Glenn Miller

Remember Glenn

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Previously released on Movietone Records as both Glenn Miller's Shindig (1965) and The Glenn Miller Years (1967), 20th Century Records' budget-priced double-LP Remember Glenn contains recordings made for Glenn Miller's two films, Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942). Not all of the songs actually turned up in the movies, and not all of the music recorded for the movies is included ("The Kiss Polka" is missing). But this is the material, written largely by Hollywood songwriters Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, that was introduced in those motion pictures. Miller's RCA Victor recordings of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "I Know Why," "It Happened in Sun Valley," "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo," "At Last," and "Serenade in Blue" were hits, and these versions are modeled closely on those. Unfortunately, as a sleeve note acknowledges, the tracks were "electronically rechanneled to simulate stereo." (A legend on the disc label even proclaims "pseudo-stereo"!) So, while the sound isn't bad, it is odd. And the generally rudimentary nature of the release, with both discs shoved into a single sleeve and no annotations to indicate the sources of the material, makes this less than a satisfying package.

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