Audio Beat Rated 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sound!
Mastered from the Original Full-Track Monaural Session Tapes by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at Acoustech!
Click Here to read Michael Fremer's essay on the Nat King Cole Mastering efforts!
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 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.
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.
Recorded in 1956.
"All of Analogue Productions' Nat "King" Cole releases go the extra mile. They come with well-done booklets that discuss in detail each album's history and the remastering wizardry responsible for their sonics." - Marc Mickelson, www.theaudiobeat.com, 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sound!
"The set was mastered from the original full track, superb sounding mono tape. If you need convincing about the greatness of mono recordings, try this explosive set! The power and presence of the instruments and Cole's voice will throw you back in your chair as will the three-dimensionality of the single track presentation... Highly Recommended!" - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com. Music 9/11, Sound 10/11
180g 45rpm Triple Vinyl
Mastered by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman
Includes six-panel booklet with rare photos and essays by Chris Hall and Michael Fremer
1. Just You, Just Me
2. Sweet Lorraine
3. Sometimes I'm Happy
5. It's Only a Paper Moon
6. You're Looking at Me
7. Lonely One
8. Don't Let it Go to Your Head
9. I Know That You Know
10. Blame it on my Youth
11. When I Grow too Old to Dream
12. Route 66
14. What is There to Say?
15. I Was a Little too Lonely (and You Were a Little too Late)
16. You Can Depend on Me
17. Two Loves Have
18. Just You, Just Me (Take One)
19. It's Only A Paper Moon (Take Three)
Recorded August and September, 1956, in Hollywood.