Transcriptions 1105

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Review Text Between 1946 and 1950, the King Cole Trio recorded nearly 75 titles for Capitol's transcription service, songs that were then serviced to radio stations for airplay. Although Nat King Cole had formed the trio back in 1937, and the group had become immediately successful as a nightclub act, mainstream commercial success had eluded them until the mid- to late-'40s, when Cole's singing talents translated into three huge popular hits: "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," "Nature Boy," and "Mona Lisa." (The first and last of these virtually bookend the period covered on this compilation.) In 1946, the sky appeared to be the limit for this trio of swingers who summoned a dynamic, refreshing sound -- full of power and also grace, humor as well as tender emotions -- using only 88 keys and ten strings; by 1950, though, Cole had virtually disbanded the group and, at live appearances or in the studio, usually stood up from the piano and delivered his songs at the microphone. The material on Transcriptions remained virtually unheard during the past 50 years, and this three-disc set marks its first appearance on CD in America. (While several transcription collections dealing with the King Cole Trio have been issued before, those date from a different time, the late '30s and early '40s.) Cole and his trio in performance, already an intimate, playful affair, were made even more so on these recordings; transcriptions as a general rule emphasized small groups playing loose arrangements with plenty of time for solos, and usually required only a single take. The bulk of the songs are standards, not all of them recorded by Cole elsewhere, and while versions of many of his medium-level hits appear here -- "Route 66," "Too Marvelous for Words," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Body and Soul," "What Is This Thing Called Love" -- the sound and feel of them is changed somewhat. Not as ebullient as the early King Cole Trio recordings, Transcriptions exists instead as an alternate history of the late King Cole Trio, full of warmth and displaying Cole's solo and vocal skills in abundance. ~ John Bush

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. F.S.T. (Opening Theme) - 1:54
  2. 2. Just You, Just Me - 3:21
  3. 3. I've Got the World on a String - 3:16
  4. 4. Rex Rhumba - 4:32
  5. 5. But She's My Buddy's Chick - 3:31
  6. 6. Chant of the Blues (Dog-Gone Unlucky Blues) - 4:49
  7. 7. Rock-A-Bye Basie - 3:22
  8. 8. Lester Leaps In - 3:30
  9. 9. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) - 3:49
  10. 10. I Want to Be Happy - 2:17
  11. 11. I Know That You Know - 2:23
  12. 12. Just You, Just Me - 3:21
  13. 13. F.S.T. (Closing Theme) - 2:05
  14. 14. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) - 3:47
  15. 15. This Way Out - 3:31
  16. 16. Baby, Baby, All the Time - 3:16
  17. 17. Somebody Loves Me - 3:19
  18. 18. Too Marvelous for Words - 3:51
  19. 19. Honeysuckle Rose - 2:19
  20. 20. How Does It Feel? - 3:12
  21. 21. Loan Me Two Till Tuesday - 2:23
  22. 22. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry - 2:03
  23. 23. You Name It - 2:57

CD: 2

  1. 24. How High the Moon - 4:59
  2. 25. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) - 3:26
  3. 26. Tiny's Exercise - 3:52
  4. 27. After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It - 3:35
  5. 28. Body and Soul - 4:46
  6. 29. On the Sunny Side of the Street - 3:00
  7. 30. I'd Love to Make Love to You - 3:52
  8. 31. Homeward Bound - 3:01
  9. 32. What Is This Thing Called Love - 4:41
  10. 33. Mabel, Mabel - 3:17
  11. 34. Swingin' the Blues - 2:12
  12. 35. Beautiful Moons Ago - 3:48
  13. 36. I Got Rhythm - 2:21
  14. 37. Could-'Ja - 3:02
  15. 38. One O'Clock Jump - 3:54
  16. 39. How Deep Is the Ocean? - 3:55
  17. 40. Route 66 - 3:00
  18. 41. Cole Slaw - 2:47
  19. 42. You Be You (But Let Me Be Me) - 3:09
  20. 43. It's Kind of Lonesome Out Tonight - 3:13
  21. 44. For Once in Your Life - 3:58
  22. 45. Lament in Chords - 3:58
  23. 46. I Never Had a Chance - 3:52
  24. 47. I Wanna Be a Friend of Yours - 2:12
  25. 48. Laguna Mood - 3:57

CD: 3

  1. 49. Dream a Little Dream of Me - 3:50
  2. 50. Then I'll Be Tired of You - 3:11
  3. 51. Little Girl - 2:25
  4. 52. Confess - 3:58
  5. 53. Flo and Joe - 3:42
  6. 54. Lost April - 3:03
  7. 55. My Mother Told Me - 3:57
  8. 56. Exactly Like You - 3:42
  9. 57. Part of Me - 3:23
  10. 58. What Have You Got in Those Eyes - 3:34
  11. 59. Top Hat Bop - 3:15
  12. 60. Go Bongo - 3:06
  13. 61. Rhumba Blues - 3:35
  14. 62. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - 3:30
  15. 63. Peaches - 3:36
  16. 64. Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping (For Your Heart) - 2:23
  17. 65. All Aboard - 2:14
  18. 66. Ooh Kickaroonie - 2:14
  19. 67. 'Deed I Do - 2:16
  20. 68. If I Were You, Baby, I'd Love Me - 3:08
  21. 69. After My Laughter Came Tears - 3:47
  22. 70. Calico Sal - 2:29
  23. 71. Third Finger, Left Hand - 3:08

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