Natalie Cole – Unforgettable with Love {Elektra}

Review by Alex Henderson (

A major change of direction for Natalie Cole, Unforgettable found the singer abandoning the type of R&B/pop she’d been recording since 1975 in favor of jazz-influenced pre-rock pop along the lines of Nat King Cole’s music. It was a surprising risk that paid off handsomely — both commercially and artistically. Naysayers who thought that so radical a change would be commercial suicide were proven wrong when the outstanding Unforgettable sold a shocking five million units. Quite clearly, this was an album Cole was dying to make. Paying tribute to her late father on “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy,” “Route 66,” and other gems that had been major hits for him in the 1940s and early ’50s, the 41-year-old Cole sounds more inspired than she had in well over a decade. On the title song, overdubbing was used to make it sound as though she were singing a duet with her father — dishonest perhaps, but certainly enjoyable. Thankfully, standards and pre-rock pop turned out to be a primary direction for Cole, who was a baby when the title song became a hit for her father in 1951.

“Unforgettable with Love” is a 1991 album by Natalie Cole, which focuses on covers of standards previously performed by Cole’s father, Nat King Cole. Her uncle Ike Cole plays piano on the album. The album was certified 7x platinum as of 2009 by the RIAA, and won the 1992 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Female the same year. (

01 – The Very Thought of You
02 – Paper Moon
03 – Route 66
04 – Mona Lisa
05 – L-O-V-E
06 – This Can’t Be Love
07 – Smile
08 – Lush Life
09 – That Sunday That Summer
10 – Orange Colored Sky
11 – A Medley Of: For Sentimental Reasons / Tenderly / Autumn Leaves
12 – Straighten Up and Fly Right
13 – Avalon
14 – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
15 – Too Young
16 – Nature Boy
17 – Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
18 – Almost Like Being in Love
19 – Thou Swell
20 – Non Dimenticar
21 – Our Love is Here to Stay
22 – Unforgettable

Natalie Cole – vocals, with collective personnel

Recorded November 1990 and April 1991.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, scans


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