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Jazz - Released July 24, 1967 | RCA - Legacy

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Jazz - Released July 20, 1983 | GRP

This CD may be scoffed at by serious jazz listeners, and even by big-band devotees wary of modern "ghost band" performances, but the fact is that it sold over 100,000 pieces when it first appeared in 1983, and its CD version was among the very earliest compact discs ever released commercially in the United States (indeed, so early that the actual CDs had to be imported from Japan). The second-ever release by GRP Records, it put the label on the map, and it also stood as testimony to how good those original arrangements of the Glenn Miller Orchestra were. So how is it as music? At worst entertaining, and at best revealing, and also at times a little frustrating -- on the plus side, even heard in 2007, twenty-four years after the fact, the sound here is damned impressive; you can safely rank this release as one of the very earliest, if not the very first audiophile CDs to be released. The fact that it features 18 top-flight musicians under the baton of Larry O'Brien, then the leader of the touring Glenn Miller Orchestra, only makes it more impressive. What's more, with the quality of the playing, one will be able to make out minuscule elements of the original arrangements that were long obscured on the classic late-'30s/early-'40s Glenn Miller sides. Musicians with an appreciation of these arrangements will probably love this recording, and casual fans should embrace it heartily: these boys swing in 1983 about as well as their predecessors from 41 years earlier did. And the vocal numbers are no exception -- in contrast to Columbia Records' mid-'60s efforts to revive the Miller orchestra as a recording unit (which failed not just because of the timing of the project but also the uneven quality of the resulting albums), numbers like "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo" are as hot here as there were four decades before. And the singers include Mel Tormé and Julius LaRosa (doing a solo) in their ranks. Still, it's the instrumentals that make up the bulk of this album, and on that level it's similarly unimpeachable, at least most of the way through -- "Tuxedo Junction" (which includes Dave Grusin sitting in on piano) is so close to the original that it's easy to forget who you're listening to and when they put this track down; and serious listeners should probably hold out for the "Gold Disc" edition or the Japanese version of this CD, which contain a bonus track, "At Last," featuring a trombone solo by Urbie Green that is worth the price of the CD by itself. Now, all of that said, there are a couple of quibbles: the absence of the cowbell on "In the Mood," and the "clever" notion on "Pennsylvania 6-5000" of ending the number with -- well, you can guess. This is still one cool, swinging release and, with its virtuoso musicianship, offers many of the same appealing qualities as the original Miller recordings. © Bruce Eder /TiVo
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Jazz - Released June 1, 2012 | WBLT, LLC.

A second Christmas CD from Miller's orchestra, this one continues in the tradition of the first CD. In fact, it even includes a few pieces that were also on that one. Although recorded after the death of Glenn Miller himself, his orchestra does a great job of capturing the sound that made the band so famous as they make their way through many holiday classics. They turn them into wonderful swing arrangements that serve to both entertain fans of the genre and add holiday spirit to your home. © Gary Hill /TiVo
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Jazz - Released September 2, 2016 | Swing Rewind Records

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Jazz - Released July 10, 2001 | RCA Bluebird

In 1956, RCA Victor released an ambitious, if imperfect, five-LP set that focused on U.S. performances by Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band; all of the material, which spanned July 1943-June 1944, was recorded before the orchestra moved to England. That five-LP set drove Miller's hardcore fans wild; they were thrilled to get their hands on a lot of recordings that had not been commercially available prior to 1956. All of the material from that release is available on this four-CD, 61-track boxed set, which RCA assembled in 2001. If RCA was hoping to improve on the original 1956 release, it succeeded. This set is even more comprehensive; Army Air Force Band contains 23 previously unreleased recordings that weren't on the 1956 release, and many of Miller's spoken introductions to the songs have been restored; in most cases, those introductions were omitted on the 1956 set. These 1943 and 1944 recordings come from various sources. Some are recordings of live performances that were broadcast nationally from New York on Uncle Sam Presents and I Sustain the Wings, two World War II-era radio programs. Others are studio recordings that were originally heard on military V-discs. Army Air Force Band is quite diverse; listeners are exposed to everything from exuberant instrumentals to romantic, Bing Crosby-influenced crooning by Johnny Desmond. Not surprisingly, the set has its share of patriotic material; Miller's Army Air Force Band was, after all, a military band, and the U.S. was at war in 1943 and 1944. Although this set deserves applause, it isn't recommended to those who have only a casual interest in Miller's work; they would be better off with a single-disc collection of his best-known civilian recordings. But for Miller's more obsessive fans, this four-CD set is something to cherish. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Pop - Released May 27, 2016 | Epic - Legacy

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Jazz - Released October 11, 2012 | Hindsight Records

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Jazz - Released June 1, 2012 | WBLT, LLC.

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Jazz - Released September 30, 1971 | Trama

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Jazz - Released July 22, 1965 | Epic

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Jazz - Released November 20, 2000 | Jazz Co

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released January 10, 2020 | Play Music

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Jazz - Released September 12, 1965 | Epic

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Pop - Released January 26, 2018 | MCP Sound & Media GmbH

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1993 | Michele Records

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Jazz - Released June 1, 2012 | WBLT, LLC.

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Jazz - Released December 2, 2006 | Jazz Hour

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Jazz - Released December 21, 2015 | D&p Music, LLC

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2006 | AIR

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Jazz - Released March 27, 2020 | Tratore