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Glenn Miller: The Essential Glenn Miller [Bluebird/Legacy]

Track List

>In the Mood
>Tuxedo Junction
>Serenade in Blue
>Blueberry Hill
>(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo
>Moon Love
>Over the Rainbow
>Stairway to the Stars
>Little Brown Jug
>String of Pearls, A
>Juke Box Saturday Night
>Woodpecker Song, The
>When You Wish Upon a Star
>Booglie Wooglie Piggy, The
>Moonlight Cocktail
>Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A
>Blue Rain
>Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar
>Pennsylvania 6-5000
>Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)
>Elmer's Tune
>Chattanooga Choo Choo
>Story of a Starry Night, The
>At Last
>American Patrol
>Fools Rush In
>Nearness of You, The
>Blue Orchids
>Song of the Volga Boatmen
>Moonlight Serenade
>Over There
>St. Louis Blues March, The
>Peggy, The Pin-Up Girl
>Along the Santa Fe Trail
>Mission to Moscow
>Medley: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) /Shoo-Shoo Baby /The Way: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) / Shoo-Shoo Baby / The Way You Look / Londonderry Air
>G.I. Jive

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Glenn Miller was America's most-loved big band leader and continues to be the best known name with the most recognizable sound of that era. This 2-CD set is a fantastic collection of his greatest recordings and includes his top hits 'Moonlight Serenade', 'In The Mood', and 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'.

Album Notes

Personnel: Glenn Miller (trombone); Murray Kane, Johnny Desmond (vocals); Al Klink (tenor saxophone); Dale McMickle (trumpet); Tex Beneke (vocals, tenor saxophone); Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle, The Modernaires (vocals).

Liner Note Author: Mike Plaskett.

Recording information: 04/04/1939-04/29/1944.

Arrangers: Ralph Wilkinson; Jerry Gray; Bill Finegan; Mel Powell; Billy May.

While there's no shortage of Glenn Miller collections, there aren't many that rival Bluebird/Legacy's THE ESSENTIAL GLENN MILLER. This two-disc, 38-track compilation covers the peak years of the iconic bandleader/trombonist's career, and includes a welcome handful of numbers recorded with his Army Air Force Band in 1943 and '44 , shortly before his death.

Though it's difficult for modern-day listeners to grasp Miller's massive stardom during the 1930s and '40s, undeniably catchy big-band tunes such as "In the Mood" and "Little Brown Jug" easily give a sense of the swing giant's wide appeal. This set skillfully mixes Miller's instrumentals (a dynamic take on "A String of Pearls") with numerous vocal tracks (most notably "Over the Rainbow," featuring the butter-smooth voice of Ray Eberle), all of which boast stunning interplay between the rhythm and horn sections. THE ESSENTIAL GLENN MILLER rivals 2003's PLATINUM GLENN MILLER and covers most of the selections featured on 2004's THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION, making it one of the best Miller retrospectives on the market.


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