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  • Audio CD (8 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Acrobat
  • ASIN: B009H43Y3K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (17th May 1939)
  2. At Sundown
  3. And The Angels Sing (vocal Ray Eberle)
  4. Underneath The Spreading Chestnut Tree (vocal Marion Hutton)
  5. Sunrise Serenade
  6. King Porter's Stomp
  7. I want my share of love (vocal Marion Hutton)
  8. Stairway To The Stars (vocal Ray Eberle)
  9. Running Wild
  10. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (13th June 1939)
  11. At Sundown
  12. Cinderella (vocal Ray Eberle)
  13. Back To Back (vocal Marion Hutton)
  14. To You (vocal Ray Eberle)
  15. Slip Horn Jive
  16. The Hour Of Parting
  17. Moon Love (vocal Ray Eberle)
  18. Pagan Love Song
  19. Moonlight Serenade
  20. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (19th June 1939 Part 1)
  21. One O'Clock Jump
  22. Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer (GLITCH) (vocal Tex Beneke)
  23. Wishing (vocal Ray Eberle)
  24. By The Waters Of Minnetonka
  25. Moonlight Serenade

Disc: 2

  1. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (19th June 1939 Part 2)
  2. The Lady's In Love With You (vocal Tex Beneke)
  3. Rendezvous Time In Paree (vocal Ray Eberle)
  4. I'm Sorry For Myself (vocal Marion Hutton, vocal Tex Beneke, Glenn Miller)
  5. Cinderella (vocal Ray Eberle)
  6. Moonlight Serenade
  7. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (20th June 1939)
  8. Farewell Blues
  9. Moon Love (vocal Ray Eberle)
  10. We Can Live On Love (vocal Marion Hutton)
  11. Hold Tight (vocal Marion Hutton)
  12. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (30th June 1939)
  13. Beer Barrel Polka
  14. Cinderella (vocal Ray Eberle)
  15. Back To Back (vocal Marion Hutton)
  16. Pagan Love Song
  17. Moonlight Serenade
  18. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (30th June 1939 2nd show)
  19. Dippermouth Blues
  20. Moon Love (vocal Ray Eberle)
  21. Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer (vocal Tex Beneke)
  22. I'm Sorry For Myself (vocal Marion Hutton, vocal Tex Beneke, Glenn Miller)
  23. Moonlight Serenade
  24. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (14th July 1939)
  25. Beer Barrel Polka
  26. The Lamp Is Low (vocal Ray Eberle)
  27. Jumpin' Jive (vocal Marion Hutton)
  28. Hold Tight (vocal Marion Hutton)
  29. Moonlight Serenade

Disc: 3

  1. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (14th July 1939 2nd show)
  2. I want to be happy
  3. My Last Goodbye (vocal Ray Eberle)
  4. The Little Man Who Wasn't There (vocal Tex Beneke)
  5. Dippermouth Blues
  6. Moonlight Serenade
  7. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (24th July 1939)
  8. I Want To Be Happy
  9. Oh You Crazy Moon (vocal Ray Eberle)
  10. Baby Me (Kay Starr)
  11. Isle of Golden Dreams
  12. Moonlight Serenade
  13. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (1st Aug 1939)
  14. The Lady's In Love With You (vocal Tex Beneke)
  15. Twilight Interlude (vocal Ray Eberle)
  16. We Can Live On Love (vocal Marion Hutton)
  17. I Want To Be Happy (Recorded that day)
  18. Moonlight Serenade
  19. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (Aug 1939 date unknown)
  20. Running Wild
  21. Pavanne (Symphonette No. 2)
  22. Stairway To The Stars (vocal Ray Eberle)
  23. Pagan Love Song
  24. Moonlight Serenade
  25. Intro & Moonlight Serenade (10th Aug 1939)
  26. The Lady's In Love With You (vocal Tex Beneke)
  27. Twilight Interlude (vocal Ray Eberle)
  28. Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead (vocal Marion Hutton)
  29. Bugle Call Rag
  30. Moonlight Serenade

