I am surprised at just HOW many excellent sound sources exist for the
original Glenn Miller bands, despite the cottage industry that grew up
in the 50s through the 70s that original Miller recordings were not good
enough and needed updating from an audio standpoint. Although there is
little as spectacular as the stereo audio tracks from Miller's films,
many of the radio airchecks yield excellent sound. On a Reader's Digest
collection called "The Big Bands Live," there's a broadcast of "In the
Mood" made just five days before the studio recording that is longer and
in excellent sound. RCA Victor's set The Secret Broadcasts also sounds,
in spots, like recordings from the 50s or 60s.
Here is my digitization of the first track on the big, gold crushproof
LP set. This crappy mp3 really doesn't give you the sound of the wav,
but all I did in transferring was take out the ticks.
Why did I bother to digitize this? This is one thing that I was never
able to find on the numerous CD issues of anything Miller. Even this is
a huge improvement over those ill-advised stereo reissues Helen Gabriel
supervised for RCA in the 60s-70s.
David N. "Uncle Dave" Lewis
Assistant Editor, Classical
Macrovision Solutions Corporation
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Breneman
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2009 3:17 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Glenn Miller HiFi
--- On Sun, 6/28/09, David Weiner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I wrote the notes for that CD, coincidentally -
Ah, then I came to the right place! :-)
> The music was recorded in 1941 on
> multiple channels to solely to give options for a mono mix
> - no stereo use
> or release was ever envisioned at the time.
Goes without saying. Still, it's interesting to get
a sense of space from these recordings that's missing
from the final mono mix. I hadn't seen this CD in
10 years. I'm surprised I was able to find it...