Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years 1936-1943

Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years 1936-1943

by Nat King ColeNat King Cole


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Released in partnership with the Nat King Cole estate, Resonance Records’ HITTIN' THE RAMP: THE EARLY YEARS (1936-1943) is the first large-scale collection of the pivotal early recordings (1936-1943) of Nat’s 29-year recording career. Most tracks are receiving their first official release in this meticulously restored set of original live-to-disk recordings. This definitive 7CD and limited-edition 10LP collection draws upon a wide range of sources, including many newly-discovered tracks unearthed for the first time from archives located all over the world, such as “Trompin” (jukebox-only release for Cinematone, 1939), “What’cha Know Joe" (undocumented radio performance, 1940 -- now the earliest known recording of Nat "on the air"), “The Romany Room is Jumpin’” (private recording, 1941) and “Beautiful Moons Ago” (longer alternate take, 1943). Sessions include Nat at age 17, playing piano in his brother’s band in Chicago, 1936; the first King Cole Trio recordings from 1938, made for radio broadcast only, for Standard Transcriptions; further radio transcription sessions for Standard, Davis & Schwegler, Keystone, plus his first (uncredited) session for MacGregor, with vocalist Anita Boyer; the Ammor Records Session (Spring 1940 - the first commercial-release sessions for the trio), the Decca Recordings (1940-41), the small-label sessions for Excelsior and Premier labels (1943), many previously-uncirculated Armed Forces Radio performances, and, with producer Norman Granz at the helm, early jazz sessions with Lester Young (Granz historic, first session as a producer) and Dexter Gordon, originally released on Philo and Mercury, respectively.

Boasting an extensive 60+ page booklet with rare photographs; essays by acclaimed author Will Friedwald and guitarist Nick Rossi (with a special focus on Oscar Moore); plus interviews and testimonials from Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, John Pizzarelli, Freddy Cole, Michael Feinstein and many others.

Hittin' the Ramp features new remastering from original source disks transferred for this set from a number of personal collections and from the archives at University of California - Santa Barbara, The Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, the CU Boulder American Music Research Center, and the Library of Congress.

Celebrate Nat King Cole's centennial in 2019 with this definitive early years multi-disc box set. This is the origin story of a great artist just as he was just “hittin’ the ramp,” launching a distinctive style that would quickly become famous the world over.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2019
Label: Resonance Records
UPC: 0712758040381
catalogNumber: 2042
Rank: 24080


Disc 1

  1. Honey Hush
  2. Stompin’ at the Panama (Skoller’s Shuffle)
  3. Bedtime (Sleepy Moan)
  4. Thunder
  5. Mutiny in the Nursery
  6. F.D.R. Jones
  7. The Sheik of Araby
  8. The Blue Danube
  9. Button, Button
  10. Jingle Bells
  11. Swanee River
  12. With Plenty of Money and You
  13. Don’t Blame Me
  14. Lullaby in Rhythm
  15. Dark Rapture
  16. The Wiggly Walk
  17. Flea Hop
  18. Chopsticks
  19. Patty Cake, Patty Cake
  20. Blue Skies
  21. Liza
  22. Three Blind Mice
  23. Caravan
  24. There’s No Anesthetic for Love
  25. Dixie Jamboree
  26. Ta-De-Ah
  27. Riffin’ at the Bar-B-Q
  28. Harlem Swing
  29. I Lost Control of Myself

Disc 2

  1. The Land of Make Believe
  2. That Please-Be-Mine-Able Feeling
  3. Dancing in the Street
  4. You’re So Different
  5. I Wouldn’t Have Known It
  6. Let’s Get Happy
  7. Undecided
  8. ’Taint What You Do
  9. Do You Wanna Jump, Children?
  10. Riffin’ in F Minor
  11. Ol’ Man Mose Ain’t Dead
  12. Blue Lou
  13. Honey
  14. Russian Lullaby
  15. Georgie Porgy
  16. The Limp
  17. Snug as a Bug in a Rug
  18. Liebestraum
  19. Fidgety Joe
  20. Two Against One
  21. Some Like it Hot
  22. Crazy Rhythm
  23. Moonglow
  24. Don’t Let That Moon Get Away
  25. My Blue Heaven
  26. I Was Doing Alright
  27. I Can’t Get Started
  28. Old Man Moon
  29. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny

