I for one admired Mr. Miller as one from the earlier "pop" eras, so I think it all boils down to personal taste. He obviously made a lot of money for Columbia and was very secure with the company during his time there. I loved his use of French horns in many of the pop backings, and he also did some instrumental singles and featured them such as his LP, "Mitch Miller with horns and chorus", CL 6222.
The Mercury album that I know about and have is MG100003, Cimarosa - Concerto for Oboe and Strings, Vaughan Williams - Concerto for Oboe and Strings, Luis Milan - Pavana & Giga for English Horn and Strings - Saidenberg Little Symphony, Daniel Saidenberg, Conductor. I bought it in college in the '50s and will love it, forever.
So, let us let you Rest in Peace, Mitch......
--- On Tue, 8/3/10, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mitch Miller RIP
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Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 11:21 PM
On 8/3/2010 10:23 PM, Roger Kulp wrote:
> You do have to wonder how such a conservative label,in the 50s,was able to hire
> someone like Teo Macero in 1957,let alone Miles,Mingus,and Monk. Roger
The answer is simple. In two words: George Avakian. He was the head of Columbia's Popular Album Division.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]