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The Essential Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller

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This double-CD set should not be confused with the similarly named mid-'90s, 47-song compilation from BMG, which was good in its time but is outclassed by this entry in Sony Music's (now Sony BMG's) Essential series. Wisely ignoring a by-release-date-order approach, producer Barry Feldman has instead opted for a track lineup that, plain and simple, sells the Glenn Miller sound to modern ears -- so the summer 1939 "In the Mood" is the first cut on the set, and "Moonlight Serenade," from four months earlier, is held back, to the last slot among the Miller commercial recordings, thus allowing the listener to meander delightfully across three years of hits -- across 1940, 1941, and the first half of 1942, zigging and zagging through various "hot" and "sweet" instrumentals and vocal numbers, alternately featuring Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, and the Modernaires. The last seven slots on the second disc are reserved for sides that Miller recorded during the final two years of his life, leading the Army Air Force Overseas Orchestra, which show off the richer, lusher sound that he achieved as a bandleader serving the war effort during WWII. Modern listeners will probably be astounded to hear the Eberle-sung rendition of "Blueberry Hill" from 1940, so thoroughly has the song become identified with Fats Domino over the past five decades, but the real treat upon hearing this set is the sound quality -- the latest remastering brings out the internal detail of the arrangements on the Miller sides better than anyone has heard them since the day they were recorded on lacquer masters more than 60 years ago; you can actually make out the rhythm-playing, and the voicings of the reeds at the center of the Miller sound have never been more vivid. There are no surprises here, just incredibly sophisticated yet animated, and downright busy playing -- given the smoothness of the results -- that still seduces and overwhelms the listener nearly seven decades later. With his chestnuts "Little Brown Jug" and "Tuxedo Junction" at the head of the list; they're so clean and sharp here that it's refreshing to hear them once again, for the ka-gillionth time, sounding better and more rewarding than ever, and without a trace of noise; "Tuxedo Junction," in particular, on its middle section, sounds about 40 years newer than it would seem to have a right to. The liner notes are also excellent, endeavoring (and largely succeeding) at explaining an era of entertainment that is only known today from the late-'30s and early-'40s movies that are increasingly not shown on cable (and have all-but-vanished from broadcast television, except for a token presence on public TV stations). If the double-CD price is a little off-putting, it's worth the plunge anyway -- you may own 30 Miller CDs and still justify buying this set -- because no single disc can capture Miller's best. and his legacy as well -- and the box set is also a great way to become a fan, in case someone hasn't yet been sold on him, one listen to the playing -- as good as you'd find in any symphony orchestra this side of Vienna or Berlin -- and the arrangements (which were just hot enough to keep Miller relevant to jazz) will make the sale.
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1
In The Mood Remastered 2002
00:03:36

Al Klink, Tenor Saxophone - Joe Garland, Composer - Joe Garland, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Tex Beneke, Tenor Saxophone

Originally Recorded 1939. All rights reserved by BMG Music

2
Tuxedo Junction Remastered 2002
00:03:26

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Erskine Hawkins, Composer - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Buddy Feyne, Composer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - William Johnson, Composer - Julian Dash, Composer

Originally recorded 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

3
Serenade In Blue Remastered 2002
00:03:25

Billy May, Arranger - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Harry Warren, Composer - Harry Warren, Lyricist - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Mack Gordon, Lyricist - Mack Gordon, Composer - Ray Eberle and The Modernaires, Vocal - Bill Finegan, Arranger

Originally Recorded 1942. All rights reserved by BMG Music

4
Blueberry Hill 2002 Remastered
00:02:51

Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Vincent Rose, Composer - Vincent Rose, Lyricist - Al Lewis, Composer - Al Lewis, Lyricist - Bill Finegan, Arranger - Larry Stock, Composer - Larry Stock, Lyricist - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

5
(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo Remastered 2002
00:03:14

