Army Air Force Band

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1956, RCA Victor released an ambitious, if imperfect, five-LP set that focused on U.S. performances by Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band; all of the material, which spanned July 1943-June 1944, was recorded before the orchestra moved to England. That five-LP set drove Miller's hardcore fans wild; they were thrilled to get their hands on a lot of recordings that had not been commercially available prior to 1956. All of the material from that release is available on this four-CD, 61-track boxed set, which RCA assembled in 2001. If RCA was hoping to improve on the original 1956 release, it succeeded. This set is even more comprehensive; Army Air Force Band contains 23 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1956, RCA Victor released an ambitious, if imperfect, five-LP set that focused on U.S. performances by Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band; all of the material, which spanned July 1943-June 1944, was recorded before the orchestra moved to England. That five-LP set drove Miller's hardcore fans wild; they were thrilled to get their hands on a lot of recordings that had not been commercially available prior to 1956. All of the material from that release is available on this four-CD, 61-track boxed set, which RCA assembled in 2001. If RCA was hoping to improve on the original 1956 release, it succeeded. This set is even more comprehensive; Army Air Force Band contains 23 previously unreleased recordings that weren't on the 1956 release, and many of Miller's spoken introductions to the songs have been restored; in most cases, those introductions were omitted on the 1956 set. These 1943 and 1944 recordings come from various sources. Some are recordings of live performances that were broadcast nationally from New York on Uncle Sam Presents and I Sustain the Wings, two World War II-era radio programs. Others are studio recordings that were originally heard on military V-discs. Army Air Force Band is quite diverse; listeners are exposed to everything from exuberant instrumentals to romantic, Bing Crosby-influenced crooning by Johnny Desmond. Not surprisingly, the set has its share of patriotic material; Miller's Army Air Force Band was, after all, a military band, and the U.S. was at war in 1943 and 1944. Although this set deserves applause, it isn't recommended to those who have only a casual interest in Miller's work; they would be better off with a single-disc collection of his best-known civilian recordings. But for Miller's more obsessive fans, this four-CD set is something to cherish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266385225
  • Catalog Number: 63852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Army Air Corps (2:24)
  2. 2 A String of Pearls (3:38)
  3. 3 Medley: Annie Laurie/My Ideal/Alexander's Ragtime Band/Blue Is the ... (6:04)
  4. 4 Caribbean Clipper (3:02)
  5. 5 Stormy Weather (4:13)
  6. 6 Along the Santa Fe Trail (3:24)
  7. 7 It Must Be Jelly ('cause Jam Don't Shake Like That) (2:49)
  8. 8 Medley: Londonderry Air/Shoo-Shoo Baby/The Way You Look Tonight/Be ... (8:50)
  9. 9 Holiday for Strings (5:39)
  10. 10 I'll Be Around (2:06)
  11. 11 Poinciana (5:14)
  12. 12 The St. Louis Blues March (4:26)
  13. 13 What Do You Do in the Infantry (3:06)
  14. 14 Medley: Goin' Home/Paper Doll/All the Things You Are/My Blue Heaven (7:02)
  15. 15 Sun Valley Jump (2:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tail-End Charlie (3:27)
  2. 2 Suddenly It's Spring - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:02)
  3. 3 Medley: In the Gloaming/For the First Time (I've Fallen in Love) ... (7:31)
  4. 4 Jeep Jockey Jump (3:10)
  5. 5 Pearls on Velvet (4:33)
  6. 6 My Ideal (2:54)
  7. 7 Medley: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair/I Couldn't Sleep a Wink ... (8:47)
