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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B0049ZQZ5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Lady Is a Tramp
2. Young At Heart
3. Too Marvelous For Words
4. April In Paris
5. I Get a Kick Out Of You
6. Imagination
7. Witchcraft
8. High Hopes
9. Where Or When
10. Crosby & Sinatra Medley: Among My Souvenirs, September Song, As Time Goes By
11. Chicago
12. The Tender Trap
13. All The Way
14. Love And Marriage
15. You Go To My Head
16. It Happened In Monterey
17. South Of the Border
18. Summer Wind (2010 Remix)

Editorial Reviews

Bing and Frank were not only famous friends, but also great admirers of each other; in fact, Sinatra was known to have idolized his elder fellow pop star. Now, we have a special treat for fans of both singers, and indeed for anyone who appreciates great vocal pop music-an 18-track collection of Bing singing songs that Sinatra made famous, the majority of 'em previously unreleased! Chief among the rarities has to be the Crosby-Sinatra duet on the medley of "Among My Souvenirs/September Song/As Time Goes By" that's taken from one of Bing's radio shows, but you're also gonna get a kick out of Bing's never before heard versions of "Young at Heart"; "April in Paris"; "Imagination"; "Witchcraft"; "Where or When"; "All the Way"; "You Go to My Head"; "It Happened in Monterey", and a 2010 remix of "Summer Wind", plus much more.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jon Oye on January 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Before there was Sinatra there was Crosby. In fact, it's doubtful there would have been a Sinatra as we know him today had there not first been a Crosby. Frank greatly admired Bing as a kid growing up in New Jersey, and was in fact inspired to become a singer because of him. As Frank himself put it, "He was the idol of my youth."

When Sinatra hit the music scene in a big way in the 1940s, Bing was on top of the entertainment world, dominating the music charts, radio ratings and the movie box office, and a friendly, media-fueled "rivalry" between the two idols ensued. "A singer like Sinatra comes along once in a lifetime," Bing joked; "Why did it have to be MY lifetime?" Actually, the two became good friends, and shared a healthy mutual respect for each other. They frequently shared the microphone on the air, especially during World War II, and later appeared on each other's TV specials. Frank even signed Bing to his Reprise Records label in the 1960s.

Sinatra, the ultimate stylist, worked relentlessly to forge himself into the finest interpreter of song. Crosby, who was born with--for my money--the best set of pipes ever endowed a popular singer, gave the appearance of being a laid back Everyman who could care less about the music as long as he made it to the links by tee time. But don't be fooled: Bing was, long before James Brown co-opted the phrase, "The hardest working man in Show Business." Besides hosting a weekly radio show, he was also making three movies a year, as well as recording dozens of songs per annum--all the while making innumerable personal appearances for the war effort and various charities. He just made it all LOOK easy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. POLLOCK on February 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Until recently the lack of quality Bing Crosby releases compromised the reputation of the iconic singer/actor and made it quite difficult to honour his long career and significant impact he made on popular music. With this in mind, thanks must be accorded adventurous Collectors' Choice Music (USA) in association with Bing Crosby Enterprises, for releasing a second batch of CD's to complement the previously issued 2009 batch of latter-day rare and eclectic albums recorded by Bing during the Sixties and later.

Bing and Sinatra may have traded good-humoured insults during their Forties heyday but were in fact show-business buddies and admirers of each other's individual vocal strengths and talent. Therefore, compiling songs associated with Sinatra but sung by Bing over the years means to this collection brings together some obvious and a few lesser-appreciated gems recorded over the period commencing 1953 and track through the Fifties into the following decade with recording details indicated. Most were recorded for THE BING CROSBY SHOW or THE FORD ROAD SHOW radio shows with Buddy Cole and his Trio providing minimal but adequate accompaniment or the full orchestra of John Scott Trotter. Choices include THE LADY IS A TRAMP, YOUNG AT HEART, WITCHCRAFT, ALL THE WAY and LOVE AND MARRIAGE so as hits they are strongly associated with Ol' Blue Eyes yet Crosby ensures they are reinvented to fit his vocal style and delivery. A couple of the Sixties tracks - HIGH HOPES and SOUTH OF THE BORDER were recorded for Crosby albums and SUMMER BREEZE is a 2010 remix of a track from the 1977 London-recorded SEASONS album. Appropriately, a touching medley of AMONG MY SOUVENIRS/SEPTEMBER SONG/AS TIME GOES BY is shared by both singers as broadcast in 1954.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2011
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Sure, it's a curious title. Not only does it represent a strange role reversal, treating the early mentor as the later protege, but like all of the Sinatra tributes, these tunes--whether introduced by Bing or immortalized by Ole Blue--comprise "the" Great American Songbook, not the repertory or compositions of a single performer.

But the title permits the recording's producers to assemble some of the best of Bing as well as include a sublime duet by the two titans of American Popular Song--perhaps the most affecting duet by two great baritones in the history of American Popular Song. In their early radio appearances, the rivalry between the "old groaner" and the "skinny swooner" is often as unmistakable as their respect for one another. But during the medley of three of the most elegiac popular songs ever written--"Among My Souvenirs," September Song," and "As Time Goes By"--the two converge as kindred spirits. It was Sinatra who, in the '50s, recognized the vibrancy of these early American songs, turning to them for his ballad concept albums featuring big formal orchestrations by Nelson Riddle or Gordon Jenkins. And he still remained, for the most part, the loner, the outsider, the solitary quester, speaking to the loneliness and desires of his listeners. For this performance, however, Bing and Frank share an affinity that emphasizes the communal resonances of each song. The effect even brings to mind the climactic scene of The Iliad, in which King Priam and his son's killer, Achilles, cry in each other's presence.

Another great singer, Tony Bennett, was not a "trailblazer" like Bing or Frank. He brought a later perspective that made it easy for him to reach back and declare with no small amount of certainty that his main "teachers" were Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby.
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