Glen Island Special: Live Recordings 1939-1940

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This document of Glenn Miller's radio broadcasts from the Glen Island Casino in late 1939 and early 1940 is good -- in fact, great -- as far as it goes; but it would be a lot better if more of the performances were complete. It's easy to luxuriate in the "swell" arrangement of "St. Louis Blues," for example, with its gorgeous reed and trumpet parts, but it would be easier to recommend it to casual fans if it didn't end so abruptly. On the other hand, that was one of the technical limits of recording radio broadcasts at the time, and listeners should be grateful that some form of recording was made of these performances and has become available. The fidelity is better than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This document of Glenn Miller's radio broadcasts from the Glen Island Casino in late 1939 and early 1940 is good -- in fact, great -- as far as it goes; but it would be a lot better if more of the performances were complete. It's easy to luxuriate in the "swell" arrangement of "St. Louis Blues," for example, with its gorgeous reed and trumpet parts, but it would be easier to recommend it to casual fans if it didn't end so abruptly. On the other hand, that was one of the technical limits of recording radio broadcasts at the time, and listeners should be grateful that some form of recording was made of these performances and has become available. The fidelity is better than one would expect for live performances of this vintage, even off the radio, and one can fully comprehend how Miller and his band built their national and ultimately international following from these broadcast performances. The live ambience is bracing, and among many other virtues, the trombone section reveals itself as an awesome ensemble on "Glen Island Special," and even the vocal numbers hold up. And to be fair, the producers have been honest and forthright enough so that they've listed the tracks that are short or otherwise flawed on the outside of the packaging. And even those early fades and missing beginnings become little more than minor annoyances -- what is here is priceless, and an essential companion volume for anyone who has Miller's studio sides from this period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2002
  • Label: Magic Records Uk
  • EAN: 5019317201050
  • Catalog Number: 105
  • Sales rank: 249,271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moonlight Serenade (Theme)/Introduction - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1:39)
  2. 2 St. Louis Blues - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (4:35)
  3. 3 My Isle of Golden Dreams - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:32)
  4. 4 Presentations - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:24)
  5. 5 Moonlight Serenade (Theme)/Introduction - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1:39)
  6. 6 Glen Island Special - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:30)
  7. 7 The Lamp Is Low - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1:05)
  8. 8 The Jumpin' Jive - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1:57)
  9. 9 My Blue Heaven - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:52)
  10. 10 Moonlight Serenade/Closing - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (0:35)
  11. 11 Indian Summer - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:38)
  12. 12 Blue Moonlight - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (4:04)
  13. 13 Runnin' Wild/N.B.C. Closing - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:16)
  14. 14 Careless - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:54)
  15. 15 Bluebirds in the Moonlight - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:07)
  16. 16 In the Mood - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (4:26)
  17. 17 Ciribiribin - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:09)
  18. 18 South American Way - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:38)
  19. 19 King Porter Stomp - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:51)
  20. 20 It's a Blue World - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1:07)
  21. 21 Say "Si Si" (Para Vigo Me Voy) - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:32)
  22. 22 Faithful to You - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1:01)
  23. 23 What's the Matter With Me? - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:34)
  24. 24 Pagan Love Song - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Glenn Miller Primary Artist, Trombone, Leader
The Andrews Sisters Vocals
Al Klink Tenor Saxophone
Hal McIntyre Alto Saxophone
Ray Eberle Vocals
Tex Beneke Tenor Saxophone
John Best Trumpet
Roland Bundock Bass
Clyde Hurley Trumpet
Marion Hutton Vocals
Legh Knowles Trumpet
Jimmy Priddy Trombone
Moe Purtill Drums
Wilbur Schwartz Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Paul Tanner Trombone
Tobee Tyler Trombone
Al Mastren Trombone
Dale McMickle Trumpet
The Glenn Miller Orchestra Track Performer
Chummy MacGregor Piano
Jerry Yelverton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone
Frank D'Annolfo Trombone
Tommy Mack Trombone
Richard Fisher Guitar
Technical Credits
Richard March Liner Notes
John R. Bennett Graphic Design
Robert Wright Composer
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