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Harry Warren, Composer - Harry Warren, Lyricist - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Mack Gordon, Lyricist - Mack Gordon, Composer - Tex Beneke and The Modernaires, Vocal - Marion Hutton, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1942. All rights reserved by BMG Music

6
Moon Love Remastered 2002
00:02:52

Mack Davis, Composer - Mack Davis, Lyricist - Andre Kostelanetz, Composer - Andre Kostelanetz, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Mack David, Lyricist - Mack David, Composer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1939. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

7
Over The Rainbow Remastered 2002
00:02:28

Harold Arlen, Composer - Harold Arlen, Lyricist - E.Y. Harburg, Composer - E.Y. Harburg, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Ray Eberle and The Modernaires, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1939. All rights reserved by BMG Music

8
Stairway To The Stars Remastered 2002
00:02:50

Frank Signorelli, Composer - Frank Signorelli, Lyricist - Mitchell Parish, Composer - Mitchell Parish, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Ray Eberle and The Modernaires, Vocal - Bill Finegan, Arranger - Matty Malneck, Composer - Matty Malneck, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1939. All rights reserved by BMG Music

9
Little Brown Jug Remastered 2002
00:02:48

Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Dale McMickle, Trumpet - Traditional, Composer - Bill Finegan, Arranger

Originally Recorded 1939. All rights reserved by BMG Music

10
A String of Pearls Remastered 2002
00:03:13

Jerry Gray, Composer - Jerry Gray, Arranger - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer

Originally recorded 1941. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

11
Juke Box Saturday Night Remastered 2002
00:03:03

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Paul McGrane, Composer - Paul McGrane, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Tex Beneke and The Modernaires, Vocal - Albert Stillman, Composer - Albert Stillman, Lyricist - Marion Hutton, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1942. All rights reserved by BMG Music

12
The Woodpecker Song 2002 Remastered
00:02:32

Eldo Di Lazzaro, Composer - Eldo Di Lazzaro, Lyricist - Harold Adamson, Composer - Harold Adamson, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Bruno Cherubini, Composer - Bruno Cherubini, Lyricist - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Tex Beneke, Tenor Saxophone - Marion Hutton, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

13
When You Wish Upon A Star Remastered 2002
00:02:51

Leigh Harline, Composer - Leigh Harline, Lyricist - Ned Washington, Composer - Ned Washington, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Tex Beneke, Tenor Saxophone - Ray Eberle and The Modernaires, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

14
Imagination 2002 Remastered
00:02:47

Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Johnny Burke, Composer - Johnny Burke, Lyricist - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Jimmy Van Heusen, Lyricist - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

15
The Booglie Wooglie Piggy 2002 Remastered
00:03:23

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Roy Jordan, Composer - Roy Jordan, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Tex Beneke and The Modernaires, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1941. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

16
Moonlight Cocktail 2002 Remastered
00:03:15

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Kim Gannon, Composer - Kim Gannon, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Ray Eberle and The Modernaires, Vocal - Luckey Roberts, Composer - Luckey Roberts, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1941. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

17
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Remastered 2002
00:03:39

Eric Maschwitz, Composer - Eric Maschwitz, Lyricist - Manning Sherwin, Composer - Manning Sherwin, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Bill Finegan, Arranger - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

18
Blue Rain Remastered 2002
00:03:09

Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Mercer, Composer - Johnny Mercer, Lyricist - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Jimmy Van Heusen, Lyricist - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1939. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

19
Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar Remastered 2002
00:03:04

Hughie Prince, Composer - Hughie Prince, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Eleanor Sheehy, Composer - Eleanor Sheehy, Lyricist - Jack Lathrop, Vocal - Don Raye, Composer - Don Raye, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

1
Pennsylvania 6-5000 2002 Remastered
00:03:12

Jerry Gray, Composer - Jerry Gray, Arranger - William J. Finegan, Composer - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Carl Sigman, Composer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

2
Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) 2002 Remastered
00:03:10

