Glenn Miller – Swing For The Jukebox

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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$125.00$145.00

This unique record set is strictly limited to 200 box sets. It will sell out very fast. Please allow 7 – 10 days for shipping.

Please notice: This record set contains 5 records that need to be played at 78 revolutions per minute. The records are not intended for mechanical or heavy pickups.

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Set contains five 10″ vinyl 78rpm records with a total of ten re-mastered songs.

It took the better part of two months to re-master the original metal parts into this sound experience. As a matter of fact, a signed (repro) image of Glenn Miller was pinned on the wall above our studio speakers and – whenever we listened to a new version, we asked ourselves, if Glenn Miller would have liked it. Responsible audio engineers for this project: Michaela Merz and Mark Cederquist.

The records will be cut with a “micro groove” stylus. However: To accommodate standard groove pickups, we will cut the records a bit deeper which opens the groove at the top allowing the tracking with standard groove styli as well. The record set is not intended for mechanical or heavy pickups. Tested with Shure 78rpm Mono stylus and Astatic P-51-1 78rpm cartridge.

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Christmas special sale (starts Nov 23rd) . Get a set or even a second set for you, as a present or to keep as an collectible item. This set will never be produced again.

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2 reviews for Glenn Miller – Swing For The Jukebox

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dylan Utz

    Once upon a time, dance bands roamed from city to city playing music to young dancing teenagers. Clubs, filled to the max, featured groups of musicians playing fast or slow, hep or hip, and sweet or swing songs to a large audience. Pop blended with Jazz — an art form combined with public taste to from the forefront of popular music. These were the wild and storied times of the Swing Era.

    In the late 1930s, one of the more well-known and decently skilled hot jazz trombonists, Glenn Miller, rediscovered an arrangement he wrote for Ray Noble’s American band years earlier. Believing his earlier band(s) had failed due to a lack of distinction, he made a clarinet and saxophone blend— encased in an octave — his signature sound. Signing with Bluebird in late 1938, he made records like previously, to no avail. When the time came, the Glenn Miller and His Orchestra were booked to play the 1939 summer season at a popular dance club, the Glen Island Casino. It was here Glenn started to gain traction, and by the end of the summer was the most popular dance bandleader the country had ever known.

    Most know the rest of the story: “Moonlight Serenade”, “Little Brown Jug”, wild success that warranted more arrangers, a film, “Chattanooga” becoming the first ever Gold Record, another film, Victor Records, disbanding, even better band, rampant schedule, hero, tragic disappearance.

    The United States and the world never forgot Glenn Miller’s sound. In the U.K., a collection of Army Air Force cuts, “The Lost Recordings”, went Gold, selling over 100,000 in 1995 — more than a half-century after Miller’s untimely death. His 3 posthumous Billboard number-one albums (in 1945, 1947, 1954), a feat accomplished by no other, exemplified his enduring popularity. Reissues epitomized this, especially with a boxed set in 1954, “Limited Edition”, meant for collectors, sold 4x higher than expected, despite including poorly planned and bandwagoned liner notes penned by one of the harshest critics of Glenn Miller while he was alive.

    What the folks here at Rollofone have done is honorable, bold and daring more than any major or minor record company with the metal masters or money to loan them out: re-releasing 10 studio recordings on their original format, the ten-inch 78 rpm phonograph record.

    The sound is very, very good and in the cases of some songs, like “American Patrol”, the best available in any [analogue or digital] format. For this, Rollofone deserves much credit for, concerning the fact that they’re a small company with limited resources and their process was entirely analogue. Doug Pomeroy’s 2003/2004 remasters, (Sony official) on “Platinum Glenn Miller” and “Centennial Collection” have been the go-tos for the past decade.

    [AVOID any other official Sony/RCA/BMG remasterings, earlier or later, they’re worse]

    The sound here is indeed noisier, owing to the analogue process — but take into account the engineers preserved more frequencies here than what is on those two Sony CDs. This is detrimental to sound quality in a very correlative relationship. Including more non-artificial frequencies heightens the dynamic range, preserving the original sound — uncolored and natural. In more detail, we can now hear Miller’s small adjustments. There are sounds pressed into these records that can’t be heard unless you own an excellent or near mint original 78. Although you may have to adjust bass and treble some, the records pack very good punch alongside Miller-sweet highs and sound slightly better on a microgroove stylus (but are compatible with standard 78 styluses too).

    In this instance, the sound is as good as you can get, with the only thing beating it being, the Bluebird/Victor non-reissue (NO “RCA Victor”/No RCA bubble at the bottom) original 78s. Mind you, that’s before 7 decades of frequent use and sometimes even damage. With those Doug Pomeroy CDs, it’s a toss-up between the two. That’s right — a small third-party company is contesting official releases by Sony — a worldwide leader in the record industry — in the music preservation field.

    With those two CDs not in analogue format anywhere, and great condition 78s difficult to come by, this Rollofone release is the most accessible quality sounding Glenn Miller on record, offering the best or very close to the best fidelity in the long and troubled history of metal master transfers of dance band era material. These discs may have slightly more noise but every bit of more upper frequency and detail is worth the sound.

    Before, with a song like “Tuxedo Junction”, an original 78 would be preferable due to the heavy damage one of the metal parts. Rollofone’s perseverance shines through specifically on this track, in which they copied the top from a record and the bottom from the metal master and timed it all out in order to deliver a quality product, thus making owning an original 78 only optional. Top job.

    In the case of “American Patrol”, previously less detailed (reissue?) metal parts were used and Rollofone’s sharper remastering wins out. With “To You”, they used an alternate master, as it slightly differs from my original 78 pressing with “Stairway to the Stars” on its A-side.

    This set is much worth the value and I don’t even own a jukebox, just a record player with different headshells and cartridges.

    The dedication, problem-solving and skillset displayed by the Rollofone team in this arduous process rival that of world class music corporations including Sony/BMG.

    Buy yours quick — all those hepcats who are “sent” by the sweet sound of the most popular dance band of the Swing Era are sure to slurp this release up.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dale Dickerson (verified owner)

    After hearing the simple on the web site, I ordered the set. All I can say is WOW!!! I have all these songs on a cds and records. Before playing each side in this set, I listened to the best version in my collections. This set has best sound and has the most details preserved of any I own. This set brings out details lost in other releases. On my sound system, it out shines the Doug Pomeroy CDs.

    I hope you order this set. If you do clear some floor space, adjust the lights and enter your own make believe ballroom for an evening dancing to Glenn Miller music as it should sound. Please excuse this short review. I need to rejoin my wife in the living room. You see Glenn Miller and his Orchestra are playing for our dance tonight and I do not want to keep her or them waiting…

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