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NEW ALBUM: NAT KING COLE | UNFORGETTABLE WITH LOVE (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

The 30th anniversary of Natalie Cole’s multiple Grammy-winning and multi-platinum "Unforgettable…With Love" is marked by a special edition from Craft Recordings. The centrepiece of the newly remastered 1991 album was Cole’s electronic duet with her father, Nat King Cole, on the song “Unforgettable.” The newly remastered version of the song went to No.1 on the Billboard 200, won seven Grammys (including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Unforgettable”) and was certified 7x platinum by the RIAA in the US alone. Produced by Tommy LiPuma, David Foster, and André Fischer, the album featured Cole’s interpretations of many of her father’s signature songs, including “Nature Boy,” “Route 66,” and “Mona Lisa.” She was accompanied on piano by her uncle, Ike Cole, and lush orchestral arrangements. In her 40-year career, Cole released 23 studio albums, selling over 30 million copies worldwide. Natalie Cole was a singer who found success as a singer in her own right, avoiding the looming shadow of her father, Nat “King” Cole, by mostly avoiding recording music primarily associated with him, namely the Great American Songbook. When her first album was released in 1975, her sound owed more to Aretha Franklin than Nat “King” Cole. Her early singles, including “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and “Mr. Melody,” were funky, soulful affairs, her powerful, expressive voice adopting the gospel-hewn call of R&B singers.