Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Unforgettable Glenn Miller A Collection worth having

Two weeks ago, my wife and I went to Safarri Thrift, a  local thrift store in Aurora, Colorado that has become our favorite.

While visiting Safarri I found "The Unforgettable Glenn Miller", a six record collection that had been released by Readers Digest back in 1968.

The set originally cost $16.99 back in 1968, and included a complete discography, the history of Glenn Miller and his big bands and most impressive to me, complete liner notes with detailed information on the song, composer performer and recording date.

Tex Benekee, Marion Hutton Ray Eberlee a young Kay Starr and of course Glenn  Miller all come across crystal clear.  The music and the musicians are here to listen to again, there is a warmth that only comes across with the sound recordings on records.  What is best of all, this isn't just the popular hits of other albums but some of the more obscure music.

Overall 70 songs are presented here, and along with the popular numbers like Moonlight Serenade, Elmers Tune and Chattanooga Choo Choo; there are lesser known numbers such as Shake the Stars from the Sky, Baby Me and Boogie Woogie Piggie.

Baby Me featured a young up and comer, Kay Starr as a stand in vocalist for Millers' band when Marion Hutton was recovering from exhaustion while playing at the Glenn Island Casino.

Boogie Woogie Piggie has to be heard it is just that fun a piece and could inspire a whole new Geico commercial.

What is amazing here is not just all the different music, but the fact that there are no hisses pops or crackles.  The sound quality of the music is as if you had Glenn Miller and his big band in your living room with you.

There is no distortion and sound quality as good if not better than anything digitally remastered.

But here's the thing, this was years before such technology as digital remastering even existed.  We are talking an era, where the new way of listening to music was the 8 track tape.

If you love big band music, or the music of Glenn Miller, then "The Unforgettable Glenn Miller"/ Unforgettable series by Readers Digest is well worth the hunt.

You will find it amazing and a way to discover songs you never knew were performed by your favorite Big Bands.

10 out of 10 *

This link goes to a page with more listings and information on "The Unforgettable Glenn Miller"

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