The audio quality is no better than fair (even allowing for early 1940s recording technology); the liner notes are sincere but not very helpful; the packaging is slick but misleading, offering photos from the entertainer's 1950s movies; finally, the man's extraordinary talent and special charisma simply cannot be captured by audio alone. If you don't know Danny Kaye, start with the movies. On the other hand, if you're already familiar with his career or simply wish to explore his early work, these 23 recordings are priceless "reference points," guaranteed to make you wish you were there. There has never been a "language performance artist" to equal this man. To a casual listener, he may sound "over the top." But check out, to take just one example, the written lyrics of Cole Porter's "Let's Not Talk About Love" for yourself. Try to speak them at a moderate tempo. And how about memorizing them while you're at it? Now listen to DK sing the song, and marvel at the paradox of the artist who was the James Joyce of popular culture yet capable of communicating with children (and with the child in each of us) like few others.