Natalie Cole – 1975 – Inseparable

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Mr.Moo’s new contribution is just perfect.

Oh my God, Natalie Cole’s debut is just SLAMMIN’. Aretha Franklin, it looks like you have a princess of Soul in your court. Produced by Marvin Yancy (single and pretends he’s married, according to Natalie Cole herself) and Chuck Jackson (Married and pretends to be single, Also according to Natalie Cole), this album features some of her greatest cuts and vocals ever to be waxed. “Needing You” starts it off with a little “Shaft”-like groove then it mellows out into its own thing. the cuts, “This Will Be”, “Inseparable”, “I Can’t Say No” and the powerful “You” are the album’s centrepieces. A beautiful work of art that fully deserved the Grammy in 1976.

This is a @320 vinyl rip (supplied by Mr.Moo) including covers.

Tracks
A1 Needing You 2:45
A2 Joey 2:57
A3 Inseparable 2:26
A4 I Can’t Say No 3:30
A5 This Will Be 2:50
B1 Something For Nothing 2:57
B2 I Love Him So Much 3:24
B3 How Come You Won’t Stay Here 3:03
B4 Your Face Stays In My Mind 2:45
B5 You 3:30

Review by Steven Riggs (SoulTracks)

Natalie Cole has had the type of career and longevity that is the envy of nearly any musical artist.  Cole has been making music for some 30+ years and shows no signs of slowing down.  And one the most critically acclaimed debut of the mid-seventies, the newly re-released Inseparable,  proved to be the beginning of a phenomenal singing career that would encompass the genres of R&B, pop, jazz, and gospel.

Inseparable exploded onto the music scene, garnering Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.  The excitement of Inseparable came with the fact that the daughter of Nat “King” Cole was thrilling audiences with her overwhelming vocal energy and fire.  Some critics even suggested that Natalie Cole was the new “Queen of Soul,” a comparison with Aretha Franklin that sometimes generated unwanted pressure and public backlash for Cole.  Despite all the attention Inseparable received, one fact remains: Natalie Cole released a debut album that stood the test of time. Inseparable is still full of the same vigor it possessed some 32 years ago.

Most legendary vocalists have their signature hits, and one of Natalie Cole’s is “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” which is among the most remarkable debut singles ever.  From the gospel piano intro to Cole’s soulful hums to the memorable lyrics and instrumental transitions, “This Will Be” was an excellently arranged track that became Cole’s first #1 R&B smash and remains a force on R&B and pop radio (and now serves as the theme song for eHarmony.com).  The title track, a heartfelt love ballad that became her second #1 single, is also an R&B classic largely due to the fine arrangement and Cole’s emotional vocal performance.  Classics like “Joey” and “I Can’t Say No” still receive airplay on R&B adult contemporary and quiet storm formats.   And tracks such as “Something For Nothing“, “I Love Him So Much” and “How Come You Won’t Stay Here” showcase Cole’s relentlessly soulful vocals, combining to make Inseparable an astounding debut.  The final cut, “You” begins with Natalie’s sexy dialogue and evolves into a heart wrenching ballad where Cole lets loose vocally and emotionally.  This cut would later be covered by none other than Aretha Franklin. Thanks to the superb writing and production team of Chuck Jackson and the late Marvin Yancy and Cole’s unrestrained performance, Inseparable proved to be the beginning or continuation of a great musical legacy.

After Natalie Cole’s success with Inseparable, she went to record a string of highly successful gold and platinum albums as well as topping the R&B charts four more times and scoring numerous R&B and pop top ten hits.  Most recently, Cole recorded the Grammy nominated Leavin’, which was a return to her soulful roots.  Ironically, a track on that album, “The More You Do It, (The More I Like It Done),” pays homage to her classic hit “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).”  One could say that Natalie Cole’s career has gone a highly successful full circle.  I would say that the circle is no where near complete and we have yet to hear more of the wonder of Natalie Cole.  The best is yet to come.  It is gratifying to listen where Natalie Cole’s musical journey began on Inseparable.  To those who have never heard this album, you are in for a “real” soulful musical experience. Highly recommended.
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37 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:53h, 24 July 2010 Reply

    say hey, thanks for the share! and give my regards to mr moo. glad to see that he is still doing his thing, had a great blog back in the day!

  • JTF
    Posted at 23:23h, 24 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks to you for this!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:00h, 25 July 2010 Reply

    For me, easily her best LP by light years. Every track is a winner with Natalie full of naive exhuberance. It’s hard to choose a fave, but “Joey”, “Something”, “Inseparable” and “I love him” really show the full spectrum of the lady’s promise under the supreme pen-power of Yancy & Jackson. Such a loss when she turned all smaltzy, jazzy, and ultimately faceless and dull – I always return to this LP to remind me what a gifted voice she once had. Soul at its almightiest.

  • Sidney
    Posted at 11:35h, 25 July 2010 Reply

    Wow, there’s loads of stuff here I’ve never heard. Thanks!

  • tm the beat constructor, j/k
    Posted at 21:30h, 25 July 2010 Reply

    i just bought this album at the record store for a dollar, along with some other goodies… you never know what youll find in the dollar bins…. love this blog.

