, her red lips ready for a kiss, her cheek being brushed by a young man (both of them white, incidentally), didn't get the point across, the note on the back cover, beginning, "In the romantic mood of The Very Thought of You and Love Is the Thing...," surely did. Nat King Cole's first LP of 1961, The Touch of Your Lips, was another in a series of ballad collections devoted to the wonders of love. Arranger/conductor Ralph Carmichael supported Cole with a buoyant sea of strings and kept the tempos very slow, the better for the singer's rich tone to convey the bedroom ambience. This was music for the adults of 1961, adults who remembered many of these songs as swing standards of the 1930s and '40s when they were performed by the likes of Ray Noble (the title song and "You're Mine, You!"), Jimmy Dorsey ("I Remember You"), Glenn Miller ("A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"), and Ozzie Nelson ("Lights Out"). Those were all bandleaders, of course, and Cole had little trouble putting his own stamp on songs sung earlier by band singers Al Bowlly, Bob Eberly, and Ray Eberle. But he also borrowed no less than three selections ("Poinciana [Song of the Tree]," "Sunday, Monday, or Always," "Only Forever") from the repertoire of Bing Crosby, and that was more of a challenge, one he did not entirely meet. Still, The Touch of Your Lips succeeded in taking its place alongside Cole's other effective ballad albums." (William Ruhlmann, AMG)
Nat King Cole, vocals
Ralph Carmichael, arranger, conductor
Nat King Cole
Born March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, Nat King Cole reigns among a very short list of music royalty as one of the most identifiable and most memorable voices in American music. In 1942, Cole was one of the first artists to sign with Capitol Records, and he recorded nearly 700 songs for the label, becoming the first Number One artist on Billboard's first album chart. During his 30-year recording career, Cole recorded more than 150 charting singles on Billboard's Pop, R&B and Country charts, a staggering record that remains unbroken by any other artist ever signed to Capitol Records, which led to the label being affectionately tagged, "The House That Nat Built."
In 1956, Cole also became the first person of color to host his own national network television show, NBC's "Nat King Cole Show." 1965 saw the release of Cole's classic album, Unforgettable, and his untimely passing that year at the age of 47. At the time of his death, it was reported that Capitol Records had sold more than nine million Nat King Cole records. From "Mona Lisa" to "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole's songs are incomparable; it is difficult to contemplate a holiday season without the warmth of Cole's evergreen rendition of "The Christmas Song." Cole's catalog continues to sell in excess of one million albums per year around the world.
In January 2005, Nat King Cole made his first return in 40 years to Billboard's Top 50 with the #41 debut of The World Of Nat King Cole (Capitol/EMI). Cole's last album to reach the Top 50, Unforgettable, peaked at #30 in 1965. In 1991, Natalie Cole's Unforgettable: With Love, featuring her warm virtual duet of "Unforgettable" with her father, topped charts around the world and won the coveted Album Of The Year Grammy Award, introducing Nat King Cole to a new generation of music fans.
For the March 2009 release of Nat King Cole's RE:GENERATIONS (Capitol/EMI), many of the world's most pioneering hip-hop, Latin, reggae and rock musicians, producers and DJs joined together to bring each of their distinct styles to 13 of Cole's outstanding recordings. Evocative of a sleek and stylish metrolounge where music and the visual arts converge, RE:GENERATIONS honors Nat King Cole's continued cultural influence around the planet, 90 years after his birth.
Interest in Nat King Cole's story continues to grow as younger generations discover his music as well as his role as the quiet catalyst in a host of musical and social movements. The arc of Cole's life is a study in success despite adversity, and the triumph of civility, respect and raw talent in equal measure with political, cultural and business savvy.
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