Unforgettable... with Love

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Unforgettable... with Love
Natalie Cole-Unforgettable With Love (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Natalie Cole
Released June 11, 1991
Recorded November, 1990–April, 1991
Studio Pacifique Recording Studios
Genre Jazz
Length 72:47
Label Elektra
Producer André Fischer, David Foster, Tommy LiPuma (also exec.), Natalie Cole (exec.)
Natalie Cole chronology
Good to Be Back
(1989)Good to Be Back1989
Unforgettable… with Love
(1991)
I've Got Love on My Mind
(1992)I've Got Love on My Mind1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]

Unforgettable... with Love, also known as simply Unforgettable, is a 1991 album by American singer Natalie Cole. Released on June 11, 1991, the album focuses on covers of standards previously performed by her father, Nat King Cole. It was also her debut for Elektra Records, after being given her release from Capitol Records.

Background[edit]

The record was very successful in the Pop, Jazz, and R&B markets and was considered the major comeback recording that had been brewing since Cole's late 1980s releases. The album was certified 7x platinum as of 2009 by the RIAA. The album won the 1992 Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Engineered – Non-Classical, while the track "Unforgettable" (duet with her father Nat King Cole) won four additional Grammys: Record of the Year, Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year and Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. The album also won Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Female the same year.

Two albums prior to this one (1987's Everlasting and 1989's Good to Be Back) also moved to Elektra after Cole signed with the label. Her uncle Ike Cole plays piano on the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Very Thought of You" – 4:15
  2. "Paper Moon" – 3:24
  3. "Route 66" (Natalie's uncle Ike Cole Played Piano) – 3:00
  4. "Mona Lisa" – 3:45
  5. "L-O-V-E" – 2:32
  6. "This Can't Be Love" – 2:13
  7. "Smile" – 3:37
  8. "Lush Life" – 4:20
  9. "That Sunday That Summer" – 3:31
  10. "Orange Colored Sky" – 2:26
  11. Medley: "For Sentimental Reasons"/"Tenderly"/"Autumn Leaves" – 7:26
  12. "Straighten Up and Fly Right" – 2:40
  13. "Avalon" – 1:51
  14. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" – 2:34
  15. "Too Young" – 4:32
  16. "Nature Boy" – 3:23
  17. "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" – 3:24
  18. "Almost Like Being in Love" – 2:11
  19. "Thou Swell" – 1:50
  20. "Non Dimenticar" – 2:56
  21. "Our Love Is Here to Stay" – 3:28
  22. "Unforgettable" (duet with Nat King Cole) – 3:29

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[4]