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In the early years of the rapid rise of Glenn Millers Orchestra to become one of the biggest names in popular music at the end of the 50s and through to his legendary status as an icon of wartime inspiration on both sides of the Atlantic, Miller built his success through regular appearances on radio, and many of the broadcasts, such as the Chesterfield Shows, have been preserved on record for his many fans to enjoy.This series of programmes has been less readily available, appearing only in piecemeal form, as we hope that this 3-CD set will redress that situation and make available a fairly substantial selection of shows thirteen 30-minute or 15-minute broadcasts - in their complete original form. They are programmes broadcast on NBC from the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York, on the Long Island Sound (as the announcer tells us in every broadcast!). The first show is the opening of his season on 17th May 1939, and the set includes regular broadcasts through to August of that year. The context of the broadcasts is hugely significant, as it was during the summer of 1939 that the commercial fortunes of the Miller Orchestra took off in a major way, and the radio exposure no doubt played an important part in this. They also immediately pre-dated the outbreak of World War II in Europe, although war could probably not have been further from the minds of the dancers at Glen Island.We have chosen to keep all the introductions and theme tunes, in order to maintain the flavour and atmosphere of the broadcasts, which very much capture the style and context of the era. It includes one very interesting vocal contribution from a young Kay Starr, as well as features for his regular vocalists Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle and Tex Beneke. Several tunes are repeated during the shows, giving an opportunity to hear different versions and performances of tunes that had already, or subsequently, appeared as commercial recordings, as well as his versions of then current popular tunes. It is an essential acquisition for Glenn Miller fans, many of whom will not already have these shows in their collection.

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On his birthday, Wednesday 1st March 1939, Glenn Miller received the best birthday present he could have wished for: the news that his orchestra had been booked for the main summer season at the Glen Island Casino, "just off the shore road at New Rochelle, New York". With the booking came lots of radio broadcasts. Glenn could now look forward to the future with confidence.

Frank Dailey, owner of the Meadowbrook Ballroom "on the Newark - Pompton turnpike" in Cedar Grove, New Jersey booked the orchestra for four weeks commencing Tuesday 7th March 1939. The contract was extended, with the band closing at the Meadowbrook on Thursday 20th April 1939. The orchestra broadcast extensively from the Meadowbrook Ballroom. Concurrently with the Meadowbrook performances, the orchestra had several recording sessions for RCA Victor's Bluebird label, waxing 12 titles in April, including MOONLIGHT SERENADE on 4th April and LITTLE BROWN JUG on 10th April.

The Miller orchestra opened at Glen Island Casino on Wednesday 17th May 1939, closing there on Wednesday 23 August 1939.

This 3-CD set brings together 13 radio broadcasts from 1939, presented in chronological sequence. Most of these recordings have previously been issued on Avid, Magic, Jazz Hour and Vintage Jazz Clasics. Sound quality varies, but is never less than acceptable. There is a recording glitch during GUESS I'LL GO BACK HOME THIS SUMMER, and my copy of CD 1 ends with another glitch, which I suspect is a fault with the CD, rather than the original sources.

The cover says "a collection of complete unedited radio broadcasts." Strictly speaking, that's not the case, as a moment of silence has been inserted between some titles, and some applause has been edited out.
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The fourteen broadcasts collected here show the Miller band at the peak of it's early form. They were transmitted coast to coast on both the NBC and Mutual networks. The Glen Island Casino was both a premier venue on the east coast and, what was just as - or even more - important, the source of ten 'live' broadcasts a week by the band from 17th May to 23rd August 1939.

The sound quality is perfectly acceptable although, of course, not of studio quality. All the music has been included on these three well filled discs but various bits of applause between numbers have been edited out. This is no great loss. The booklet notes are comprehensive, as are the discographical details. However there is one small error in that the closing date of the season is known and the information published in John Flower's bio-discography 'Moonlight Serenade'.

