In the Digital Mood: Gold Limited Edition

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This CD may be scoffed at by serious jazz listeners, and even by big-band devotees wary of modern "ghost band" performances, but the fact is that it sold over 100,000 pieces when it first appeared in 1983, and its CD version was among the very earliest compact discs ever released commercially in the United States indeed, so early that the actual CDs had to be imported from Japan. The second-ever release by GRP Records, it put the label on the map, and it also stood as testimony to how good those original arrangements of the Glenn Miller Orchestra were. So how is it as music? At worst entertaining, and at best revealing, and also at times a little frustrating -- on the plus ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This CD may be scoffed at by serious jazz listeners, and even by big-band devotees wary of modern "ghost band" performances, but the fact is that it sold over 100,000 pieces when it first appeared in 1983, and its CD version was among the very earliest compact discs ever released commercially in the United States indeed, so early that the actual CDs had to be imported from Japan. The second-ever release by GRP Records, it put the label on the map, and it also stood as testimony to how good those original arrangements of the Glenn Miller Orchestra were. So how is it as music? At worst entertaining, and at best revealing, and also at times a little frustrating -- on the plus side, even heard in 2007, twenty-four years after the fact, the sound here is damned impressive; you can safely rank this release as one of the very earliest, if not the very first audiophile CDs to be released. The fact that it features 18 top-flight musicians under the baton of Larry O'Brien, then the leader of the touring Glenn Miller Orchestra, only makes it more impressive. What's more, with the quality of the playing, one will be able to make out minuscule elements of the original arrangements that were long obscured on the classic late-'30s/early-'40s Glenn Miller sides. Musicians with an appreciation of these arrangements will probably love this recording, and casual fans should embrace it heartily: these boys swing in 1983 about as well as their predecessors from 41 years earlier did. And the vocal numbers are no exception -- in contrast to Columbia Records' mid-'60s efforts to revive the Miller orchestra as a recording unit which failed not just because of the timing of the project but also the uneven quality of the resulting albums, numbers like "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo" are as hot here as there were four decades before. And the singers include Mel Tormé and Julius LaRosa doing a solo in their ranks. Still, it's the instrumentals that make up the bulk of this album, and on that level it's similarly unimpeachable, at least most of the way through -- "Tuxedo Junction" which includes Dave Grusin sitting in on piano is so close to the original that it's easy to forget who you're listening to and when they put this track down; and serious listeners should probably hold out for the "Gold Disc" edition or the Japanese version of this CD, which contain a bonus track, "At Last," featuring a trombone solo by Urbie Green that is worth the price of the CD by itself. Now, all of that said, there are a couple of quibbles: the absence of the cowbell on "In the Mood," and the "clever" notion on "Pennsylvania 6-5000" of ending the number with -- well, you can guess. This is still one cool, swinging release and, with its virtuoso musicianship, offers many of the same appealing qualities as the original Miller recordings. [The 'Gold Limited Edition' contains the bonus track "At Last."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/1991
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105200424
  • Catalog Number: 2004
  • Sales rank: 80,432

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Glenn Miller Orchestra Primary Artist, Track Performer
Glenn Miller Indexed Contributor
Phil Bodner Saxophone
Urbie Green Trombone
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Mel Tormé Vocals
Bernie Leighton Piano
George Masso Trombone
Julius LaRosa Vocals
Marlene VerPlanck Vocals
Wayne Andre Trombone
Dave Grusin Piano
Paul Faulise Trombone
John Frosk Trumpet
Jay Leonhart Bass
Walter Levinsky Clarinet, Saxophone
Morty Lewis Saxophone
Michael Mark Vocals
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Marty Nelson Vocals
Larry O'Brien Conductor
Sonny Russo Trombone
Sol Schlinger Saxophone
Billy Slapin Saxophone
Ronald Zito Drums
Technical Credits
Michael Abene Contributor
Dave Grusin Producer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Bill Finegan Composer
Jerry Gray Composer
William Johnson Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Sonny Mediana Graphic Design
Glenn Miller Arranger, Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Larry Rosen Producer, Engineer
Carl Sigman Composer
David Gibb Graphic Design
Dan Serrano Graphic Design
Andy Ruggirello Graphic Design
Acy Lehman Graphic Design
Traditional Composer
Frank Dickinson Engineer
Scott Johnson Graphic Design
Frank W. Meacham Composer
H. Warren Composer
M. Gordon Composer
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