My first love in the wonderful world of dance / big band music was Glenn Miller, and it is Miller's name that is most readilly identified with that era. So you will find many reissues trying to more or less cash in on Miller's legendary status, most containing the same well worn items over and over again, some, like Avid, publishing as much Miller material as possible, from any source and in any condition.
So it is with this compilation, drawn from radio broadcasts in the initial stages of Miller's carreer (so just before and just after his meteorical rise to stardom). Miller is quite often to be heard as a soloist and although he is technically proficient, his tone is somewhat harsh and thin (e.g. in "My Reverie", where he also misses the first notes), but most of the music is ensemble work with the odd solos by Beneke (corny in the faster pieces, very good in the ballads), Klink (jazz wise the best soloist in the band), Hurley and a lot of singing by Ray Eberle, who is not a very good singer (mostly sounding ill at ease, strained and totally unswinging).
All in all the programme gives a fair picture of Miller's music between late 1938 and early to mid 1939, but no more than that. The sound quality is only so-so, and although Avid pride themselves on their quality remastering, I cannot share their enthusiasm. A long deleted RCA three-LP set drawing from the same broadcasts is a lot better in sound quality, so digital processing is not always an improvement.
The price may be all right, but the collection is fairly superfluous and for the fanatical collector only.