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Nat King Cole - Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years 1936-1943

(180g Vinyl 10LP Box Set)

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Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) Compiles Nearly 200 Pre-Capitol Tracks by the Great Singer-Pianist!

Succeeding critically acclaimed Resonance archival collections devoted to previously unheard recordings by Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughan, and other eminent jazz performers, Hittin' the Ramp offers the first in-depth survey of singer-pianist Nat King Cole's work in the years preceding his long hit-making tenure at Capitol Records. "This is a really important project for Resonance," says Zev Feldman, label co-president and the set's co-producer. "We've done some pretty substantial packages over the years, such as our three-disc Eric Dolphy and Jaco Pastorius sets with 100-page booklets, but this Nat King Cole box is truly a definitive, king-sized set, clocking in at a staggering 10 LPs worth of essential early Cole material with enhanced audio." The expansive collection – which includes several previously unreleased studio sides, transcriptions, and private recordings – is the first major overview of Cole's earliest work to be produced in conjunction with the musician's estate.

The set's co-producer, writer and historian Will Friedwald – who received Grammy Award nominations for his work on Mosaic Records' landmark 1992 box The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio and the 1989 album Nat "King" Cole and the "King" Cole Trio – points out in his comprehensive notes to the collection that Cole's deep and influential jazz roots were often obscured by his towering reputation as a pop singer. "At the height of his fame in the 1950s and ‘60s," he writes, "Nat King Cole (1919-1965) was primarily known as a popular singer – the biggest-selling artist of his generation, no less – who occasionally played piano. By that point, only a few older fans and critics remembered that he had been one of the greatest pianists in the whole history of American music, a true spiritual descendent of Earl ‘Fatha' Hines and Art Tatum, and himself a huge inspiration for Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, and many others."

Beyond Cole's brilliance at the keyboard, the Resonance set takes in his dazzling work as a vocalist, and includes a new interview with the master pop singer Johnny Mathis, who discusses his debt to and friendship with his great predecessor. Co-produced by Feldman, Friedwald, Seth Berg, Matt Lutthans, and Jordan Taylor, and executive produced by Resonance co-president George Klabin, Hittin' the Ramp hones in on Cole's prodigious early career, beginning with the debut sides he recorded with his brother Eddie for Decca Records as a 17-year-old piano phenom in 1936. The majority of the set's nearly 200 tracks focus on the first work by the King Cole Trio, the seminal combo that put Cole on the map with a swinging combination of jazz, jive, and pop, with an emphasis on his simpatico creative partnership with the trio's longtime guitarist Oscar Moore.

Hittin' the Ramp compiles Cole's recordings – among them the first versions of "Sweet Lorraine," a staple of his ‘40s repertoire, and the R&B and pop hit "Straighten Up and Fly Right" – with his trio and in other studio settings (as sideman and accompanist) for Decca, Ammor, Excelsior, Premier, Mercury, and Philo (including a celebrated session for the latter label, founded by Norman Granz during the 1942 Musicians Union recording ban, with saxophonist Lester Young). It also contains dozens of transcriptions, mainly by the trio, cut by Standard, Davis & Schwegler, and MacGregor for servicing to radio stations, as well as wartime recordings produced for American servicemen by the Armed Forces Radio Service. The newly discovered selections include several performances that were not known to exist before research for the boxed set began. These include a privately recorded number, "The Romany Room is Jumping," a homage to the titular Washington, D.C., club that hosted Cole's group; the hitherto unheard Cinematone transcription "Trompin'"; and an unreleased 1940 trio rendering of Trummy Young's "Whatcha' Know Joe."

Features:
• Deluxe vinyl 10LP box set
• First collection produced in partnership with the Cole Estate
• Compiles nearly 200 pre-Capitol tracks by the great singer-pianist
• Featuring an assortment of never-before-issued tracks, recordings seeing their first commercial releases, and miscellaneous rarities culled from a variety of sources including transcription discs and various private collector copies
• Includes extensive booklet with interviews and statements by Johnny Mathis, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Freddy Cole and others