  8. 8 Enlisted Men's Mess (2:21)
  9. 9 In the Mood (3:48)
  10. 10 Song of the Volga Boatmen (3:06)
  11. 11 I Love You (2:01)
  12. 12 Medley: Silver Threads Among the Gold/Absent-Minded/A String of Pearls (9:41)
  13. 13 Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (4:21)
  14. 14 Join the W.A.C./ (There'll Be A) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (3:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Vict'ry Polka (2:46)
  2. 2 Mission to Moscow (2:32)
  3. 3 Medley: My Buddy/Good Night, Wherever You Are/Music ... (8:25)
  4. 4 Begin the Beguine (3:36)
  5. 5 G.I. Jive (3:05)
  6. 6 Now I Know (2:44)
  7. 7 People Will Say We're in Love (3:22)
  8. 8 Medley: Long, Long Ago (7:44)
  9. 9 I've Got a Heart Filled With Love (For You Dear) (3:25)
  10. 10 How Sweet You Are (2:53)
  11. 11 Juke Box Saturday Night (3:04)
  12. 12 Medley: Flow Gently, Sweet Afton/Moon Dreams/Don't Be That ... (7:46)
  13. 13 I Hear You Screamin' (2:24)
  14. 14 Long Ago (And Far Away) (3:39)
  15. 15 In an 18th Century Drawing Room (1:48)
  16. 16 Time Alone Will Tell (2:50)
  17. 17 Flying Home (3:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Over There! (2:04)
  2. 2 Medley: Mother Machree/I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night/I Can't Give (9:11)
  3. 3 There Are Yanks (From the Banks of the Wabash) (3:25)
  4. 4 Tuxedo Junction (3:42)
  5. 5 Anvil Chorus (3:57)
  6. 6 Going My Way - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:52)
  7. 7 Medley: Old Black Joe/As Time Goes By/I've Got Sixpence (As We Go ...) (6:52)
  8. 8 Speak Low (4:09)
  9. 9 Here We Go Again (3:41)
  10. 10 Peggy, The Pin Up Girl (3:22)
  11. 11 Stardust (3:51)
  12. 12 Pistol Packin' Mama (5:31)
  13. 13 Everybody Loves My Baby (2:56)
  14. 14 Medley: Killarney/I've Got a Heart Filled With Love/Moonlight Serenade (7:36)
  15. 15 A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Glenn Miller Indexed Contributor
Johnny Desmond Vocals
Mel Powell Piano
Peanuts Hucko Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Ray McKinley Drums
Maurice Bialkin Cello
Bob Carroll Vocals
Dave Dennis Violin
Hank Freeman Alto Saxophone
Nathan Kaproff Violin
Harry Katzman Violin
Carmen Mastren Guitar
George Ockner Violin
Jimmy Priddy Trombone
Bernie Privin Trumpet
David Sackson Violin
Joe Shulman Violin
Whitey Thomas Trumpet
Stanley Harris Viola
Addison Collins French Horn
Johnny Halliburton Trombone
Frank Ippolito Drums
Jack Russin Piano
The Glenn Miller Orchestra Track Performer
Zeke Zarchy Trumpet
Dave Schwartz Viola
Earl Cornwell Violin
Phil Marino Violin
Jack Steele Trumpet
Artie Malvin Vocals
Jack Ferrier Tenor Saxophone
Gene Steck Vocals
Alfred Aulwurm Violin
CPL. Gene Bergen Violin
CPL. Henry Brynan Viola
Freddy Guera Alto Saxophone
Ernest Kardos Violin
Joseph Kowalewski Violin
Richard Motylinski Violin
Fred Ostrovsky Violin
Manny Wishnow Viola
Murray Kane Vocals
Carl Swanson Violin
Al Milton Violin
Vince Carbone Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Mel Powell Composer
Joe Bushkin Composer
Ray McKinley Arranger
George Williams Arranger, Composer
Al Dexter Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Barry Feldman Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Mack Gordon Composer
Jerry Gray Arranger, Composer
Norman Leyden Arranger
David Rose Composer
Raymond Scott Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
George T. Simon Essay
Chummy MacGregor Composer
Artie Malvin Composer
John DeVries Composer
Perry Burgett Arranger
Edward F. Polic Liner Notes
Ralph Wilkinson Arranger
Joshua Sherman Executive Producer
Sammy Gallop Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Edwina Coolidge Composer
Traditional Composer
Michael O. Drexler Mastering
Will Grosz Composer
Meta Orred Composer
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