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Mitch's Greatest Hits

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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 '50s way. "Sing Along" is compelling in its exuberance.