Charlie Tobias, Composer - Charlie Tobias, Lyricist - Sam Stept, Composer - Sam Stept, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Lew Brown, Composer - Lew Brown, Lyricist - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Tex Beneke and The Modernaires, Vocal - Marion Hutton, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1942. All rights reserved by BMG Music

3
Elmer's Tune 2002 Remastered
00:03:06

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Dick Jurgens, Composer - Dick Jurgens, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Sammy Gallop, Composer - Sammy Gallop, Lyricist - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Elmer Albrecht, Composer - Elmer Albrecht, Lyricist - Ray Eberle and The Modernaires, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1941. All rights reserved by BMG Music

4
Chattanooga Choo Choo Remastered 2002
00:03:26

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Harry Warren, Composer - Harry Warren, Lyricist - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Mack Gordon, Lyricist - Mack Gordon, Composer - Tex Beneke and The Modernaires, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1941. All rights reserved by BMG Music

5
The Story Of A Starry Night Remastered 2002
00:03:28

Mann Curtis, Composer - Mann Curtis, Lyricist - Al Hoffman, Composer - Al Hoffman, Lyricist - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Jerry Livingston, Composer - Jerry Livingston, Lyricist - Bill Finegan, Arranger - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1941. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

6
At Last Remastered 2002
00:03:03

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Harry Warren, Composer - Harry Warren, Lyricist - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Mack Gordon, Lyricist - Mack Gordon, Composer - Bill Finegan, Arranger - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1942. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

7
American Patrol 2002 Remastered
00:03:16

Jerry Gray, Arranger - Jerry Gray, Composer - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer

Originally Recorded 1942. All rights reserved by BMG Music

8
Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) 2002 Remastered
00:02:31

Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Mercer, Composer - Ray Eberle, Vocal - Rube Bloom, Composer

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

9
The Nearness Of You Remastered 2002
00:03:11

Ned Washington, Lyricist - Hoagy Carmichael, Composer - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Bill Finegan, Arranger - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

10
Blue Orchids Remastered 2002
00:02:52

Hoagy Carmichael, Composer - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Ray Eberle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1939. All rights reserved by BMG Music

11
Song Of The Volga Boatmen Remastered 2002
00:03:23

Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Bill Finegan, Arranger

Originally Recorded 1941. All rights reserved by BMG Music

12
Moonlight Serenade Remastered 2002
00:03:22

Mitchell Parish, Composer - Doug Pomeroy, Re-Mastering Engineer - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Performer - Glenn Miller, Composer - Glenn Miller, Arranger

Originally Recorded 1939. All rights reserved by BMG Music

13
Over There Remastered 2001
00:02:00

James R. Priddy, Trombone - Artie Malvin, Vocal - Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band, Performer - Bernie Privin, Trumpet - Freddy Guerra, Alto Saxophone - Carl Swanson, Violin - Mel Powell, Piano - Johnny Halliburton, Trombone - Carmen Mastren, Guitar - Don Briggs, Speaker - Jerry Gray, Arranger - Paul Brizzi, Re-Mastering Engineer - Harry Katzman, Violin - Dave Schwartz, Viola - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Michael O. Drexler, Re-Mastering Engineer - Richard Motylinski, Violin - Vince Carbone, Tenor Saxophone - Jack Ferrier, Tenor Saxophone - Fredy Ostrovsky, Violin - Ernie Kardos, Violin - Hank Freeman, Alto Saxophone - Dave Dennis, Violin - Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Bass - Whitey Thomas, Trumpet - Nathan Kaproff, Violin - Earl Cornwell, Violin - Maurice Bialkin, Acoustic Cello - Joseph Kowalewski, Violin - Phil Marino, Violin - Robert Ripley, Acoustic Cello - Glenn Miller, Trombone - Jack Steele, Trumpet - Frank Ippolito, Drums - Chuck Gentry, Baritone Saxophone - Lynn Allison, Vocal - Al Milton, Violin - Addison Collins, Jr., French Horn - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Alto Saxophone - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Clarinet - Henry Brynan, Viola - Alfred Aulwurm, Violin - Stanley Harris, Viola - James E. Harwood, Trombone - Steve Steck Jr., Vocal - George Ockner, Violin - Gene Steck, Vocal - George M. Cohan, Composer - George M. Cohan, Lyricist - Larry Hall, Trombone - Bobby Nichols, Trumpet - Murray Kane, Vocal - Ray McKinley, Drums - Gene Bergen, Violin

