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Bing's Gold Records

Bing CrosbyAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Sweet Leilani (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. New San Antonio Rose (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. White ChristmasBing Crosby 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Silent Night (1942 Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sunday, Monday Or Always (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pistol Packin' Mama (Single Version) [feat. Vic Schoen & His Orchestra]Bing Crosby 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jingle Bells (Single Version) [feat. The Andrews Sisters]Bing Crosby 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'll Be Home For Christmas (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Swinging On A Star (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby) (1944 Version)Bing Crosby 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Don't Fence Me In (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Can't Begin To Tell You (Single Version) [feat. Carmen Cavallaro]Bing Crosby 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. MacNamara's Band (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. South America, Take It Away (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Whiffenpoof Song (Single Version) [feat. Fred Waring & The Glee Club]Bing Crosby 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Galway Bay (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Dear Hearts And Gentle People (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Play A Simple Melody (Single Version)Gary Crosby & Friend 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Sam's Song (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Who won the first Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award? Bing Crosby. Who introduced more songs on film nominated for the Best Song Oscar (14) than anyone? Bing Crosby. Who was the first multi-media superstar--records, radio, TV and movies? Bing Crosby. Now, to honor the 100th anniversary of his birth, a new compilation of his best Decca recordings celebrates the most beloved singer of the ... Read more in Amazon's Bing Crosby Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000003N4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bing Crosby ~ Bing's Gold Records

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo August 11, 1999
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Bings pure voice rings out in this CD! Some rare recordings including "Sunday, Monday or Always" with only chior backup. Seems there was a strike by the bands at the time of recording. Also a particular favorite, "I Can't Begin to Tell You" is Bing with a simple piano and precussion accompanyment. Rare for Bing, but absolutely wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It goes without saying that Bing Crosby was one of the very, very best male vocalists of the entire twentieth century; and I dare say that it will be a very long time before we see another quite like him. This wonderful CD gives us 26 of his songs to enjoy over and over again.

The track set starts with "Sweet Leilani." This tune has a Hawaiian beat to it; the slow tempo enhances the romantic effect of this ballad. Lani McIntyre and His Hawaiians bolster this number. This early Bing Crosby recording shows his natural talent very early on in his illustrious career. Great! "White Christmas" remains the best selling song of all time; this melancholy ballad features Bing reminiscing about celebrating Christmas in simpler times when people were worth more than cold strings of computer code. The backup chorus helps to make the number special; but Bing outshines them by far. I've simply never heard a more beautiful Christmas song.

"Pistol Packin' Mama" is actually a somewhat humorous melody and the musical arrangement works well with its use of the horns. Listen for The Andrews Sisters themselves to help out on backup vocals. Great! "Jingle Bells" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" give us two more Christmas songs; "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is an especially beautiful, heartfelt ballad that gets the royal treatment from Bing. Bing performs "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with panache and all his heart and soul.

"Don't Fence Me In" features Bing again with The Andrews Sisters. Cole Porter wrote this as a spoof of country tunes; but with Bing and The Andrews Sisters to perform "Don't Fence Me In," Cole Porter hardly could have bombed! "Alexander's Ragtime Band" showcases what Bing can do with a classic--with Al Jolson joining in for even more fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Fresh Florida Orange Juice" October 9, 2006
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This collection of Decca hits during the late 30s, 40, and early 50s is a bit heavy on Christmas records, but satisfies that thirst for pure, smooth singing, wrapped in beautiful harmonies and elegant arrangements. Some of the arrangements here -- particularly "Silent Night," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," are among the best ever done of these classics.

I only wish they would put out some more of Crosby's catalogue -- it is criminally out of print.

Given that formerly "uncool" artists such as Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and Sammy D. have all been resurrected, along with formerly uncool pursuits such as golf, cigar-smoking and poker, isn't it time we give Der Bingle his due? I'm ready to bring back the light blue bucket hat!
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I am into collecting old classic music of all types. I didn't have any of Bing Crosby, so this one of Bing's Gold Records was a starting point. Bing was in his day, the best of the best of singers, and this album reflects his marvelous abilities very well. You'll enjoy it. As for me, I'll be looking for some other albums of Bing's, to add to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His voice is remarkable June 1, 2013
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Bing Crosby's remarkable voice is the epitome of all American singers! This album, though an early one, represents his voice at the prime of his career. All of the songs for which he is best remembered are on this album. The great Andrews Sisters are also featured. This is an excellent choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Samples from his commercial peak. September 16, 2012
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Bing's Gold Records is true to its title - it contains all of the 21 gold records of his recording career, an official, chronological release from the original Decca masters.

Beginning with his 1937 smashing Polynesian single, "Sweet Leilani" and ending with ending with the first ever double sided gold single, 1950s' "Play A Simple Melody / Sam Song" with his son Gary.

This album was essential by the time of its release, being the first ever CD source for these singles in 1987, many of which were lost among re-recordings and bootlegs in the LP world.

It can no longer hold the title, however, given that not only the official sources from Bing Crosby Enterprises and Decca have been outweiged, in both breadth and audio quality, by unofficial sources such as Jonzo and Seppia.

By its face value, Crosby's gold records alone are superficial to his career output, whereas many #1 chart toppers, Tin Pan Alley interpretations, jazz numbers from the early 30s' (which made his bones), movie themes, Country and World songs, radio sessions and full fledged 70s albums all escaped the gold record status, so this is just the tip of the iceberg.

But in the end, casual listeners will get a solid first picture, and fans will delight at official master sources of their favorite singles, including "White Christmas" and "Now Is The Hour".

NOTE: despite being master sources, all of the recordings are still from the pre-tape years, and the sound quality is inevitably lacking. For good sound quality of the post-tape era, check out his recordings past the mid 50s'.
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