If you liked Volume One, you won't be disappointed here
Maxwell Wiley | New York, New York | 03/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A worthy continuation to Volume One, "Music in the First Degree." The people at Rhino Records prove again that they really know what they're doing. These two volumes contain superb West Coast jazz (studio and name bands) from the wonderful black and white realm of crime movies and TV shows, post-nuclear, pre-Viet Nam. This volume doesn't contain quite the "hit parade" of well-known themes that you hear on Volume One, and includes an only okay version of the "Perry Mason" theme. As I write these words, however, I'm listening to the last cut, Henry Mancini's closing theme to "Mr. Lucky." Even if you don't remember the escapades of Lucky and Andamo on Blake Edwards's gambling boat, I dare you to find a more beautiful, evocative piece of music. An essential CD."