World War II's Favorite Muisc Memories: Big Band, Swing & Jive

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World War II's Favorite Muisc Memories: Big Band, Swing & Jive Review

by Gregory McIntosh

World War II's Favorite Music: Big Band, Swing & Jive is redundant among the myriad collections which feature Glenn Miller, the Mills Brothers, Harry James, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, and others of a similar ilk together. Still, it is an enjoyable collection with fine performances by all listed above as well as June Christy's take on "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," Duke Ellington performing his classic "Take the 'A' Train," and others. World War II's Favorite Music: Big Band, Swing & Jive does serve as an elementary introduction to the sounds of the era, but for those with more than a passing interest in the music of the time, a more in-depth collection would be necessary.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Glenn Miller 03:44 Amazon
2 Jimmy Dorsey 02:43 Amazon
3 Harry James 04:06 Amazon
4 Bing Crosby 01:43 Amazon
5 02:55 Amazon
6 Count Basie 03:30 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong 01:50 Amazon
8 Duke Ellington 05:21 Amazon
9 Nat King Cole 03:12 Amazon
10 June Christy 01:42 Amazon
11 Glenn Miller 03:07 Amazon
12 Woody Herman 04:11 Amazon
13 The Mills Brothers 02:15 Amazon
14 Bing Crosby 03:24 Amazon
15 Jimmy Dorsey / Tommy Dorsey 03:10 Amazon
16 Count Basie 01:54 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong 03:21 Amazon
18 02:44 Amazon
19 Benny Goodman 03:05 Amazon
20 Cab Calloway 01:52 Amazon
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