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SOULMUSIC RECORDS SPOTLIGHT: NATALIE COLE
SoulMusic Records has reissued two classic albums from the catalogue of late and much-missed NATALIE COLE:

LIVE!
Natalie Cole's only live album, released in 1978 by Capitol Records and out of print on CD for many years!

* Natalie Cole was riding the crest of a wave as a hitmaker by the time Capitol Records released NATALIE...LIVE! in 1978. The daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole had racked up four best-selling albums and scored four No. 1 R&B hits in the U.S., two of which (“This Will Be” and “I’ve Got Love On My Mind”) were also Top 5 pop hits in the U.S.

* Recorded in two segments, one in August 1977 at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, the other in March 1978 at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, NATALIE...LIVE! demonstrates Cole’s dynamic and powerful live presence. While she was not raised in gospel music, her marriage to producer and preacher Marvin Yancy had a direct influence on Cole’s approach to music at the time. Tracks like her own “I’m Catching Hell” and “I’ve Got Love On My Mind” became stomp-down sanctified testimonies close in spirit to the recordings of Aretha Franklin, whom Cole identified as a major musical influence.

* In addition to standouts from her own Capitol catalogue (including “Mr. Melody,” “Inseparable,” “Sophisticated Lady” and “I Can’t Say No”), Cole created her own distinctive versions of Doris Day’s “Que Sera Sera,” the Garnet Mimms/Janis Joplin classic “Cry Baby” and Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold On Me”. One of the highlight of this 2-CD set is Cole’s rendition of The Beatles’ psychedelic “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” given an almost-eight minute soul-ified treatment by the singer.

* NATALIE...LIVE! which featured Cole’s road band (whose line-up included keyboardist and artist in his own right Michael Wycoff) was a Top 10 R&B album in 1978.
01. SOPHISTICATED LADY (SHE'S A DIFFERENT LADY)
02. QUE SERA, SERA (WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE)
03. LOVERS
04. I'M CATCHING HELL (LIVING HERE ALONE)
05. MR. MELODY
06. THIS WILL BE (AN EVERLASTING LOVE)
07. PARTY LIGHTS
08. I'VE GOT LOVE ON MY MIND
09. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
10. INSEPARABLE
11. CRY BABY
12. CAN WE GET TOGETHER AGAIN
13. I CAN'T SAY NO
14. SOMETHING'S GOT A HOLD ON ME
15. BE THANKFUL
16. INTRODUCTION/ OUR LOVE

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THANKFUL Expanded Edition
• Natalie Cole was enjoying international success in 1977 when Capitol Records issued her fourth album, THANKFUL. Like its predecessors, the LP was produced by the Chicago team of Chuck Jackson & Marvin Yancy and contained two of Natalie’s own compositions, the Top 10 US R&B hit single “Annie Mae” and “Keeping A Light.”

• A US Top 20 pop and Top 5 R&B charted album, THANKFUL (long out of print on CD) was certified platinum and boasted the US million-selling R&B No. 1 and No. 15 pop single, “Our Love.” This reissue is the second Cole album from SoulMusic.com Records following the February 2011 release of “Natalie Live”(SMCR-5009D)

• Key cuts on THANKFUL include the gospel-driven title track; the smooth ‘quiet storm’-flavoured Cole fan favourite, “La Costa” (co-written by Natalie and her then-musical director Linda Williams); the jazzy “Lovers” (another tune co-penned by Natalie); and the Cole composition, the heartfelt “Keeping A Light.”

• In addition to saxophonist and co-producer Gene Barge, Jackson & Yancy assembled an ‘A’ list of musicians for the album including guitarists Lee Ritenour and Ray Parker Jr., drummers James Gadson and Paul Humphrey and keyboardists Sonny Burke and Michael Boddiker.

• Notes by prominent US writer Rico “Superbizzee” Washington include quotes from former Capitol Records executive Larkin Arnold and Natalie's former manager Kevin Hunter

1. Lovers
2. Our Love
3. La Costa
4. Nothing Stronger Then Love
5. Be Thankful
6. Just Can't Stay Away
7. Annie Mae
8. Keeping A Light
9. Our Love - US single edit


About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.
  
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