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Media Type: CD
Artist: MILLER,GLENN
Title: GREATEST HITS
Street Release Date: 04/16/1996
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Genre: BIG BAND
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: April 16, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003G2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you're interested in listening to Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, this is the best single disc to buy (if you want to spring for a bit more, look into the two-disc "The Essential Glenn Miller"). Priced at a budget of $10.00, the CD actually contains most of the big hits you would want from a Glenn Miller album: "In the Mood," "String of Pearls," "Pennsylvania 6-5000," "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," "Moonlight Serenade," "Tuxedo Junction," and "The Chatanooga Choo-Choo." They all sound quite good as well, with minimal hiss and crackle. Usually, the RCA "Greatest Hits" of Jazz series are poor buys, containing music from only a fraction of the musicians' careers that in no way represents their `greatest hits' (the Count Basie album and Louis Armstrong albums are especially weak). But this CD actually delivers the goods: Glenn Miller was an RCA-Victor recording artist for most of his career, so the label was able to put the best of the best on this single CD. If you're new to Mr. Miller, or big bands and swing in general, here's a great and economic way to get started.
The pieces on this album cover Miller's most successful period: 1938, when he formed his new band and suddenly became a sensation, to mid-summer 1942, when he joined the Army Air Force and formed a new military band. "King Porter Stomp" is the earliest recorded piece here, and shows Miller at his most jazzy. The latest recorded (July 1942) is the sweet, pretty number "That Old Black Magic" (with vocal by Skip Nelson & the Modernaires). In between is a treasure of riches of the big band era, many of which became famous morale-raisers during World War II. Glenn Miller's music was a crucial part of the soundtrack of American involvement in that conflict.
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Glenn Miller's music is still as exciting, vibrant, and popular as it was 60 years ago. This CD is the perfect representation of why this is so. His unique arrangements give woodwinds an ethereal sound that is at once soothing and disarming (on tracks such as "Moonligtht Serenade," "In the Mood," and "A String of Pearls"). The counterpoint of horns with woodwinds creates a happy, carefree mood on "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," and one of my personal favorites "Kalamazoo." His numbers range from deeply romantic to cheeringly fun.
I know teenagers who love Glenn Miller and are familiar with his songs and arrangements. I am 39 years old, so I didn't exactly grow up with this music. However, I know a good thing when I hear it, and this is great!
For anyone looking for an escape from atrocious '90's music who is tired of finding that escape in classic rock, this is beautiful, infectuous music with the power to elicit em! otional responses in the listener. Believe me, this isn't just "old folks" music - it is classic and wonderful beyond belief!
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Glenn Miller & his orchestra made some of the most beautiful music ever recorded. I love most of the big bands of the 1930s & 1940s, but Glenn Miller will always be my favorite. Get this collection along with Vol.2 and you'll know what truly great music is. This is the music that blasted from radios & jukeboxes during wartime and long after the war finally ended. Whether fun swing tunes or romantic ballads, Glenn's music will make you feel good. Highly recommended.
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I own a number of Glenn Miller greatest hits collections like The Popular Recordings (3 CD's), Essential Glenn Miller (1995), etc. So, I always enjoy looking over the latest compilation of the great Miller Orchestra (1938/1942) which seem to be released every few weeks from somewhere in the world. There is always a number of big hits that are always included (In The Mood, Little Brown Jug, A String of Pearls, Kalamazoo, etc.) and there's always a few songs that are kind of new to the "best of" circuit. The sound quality is good but, I can think of a number of great Miller songs that would have made this collection alot better. Bottom line: If you are looking for just one CD of Glenn Miller, get the "Unforgettable Glenn Miller" disc.

Finally, why can't these compilations of old 78's have a few more seconds between them? Essentially we have a bunch of singles all crammed together, so why not let them have some breathing room. As I recall, the UK Beatles albums from 1963-1966 had a seven second break between songs. I loved it! It was like giving each song it's own spotlight. Oh, the days of one song at a time.
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There have been many many reissues of Glenn Miller music - some are not bad but others are terrible quality. This one stands out as one of the best - and it's origional material recorded between 1938 and 1942. It does have some technical problems (some ticks and pops) but nothing you can't live with. His biggest hits are this recording and it's a budget item as well so you can't lose. If you only have one Glenn Miller recording, this should be it.
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After Learning how to play saxophone, a friend of mine bought me this cd saying that I might like big band, and old jazz tunes, and especially Glenn Miller. So hey I gave the cd a spin, and fell in love with it immediately. From the tight swing feelings of "Tuxedo Junction" to the jazz ballad feels of songs like "String of Pearls," Glenn Miller and his band prove that they were the greatest and most loved musicians of the wartime era. I have since played saxophone for years, and have been playing along with this wonderful Glenn Miller compilation just as long. Put in this cd and enjoy the great tunes of this amazing musician, and if you play any jazz instruments at all, I recommend popping in this cd and learning how to play all of these wonderful tunes.
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