Just the Way It Had to Be

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Just the Way It Had to Be
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Live album by Milt Jackson
Released 1970
Recorded August 1 & 2, 1969
Genre Jazz
Length 41:54
Label Impulse!
Producer Ed Michel
Milt Jackson chronology
That's the Way It Is
Just the way It Had to Be
Memphis Jackson

Just the Way It Had to Be is a live album by American jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson featuring performances recorded at Shelly's Manne Hole in 1969 for the Impulse! label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars stating "the music is quite likable, melodic and swinging (particularly for 1969)".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Milt Jackson except as indicated
  1. "Listen, Here" (Eddie Harris) - 8:30
  2. "S.K.J." - 5:36
  3. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) - 6:53
  4. "If I Were a Bell" (Frank Loesser) - 6:01
  5. "The Very Thought of You" (Ray Noble) - 8:02
  6. "Bags' Groove" - 6:50
  • Recorded at Shelly's Manne-Hole in Hollywood, California on August 1 & 2, 1969



  1. ^ Impulse! Records discography accessed January 10, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed January 10, 2012