Just One of Those Things

Reviewed by mojo

Whoah, deja vu, dood! It seems like only a few days ago I reviewed this song. And of course it was. That's the "problem" if you want to call it that, of reviewing Ella songs--if the song's any good you can be sure there's gonna be at least three different versions of it. Not to mention the video versions, which you can find if you scroll to the bottom of this other page.

Of course this is a live version, not the studio version, and a part of THE legendary Ella concert. But it's not her ultimate best work. It's just fine, but once again, you can see why they left it off the first, limited, non-complete album of the concert. There is an amusing bobble at the Juliet line, hinting at the big famous forget-the-lyrics moment later on. But it's a fairly standard rendition of the song, at least for the first stanza, and her voice sounds a little tired. She starts to have fun in the second half, but while it still blows the doors off of many a performer's attempts to sing this song, it's not ELLA's best work. And that's a nearly impossible standard to live up to 100%.

Once again, I like the song just fine. Fun song, sung by Ella, you can't go wrong. This doesn't have the big band sound of the studio version, but it more than makes up for it with Paul Smith's AWESOME PIANO again. So it's all good. It's nice having new Ella to listen to after years of enjoying the old Berlin concert album over and over and over and over again. This is the last "bonus track" before they get back to the original concert album, and it's probably the one I like the best. And if you can stop listening to Ella for three seconds, check out Paul Smith's piano. Again--AWESOME!

Just One of Those Things (1960)

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Click below to hear a sample--or scroll down for associated media: 
From What Album(s)?: 
Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife
Disc Number: 
1
Composer: 
Cole Porter
Lyricist: 
Cole Porter
Time: 
3:53

From Wikipedia:

 

"Just One of Those Things" is a popular song written by Cole Porter for the 1935 musical Jubilee.

The song was later featured in two Doris Day musicals, Lullaby of Broadway (1951) and Young at Heart (1954).

The song has become a standard, with many recordings having been made of it. Among artists who have recorded it are Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Louis Prima, Diana Krall, John Barrowman, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson, Nellie McKay, Erin McKeown, Joan Morris and The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl. Nat King Cole recorded it as the title track of his 1957 album "Just One Of Those Things". Peggy Lee recorded it in a stylized arrangement to become a chart topping hit in the 50's. Maurice Chevalier included it in a Cole Porter medley on his farewell album, released on his 80th birthday.

Holden Caulfield, the narrator of J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, is fond of the song, and remarks that even the "stinking band" in the hotel lounge "couldn't ruin it entirely."

An episode of Get Smart alluded to the song: Agent 86 (posing as a mentally ill military officer) tells the psychiatrist he's investigating that he had been working on a space vehicle of his own: "Gossamer Wings," but lamented that "it was just one of those things."

The series finale of M*A*S*H took its name "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" from a line in the song.