Personnel: Nat "King" Cole (piano, vocals); John Collins (guitar); Charlie Harris (bass); Bunny Shawker, Lee Young (drums); Jack Costanzo (bongos, congas).
Personnel: Nat King Cole (vocals, piano); John Collins (guitar); Lee Young, Norris "Bunny" Shawker (drums); Jack Costanzo (congas, bongos).
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/02/1952-07/14/1955); MGM Studios, New York, NY (01/02/1952-07/14/1955).
A reissue twice over, this collection first saw the light of day in 1952 as an eight-track, 10-inch instrumental album. With the advent of the long-playing record format, it was reissued three years later with four additional instrumental tracks, and is heard here with yet more rare and previously unreleased material, including alternate vocal takes of "I Surrender Dear" and "Too Marvelous for Words." Though it features Nat "King" Cole's return to the trio lineup of the 1940s, the instrumental portion of the set is closer to lounge music than that of his previous jazz combo.