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Swing Era - Nat King Cole: Soundies & Telescriptions
Swing Era - Nat King Cole Soundies Telescriptions
Actor: Nat "King" Cole
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2004     1hr 12min

Before achieving international pop stardom in the 50's, Nat King Cole enjoyed considerable success fronting his own trio in Hollywood. This video is a fascinating collection of early film shorts produced for theaters and ...  more »


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Actor: Nat "King" Cole
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, King, B.B., Jazz
Studio: Swing Era
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/13/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 12min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Great Performances, Bad Synchronization
Jim Davidson | Berkeley, CA | 09/03/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD consists of what amount to early music videos by the Nat King Cole Trio. They fall into two groups: (1) Soundies from the 1940s featuring Oscar Moore on guitar and Johnny Miller on bass; (2) Snader Telescriptions from 1950-51 featuring Irving Ashby on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, and Jack Costanzo on conga drum. And of course, Nat sings and plays the piano on all.

The most annoying thing about these films is that the sound is badly out-of-synch on many of the telescriptions. These same songs can be found on the DVD "The Snader Telescriptions" from Storyville with much better synchronization. (But that disc doesn't have the soundies.)

The performances on this DVD are first rate and highly recommended. For those who only know Nat King Cole from his records, these films give you a chance to see as well as hear this great singer/piano player."