Collected James Moody is a brief but useful budget-line compilation of James Moody's recordings for RCA in the early '50s. He didn't spend much time with the label, but he was at the top of his form during this time, producing such strong recordings like his signature tune, "Moody's Mood." That song, along with seven others, are featured on Collected. True, eight songs is brief even for a budget-line compilation, but if it can be found at a bargain price, this is worthwhile for casual listeners since it offers a concise, entertaining distillation of Moody at his peak.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine