Nat King Cole

Wouldn't You Like to Know

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Wouldn't You Like to Know Review

by John Bush

Wouldn't You Like to Know includes 18 tracks of radio transcriptions by the King Cole Trio recorded circa 1944. Most of the selections appear to be from one set (the audience applause often carries over), and the quality is quite good for non-studio recordings from the mid-'40s. The album balances standards ("Too Marvellous for Words," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "The Man I Love") with great jive novelties ("I Like to Riff," "Call the Police," "Little Joe From Chicago"), and the trio's playing is nimble and sportive on instrumental highlights like "The Man on the Little White Keys." Though the whitebread announcer utters a few completely corny sidebars ("Now here's a jive vocal that's really looow down!"), this Early Bird collection is intriguing for collectors and interested fans alike.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Nat King Cole 02:25 Amazon
2 Nat King Cole 03:35 Amazon
3 Nat King Cole 02:47 Amazon
4 Nat King Cole 02:24 Amazon
5 Nat King Cole 02:43 Amazon
6 Nat King Cole 04:24 Amazon
7 Nat King Cole 03:24 Amazon
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9 Nat King Cole 03:17 Amazon
10 Nat King Cole 02:22 Amazon
11 Nat King Cole 02:26 Amazon
12 Nat King Cole 02:30 Amazon
13 Nat King Cole 03:59 Amazon
14 Nat King Cole 02:51 Amazon
15 Nat King Cole 02:19 Amazon
16 Nat King Cole 02:22 Amazon
17 Nat King Cole 02:39 Amazon
18 Nat King Cole 01:54 Amazon
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