Two complete radio broadcasts that were titled "For the Record" and whose contents were issued on V-discs are included on this CD. Along with announcements talking about the patriotic purpose of the programs and contributions from a few guest vocalists, some worthwhile swing is heard. The first show features a new short-lived version of the Benny Goodman Orchestra that includes both Roy Eldridge and Yank Lawson on trumpets, various alumni, and pianist Teddy Wilson, who is also heard with the Benny Goodman Quartet on "Hallelujah." Mildred Bailey has two vocals, Perry Como and Carmen Miranda have one apiece, and the orchestra sounds fine on extended versions of "After You've Gone" and "Darktown Strutters' Ball." The second program features the Gene Krupa Orchestra from the period when his big band was quite big, since it included ten strings that ultimately proved unnecessary. There are two vocals apiece from Peggy Mann and host Barry Wood, one from Lillian Lane and the Escorts ("Swinging on a Star"), and three instrumentals (including "Drum Boogie," which includes a bit of Charlie Ventura's tenor). Overall, this is not an essential release but should be of strong interest to swing fans.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
feat: Goodman Group