The Centennial Anthology
- Released: July 13, 2004
- Label: Mastercuts Lifestyle
- 1.In the Mood
- 2.Stealin Apples
- 3.Little Brown Jug
- 4.The Call of the Canyon
- 5.Pennsylvania 6-5000
- 6.Why Doesn't Somebody Tell Me These Things?
- 7.Tuxedo Junction
- 8.Stormy Weather
- 9.Stompin at the Savoy
- 10.Moonlight Serenade
- 12.Moon Dreams
- 13.Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me)
- 14.Chattanooga Choo Choo
- 15.In the Gloaming
- 17.G.I. Jive
- 18.This Can't Be Love
- 20.At Last
Glenn Miller/The Glenn Miller Orchestra: Glenn Miller (trombone); Ray McKinley, Tex Beneke (vocals); Al Klink (clarinet); Chuck Gentry (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Trigger Alpert (double bass); Chummy MacGregor, Hal McIntyre, Johnny Desmond, Marion Hutton, Peanuts Hucko, Ray Eberle, Mel Powell, Hank Freeman, Zeke Zarchy, Carmen Mastren.
Personnel: Johnny Desmond, Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle (vocals); Jack Lathrop, Bobby Hackett, Carmen Mastren (guitar); Nathan Kaproff, George Ockner, Dave Herman, Milton Edelson, Richard Motylinski, Earl Cornwell, David Sackson, Alfred Aulwurm, Fred Ostrovsky, Ernest Kardos, Joseph Kowalewski, Carl Swanson, Phil Cogliano, Harry Katzman (violin); Dave Schwartz, Stanley Harris (viola); CPL. Morris Bialkin, Bob Ripley (cello); Peanuts Hucko (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ernie Caceres (clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Hal McIntyre, Wilbur Schwartz (clarinet, alto saxophone); Tex Beneke (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Manny Thaler (bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Al Klink (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Freddy Guera, Claude Lakey, Jack Dumont, Hank Freeman (alto saxophone); Stanley Aronson, Jack Ferrier, Vince Carbone (tenor saxophone); Whitey Thomas, Steve Lipkins, Charles Frankhauser, Jack Steele, R.D. McMickle, Bob Price, Legh Knowles , John McClanian Best Jr., Billy May, Zeke Zarchy, Bernie Privin, Bobby Nichols (trumpet); Addison Collins (French horn); Nat Peck, Larry Hall , Johnny Halliburton, Glenn McGaha Miller, Frank D'Annolfo, Al Mastren, Paul Tanner, Jim Harwood , Jimmy Priddy (trombone); Chummy MacGregor, Stan Freeman, Mel Powell (piano); Moe Purtill, Frank Ippolito, Cody Sanderford, Ray McKinley (drums); Lynn Allison, Murray Kane, Artie Malvin (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Athan Maroulis.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (12/30/1938-10/27/1945); London, England (12/30/1938-10/27/1945); New York, NY (12/30/1938-10/27/1945); Vanderbilt Theatre, New York, NY (12/30/1938-10/27/1945).
Arrangers: Mel Powell; Fletcher Henderson; Hal Dickinson; Ralph Wilkinson; Jerry Gray; Glenn McGaha Miller; Norman Leyden; Bill Finegan.
Had Glenn Miller lived to see March 1, 2004, he would have turned 100. But Miller, of course, didn't live nearly that long; the swing icon was only 40 when, on December 15, 1944, the plane he was on disappeared over the English Channel. Miller spent the final months of his life performing for Allied forces during World War II, and he died a patriot. Released in 2004, The Centennial Anthology celebrates what would have been Miller's 100th birthday by offering a variety of V-Discs and live radio broadcasts from 1938-1944 (as well as a lush arrangement of "Symphony" that some of his musical associates performed in 1945). This CD doesn't contain any of the definitive, well-known studio versions of Miller's major hits for RCA, so it would be incorrect to describe The Centennial Anthology as a best-of. Nonetheless, all of the material is pleasing, and die-hard Miller aficionados will be happy to acquire these V-Disc and/or radio versions of major hits like "In the Mood," "Pennsylvania 6-5000," "Little Brown Jug," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," and the gorgeous "Moonlight Serenade" (which became Miller's theme song just as "Nightmare" became Artie Shaw's). In fact, the list of songs on The Centennial Anthology reads like the musical soundtrack of World War II -- if the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Motown, Stax, and Bob Dylan provided the soundtrack for the lives of the baby boomers and alterna-rock and hip-hop are the soundtrack of Gen-X lives, Miller was certainly among the big-band greats who defined swing for the WWII generation. The Centennial Anthology falls short of essential, but it's a consistently enjoyable collection that Miller's hardcore fans will appreciate. ~ Alex Henderson
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