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by BMG Music

14
The St. Louis Blues March Remastered 2001
00:04:25

James R. Priddy, Trombone - Artie Malvin, Vocal - Aron Kahn Keene, Trombone - Jack Rusin, Piano - Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band, Performer - Steve Steck, Vocal - Bernie Privin, Trumpet - Manny Thaler, Baritone Saxophone - Freddy Guerra, Alto Saxophone - Russ Myers, Trombone - Carl Swanson, Violin - Mel Powell, Piano - Johnny Halliburton, Trombone - Carmen Mastren, Guitar - Frank Castor, Bass - Paul Brizzi, Re-Mastering Engineer - Johnny Carisi, Trumpet - Harry Katzman, Violin - Dave Schwartz, Viola - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Michael O. Drexler, Re-Mastering Engineer - Richard Motylinski, Violin - Dave Sackson, Violin - Vince Carbone, Tenor Saxophone - James Lynn Allison, Vocal - Jack Ferrier, Tenor Saxophone - Fredy Ostrovsky, Violin - Ernie Kardos, Violin - Jack Reid, Trumpet - Hank Freeman, Alto Saxophone - Dave Dennis, Violin - Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Bass - Whitey Thomas, Trumpet - Nathan Kaproff, Violin - Earl Cornwell, Violin - Murray Wald, Tenor Saxophone - Maurice Bialkin, Acoustic Cello - Phil Marino, Violin - Robert Ripley, Acoustic Cello - Glenn Miller, Trombone - Jack Steele, Trumpet - Harry Devito, Trombone - Joseph Shulman, Violin - Joseph Shulman, Bass - Chuck Gentry, Baritone Saxophone - Lynn Allison, Tenor Saxophone - Gabe Gelinas, Alto Saxophone - Nathan Peck, Trombone - William Christopher Handy, Composer - Al Milton, Violin - Addison Collins, Jr., French Horn - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Clarinet - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Alto Saxophone - Henry Brynan, Viola - Zeke Zarchy, Trumpet - Alfred Aulwurm, Violin - Stanley Harris, Viola - James E. Harwood, Trombone - Steve Steck Jr., Trumpet - George Ockner, Violin - Gene Steck, Vocal - Larry Hall, Trombone - Bobby Nichols, Trumpet - Murray Kane, Vocal - Ray McKinley, Drums - Gene Bergen, Violin