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LP1
  1. Honey Hush (Nat Cole)
  2. Stompin' at the Panama (Skoller's Shuffle) (Nat Cole)
  3. Bedtime (Sleepy Moan) (Nat Cole)
  4. Thunder (Nat Cole)
  5. Mutiny in the Nursery (Johnny Mercer)
  6. F.D.R Jones (Harold Rome)
  7. The Sheik of Araby ((Ted Snyder, Francis Wheeler, Harry B. Smith)
  8. The Blue Danube (Johan Strauss II)
  9. Button, Button (Clay A. Boland, Bickley ‘Bix' Reichner)
  10. Jingle Bells (J.S. Pierpont)
  11. Swannee River (Stephen Foster)
  12. With Plenty of Money and You (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
  13. Don't Blame Me ((Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
  14. Lullaby in Rhythm (Edgar Sampson, Walter Hirsch, Clarence Profit, Benny Goodman)
  15. Dark Rapture (Edgar Sampson, Manny Kurtz, Benny Goodman)
  16. The Wiggly Walk (Al Jacobs, Dave Oppenheim, Jack Palmer)
  17. Flea Hop (Al Jacobs, Dave Oppenheim, Jack Palmer)
  18. Chopsticks (Arthur De Lulli)
  19. Patty Cake, Patty Cake (Thomas ‘Fats' Waller, Andy Razaf, J. C. Johnson)
LP2
  1. Blue Skies (Irving Berlin)
  2. Liza (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn)
  3. Three Blind Mice (Traditional)
  4. Caravan (Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol, Irving Mills)
  5. There's no Anesthetic for Love (Marshall Walker)
  6. Dixie Jamboree (Lyle Griffin, Charles Callender)
  7. Ta-De-Ah (Betty Johnson, Charlie Bourne)
  8. Riffin' at the Bar-B-Q (Nat Cole)
  9. Harlem Swing (Bonnie Lake)
  10. I Lost Control of Myself (Irwin ‘Hap' Kaufman, Nat Cole)
  11. The Land of Make Believe (Betty Johnson, Charlie Bourne)
  12. That Please-be-Mine-able Feeling (Reginald Sloan)
  13. Dancing in the Street (Arthur Norris)
  14. You're So Different (Nat Leslie)
  15. I Wouldn't Have Known It (Marie Bryant, Nat Cole)
  16. Let's Get Happy (Dan Arons)
  17. Undecided (Charlie Shavers, Sid Robin)
  18. ‘Taint What You Do (Sy Oliver, James ‘Trummy' Young)
  19. Do You Wanna Jump, Children? (Jimmy Van Heusen, Willie Bryant, Victor Selsman)
  20. Riffin' in F Minor (Nat Cole)
LP3
  1. Ol' Man Mose Ain't Dead (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin)
  2. Blue Lou (Edgar Sampson, Irving Mills)
  3. Honey (Seymour Simons, Haven Gillespie, Richard Whiting)
  4. Russian Lullaby (Irving Berlin)
  5. Georgie Porgie (unknown)
  6. The Limp (unknown)
  7. Snug as a Bug in a Rug (Frank Loesser, Matty Malneck)
  8. Liebestraum (Franz Liszt)
  9. Fidgety Joe (Frank Loesser, Matty Malneck)
  10. Two Against One (L. Wolfe Gilbert, Benny Meroff, Lew Pollack)
  11. Some Like it Hot (Remo Biondi, Frank Loesser, Gene Krupa)
  12. Crazy Rhythm (Joseph Meyer, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Irving Caesar)
  13. Moonglow (Will Hudson, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
  14. Don't Let That Moon Get Away (James Monaco, Johnny Burke)
  15. My Blue Heaven (Walter Donaldson, George Whiting)
  16. I Was Doing Alright (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
  17. I Can't Get Started ((Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)
  18. Old Man Moon (Hoagy Carmichael)
  19. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (James Bland)
LP4
  1. Moon Song (Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow)
  2. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams)
  3. Rosetta (Earl Hines, Henri Woode)
  4. Trompin' (unknown)
  5. You're My Life (unknown)
  6. Hoy Soy (unknown)
  7. Take ‘Em (unknown)
  8. Scategoria (unknown)
  9. Rhythm Serenade (unknown)
  10. Rib Town Shuffle (unknown)
  11. Music'll Chase Your Blues Away (unknown)
  12. I'll Gather Up My Memories (unknown)
  13. A Fool's Affair (unknown)
  14. Jump, Jack, Jump (Charles ‘Lucky' Roberts)
  15. I Knew a Time (unknown)
  16. Mine You'll Always Be (unknown)
  17. Doin' the Bow Wow (unknown)
  18. Lilla Mae (unknown)
LP5
  1. I Like to Riff (Nat Cole)
  2. On the Sunny Side of the Street (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
  3. Black Spider Stomp (Nat Cole, Oscar Moore)
  4. By the River St. Marie (Harry Warren, Edgar Leslie)
  5. Slew Foot Joe (unknown)
  6. 1-2-3-4 (Milt Gabler, Gordon Jenkins)
  7. Crazy ‘Bout Rhythm (unknown)
  8. Off the Beam (unknown)
  9. King Cole Blues (unknown)
  10. Jivin' With the Notes (unknown)
  11. Never Mind, Baby (Hal Hampton)
  12. I'm a Perfect Fool Over You (Sebastian Apollo)
  13. Lovely Little Person (Al Heath, Buddy Leroux)
  14. Love Me Sooner (unknown)
  15. Sentimental Blue (Josh Chamberlain Lawrence)
  16. Goin' to Town with Honey (E.E. Waters)
