Mitch Miller

Greatest Hits [Columbia]

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Columbia was still putting out 12-song LPs at the time that this album first appeared in 1961, so Mitch's Greatest Hits is a little more generous than it would have been a couple of years later. It has, however, been supplanted (except for nostalgia value, for those who owned it back when) by Columbia/Legacy's 15-song collection entitled Greatest Hits, issued in 1999. The latter contains a better overview of Miller's work (though it's still not chronological, nor is this album) and superior packaging. But for a low-budget look at what Miller and the Gang were about, this is as good a CD to try as any, and it is fun in its dorky 1950s way -- even this reviewer, who loathed most of the music here at the time, finds himself tempted to let it play on, and even tap his foot to some of what's here, and "Sing Along" is compelling in its exuberance.

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