Acker Bilk's double album of appealing and attractive numbers is one of a Smith & Co. series sub-titled `Just About As Good As It Gets!' featuring British jazz music (and other popular genres). The stated period is 1954-1957 which is before Acker's hit `Stranger On The Shore' but these CDs demonstrate his genuine jazz capabilities and the influences of New Orleans - as `St Philip Street Breakdown', `Careless Love', `Gladiolus Rag' and `High Society' plus more commercial renditions as `My Old Kentucky Home' and `Where The River Shannon Flows'. My favourites include `Postman's Lament' (2 versions), `Dippermouth Blues' and `Over In The Gloryland' which give an inkling of the diversity over all recordings. These are truly magnificent and this double album is just about as good a collection of Acker Bilk's appealing music as will be found anywhere.