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by BMG Music

15
Peggy, The Pin-up Girl Remastered 2001
00:03:21

James R. Priddy, Trombone - Artie Malvin, Vocal - Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band, Performer - Bernie Privin, Trumpet - Freddy Guerra, Alto Saxophone - Carl Swanson, Violin - Mannie Wishnow, Viola - Mel Powell, Piano - John Jacob Loeb, Composer - John Jacob Loeb, Lyricist - Johnny Halliburton, Trombone - Carmen Mastren, Guitar - Don Briggs, Speaker - Jerry Gray, Arranger - Paul Brizzi, Re-Mastering Engineer - Harry Katzman, Violin - Dave Schwartz, Viola - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Michael O. Drexler, Re-Mastering Engineer - Richard Motylinski, Violin - Dave Sackson, Violin - Vince Carbone, Tenor Saxophone - Jack Ferrier, Tenor Saxophone - Fredy Ostrovsky, Violin - Ernie Kardos, Violin - Hank Freeman, Alto Saxophone - Dave Dennis, Violin - Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Bass - Whitey Thomas, Trumpet - Nathan Kaproff, Violin - Earl Cornwell, Violin - Johnny Desmond, Vocal - Maurice Bialkin, Acoustic Cello - Joseph Kowalewski, Violin - Phil Marino, Violin - Robert Ripley, Acoustic Cello - Glenn Miller, Trombone - Jack Steele, Trumpet - Frank Ippolito, Drums - Chuck Gentry, Baritone Saxophone - Lynn Allison, Vocal - Al Milton, Violin - Addison Collins, Jr., French Horn - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Alto Saxophone - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Clarinet - Henry Brynan, Viola - Redd Evans, Composer - Redd Evans, Lyricist - Stanley Harris, Viola - Alfred Aulwurm, Violin - James E. Harwood, Trombone - Steve Steck Jr., Vocal - George Ockner, Violin - Gene Steck, Vocal - Larry Hall, Trombone - Bobby Nichols, Trumpet - Murray Kane, Vocal - Ray McKinley, Drums - Ray McKinley, Vocal - Gene Bergen, Violin

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by BMG Music

16
Along The Santa Fe Trail Remastered 2001
00:03:18

James R. Priddy, Trombone - Edwina Coolidge, Composer - Edwina Coolidge, Lyricist - Artie Malvin, Vocal - Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band, Performer - Steve Steck, Vocal - Bernie Privin, Trumpet - Freddy Guerra, Alto Saxophone - Carl Swanson, Violin - Mel Powell, Piano - Johnny Halliburton, Trombone - Carmen Mastren, Guitar - Paul Brizzi, Re-Mastering Engineer - Harry Katzman, Violin - Dave Schwartz, Viola - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Michael O. Drexler, Re-Mastering Engineer - Richard Motylinski, Violin - Vince Carbone, Tenor Saxophone - James Lynn Allison, Vocal - Jack Ferrier, Tenor Saxophone - Fredy Ostrovsky, Violin - Ernie Kardos, Violin - Hank Freeman, Alto Saxophone - Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Bass - Whitey Thomas, Trumpet - Al Dubin, Composer - Al Dubin, Lyricist - Nathan Kaproff, Violin - Earl Cornwell, Violin - Johnny Desmond, Vocal - Maurice Bialkin, Acoustic Cello - Phil Marino, Violin - Robert Ripley, Acoustic Cello - Glenn Miller, Trombone - Jack Steele, Trumpet - Joseph Shulman, Bass - Chuck Gentry, Baritone Saxophone - Will Grosz, Composer - Will Grosz, Lyricist - Al Milton, Violin - Addison Collins, Jr., French Horn - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Clarinet - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Alto Saxophone - Henry Brynan, Viola - Zeke Zarchy, Trumpet - Alfred Aulwurm, Violin - Stanley Harris, Viola - James E. Harwood, Trombone - George Ockner, Violin - Gene Steck, Vocal - Larry Hall, Trombone - Bobby Nichols, Trumpet - Murray Kane, Vocal - Ray McKinley, Drums - Gene Bergen, Violin

