Glenn Miller

Secret Broadcasts

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This superb three-CD set has highlights of the many radio broadcasts made by Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band while in Great Britain. Miller had a dream orchestra that had a hard-swinging rhythm section (which included pianist Mel Powell and drummer Ray McKinley), top soloists in clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, trumpeters Bobby Nichols and Bernie Privin and some lesser-known saxophonists, plus singer Johnny Desmond & the Crew Chiefs and a full string section arranged by Jerry Gray. Glenn Miller completists will prefer the first two volumes of the English Avid label's Miller series for that duplicates these three CDs while adding another full disc of material, but listeners wanting one definitive set are advised to pick up this release. The music ranges from heated swing (including some remakes of Miller's earlier hits) to mood music, ballad vocals and adventurous performances that hint at what Glenn Miller might have performed during the postwar years if he had lived.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:31
2 2:38
3 2:34
4 3:21
5 3:17
6 3:33
7 2:12
8 2:35
9 2:16
10 3:20
11 3:06
12 3:53
13 3:05
14 1:59
15 2:12
16 3:55
17 1:22
18 3:42
19 2:16
20 2:57
21 3:29
22 1:58
23 3:27
24 2:29
25 1:28
26 4:11
27 0:34

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:31
2 3:31
3 2:23
4 3:51
5 2:58
6 2:54
7 4:18
8 2:12
9 3:10
10 2:59
11 1:29
12 3:47
13 2:46
14 2:09
15 3:12
16 2:39
17 3:24
18 2:16
19 2:40
20 3:10
21 2:45
22 4:18
23 1:40
24 2:39
25 2:59
26 4:02
27 0:34

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:31
2 3:12
3 1:52
4 2:00
5 4:07
6 2:27
7 2:02
8 1:24
9 3:05
10 3:02
11 5:54
12 2:47
13 3:31
14 2:44
15 3:54
16 2:38
17 4:57
18 2:41
19 4:47
20
3:02
21 1:27
22 3:14
23 3:19
24 3:18
25 1:59
26 0:34
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