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The Lost Recordings

Glenn Miller Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Happy Days
  • ASIN: B000001UJ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. In the Mood
2. Stardust
3. Song For The Volga Boatmen
4. Long Ago and Far Away - Lise Weinberger
5. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
6. Great Day
7. American Patrol
8. Summertime
9. Tuxedo Junction
10. Begin the Beguine
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Stardust
2. All I Do Is Dream of You - Dinah Shore
3. Farewell Blues
4. I've Got A Heart Filled With Love - Johnny Desmond
5. Lise Weinberger And Glenn Miller - Lise Weinberger
6. Caribbean Clipper
7. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
8. Little Brown Jug
9. Where Or When - Artie Malvin
10. Cow Cow Boogie
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Product Description

2CD Glenn Miller Put A Whole Nation "In The Mood." Miller Led The Most Successful Big Band Of The Swing Era -- Not A Bad Accomplishment Considering That A Strong Sense Of Swing Was The Only Thing This Trombonist Lacked. Thankfully, Miller Corralled A Wonderful Group Of Musicians And Arrangers And Had Hit After Deserving Hit During The War Years. The Era Of Bobby Soxers And Rationing May Be Over But "Moonlight Serenade," "Pennsylvania 6-5000," And The Evergreen "In The Mood" Have Been Embraced

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glenn on a German kick..... 20 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Born in the late 40s Glen Miller interest I picked up as I grew up. Now out in CD format it is fantastic to listed to on a modern music system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have to Be Heard to Be Beleived! 3 May 2014
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These recordings were found by Alan Dell and surpass anything released on RCA in my opinion. Cut at Abbey Road direct to disc and played only once they give you a much sharper recording experience!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best "Glenn Miller" out there. 14 Jan 2000
By 5% Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is excellence. One of the great band leaders, with all the resources that the US Army Air Corp could bring to bear, broadcasting and recording from the Abbie Road studios in London. The orchestration includes a full complement of strings and the vocals are by some of the greats of the era, including Dinah Shore. Interspersed is commentary (Propoganda in its best form) by Glenn himself and Ilse Weinberger, whoever she was. These recordings are made from the masters and are among the best "originals" I've heard from the era. This set is also great because it is not the same 12 -15 songs that everyone associates with Miller. To be sure some of them are in here, but I'd be willing to bet that you'll agree even the "standards" are better recordings than the ones you're used to hearing. There are also unexpected treats like "Poinciana" and a unique arrangement of "Begin the Beguine", with some nifty string parts. In some circles, Miller takes a bum rap for being too commercial. I don't know if this fits the bill for that criticism. If it does, I can understand why he was so commercially successful. He proves his excellent taste for arranging and his ability to make good music here. Well, I could go on but why? You could be listening for yourself. BUY IT! You'll thank me later. But you won't need to. The smile on your face will be enough.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best AAF band recordings available 20 Mar 2000
By Jeffrey J. Karpinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This set is one of a pair of AAF gems released during the mid '90s. Because most of the sides were made at the famous Abbey Road studios, the fidelity is higher than most of the other AAF releases on the market. The recordings showcase much of the AAF Band's breadth, with many older Miller standards as well as the richer concert sound of the full orchestra with its 21 strings. The only thing missing is an example of the strings-only arrangements found on the companion "Secret Broadcasts". It's also interesting to hear the German-language patter and vocals used as part of the Allies' propaganda effort. I only have 2 minor grumbles: first, unlike the UK version, the US release leaves out the 4 long-lost commercial sides (including 2 Dinah Shore vocals) the band recorded but never released, and second, even though I can understand the German dialogues a translation would have been helpful for those who don't speak the language. In any case, combine this CD with the marvelous "Secret Broadcasts" for a true Miller treat.

Addendum -

Yes, some of these recordings are considered as "propaganda" (note to other posters: the word has 3 'a's and only 1 'o') but IMO that only adds to their importance. Miller volunteered for military service with the stated aim of using his music to help the war effort and these recordings show that he did it his way. The narration, both in English and German, doesn't contain any heavy-handed "we will defeat you"-style blathering. Rather, the music is presented as entertainment that crosses national and cultural boundaries and Miller expresses his wishes for eventual peace among nations. There's even a short discussion of how the orchestra members represent different nationalities and religions all working together, with the clear but unspoken aim of rubbing American unity in the face of Nazi hatred. A bit more sophisticated than might be expected for the time but not surprising, because Glenn Miller was described as a man who "could only [be] fake on his trombone" (- George T. Simon).

If that's propaganda, so be it.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GET THE ENGLAND PRESSING! 29 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This US pressing is good, but inferior to the English one, which has many additional songs, and several vocals with Dinah Shore. The liner notes even include a letter saying that the recording of "Stardust" with Glenn and Dinah is "propoganda."! Do yourself a favor and search for the English version.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glenn on a German kick 1 Dec 2009
By JJA Kiefte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing beats the classics 29 April 2014
By Quoted1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For anyone who wants to peruse and enjoy the classics from that era and that inimitable musician, this collection is priceless, not to mention expansive.
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