The Best of the Army Air Force Band

The Best of the Army Air Force Band

by Glenn Miller



For those fans on a budget, this 14-track CD is a great gift from RCA/BMG, distilling down many of the best and most interesting sides from RCA's four-CD box of the complete Army Air Force Band sides (which has the same cover art but is, of course, a box). These 14 sides come from among the dozens of live broadcasts, V Disc sessions, and other performances by Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band, all from the period before they were transferred overseas. In doing so, the CD captures the highlights of what had heretofore been regarded as a "lost" chapter in the legendary bandleader's history, when he was, of course, no longer making commercial recordings, but performing to boost morale and the war effort. At the time, Miller was leading what was arguably the best band he ever had, consisting of dozens of the top musicians in the country -- draftees and enlistees alike -- he not only had an outsized complement of players, but room for a string section as well. The sides here include re-recordings of classic Miller hits such as "In the Mood" and "Tuxedo Junction," interspersed with new repertoire such as the "St. Louis Blues March." Producer Barry Feldman and the RCA engineers have outdone themselves, the remastering creating a loud, powerful sound to these sides with exquisite detail and a nice, close immediacy. This is helpful not only in terms of appreciating the hotter numbers here, but the "sweet" numbers as well: Johnny Desmond's singing on "Along the Santa Fe Trail" may be a long way from jazz, but it's one of the most sublimely beautiful songs ever recorded by anyone.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266385720
catalogNumber: 63857

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glenn Miller   Primary Artist
Tony Martin   Vocals
Bob Carroll   Vocals
Jerry Gray   Vocals
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
S. Powell   Piano
Frank Ippolito   Drums
Glenn Miller Orchestra   Track Performer
Sgt. Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Manny Wishnow   Viola
Murray Kane   Vocals
Steve Alpert   Bass
Sam Schwartz   Viola
Saul Freeman   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ray McKinley   Arranger
George Williams   Arranger,Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Barry Feldman   Reissue Producer
Joe Garland   Arranger
Jerry Gray   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Chummy MacGregor   Composer
Edward F. Polic   Liner Notes
Ralph Wilkinson   Arranger
Joshua Sherman   Executive Producer
Edwina Coolidge   Composer
Caroline Ulrich   Art Direction
Will Grosz   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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