Disc 3

  1. Moon Song
  2. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home
  3. Rosetta
  4. Trompin’
  5. You’re My Life
  6. Hoy Soy
  7. Take ’Em
  8. Scategoria
  9. Rhythm Serenade
  10. Rib Town Shuffle
  11. Music’ll Chase Your Blues Away
  12. I’ll Gather Up My Memories
  13. A Fool’s Affair
  14. Jump, Jack, Jump
  15. I Knew a Time
  16. Mine You’ll Always Be
  17. Doin’ the Bow Wow
  18. Lilla Mae
  19. I Like to Riff
  20. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  21. Black Spider Stomp
  22. By the River St. Marie
  23. Slew Foot Joe
  24. 1-2-3-4
  25. Crazy ’Bout Rhythm
  26. Off the Beam
  27. King Cole Blues
  28. Jivin’ with the Notes
  29. Never Mind, Baby

Disc 4

  1. I’m a Perfect Fool Over You
  2. Lovely Little Person
  3. Love Me Sooner
  4. Sentimental Blue
  5. Goin’ to Town with Honey
  6. Syncopated Lullaby
  7. Falling in and Out of Love
  8. Let’s Do Things
  9. Jumpy Jitters
  10. Nothing Ever Happens
  11. What’cha Doin’ to My Heart
  12. Bedtime
  13. Honey Hush
  14. French Toast
  15. Vine Street Jump
  16. B Flat
  17. You Send Me
  18. Love Is My Alibi
  19. Pogo Stick Bounce
  20. Whatcha’ Know, Joe?
  21. Sweet Lorraine
  22. Honeysuckle Rose
  23. Gone with the Draft
  24. This Side Up
  25. Jumpin’ with the Mop
  26. Jam Man
  27. Let’s Try Again
  28. Fudge Wudge
  29. Smokey Joe
  30. Windy City Boogie Woogie
  31. Ode to a Wild Clam

Disc 5

  1. Let’s Try Again
  2. Whatcha’ Know, Joe?
  3. Lazy River
  4. Georgia on My Mind
  5. Rockin’ Chair
  6. A Little Jive Is Good for You
  7. You’ve Changed
  8. Babs
  9. Scotchin’ with the Soda
  10. Slow Down
  11. Early Morning Blues
  12. The Romany Room Is Jumpin’
  13. This Will Make You Laugh
  14. Stop! The Red Light’s On
  15. Hit the Ramp
  16. I Like to Riff
  17. Call the Police
  18. Are You Fer It?
  19. That Ain’t Right
  20. Hit That Jive, Jack
  21. Indiana
  22. I Can’t Get Started

Disc 6

  1. Tea for Two
  2. Body and Soul
  3. Vom, Vim, Veedle
  4. All for You
  5. Hip Hip Hooray
  6. I Know That You Know
  7. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  8. Pitchin’ Up a Boogie
  9. I’m Lost
  10. Beautiful Moons Ago
  11. Let’s Spring One
  12. Slender, Tender, and Tall
  13. I’ve Found a New Baby
  14. Rosetta
  15. Sweet Lorraine
  16. I Blowed and Gone
  17. Solid Potato Salad
  18. F.S.T. (Fine, Sweet & Tasty)
  19. Got a Penny
  20. Let’s Pretend
  21. My Lips Remember Your Kisses
  22. I’m an Errand Boy for Rhythm
  23. Straighten Up and Fly Right

Disc 7

  1. Honey Hush
  2. By the River St. Marie
  3. I Like to Riff
  4. Black Spider Stomp
  5. Sweet Lorraine
  6. Early Morning Blues
  7. Gone with the Draft
  8. Trompin’
  9. Sweet Lorraine
  10. Gone with the Draft
  11. Scotchin’ with the Soda
  12. Gone with the Draft
  13. The Romany Room Is Jumpin’
  14. Hit That Jive, Jack
  15. Beautiful Moons Ago
  16. Honeysuckle Rose
  17. I Know That You Know
  18. Solid Potato Salad
  19. My Lips Remember Your Kisses
  20. Straighten Up and Fly Right

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