Wednesday, October 20, 2010
NAT KING COLE In The Original Production WILD IS LOVE
Nat King Cole was a living legend when he recorded this album in 1960. He was looking for something different this time around, restless to make an album that wasn’t just a group of songs. Songwriters Dotty Wayne and Ray Rasch approached Nat with the idea that would become the “Wild Is Love” album (Nat had previously recorded one of their songs on an earlier album).
Along with arranger Nelson Riddle and producer Lee Gillette, the team came up with a seamless string of songs that are connected like a musical with the concept being about the ever elusive meaning of “love.” Original U.S. LP pressings came in a deluxe gatefold cover with a lavish book inside (not unlike Capitol’s later “Magical Mystery Tour” booklet) with lots of pictures of young white couples.
There were no gaps or “bands” on the album, all of the songs were put together and meant to listen to as “Act One” and “Act Two” so that’s how I’m presenting my transfer too. I have a few different copies of this album including my first one which was bought on a trip to the UK for 1 pound at a used vinyl shop. No gatefold but shiny cover and mono too. Then, back in the U.S. I found an original Capitol LP and I was impressed by the deluxe packaging. If you want to add this LP to your collection, find an original U.S. for maximum enjoyment.
Once again, Nat King Cole’s voice is warm and commanding, effortlessly weaving from melody to melody and ‘acting out’ the spoken parts with ease and experience.
WILD IS LOVE
HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF GIRLS
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL EVENING
TELL HER IN THE MORNING
ARE YOU DISENCHANTED?
BEGGAR FOR THE BLUES
WORLD OF NO RETURN
IN LOVE AGAIN
STAY WITH IT
WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT (HER NAME IS MARY)
HE WHO HESITATES
WILD IS LOVE (FINALE)