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.

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Natalie Cole – Stardust {Elektra}

Review by Bill Carpenter (

Continuing her successful foray into the American songbook, Natalie Cole served as executive producer on her third album of pop standards. Eighteen selections, including works by Hoagy Carmichael and songs associated with Nat, Ella, Sarah, and Dinah. Big-band orchestration and a trumpet solo by Wynton Marsalis on “He Was Too Good to Me.” Guest players include Fourplay, Everette Harp, George Duke, and John Pizzarelli. Cole originally recorded Nat’s “When I Fall in Love” ballad on her Everlasting album. Here she does a duet with dad à la “Unforgettable.” She also closes the album with a solo version sung in Spanish.

01 – There’s a Lull in My Life
02 – Stardust
03 – Let’s Face the Music and Dance
04 – Teach Me Tonight
05 – When I Fall in Love (duet with Nat “King” Cole)
06 – What a Difference a Day Made
07 – Love Letters
08 – He was Too Good to Me
09 – Dindi (Portuguese)
10 – Two for the Blues
11 – If Love Ain’t There
12 – To Whom it May Concern
13 – Where Can I Go Without You
14 – Ahmad’s Blues
15 – Pick Yourself Up
16 – If You Could See Me Now
17 – Like a Lover
18 – This Morning it was Summer

Natalie Cole – vocals, background vocals
John Chiodini, John Pizzarelli, Lee Ritenour – guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. – electric guitar
Toots Thielemans – harmonica
Jon Clarke – oboe
Dan Higgins, Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone
Everette Harp – alto saxophone
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
George Bohannon – trombone
Terry Trotter – piano, fender rhodes piano
Rob Mounsey, Bob James – piano, keyboards
Michael Lang – piano
Nat “King” Cole – vocals, organ
George Duke – vibraphone
Chris Parker, John “J.R.” Robinson, Harvey Mason Sr., John Guerin,
Ralph Penland, Harold Jones – drums
Paulinho Da Costa, Rafael Padilla, Bashiri Johnson – percussion

Released on September 24, 1996

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