This marvelous CD is a fine documentation of Gertrude Lawrence's phenomenal musical stage career prior to THE KING AND I. These recordings from 1925 to 1944 represent hit standards such as SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME, DO,DO,DO, POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL, LIMEHOUSE BLUES, MAD ABOUT THE BOY, A GUY NAMED JOE, and 14 others. Her duets with Noel Coward from PRIVATE LIVES and TONIGHT AT 8:30 are delightful as is her cup of coffee and sandwich with Jack Buchanan. Her 4 songs from Cole Porter's musical comedy, NYMPH ERRANT from 1933 are a special bonus. The curious thing, however, is that the title song of that show is excluded. I do not agree with the other reviewer's view that there is too much spoken-word dialogue present. Those are only on the Noel Coward bits and it only adds to the charm after all. The sound quality is clear, consistent, and easy to listen to, yet reminiscent of the brassy gramophone sound, which is quite appropriate. Those who enjoy this will enjoy GERTIE, a new release from Naxos Nostalgia.