Some of the featured recordings appeared on an LP in the eighties, so the title "Lost recordings" is a bit hyperbolic. This double CD miraculously appeared shortly after Geoffrey Butcher's second edition of his book about Glenn Miller's AAF Band, in which once again was stated that the four HMV records Miller cut in London (on two of which Dinah Shore sang) were lost to posterity. I have always suspected a clever marketing trick, but it led to articles in magazines and newspapers (even in Holland), creating a hype of sorts, renewing the interest in Miller's music and in that it was most welcome.
The music is a cross-section of Miller's usual AAF Band repertoire (as appeared on an exhaustive series of AVID CDs), introduced by Miller and sung by Johnny Desmond in a hilarious kind of German that would have done 'Allo, 'Allo" proud. The music itself is very good though (some British music critics who were present when the Dinah Shore sides were cut in 1944 were dumbfounded by the band's discipline and Miller's attention to musical details), although the sound quality is a bit on the dull side. Whether this is to be blamed on the original sources or the remastering may be debatable (the Avid CDs are much clearer though), but it should not detract from your listening pleasure. Certainly the concert arrangements of "Stormy Weather", "Summertime", "Stardust", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" are little short of spectacular. The swing items suffer a little by comparison, with at times uninspired, repetitive arrangements (e.g "Get Happy", "Great Day" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot") and always with frustratingly little room for extended solos (while Miller had a roster of talent to rival Sam Donahue in that department). The civilian band's hits are treated quite well though and give aural evidence of the fact that with a good rhythm section Miller's band could swing with the best of them. An unmissable item for Miller aficionados.