Unforgettable... with Love
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 11, 1991
Recorded1989; November 1990 – April 1991
StudioPacifique Recording Studios
GenreJazz
Length72:47
LabelElektra
Producer
Natalie Cole chronology
Good to Be Back
(1989)
Unforgettable... with Love
(1991)
Take a Look
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Robert Christgau(dud)[3]
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Unforgettable... with Love, also known as simply Unforgettable, is a 1991 album by American singer Natalie Cole. Released on June 11, 1991, the album includes 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 EMI Records.

Background

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.

As of 2016 the album has sold 6.2 million copies in the United States according to Nielsen Music.[4]

Track listing

  1. "The Very Thought of You" – 4:15
  2. "Paper Moon" – 3:24
  3. "Route 66" – 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

Adapted from AllMusic.[5]

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[22] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[23] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[24] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[25] 4× Platinum 400,000^
France 120,000[26]
Italy (FIMI)[28] Gold 200,000[27]
Japan (RIAJ)[29] Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[30] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[31] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[32] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[33] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[35] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Trust, Gary (1 January 2016). "Natalie Cole's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits". Billboard. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Unforgettable: With Love – Natalie Cole | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
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  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable - With Love" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
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  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable - With Love". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  11. ^ "Natalie Cole Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  12. ^ "Natalie Cole Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  13. ^ "Natalie Cole Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable - With Love" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable - With Love". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable - With Love". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  17. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums for 1991". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  18. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1991". Billboard. 2 January 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  19. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1991". Billboard. 2 January 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  20. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1992". Billboard. 2 January 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  21. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade – The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  22. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association.
  24. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable" (in Portuguese). Pro-Música Brasil.
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable". Music Canada.
  26. ^ J. R. Reynolds (August 31, 1996). "Future Bright For Cole's "Star Dust"". Billboard. No. 28. p. 9. Retrieved May 30, 2021 – via Google Books.
  27. ^ Pozzi, Gloria (April 26, 1992). "Natalie: "Sogno Pompei"". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved April 20, 2021. Il suo disco - Unforgetabble e piaciuto moltissimo ai fan nostrani e ha venduto oltre 200 mila copie.
  28. ^ "Italian album certifications – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "Tutti gli anni" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Unforgettable" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  29. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 12 June 2019. Select 1994年5月 on the drop-down menu
  30. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved December 21, 2018. Enter Unforgettable in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  31. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  32. ^ "Discos de platino y oro 2000". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  33. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Natalie Cole; 'Unforgettable')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Natalie Cole – Unforgettables". British Phonographic Industry.
  35. ^ "American album certifications – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable". Recording Industry Association of America.