Nat King Cole – Where Did Everyone Go? (1963/2010) DSF DSD64

Nat King Cole – Where Did Everyone Go? (1963/2010)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 44:18 minutes | 1,75 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Booklet, Front Cover | © Capitol Records/Analogue Productions XAPP1859D64

This has been a totally no-expenses-spared project. Using the original 3-track work tapes from Capitol’s vaults, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman along with DSD specialist Gus Skinas bring you an entirely incomparable listening experience. In addition to the stereo mixes, this download includes the original mono mix taken from separate microphone feeds, mixing consoles and tape machines at the original sessions. In order to master from the 3-track masters, AcousTech had to be outfitted for 3-channel playback. That meant Kevin Gray had to find a third identical monitoring channel chain (including mixing board, amplifier and speaker) as well as a 3-track playback headstack and also a 3-track preview head for the vinyl cutting system. It was a massive assignment. We’ve spent a fortune to include these extra bells and whistles and to make this a truly historic reissue.

In what some consider his last great album prior to his tragic passing, Nat “King” Cole approached the dramatic dark side of love in the spirit of Sinatra’s saloon songs to timeless, haunting effect with the album Where Did Everyone Go? The distinctive orchestrations of Gordon Jenkins for strings accompany the intimately expressive and supremely musical voice of the incomparable Nat “King” Cole in such classic songs as “Someone To Tell It To,” “I Keep Going Back To Joe’s,” “Spring Is Here,” “The End Of A Love Affair” and other reflections of one who had and now has not. Nat “King” Cole and arranger Gordon Jenkins followed their hit albums Love Is The Thing and The Very Thought Of You with this striking shift toward the dramatic. The result again stands among its era’s finest, most stylistically defining recordings of popular music and still retains its grand sense of tragedy and beauty.

Two bonus tracks recorded for the album, “A Farewell to Arms” and “Happy New Year,” are included for their first release in original production quality. Originally released in 1963.

This is the third and final collection to feature the team of Nat King Cole and Gordon Jenkins (arranger). Their earlier collaborations yielded the uniformly superior chart-topper Love Is the Thing (1957) and follow-up The Very Thought of You (1958). As the moniker suggests, there is a perceptible poignancy and longing weaved throughout Jenkins’ arrangements. The opener “Where Did Everyone Go?” possesses a solitude accentuated by responsive instrumentation that supports, yet never intrudes. Cole’s practically conversational delivery of pop standards — such as Irving Berlin’s “Say It Isn’t So” or Johnny Mercer’s “When the World Was Young” — become musical soliloquies with the score as a sonic subtext. His rich and cozy baritone carries the ache of “Am I Blue?” and the slinky “I Keep Goin’ Back to Joe’s” into an understated, almost plaintive blues. Here he perfectly demonstrates a boundless capacity as a melodic interpreter of song. “No, I Don’t Want Her” finds Cole’s voice gilded with an intimacy that virtually takes the listener into the singer’s confidence. As he had done on his previous outings with Cole, Jenkins supplies one selection. Suitably “That’s All There Is, There Isn’t Any More” is the last track on the album and certainly provides a lovely contrast to Judy Garland’s arguably more familiar reading. –AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer


1 Where Did Everyone Go? 4:34
2 Say It Isn’t So 3:04
3 If Love Ain’t There 3:08
4 (Ah The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young 3:59
5 Am I Blue? 2:58
6 Someone To Tell It To 3:14
7 The End Of A Love Affair 3:08
8 I Keep Goin’ Back To Joe’s 2:37
9 Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside) 2:45
10 No, I Don’t Want Her 3:02
11 Spring Is Here 2:32
12 That’s All There Is 2:40
13 A Farewell To Arms 2:53
14 Happy New Year 3:13

Nat King Cole, vocals
Gordon Jenkins, arranger, conductor

Recorded: August 13–14, 1962


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