This valuable Dutton compilation includes the three breakout albums from the King Cole Trio that originally appeared in the mid-'40s to great fanfare. Appearing here roughly in chronological order, The King Cole Trio, The King Cole Trio, Vol. 2, and The King Cole Trio, Vol. 3 were 78 rpm extended-play albums, with eight songs each on the first two and six songs on the third. Together, they provided the vital transition from the trio's early, infectious jive incarnation to the ballads and supper-club act they were fast becoming (and which would soon result in Cole going out on his own). Cole especially revealed his brilliance as a standards singer during the early '40s; his laid-back, swinging renditions of "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "What Is This Thing Called Love?" had virtually no precedent in popular music at that time. And instrumentally, the trio were just as powerful. They even courted the classical audience with Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C Sharp Minor." Remastered and compiled with much attention to detail, This Is My Night to Dream is an excellent Nat King Cole compilation.
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AllMusic Review by John Bush