Romance is in the air when Glenn Miller unveils his danceable and also listenable music. The arrangements are lucid and the wonderful melodies come alive again bringing nostalgia and some smiles.
There are 40 tunes on this double disc CD, all Miller hits. Melody is the trademark of this album and the soloists may seem a bit dated at first blush but upon closer observance one can sense the emerging sound of the bands to follow Glenn Miller.
Marion Hutton's vocal on "The Woodpecker Song" was surprisingly hip.
"Juke Box Saturday Night" was filled with humor as the impressions of the Modernaires doing The Ink Spots was a real kick to hear again.
"When You Wish Upon A Star still retains it's beauty as Ray Eberle sings with clarity and pitches out perfectly.
Jack Lathrop and the band vocalize on "Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar" which is total swing and will make you snap your fingers and realize the cats were just as hip back then.
"Tuxedo Junction" will make a dancer out of any non dancer by the time the first eight bars are played.
"Serenade In Blue" creates such an ambience that one can practically smell sweet perfume and the slight clink of cocktail glasses. Billy May's arrangement is a classic and Eberle plus the Modernaires are the touch that makes this song so endearing
Every tune on this quintessential Glenn Miller songbook is a gem and I guarantee you that if you are an afficionado of the swing era, you will treasure this album.
Glenn Miller was given the Grammy 2003 lifetime achievement award. This recording bears testament to that honor.