Nat King Cole Love Is the Thing on 180g 45RPM 2LP Set from Analogue Productions
Mastered from the Original 3-Track Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech
Exquisite Sonics: Cole's Voice Has Never Sounded as Rich or Balanced
Deluxe Reissues Includes Six-Panel Booklet and Essay!
Cole's Just One Of Those Things, Where Did Everyone Go?, A Nat King Cole Story, After Midnight, The Very Thought of You, and St. Louis Blues also Available on 180g 45RPM LP from Analogue Productions
Love is indeed the thing on this appropriately titled 1957 album which finds the incomparable Nat King Cole backed by heavenly strings on a fine 12-song set that marked the first collaboration between the singer (now skewing toward ballad work and away from jazz) and superb arranger Gordon Jenkins. It's a mesmerizing combination, with music that epitomizes the meaning of timelessness.
At the time of the record's release, Cole's only real rival for excellence came via Frank Sinatra. Yet Cole proves he's The Voice's equal throughout, turning in performances that make this album one of the greatest vocal albums ever made. Featuring such legendary classics as "Stardust" and "When I Fall In Love," Love Is The Thing topped the charts upon its release and continues to enchant listeners to this day. Few, if any, singers handle and treat ballads with such ease, emotionalism, and depth as Cole does here.
Never before has this record sounded so rich, with every detail and nuance restored in a manner that places you in the recording studio with Cole. Mastered from the original three-track analog master tapes at Acoustech by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray for an unparalleled sonic experience, this is a truly incredible audiophile pressing. No expense was spared in the production or mastering efforts.
Also included with this deluxe reissue is a striking six-panel booklet complete with rare photos, a 2,800-word essay by Chris Hall about the album, and a 1,200-word reflection by Michael Fremer about the remastering process. Audiophile delights, and vocal albums, don't come more definitive than this!
Nat King Cole Love Is The Thing Track Listing:
1. When I Fall In Love
3. Stay As Sweet As You Are
4. Where Can I Go Without You?
5. Maybe It’s Because I Love You Too Much
6. Love Letters
7. Ain’t Misbehavin’
8. I Thought About Marie
9. At Last
10. It’s All In The Game
11. When Sunny Gets Blue
12. Love Is The Thing