  17. Syncopated Lullaby (Felix De Cola)
  18. Falling in and Out of Love (Nat Cole)
  19. Let's Do Things (Virginia Ferragamo)
  20. Jumpy Jitters (Gale Hunt, Jack Green)
  21. Nothing Ever Happens (Laurence Morgan)
  22. What'cha Doin' to My Heart (Tim M. George)
LP6
  1. Bedtime (Nat Cole)
  2. Honey Hush (Nat Cole)
  3. French Toast (unknown)
  4. Vine Street Jump (unknown)
  5. B Flat (unknown)
  6. You Send Me (unknown)
  7. Love is My Alibi (Nat Cole)
  8. Pogo Stick Bounce (unknown)
  9. Whatcha' Know, Joe? (James ‘Trummy' Young)
  10. Sweet Lorraine (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
  11. Honeysuckle Rose (Thomas ‘Fats' Waller, Andy Razaf)
  12. Gone with the Draft (Earl Dramin, Wesley Prince, Nat Cole)
  13. This Side Up (Nat Cole)
  14. Jumpin' with the Mop (Nat Cole)
  15. Jam Man (unknown)
  16. Let's Try Again (Biff Hammond, Billy Moore, Jr.)
  17. Fudge Wudge (unknown)
  18. Smokey Joe (unknown)
  19. Windy City Boogie Woogie (unknown)
  20. Ode to a Wild Clam (unknown)
LP7
  1. Let's Try Again (Biff Hammond, Billy Moore, Jr.)
  2. Whatcha' Know, Joe? (James ‘Trummy' Young)
  3. Lazy River (Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin)
  4. Georgia on My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell)
  5. Rockin Chair (Hoagy Carmichael)
  6. A Little Jive is Good for You (Ralph Yaw, Ralph Waters)
  7. You've Changed (Carl Fischer, Bill Carey)
  8. Babs (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young)
  9. Scotchin' with the Soda (W. Jack Riley)
  10. Slow Down (Redd Evans)
  11. Early Morning Blues (Nat Cole)
  12. The Romany Room is Jumpin' (Nat Cole)
  13. This Will Make You Laugh (Irene Higginbotham)
  14. Stop! The Red Light's On (Joseph ‘Taps' Miller)
  15. Hit the Ramp (Nat Cole, Oscar Moore)
  16. I Like to Riff (Nat Cole)
LP8
  1. Call the Police (Nat Cole)
  2. Are You Fer It? (Nat Cole, Carl Sigman)
  3. That Ain't Right (Nat Cole)
  4. Hit That Jive, Jack (John Alston, Campbell ‘Skeets' Tolbert)
  5. Indiana (James F. Hanley, Ballard MacDonald)
  6. I Can't Get Started (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)
  7. Tea for Two (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar)
  8. Body and Soul (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
  9. Vom, Vim, Veedle (Robert Scherman, Frankie Jaxon)
  10. All for You (Robert Scherman)
  11. Hip, Hip, Hooray (Henry Nemo, Milt Ebbins)
  12. I Know That You Know (Vincent Youmans, Anne Caldwell)
  13. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (William Weldon, Andy Razaf)
LP9
  1. Pitchin' Up a Boogie (Nat Cole)
  2. I'm Lost (Otis René)
  3. Beautiful Moons Ago (Oscar Moore, Nat Cole)
  4. Let's Spring One (Otis René)
  5. Slender, Tender, and Tall (Mike Jackson, Hughie Prince)
  6. I've Found a New Baby (Jack Palmer, Spencer Williams)
  7. Rosetta (Earl Hines, Henri Woode)
  8. Sweet Lorraine (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
  9. I Blowed and Gone (Harry ‘Sweets' Edison)
  10. Solid Potato Salad (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Hughie Prince)
  11. F.S.T. (Fine, Sweet & Tasty) (Nat Cole)
  12. Got a Penny (Robert Scherman, Henry May)
  13. Let's Pretend (Robert Scherman)
  14. My Lips Remember Your Kisses (Robert Scherman, Ben Siegel, Henry May)
  15. I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm (Nat Cole)
  16. Straighten up and Fly Right (Irving Mills, Nat Cole)
LP10
  1. Honey Hush (Nat Cole)
  2. By the River St. Marie (Harry Warren, Edgar Leslie)
  3. I Like to Riff (Nat Cole)
  4. Black Spider Stomp (Nat Cole, Oscar Moore)
  5. Sweet Lorraine (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
  6. Early Morning Blues (Nat Cole)
  7. Gone with the Draft (Earl Dramin, Wesley Prince, Nat Cole)
  8. Trompin' (unknown)
  9. Sweet Lorraine (Mitchell Parish, Cliff Burwell)
  10. Gone with the Draft (Earl Dramin, Wesley Prince, Nat Cole)
  11. Scotchin' with the Soda (W. Jack Riley)
  12. Gone with the Draft (Earl Dramin, Wesley Prince, Nat Cole)
  13. The Romany Room is Jumpin' (Nat Cole)
  14. Hit That Jive, Jack (John Alston, Campbell ‘Skeets' Tolbert)
  15. Beautiful Moons Ago (Oscar Moore, Nat Cole)
  16. Honeysuckle Rose (Thomas ‘Fats' Waller, Andy Razaf)
  17. I Know That You Know (Vincent Youmans, Anne Caldwell)
  18. Solid Potato Salad (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Hughie Prince)
  19. My Lips Remember Your Kisses (Robert Scherman, Ben Siegel, Henry May)
  20. Straighten up and Fly Right (Irving Mills, Nat Cole)

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