"This is a very good box set. However, there is one thing missing: Benny Goodman's 1938 version of "Sing sing sing (with a swing).""
Gabe | 02/18/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of big bands, I looked forward to playing this CD set, especially the Glenn Miller portion. Unfortunately, I am familiar with Glenn Miller and these renditions were poor imitations. The notes on the box gave no hint as to who made the recordings. Other than a brief mention that the CDs were "made in Canada," I have no idea of the recording artists. But I strongly suspect that they are NOT original recordings, and NOT the latter day Glenn Miller band. This CD set is just okay. But, for a few dollars more I would prefer the "real thing." Color me "Disappointed!""
Good, but not great!
Gabe | Margate, Florida United States | 07/17/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am an avid listener of big band music. I know what original recordings sound like, and these are NOT the original recordings. Although the music is still nice, and these were performed by good musicians, I can still hear and notice the obvious difference from the originals. It just doesn't have the smoothness and "swing & sway" associated with the "real thing." It's a decent collection, but I prefer original recordings, with the original sound."
A very great deal with a very great sound!
Sharon Hackelman | Greensboro, North Carolina USA | 01/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This box set seemed too good to be true. However, to my pleasure I found that this collection was in fact as awesome as it seems. With all of the classics from Count Basie (an awesome recording of Ain't Misbehavin') this set needs to be a part of any Jazzer's collection. The only flaw that I saw was that some of the recordings were not very high quality because they are so old; it only occurs with a couple of songs like In the Mood and Little Brown Jug. It makes up with it by having such incredible recordings of Mood Indigo and Bugle Time."
Good but not the best!
Martin 13 | Slovenia | 06/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Nice compilation of swing. First volume is presenting Glann Miller' hits. I didn't know that Pennsylvania 6-5000 and Chattanooga Choo Choo were recorded without vocals. Second volume is presenting Benny the King Goodman. Mostly fifties material. I miss Sing Sing Sing and few others. The third volume is a mixture of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Woody Hermann, Duke Ellington and Count Basie's live material. Sometimes a little too jazzy. Sound on whole compilation is great but this set doesn't include all the Best Of The Big Bands material."