Nat King Cole

Wouldn't You Like to Know

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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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