Nat King Cole - After Midnight

Recorded in Hollywood in August and September 1956

Mastered fully analogue from the original first-generation full-track monaural session tapes by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray to 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl, the exemplary recording is presented in appropriately exquisite sound quality.

In this felicitous blending of Nat "King" Cole's supreme talents as jazz pianist and vocalist with small combos featuring fellow jazz alumni, classic pop and jazz met in a wildly successful brew. A combination of new and familiar songs are featured, including fresh recordings of classic hits like "Route 66." Musicians include Harry "Sweets" Edison, Juan Tizol, Lee Young, Stuff Smith and Willie Smith augmenting his famous Trio. In addition to the full original album, five additional tracks and one alternate take from the original sessions are included in this release. Mellow, classy, focused and vibrant, After Midnight was a hit and an instant classic upon its release in 1956 and remains a gem to treasure today.

Included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare photos, a 4,600-word essay by Chris Hall on the album and a 1,200-word essay by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title.

"...in terms of sound, the originals are a distant second to these 45rpm LPs. Cole's voice is up front, and the accompaniment, especially the massed strings, has a colorful vividness. After Midnight was recorded in mono, and it is among the very best 1.0-channel reissues. Played with a mono cartridge, it displays intimacy and tonal purity that must be heard to be believed." - Marc Mickelson, The Audio Beat, September 2010

Analogue Productions' Blue Note and Nat "King" Cole Reissues WIN A Positive Feedback 2010 Brutus Award!
"...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out!" - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52

"...this is one of my favorite record purchases in a long time. Close to perfection in many areas, I consider it one of the MOST TRANSPARENT AND DYNAMIC TAPE TO VINYL TRANSFERS I'VE EVER HEARD. TOP 5 ALL TIME JAZZ/CROONER RECORDING FOR MUSIC AND SOUND." - soundevaluations, October 2010

Credits

  • Bass – Charlie Harris
  • Drums – Lee Young
  • Guitar – John Collins
  • Piano, Vocals – Nat King Cole
  • Remastered By – Kevin Gray, Steve Hoffman
  • Saxophone [Alto, Featuring] – Willie Smith
  • Trombone [Featuring] – Juan Tizol
  • Trumpet [Featuring] – Harry Edison
  • Violin [Featuring] – Stuff Smith

Tracklist

A1 Just You, Just Me  
A2 Sweet Lorraine  
A3 Sometimes I´m Happy  
B1 Caravan  
B2 It's Only A Paper Moon  
B3 You're Looking At Me  
C1 Lonely One  
C2 Don't Let It Go To Your Head  
C3 I Know What You Know  
D1 Blame It On My Youth  
D2 When I Grow Too Old To Dream  
D3 Route 66  
E1 Candy  
E2 What Is There To Say  
E3 I Was A Little Too Lonely (And You Were A Little Too Late  
F1 You Can Depend On Me  
F2 Two Loves Have I  
F3 Just You, Just Me (Take 1)  
F4 It's Only A Paper Moon (Take 3)

 

 

(AAPP782-45)

SKU AAPP782-45
Barcode # AAPP 782-45
Brand Easy Listening

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