During this summer season the band was obviously enjoying itself. A rigorous rehearsal programme ensured the, sometimes complex, arranged passages were performed faultlessly. Beneke, Eberle, Hutton and a very young Kay Starr contribute enjoyable vocal interludes. The rhythm section, including the recently joined Maurice Purtill are never less than excellent. Some tunes are repeated but the programmes contain plenty of variety with 'jump' numbers alternating with ballads. A highlight is 'Dippermouth Blues' (a number originally recorded by the band for Brunswick in 1938) in which King Oliver's classic cornet solo is taken by Glenn on trombone.

A splendid issue which will give great pleasure to all lovers of big band music. Buy and enjoy.
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This would have been 5star rating if the compilers had left the broadcast continuous instead of introducing short breaks between tracks which rather defeats the effect of a true radio broadcast. Other than that, the recording is sharp, with a minimum of "clicks and bangs", quite amazing given the methods used to make the recordings. A single mike was used, at the venue and the sound was taken by a pair of wires to the Soundcraft Studio, where the music was etched on 16 inch Transcription discs. These discs were eventually stored at the office of Miller's attorney and over the years suffered damage, to various degrees, some were even broken in pieces and had to be stuck together before the music could be extracted for issue to the sizeable number of Glenn Miller fans, desperate for anything associated with the long dead musical genius. This CD set fills the bill with some style and is an excellent example of the early months of the Miller band, that finally made it. Personnel changes would follow later, John Best, Billy May and Bobby Hackett spring to mind, but, make no mistake, this band was well equipped with decent soloists, Clyde Hurley, Tex Beneke and Miller, himself, were no slouches on the jazz front. All in all, an excellent purchase.
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His music still thrills many people young as well as old and of course these are original live recordings of VERY well known music.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x936eb96c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x93814984) out of 5 stars A disappointing release 8 Jan. 2013
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I eagerly anticipated the release of this 3cd set from the summer of 1939 by Glenn Miller's breakout band. He had just come from a very successful engagement at the Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, NJ and had some momentum coming into this prestigious booking at Glen Island Casino. I had hoped that the broadcasts were as advertised "unedited", but alas, this was only one of the many shortcomings of this new release. The first problem was the fact that the broadcasts were not continuous, but were tracked with all audience applause deleted. For me, this completely negates the entire experience I hope for in listening to air checks. I want to feel as if I were there by my radio listening to the music as broadcast and I do not understand the logic behind excising the atmospherics. Second, the remastering is quite poor. The sound is muffled and often improperly pitched. The experience is like listening to music played underwater. Some of these initial early broadcasts were issued by Jazz Hour and are lightyears ahead in sonic quality. The difference is really extraordinary. The JH disc has the correct pitch and the clarity of the broadcast is superb and uninterrupted by dead air. Glenn Miller insisted on having his remotes recorded on acetates at WEAF in New York and thus the reason for these truly shoddy transfers is somewhat confusing - they are a bit like watching I Love Lucy reruns on kinescope instead of the original film. All in all a very poor effort on the part of Acrobat - they had a chance to really release an important document of Miller's Glen Island broadcasts and failed on many levels.
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HASH(0x935b82a0) out of 5 stars If you already own most of these Glen Island Casino broadcasts, there's no need to buy this. 31 Dec. 2012
By Micaloneus - Published on Amazon.com
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First off,

1) These are CD-R's (and the print on the discs is really light) Neither of these things are that important but...
2) All broadcasts are chopped up with 2 seconds of silence between each track which ruins the effect of a live broadcast.
3) The pitch on some of these braodcasts are way off, thus making them sound strange or more bluntly, wrong.
4) The tray card has such small print that it's way too hard to read, unless you have a magnifying glass.
5) The mastering on some of these broadcasts aren't nearly as good as previously released versions.

The good news? Most of the summer of 1939 Glen Island Casino broadcast recordings are all together in one 3 disc set...
But it's not really worth it if you already own these from prior collections.
HASH(0x935b8024) out of 5 stars One Star 12 Feb. 2015
By harold smith - Published on Amazon.com
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CDR NOT A CD!!!!!!!! AT CD PRICES NO LESS !!!!!!!
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