  • Murray Adler – violin
  • Anas Alaf – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Monty Alexander – piano
  • Israel Baker – violin
  • Marilyn Baker – violin
  • Rick Baptist – trumpet
  • Kevin Becka – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Arnold Belnick – violin
  • Pete Beltran – trombone
  • Dixie Blackstone – violin
  • Ray Blair – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Samuel Boghossian – viola
  • George Bohanon – trombone
  • Tom Boyd – oboe
  • Jacqueline Brand – violin
  • Oscar Brashear – trumpet
  • Alan Broadbent – celeste, piano
  • Ray Brown – arranger, bass
  • Terry Brown – assistant engineer, engineer
  • John Bruno – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Dennis Budimir – guitar
  • Denyse Buffum – viola
  • Larry Bunker – percussion
  • Jodi Burnett – cello
  • Ralph Burns – arranger
  • Kenneth Burward-hoy – viola
  • Darius Campo – violin
  • Conte Candoli – trumpet
  • Stuart Canin – violin
  • Maurice Cevrero – copyist
  • Lily Ho Chen – violin
  • John Chiodini – guitar
  • Pete Christlieb – tenor saxophone, saxophone, woodwind
  • Gene Cipriano – oboe, woodwind
  • John Clayton – bass, string bass
  • Pat Coil – synthesizer
  • Brad Cole – piano
  • Ike Cole – piano
  • Natalie Cole – arranger, vocal arrangement, vocals
  • John Collins – guitar
  • Antony Cooke – cello
  • Ronald Cooper – cello
  • Jim Cowger – copyist
  • Gail Cruz – violin
  • Peter Darmi – engineer
  • Isabelle Daskoff – violin
  • Donna Davidson – background vocals
  • Charlie Davis – trumpet
  • Vincent DeRosa – French horn
  • Chuck Domanico – bass, string bass
  • Bonnie Douglas – violin
  • Assa Drori – violin
  • David Duke – French horn
  • Bruce Dukov – violin
  • Bob Efford – baritone saxophone
  • Stephen Erdody – cello
  • Joseph Estren – copyist
  • Pavel Farkas – violin
  • Henry Ferber – violin
  • Michael Ferril – violin
  • Elizabeth Finch – copyist
  • Chuck Findley – trumpet
  • André Fischer – arranger, producer
  • Clare Fischer – arranger, piano, rhythm arrangements
  • Ronald Folsom – violin
  • David Foster – producer
  • Gary Foster – flute, alto saxophone, woodwind
  • William Francis – copyist
  • Jack Furlong – copyist
  • Armen Garabedian – violin
  • Berj Garabedian – violin
  • Tom Garvin – synthesizer
  • James Getzoff – violin
  • Julie Gigante – violin
  • Harris Goldman – violin
  • Pamela Goldsmith – viola
  • Ron Gorow – copyist
  • Endre Granat – violin
  • Gary Grant – trumpet
  • Thurman Green – trombone
  • Susan Greenberg – flute
  • Ralph Grierson – synthesizer
  • Sol Gubin – drums
  • Debbie Hall – background vocals
  • Larry Hall – trumpet
  • Diana Halprin – violin
  • Jeff Hamilton – drums
  • Clayton Haslop – violin
  • Fred Hayman – clothing/wardrobe, wardrobe
  • Dan Higgins – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Paula Hochhalter – cello
  • Bill Holman – arranger
  • Steve Huffsteter – trumpet
  • Jim Hughart – bass
  • Bill Hughes – copyist
  • George Hurrell – photography
  • John Johnson – tuba
  • John Thomas Johnson – tuba
  • Marilyn L. Johnson – French horn
  • Thomas "Snake" Johnson – trombone
  • Harold Jones – drums
  • Jeffrey Jones – copyist
  • Karen Jones – violin
  • Jerry Jordan – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Nathan Kaproff – violin
  • Anne Karam – cello
  • Dennis Karmazyn – cello
  • Armand Karpoff – cello
  • Suzie Katayama – copyist
  • Roland Kato – viola
  • Kerry Katz – background vocals
  • Randy Kerber – synthesizer
  • Myra Kestenbaum – viola
  • Katie Kirkpatrick – harp
  • Ezra Kliger – violin
  • Armen Ksadjikian – cello
  • Steve Kujala – woodwind
  • Bernard Kundell – violin
  • Michael Lang – piano
  • Ronnie Lang – woodwind
  • Ronald Langinger – flute
  • Tim Lauber – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Michel Legrand – arranger, orchestral arrangements
  • Pierre Leloup – linguist
  • Kathleen Lenski – violin
  • Brian Leonard – violin
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Berwyn Linton – copyist
  • Tommy LiPuma – producer, rhythm arrangements
  • Rich Logan – background vocals
  • Randy Long – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Charles Loper – trombone
