Nat King Cole records ‘Love Is the Thing,’ his first collaboration with Gordon Jenkins (1956)

Nat King Cole’s ‘Love Is the Thing’ is an album recorded on December 19 & 28, 1956, his first of four collaborations with arranger Gordon Jenkins and released in April 1957 By Capitol.

Track Listing : 1.When I Fall In Love (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) – 03:10 . 2.Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) – 03:15 . 3.Stay As Sweet As You Are (Mack Gordon, Harry Revel) – 02:59 . 4.Where Can I Go Without You? (Peggy Lee, Victor Young) – 02:57 . 5.Maybe It’S Because I Love You Too Much (Irving Berlin) – 02:50 . 6.Love Letters (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) – 02:46 . 7.Ain’T Misbehavin’ (Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 03:17 . 8.I Thought About Marie (Gordon Jenkins) – 03:06 . 9.At Last (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 03:00 . 10.It’S All In The Game (Charles G. Dawes, Carl Sigman) – 03:07 . 11.When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) – 02:46 . 12.Love Is The Thing (Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 03:01

Musicians : Nat King Cole – Piano, Vocals . Gordon Jenkins – Conductor

Production : Produced By Lee Gillette . Gordon Jenkins . John Kraus – Engineer

Arrangements : Gordon Jenkins

Recorded On December 19 & 28, 1956 At Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Released In April 1957 By Capitol.


Similarly, Stardust sparkles as a flawless musical alliance is formed with Cole’s warm and inviting narrative weaving over Jenkins’ intimate score. Simply stated, both songs are unmitigated masterworks — and we’re only two cuts into the dozen-song LP […]

dustinglanterman @ RateYourMusic
This was recorded about the same time as the first Sinatra-Jenkins LP, ‘Where Are You?’ I find the arrangements are equally as beautiful on both albums, even if one is melancholy and the other is hopeful. […]

It’s funny, that this album, the NKC one that preceded it, and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, were the best make-out-and-snuggle LP’s of their time, with a few Johnny Mathis discs thrown in. YES, I am showing my age, but this disc put me in a delicious time warp. […]


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