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The daughter of jazz and pop legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole has forged a successful career in two phases, doing R&B/urban contemporary and then jazz-based pop. She made her stage debut at age 11 and sang in college. Cole met the writing and producing team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey in 1973. The next year they collaborated on some sessions that were ... Read more in Amazon's Natalie Cole Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002R24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Were Right Girl
2. Only Love
3. Nothin' But A Fool
4. The Joke Is On You
5. These Eyes
6. When A Man Loves A Woman
7. I Can't Let Go
8. Love And Kisses
9. Across The Nation

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Marsaleno McGhee on July 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With the release of Natalie Cole's 1981 Album Happy Love the comparosons of Nat King Cole,Aretha Franklin,Diana Ross,Chaka Khan,Ella Fitzgerald,and Nancy Wilson are almost nonexistant as well as broadening her style from the 1970's into the 1980's.There is the Country of You We're Right Girl,Nothin'But A Fool,The Joke Is On You,I Can't Let Go,and Love And Kisses.The R&B of Only Love and the Remake of Pearcy Sledge's When A Man Loves A Woman,the Rock of The Guess Who Remake These Eyes,and the final Disco of Across The Nation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Starr on July 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
With a title like "Happy Love," one would expect happy songs that celebrate good love. However, what you get here instead is a strangely uneven platter which features two of the most painstakingly heartbreaking and hopeless singles about love gone awry to introduce this album ("You Were Right, Girl" and "Nothin' But A Fool."), which didn't fare very well on the charts nor with the masses either. It's too bad because after the success of "Someone That I Used to Love" and its major bid for a Pop audience, "You Were Right, Girl" was the perfect vehicle for Cole to further that bid. Capitol might have just entitled this album, "UNhappy Love." It would have made more sense.

It's not to say that it isn't a good album, because it really IS and there still ARE some moments worth salvaging, but on the whole, it leaves a lot more to be desired. It's just not up there with her BEST albums. This is apparent in the overall sequencing of the record and especially in the song selection which makes for a rather jerky audio experience. Incidentally, "Happy Love" would end longtime production with Marvin Yancy (her husband) and Chuck Jackson and introduce collaborations with Mike Piccorillo and Gary Goetzman at the board (High Inergy, Latoya Jackson, etc...) I WILL say THIS: her semi-spoken vocal delivery on "Nothin' But A Fool" could EASILY bring one to tears. It's heartache at its wrist-slitting best and has the power to conjure up memories of one's most disappointing past love experiences. Picture yourself inside a smoky bar and you're all alone with a drink after you finally submit to the idea that you've been MAJORLY stood up. It hurts. She NAILS it on this one.
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