  • Rod
    Posted at 21:59h, 25 July 2010 Reply

    Fresh. Keep diggin!

  • k02
    Posted at 02:26h, 26 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks

  • Mick
    Posted at 09:35h, 26 July 2010 Reply

    Excellent stuff!

  • Zack
    Posted at 19:56h, 26 July 2010 Reply

    dope!!!! keep up the good work!!!!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:47h, 26 July 2010 Reply

    this is a nice album thanx nikos

  • dcat...
    Posted at 21:53h, 26 July 2010 Reply

    As always, many thanks for the great blog and the wonderful music you and the team share. Cheers!

  • Robert
    Posted at 23:44h, 26 July 2010 Reply

    yess ive been looking for this!

  • Krisch
    Posted at 01:29h, 27 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:53h, 27 July 2010 Reply

    All around good album!! Much Thanks Nikos and Mr. Moo!!!

  • Allain
    Posted at 10:01h, 27 July 2010 Reply

    Awesome, cant wait to give this a good listen. Love the video too.

  • Yiannis
    Posted at 09:47h, 28 July 2010 Reply

    I’ve been looking for this one. Thanks a lot…

  • Kevin
    Posted at 19:00h, 28 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks for your hard work.

  • Leonard
    Posted at 22:57h, 29 July 2010 Reply

    Many thanks, only heard the title track, can’t wait to hear the rest.

  • Robert
    Posted at 04:28h, 30 July 2010 Reply

    awesome thank you!!

  • Jose
    Posted at 10:39h, 30 July 2010 Reply

    Timeless music. Thank u

  • Lucas
    Posted at 12:54h, 01 August 2010 Reply

    Thanks for the chance….Many big thanks again !!

  • Eugene
    Posted at 16:49h, 01 August 2010 Reply

    As alway a massive respect & thank you to the team for sharing this album..which I have not heard before…so a pleasurable Sunday afternoon awaits me.

    Regards,

    Eugene

  • albgardis
    Posted at 20:05h, 01 August 2010 Reply

    Of course I know who Natalie Cole is, but I have never before seriously listened to any of her albums. Maybe played in the background or so, but never really sat down and listenend. Now I did.

    This is a great reflection of its time, recalling Shaft-like Funk on the first track, then even going a bit psychedelic with the reverbed Intro of the souly Joey. Really smooth! And the violins are playing…

    There are certainly many singers with a better voice than hers, but maybe that is only a matter of personal taste. Her voice is not really impressing me, but the instrumentations are, the arrangements are doing it for me!

    The creeping organ in “I can’t say no”! Wow, this is getting to me. The piano and the brass section in great harmony in the next track “This will be”, also with a wonderful background choir. This is actually swinging!

    Another track of funk is presented with “How come you won’t stay”.

    About “Your face stays in my mind”, I am OF COURSE biased, as I heard that track first by Precious Wilson in 1983. You know how that goes, if you heaar a track first by one singer, THAT version will be the ORIGINAL for you. No matter who really sang the original, the version you heard first will always stay YOUR original.

    Same here, despite the obvious fact that Cole’s version was recorded 8 years before Wilson’s, the Wilson track will stay the original for me. But the Cole version is very good too. Maybe the musical background in this version is even more carefully constructed, I am sensing a boogie rhythm here, while PW was clearly trying to make a danceable postdisco version.

    The album closes with a dramatic soul ballad “You”, and I feel the organ creeping up at me again (which is a good thing!), and the choir is giving a good portion of drama to it.

    All in all, this is outstanding for a first album.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 21:14h, 01 August 2010 Reply

    albgardis, thank you for sharing your feelings with this extensive review. Excellent!

  • raggedy
    Posted at 02:29h, 02 August 2010 Reply

    I could not agree more with albagardis’ remark on the first version you’ve heard of a song being the original for you. That is so true.
    I love Natalie mainly because her music was part of the best years of my life … forever in my mind and in my heart.

  • Funky Skynet
    Posted at 04:41h, 03 August 2010 Reply

    I prefer the “Thankfull” album, but this one is great too.

    Fav tracks : “Needing You”, “This Will be”, “Something For Nothing” & “How Come You Won’t Stay Here”

  • Gareth
    Posted at 21:03h, 04 August 2010 Reply

    I knew only a few songs of this. thanks for the opportunity to listen to the whole LP.

  • Dylan Dog
    Posted at 11:08h, 05 August 2010 Reply

    just lovely! Thank u.

  • Solomon
    Posted at 22:37h, 06 August 2010 Reply

    A very good one. Peace.

  • Albert
    Posted at 11:38h, 08 August 2010 Reply

    Perfect! I had no idea of this.

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  • Peter
    Posted at 01:47h, 09 August 2010 Reply

    Nice post and nice debut from Natalie.

  • mrB
    Posted at 09:40h, 22 August 2010 Reply

    GREAT LP, thanks!!

  • clark
    Posted at 22:47h, 15 September 2010 Reply

    ahhhh this makes me happy – THANKS

  • cvllos
    Posted at 03:48h, 23 March 2011 Reply

    Thanks for posting.

  • Tosya
    Posted at 14:11h, 07 May 2011 Reply

    Can you re-up this one? PLEASE!!!

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