Nat 'King' Cole - Just One of Those Things (2LP, 45RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
Nat 'King' Cole - Just One of Those Things (2LP, 45RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
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Nat 'King' Cole - Just One of Those Things (2LP, 45RPM) - AudioSoundMusic
Nat 'King' Cole - Just One of Those Things (2LP, 45RPM) - AudioSoundMusic

Nat 'King' Cole - Just One of Those Things (2LP, 45RPM)

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Nat King Cole – vocal [click here to see more vinyl featuring Nat King Cole]

Orchestra conducted by Billy May

Arrangerd by Billy May


2 LP, standard sleeve, notes from Jordan Taylor and Michael Fremer

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 45 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Records Pressing

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label : Capitol Records

Recorded July 10, 19, 31, August 7, 1957 at Capital Studio, Hollywood

Engineered by John Kraus

Produced by Lee Gillette

Reissue Produced by Chad Kassem

Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering

Originally released in 1957

Reissued in 2011



Side A:

  1. When your Lover Has Gone
  2. A Cottage For Sale
  3. Who's Sorry Now?

Side B:

  1. Once in a While
  2. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You
  3. Just for the Fun of It

Side C:

  1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  2. I Understand
  3. Just One of Those Things

Side D:

  1. The Song is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)
  2. I Should Care
  3. The Party's Over



    Listening to these classic Nat “King” Cole albums is sure to thrill even long-time owners of the originals. So much more immediate, dimensional, transparent and dynamic are these new editions. In the case of those mastered from three-track tapes they are a generation closer to the original. And all of them have been produced with a level of meticulousness nearly impossible during the era of mass produced vinyl.

    Compared to the reverb-drenched, watery and distant sounding original stereo records, Hoffman and Gray introduce just a “kiss” of echo chamber and no more. Enough to pleasantly wet down the aural landscape (much like they always wet the visual one before shooting an automobile commercial), but not so much that it splashes in your face. The result is a thrillingly intimate and honest sonic window that still maintains a respectful distance between listener and performer. These Nat “King” Cole reissues are magical time machines that will transport you back to Capitol Studios in ways the distant, compressed and obscured by reverb original stereo editions do not. The original, rich sounding monophonic After Midnight seemed impossible to improve upon, but the AcousTech team did.

    “My ambition is to be able to sit back and appreciate myself as a person as well as a performer,” Cole tells George T. Simon in the original The Nat King Cole Story annotation, adding, “Once you can see people respecting you for what you are, then you begin to feel that everything you’ve done has not been done in vain.”

    So, yes, Capitol founder Glenn Wallichs would be proud of these historic reissues, but no doubt, so would the great Nat “King” Cole, who passed away in 1965 at the age of 45. As Simon concludes in his notes, “The evidence speaks for itself.” Michael Fremer, Stereophile

    “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.” AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann


    Ratings :

    AllMusic : 3 / 5 ; Discogs : 4,23 / 5

    The Audio Beat : 4/5 Music, 5/5 Sound

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