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Just One of Those Things

Nat "King" Cole

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Album Review

Just One of Those Things is a theme album comparable to one of Frank Sinatra's uptempo swing albums of the same period (Come Fly with Me, etc.), and employs the same arranger/conductor, Billy May. Nat King Cole is a bit less effective than Sinatra at uptempo material; he tends to undersing these sprightly standards, and May saves his dramatic horn charts and percussion shots for moments when Cole is away from the microphone. Even so, by the fifth track, "These Foolish Things Remind Me of You," May has retreated to ballad time, and though his embellishments threaten to break out behind the singer, Cole gives an assured, unhurried performance. And that's the point: that Cole has tamed the rambunctious May does not mean he doesn't give wonderful interpretations to some wonderful songs: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Just One of Those Things," "The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)." And the light-handed swing supports those efforts well.

Customer Reviews

My favorite Nat King Cole.

I bought this album in 1959 at the age of 12. I quickly learned all the songs and sang them over and over. It brings back wonderful memories. Cole is at his smoothest on every song and the arrangements are beautifully done. Buy it; if you like Nat King Cole, this is a must - have.

Biography

Born: March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, AL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

For a mild-mannered man whose music was always easy on the ear, Nat King Cole managed to be a figure of considerable controversy during his 30 years as a professional musician. From the late '40s to the mid-'60s, he was a massively successful pop singer who ranked with such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. He shared with those peers a career that encompassed hit records, international touring, radio and television shows, and appearances in films. But unlike them, he had...
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Just One of Those Things, Nat "King" Cole
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Nov 1957

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