got something against strings buddy? Just foolin. There's a great Capital collection of all his hits and more. Might find it on Ebay...best
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"After Midnight" is a great Capitol session that has plenty of his outstanding piano work,both smooth and swinging vocals and a great list of "guest" stars.Trumpeter Harry Edison,Violinist Stuff Smith,alto saxophonist Willie Smith and trombonist Juan Tizol take turns with the Cole trio.The Original session has been issued on cd with extra tracks not on the original lp.The vinyl version is out as well.I have the cd,the original lp and the British issue lp with the bonus tracks,so you can guess i like this session.
There are many other good Capitol mid 50's sessions as well,look for the Billy May arranged albums.All these Capitol records have that famous quality sound associated with the Sinatra sessions of the same period.
You want to hear some great singing? Get the several albums Dick Haymes did for Capitol in the 1950's.After you hear those Sinatra will sound like a whiner.
I have gone back through my collection of Nat King Cole CDs and LPs this week. I concur After Midnight is really good. I assume by no strings you mean no violins because After Midnight has a string bass playing in the back ground. For Christmas time Nats The Christmas Song is also very good. I also have Unforgettable, Collectors Series, Lush Life, Vol 1 and Ramblin Rose. They all have strings but I also like Ramblin Rose on LP in spite of strings.