This double-disc set presents the original contents of four vinyl albums, the earliest being "West Coast Jazz" which dates from August 1955. Stan had been fronting a group at Zardi's in Hollywood, which comprised Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar and Shelley Manne, and the quintet was such a success that a recording session followed. Stan really blows up a storm on "Shine" but his leathery tone dominates the proceedings throughout. "The Soft Swing" was recorded two years later, with Mose Allison on piano, Addison Farmer on bass and Jerry Segal on drums. "Cool Velvet" was recorded in West Germany in March 1960 with a string orchestra conducted by Russell Garcia. Jazz it may not be, but who cares? Finally, "Focus" comes from late 1961, and features Stan improvising against a string orchestra playing arrangements by Eddie Sauter. Of all his recordings, and there were many, this was Stan's favourite. "Cool Velvet" and "Focus" were both recorded in stereo, and the sound quality is quite breathtaking.