Various Artists

The Gold Collection: Best of the Big Bands

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The 21 tracks on Best of the Big Bands -- part of St. Clair's Gold Collection -- provide only adequate representation of the classic swing era. Unfortunately, these are re-recorded tracks that lack decent sound quality. If you're looking for top-notch recordings by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, or Count Basie, pick up Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955, a highly recommended three-disc set on Columbia/Legacy.

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