2016/12/22

Nat King Cole - Every Time I Feel The Spirit (1951-1961)


Genre: Jazz / Gospel | Total Time: 42:04 | Size: 96.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01.Every Time I Feel The Spirit
02.I Want To Be Ready
03.Sweet Hour Of Prayer
04.Ain't Gonna Study War No More
05.I Found The Answer
06.Standin' In The Need Of Prayer
07.Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep
08.Go Down, Moses
09.Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
10.In The Sweet By And By
11.I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
12.Steal Away
13.The First Baseball Game
14.This Holy Love
15.Peace Of Mind
16.Easter Sunday Morning
17.Believe
18.The Lighthouse In The Sky

Arranged By – Jenkins(tracks: 1 to 12), Cole (tracks: 1 to 12)
Conductor – Gordon Jenkins (tracks: 1 to 12)
Executive Producer – Gordon Anderson
Producer [Original] – Lee Gillette (tracks: 1 to 12)
Producer, Other [Liner Notes] – James Ritz

Original 12-track album released in 1959 on Capitol as ST-1249. Tracks 1-12 recorded in September 1958. Bonus tracks 13 to 18 recorded between 1951 to 1961.

Label: Collectors' Choice Music.
 
On paper, a gospel album by preacher's son Nat King Cole recorded in his hometown of Chicago with a local church choir would seem like a sure thing. Why then is Every Time I Feel the Spirit such a disappointment? The blame cannot be put on the First Church of Deliverance Choir, which gives strong readings of some excellent spirituals, including "Ain't Gonna Study War No More," "Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep," and "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray." It must be ascribed to Cole himself, who sounds like he is overdubbing his part (though this apparently was not the case), especially because there seems to be no connection between him and the choir. Cole simply sings in his usual easygoing, well-articulated style, never seeming particularly involved with the songs' messages. He swings, but he never works up a sweat and gets soulful. For this reason, the best numbers are the slow ones like "Go Down, Moses" and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," on which he can at least seem reverent. Still, despite its title, this is an album on which Nat King Cole never seems to have felt the spirit.
 

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