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.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory McIntosh