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by BMG Music

17
Mission To Moscow Remastered 2001
00:02:31

James R. Priddy, Trombone - Artie Malvin, Vocal - Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band, Performer - Bernie Privin, Trumpet - Freddy Guerra, Alto Saxophone - Carl Swanson, Violin - Mel Powell, Composer - Mel Powell, Piano - Mel Powell, Lyricist - Mel Powell, Arranger - Johnny Halliburton, Trombone - Carmen Mastren, Guitar - Paul Brizzi, Re-Mastering Engineer - Harry Katzman, Violin - Dave Schwartz, Viola - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Michael O. Drexler, Re-Mastering Engineer - Richard Motylinski, Violin - Vince Carbone, Tenor Saxophone - Jack Ferrier, Tenor Saxophone - Fredy Ostrovsky, Violin - Ernie Kardos, Violin - Hank Freeman, Alto Saxophone - Dave Dennis, Violin - Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Bass - Whitey Thomas, Trumpet - Nathan Kaproff, Violin - Earl Cornwell, Violin - Maurice Bialkin, Acoustic Cello - Joseph Kowalewski, Violin - Phil Marino, Violin - Robert Ripley, Acoustic Cello - Glenn Miller, Trombone - Jack Steele, Trumpet - Frank Ippolito, Drums - Chuck Gentry, Baritone Saxophone - Lynn Allison, Vocal - Al Milton, Violin - Addison Collins, Jr., French Horn - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Alto Saxophone - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Clarinet - Henry Brynan, Viola - Alfred Aulwurm, Violin - Stanley Harris, Viola - James E. Harwood, Trombone - Steve Steck Jr., Vocal - George Ockner, Violin - Gene Steck, Vocal - Larry Hall, Trombone - Bobby Nichols, Trumpet - Murray Kane, Vocal - Ray McKinley, Drums - Gene Bergen, Violin

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by BMG Music

18
Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)/Shoo-Shoo Baby/The Way You Look Tonight/Beautiful Blue Danube 2001 Remastered
00:08:47

James R. Priddy, Trombone - Artie Malvin, Vocal - Jack Rusin, Piano - Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band, Performer - Steve Steck, Vocal - Carl Swanson, Violin - Johnny Halliburton, Trombone - Carmen Mastren, Guitar - Phil Moore, Composer - Phil Moore, Lyricist - Jerry Gray, Arranger - Paul Brizzi, Re-Mastering Engineer - Harry Katzman, Violin - Dave Schwartz, Viola - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Michael O. Drexler, Re-Mastering Engineer - Richard Motylinski, Violin - Vince Carbone, Tenor Saxophone - James Lynn Allison, Vocal - Jack Ferrier, Tenor Saxophone - Johann Strauss, Jr., Composer - Fredy Ostrovsky, Violin - Ernie Kardos, Violin - Hank Freeman, Alto Saxophone - Ralph Wilkinson, Arranger - Dave Dennis, Violin - Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Bass - Whitey Thomas, Trumpet - Nathan Kaproff, Violin - Earl Cornwell, Violin - Johnny Desmond, Vocal - Maurice Bialkin, Acoustic Cello - Phil Marino, Violin - Robert Ripley, Acoustic Cello - Glenn Miller, Trombone - Jack Steele, Trumpet - Joseph Shulman, Violin - Chuck Gentry, Baritone Saxophone - Gabe Gelinas, Alto Saxophone - Al Milton, Violin - Dorothy Fields, Composer - Dorothy Fields, Lyricist - Addison Collins, Jr., French Horn - Henry Brynan, Viola - Zeke Zarchy, Trumpet - Stanley Harris, Viola - Alfred Aulwurm, Violin - James E. Harwood, Trombone - George Ockner, Violin - Gene Steck, Vocal - Jerome Kern, Composer - Jerome Kern, Lyricist - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Larry Hall, Trombone - Bobby Nichols, Trumpet - Murray Kane, Vocal - Ray McKinley, Drums - Gene Bergen, Violin

Originally Recorded 1943. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

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G.I. Jive Remastered 2001
00:03:09