  • Warren Luening – trumpet
  • Arthur Maebe – French horn
  • Johnny Mandel – adaptation, arranger, orchestral arrangements
  • Rene Mandel – violin
  • Edith Markman – violin
  • Michael Markman – violin
  • Margaret Maryatt – copyist
  • Yoko Matsuda – violin
  • Donald McInnes – viola
  • Mike Melvoin – piano
  • Don Menza – tenor saxophone
  • Gene Merlino – background vocals
  • Dwight Mikkelsen – copyist
  • Deborah Mitchell – copyist
  • Richard Mitchell – tenor saxophone
  • Rick Mitchell – tenor saxophone
  • Lanny Morgan – alto saxophone
  • Ralph Morrison III – violin
  • Carole Mukogawa – viola
  • Richard Taylor "Dick" Nash – trombone
  • Buell Neidlinger – string bass
  • Dan Neufeld – viola
  • Irma Neumann – violin
  • David "Fathead" Newman – guest artist, tenor saxophone
  • Jack Nimitz – baritone saxophone, woodwind
  • Mike Nowack – viola
  • Brian O'Connor – French horn
  • Nils Oliver – cello
  • Sid Page – violin
  • Marty Paich – arranger, orchestral arrangements, rhythm arrangements
  • Cecille Parker – stylist
  • Doyle Partners – design
  • John Patitucci – bass
  • Bruce Paulson – trombone
  • Bill Perkins – alto saxophone
  • John Pisano – guitar
  • Kazi Pitelka – viola
  • Stanley Plummer – violin
  • Barbara Porter – violin
  • Tara Posey – make-up
  • Jack Redmond – trombone
  • William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. – trombone
  • Dave Reitzas – assistant engineer, engineer, mixing, mixing assistant
  • Dorothy Remsen – harp
  • Chris Rich – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Nelson Riddle – arranger
  • Marnie Riley – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Rail Jon Rogut – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Anatoly Rosinsky – violin
  • Daniel Rothmuller – cello
  • Doug Saks – mastering
  • Joe Sample – guest artist, piano
  • Myron Sandler – viola
  • Al Schmitt – engineer, mixing
  • Frederick Seykora – cello
  • Sid Sharp – violin
  • Don Shelton – background vocals
  • Harry Shirinian – viola
  • Haim Shtrum – violin
  • Paul Shure – violin
  • Andrew Simpkins – bass
  • Nolan Andrew Smith – trumpet
  • Valerie Smith – linguist
  • Armin Steiner – engineer
  • Sally Stevens – background vocals
  • Susan Stevens – background vocals
  • David Stockhammer – viola
  • Sheridon Stokes – woodwind
  • Robert Stone – string bass
  • Margaret Storer – string bass
  • Shari Sutcliffe – project coordinator
  • Frank Szabo – trumpet
  • James Thatcher – French horn
  • Milton Thomas – viola
  • Raymond Tischer – viola, violin
  • Richard Todd – French horn
  • Roy Trakin – liner notes
  • Alexander Treger – violin
  • Bob Tricarico – baritone saxophone
  • Mari Tsumura-botnick – violin
  • Louise di Tullio – flute, woodwind
  • Jo Ann Turovsky – harp
  • Alan de Veritch – viola
  • Gerald Vinci – violin
  • Al Viola – guitar
  • Dorothy Wade – violin
  • Brad Wanaar – French horn
  • Miwako Watanabe – violin
  • Dave Weckl – drums
  • Michelle Winding – assistant, assistant producer
  • Rick Winquest – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Joey Wolpert – engineer
  • Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff – engineer
  • Woody Woodruff – engineer
  • Ken Yerke – violin
  • Janet Zeitoun – hair stylist

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991)[5][6] Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 9
UK Albums Chart[7] 11
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 5
Chart (1992) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[8] 32
Italian Albums Chart[9] 5
Swedish Albums Chart 18
Swiss Albums Chart 15

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[10] 47

References[edit]

Preceded by
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
by Van Halen
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
July 27, 1991 – August 24, 1991
Succeeded by
Metallica by Metallica
Preceded by
Vagabond Heart by Rod Stewart
Metallica by Metallica
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
August 4, 1991 – August 18, 1991
September 1, 1991 – September 15, 1991
Succeeded by
Metallica by Metallica
On Every Street by Dire Straits