This fine complement to Capitol's earlier collection of Nat "King" Cole Trio vocals (1942-1946) delivers another generous selection of the singer's prime early work. And while it's not as packed with hits as the prior disc is ("Route 66," "Sweet Lorraine," "Straighten Up and Fly Right"), the second volume still contains a nonstop array of Cole's near-perfect singing and tasty piano work. Along with smashes like "Too Marvelous for Words," the collection takes in the usual Cole mix of glowing ballads ("Tis Autumn"), playful novelties ("Ooh Kickeroonie"), and svelte swingers ("When I Take My Sugar to Tea"). Save for a few numbers where Oscar Moore plays, the majority of the material here features Cole's late-'40s support cast of guitarist Irving Ashby and bassist Johnny Miller. And nicely expanding the sound a bit, bongo player Jack Costanza sits in for a few cuts. With great players, great songs, and Cole's superb voice topping it all off, what else is their to say.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook