There is no doubt that this is a great album, the music is very fresh, sounding far more modern than 1946/47 recording dates might suggest. As a step from more traditional or swing style of jazz it makes a good intro into early and very tuneful Bop. It is worth being aware that the list of tracks may be a little misleading however. As with many 'complete' jazz albums there are a great many alternate takes of the more popular tunes. They also tend to be recorded one after the other, you will find yourself listening to 4 different versions of a track like Dark Shadows, all improvised and a different in their own way - this can be both intruiging and frustrating depending on your point of view - the Spotlight best of Dial double CD may just be a better bet for general listening. Whatever your preferences this is great stuff
Bird on dial must be one of the most wonderful, even magical, jazz experiences. I remember a school friend who had a brother who had visited the U.S. and brought back some 78s on Dial. He gave me one - which. I still have. Here we have the whole lot and each track shows why Bird was so marvellous. Just get this and rejoice.