James R. Priddy, Trombone - Artie Malvin, Vocal - Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band, Performer - Bernie Privin, Trumpet - Freddy Guerra, Alto Saxophone - Carl Swanson, Violin - Mel Powell, Piano - Johnny Halliburton, Trombone - Carmen Mastren, Guitar - Jerry Gray, Arranger - Paul Brizzi, Re-Mastering Engineer - Harry Katzman, Violin - Dave Schwartz, Viola - Barry Feldman, Re-Issue Producer - Michael O. Drexler, Re-Mastering Engineer - Richard Motylinski, Violin - Vince Carbone, Tenor Saxophone - Jack Ferrier, Tenor Saxophone - Fredy Ostrovsky, Violin - Ernie Kardos, Violin - Hank Freeman, Alto Saxophone - Dave Dennis, Violin - Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Bass - Whitey Thomas, Trumpet - Nathan Kaproff, Violin - Earl Cornwell, Violin - Maurice Bialkin, Acoustic Cello - Joseph Kowalewski, Violin - Phil Marino, Violin - Robert Ripley, Acoustic Cello - Glenn Miller, Trombone - Johnny Mercer, Composer - Johnny Mercer, Lyricist - Jack Steele, Trumpet - Frank Ippolito, Drums - Chuck Gentry, Baritone Saxophone - Lynn Allison, Vocal - Al Milton, Violin - Addison Collins, Jr., French Horn - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Alto Saxophone - Michael A. "Peanuts" Hucko, Clarinet - Henry Brynan, Viola - Alfred Aulwurm, Violin - Stanley Harris, Viola - James E. Harwood, Trombone - Steve Steck Jr., Vocal - George Ockner, Violin - Gene Steck, Vocal - Larry Hall, Trombone - Bobby Nichols, Trumpet - Murray Kane, Vocal - Ray McKinley, Drums - Ray McKinley, Vocal - Gene Bergen, Violin

(P) Recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by BMG Music

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This double-CD set should not be confused with the similarly named mid-'90s, 47-song compilation from BMG, which was good in its time but is outclassed by this entry in Sony Music's (now Sony BMG's) Essential series. Wisely ignoring a by-release-date-order approach, producer Barry Feldman has instead opted for a track lineup that, plain and simple, sells the Glenn Miller sound to modern ears -- so the summer 1939 "In the Mood" is the first cut on the set, and "Moonlight Serenade," from four months earlier, is held back, to the last slot among the Miller commercial recordings, thus allowing the listener to meander delightfully across three years of hits -- across 1940, 1941, and the first half of 1942, zigging and zagging through various "hot" and "sweet" instrumentals and vocal numbers, alternately featuring Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, and the Modernaires. The last seven slots on the second disc are reserved for sides that Miller recorded during the final two years of his life, leading the Army Air Force Overseas Orchestra, which show off the richer, lusher sound that he achieved as a bandleader serving the war effort during WWII. Modern listeners will probably be astounded to hear the Eberle-sung rendition of "Blueberry Hill" from 1940, so thoroughly has the song become identified with Fats Domino over the past five decades, but the real treat upon hearing this set is the sound quality -- the latest remastering brings out the internal detail of the arrangements on the Miller sides better than anyone has heard them since the day they were recorded on lacquer masters more than 60 years ago; you can actually make out the rhythm-playing, and the voicings of the reeds at the center of the Miller sound have never been more vivid. There are no surprises here, just incredibly sophisticated yet animated, and downright busy playing -- given the smoothness of the results -- that still seduces and overwhelms the listener nearly seven decades later. With his chestnuts "Little Brown Jug" and "Tuxedo Junction" at the head of the list; they're so clean and sharp here that it's refreshing to hear them once again, for the ka-gillionth time, sounding better and more rewarding than ever, and without a trace of noise; "Tuxedo Junction," in particular, on its middle section, sounds about 40 years newer than it would seem to have a right to. The liner notes are also excellent, endeavoring (and largely succeeding) at explaining an era of entertainment that is only known today from the late-'30s and early-'40s movies that are increasingly not shown on cable (and have all-but-vanished from broadcast television, except for a token presence on public TV stations). If the double-CD price is a little off-putting, it's worth the plunge anyway -- you may own 30 Miller CDs and still justify buying this set -- because no single disc can capture Miller's best. and his legacy as well -- and the box set is also a great way to become a fan, in case someone hasn't yet been sold on him, one listen to the playing -- as good as you'd find in any symphony orchestra this side of Vienna or Berlin -- and the arrangements (which were just hot enough to keep Miller relevant to jazz) will make the sale.
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