I'm pretty sure Nat Cole's later recordings were in 3 track, with just
the vocal on one of those three tracks, the other two devoted to the
stereo musical accompaniment. That's how they were able to have Cole's
daughter Natalie "duet" with her father all those years after his
death. I wouldnt be surprised if that's what you heard: just his vocal
track lifted off the original 3 track session tape. Whether it is
commercially available in that form I have no idea, but originally
there would have been no intention to release it to the public in that
isolated form. Recording vocals separately just allowed a better
mixing of vocal and accompaniment after the recording was made.
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Subject:[ARSCLIST] Nat King Cole sings a cappella
In January-February of 2019 while in Paris I listened to an interview
Jazz radio station there. A jazz singer spoke of how he was inspired
he heard Nat King Cole sing "Smile" a cappella. They played a clip of
Cole singing the tune. I would like to get a copy of NK Cole singing
"Smile" a cappella but my searches have not turned up anything. Can
be of assistance?
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