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Glen Island Special: Live Recordings 1939-1940
     

Glen Island Special: Live Recordings 1939-1940

by Glenn Miller
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2002
Label:
Magic Records Uk
UPC:
5019317201050
catalogNumber:
105
Rank:
248166

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Performance Credits

Glenn Miller   Primary Artist,Trombone,Leader
Andrews Sisters   Vocals
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
Mastren   Trombone
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
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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