The Ultimate Collection is a heady album title, so it is worth pointing out immediately that this compilation is not the one-disc be-all and end-all of Glenn Miller albums; on the contrary, it is a budget-priced record put out by a British reissue label mastering its tracks from secondary sources and only allowed to do so because European copyright law puts a 50-year limit on recordings, which means Miller's RCA Victor material can be repackaged by anyone who wants to. The resulting sound is OK, but not what you'd expect to hear on an RCA Victor collection. And it's hard to say in what sense the collection is supposed to be "ultimate"; most of Miller's biggest chart hits are included, but not all, and there are songs such as "On a Little Street in Singapore" that were not hits for Miller at all. ("Song of the Volga Boatmen" is an aircheck by Miller's Army Air Force Band, not the hit studio cut.) Really, this is just a miscellaneous collection of 23 Miller recordings, some of them among his best and most popular, some not, sequenced almost randomly. The album's two attributes are its length, with a healthy running time of nearly 75 minutes, and its price, which, upon release in the U.S. (where, legally speaking, it really shouldn't be on sale at all) was around ten dollars. Better collections of the same material exist from RCA Victor, but not so cheaply.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann