This undocumented Italian compilation comes from three sources: there are eight tracks recorded by Mel Tormé with the Dave Barbour Four in 1946-1947, probably for transcriptions; there is a take of "Three Little Words," on which Tormé is accompanied by the Page Cavanaugh Trio, probably recorded for Musicraft, also around 1947; and there are 12 tracks from November 1957, all of which were recorded with the Marty Paich Dek-tette and released on the Tops Records album Prelude to a Kiss (TOPS L-1615). The tracks have been mixed up in sequence, which is odd since it means that a youthful Tormé and a small group are constantly being juxtaposed with a more mature one and a larger group (sometimes augmented with strings). But young or mature, Tormé is in good voice, and the selections include a large number of standards.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann