Glenn Miller

The Best of Glenn Miller [Springboard]

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The first thing to be said about budget label Springboard Records' The Best of Glenn Miller is that it is nothing of the kind. Licensing its material from 20th Century Records, which controls recordings from 20th Century-Fox Pictures, Springboard has culled nine excerpts from the soundtracks to two films in which Miller appeared, Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942). These include a version of Miller's theme song, "Moonlight Serenade," his signature hit "In the Mood," and songs introduced in the films that went on to become hits for him, such as "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo," in their RCA Victor Records recordings. There's nothing wrong with what's here, but calling it The Best of Glenn Miller is deceptive.

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