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listen  1. I Surrender, DearBing Crosby 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)Bing Crosby 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stardust [feat. Matty Malneck & His Orchestra]Bing Crosby 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store) (Single Version)John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Please (1940 Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Where The Blue Of The Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day) (1948 Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande) (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. New San Antonio Rose (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pistol Packin' Mama (Single Version) [feat. Vic Schoen & His Orchestra]Bing Crosby 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Don't Fence Me In (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sweet Leilani (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Blue Hawaii (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. My Isle Of Golden Dreams (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby)Bing Crosby 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. MacNamara's Band (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Galway Bay (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie (Single Version) [feat. Mary Martin]Bing Crosby 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Road To Morocco (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. South America, Take It Away (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. A Couple Of Song And Dance Men (Single Version)John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Yes, Indeed! (Single Version) [feat. Connie Boswell]Bing Crosby 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. South Rampart Street Parade (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. June In January (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Pennies From Heaven (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Moonlight Becomes You (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sunday, Monday Or Always (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Swinging On A Star (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Bells Of St. Mary's (Single Version)John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Blue Skies (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. It's Been A Long, Long Time (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Can't Begin To Tell You (Single Version) [feat. Carmen Cavallaro]Bing Crosby 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ol' Man River (Single Version) [feat. Buddy Cole Trio]Bing Crosby 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. You Are My Sunshine (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. San Fernando Valley (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sioux City Sue (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Dear Hearts And Gentle PeopleBing Crosby 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Jingle Bells (Single Version) [feat. The Andrews Sisters]Bing Crosby 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I'll Be Home For Christmas (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Silent NightBing Crosby 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. White ChristmasBing Crosby 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Red Sails In The Sunset (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Far Away Places (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Harbor Lights (Single Version)Bing Crosby 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Around The World (In Eighty Days) (Single Version)Bing Crosby 2:55$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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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: April 8, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00008RV07
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bing rose up on Brunswick, but the bulk of his reign as the top singing star in the world came on Decca. Here are 50 1934-56 Decca classics including a host of huge hits and eight tracks making their U.S. CD debut! Among the essentials: White Christmas; I'm an Old Cowhand; June in January; Red Sails in the Sunset; Pennies from Heaven; Sweet Leilani; I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams; Alexander's Ragtime Band; Moonlight Becomes You; Now Is the Hour; It's Been a Long, Long Time; Don't Fence Me In (with Andrews Sisters), and more.

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Bing Crosby has been called the "Voice of the Century," a title that's rooted in considerably more art and accomplishment than mere show-biz hype. Others may have scaled more spectacular peaks during the 20th century, but one could make a well grounded argument that without Crosby's pioneering vocal artistry the careers of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley might well have never blossomed. This 50-track double-disc anthology chronicles the most productive years of the crooner's career, a period that spans the early '30s to the mid-'50s; his final years at RCA largely rested on the laurels garnered herein. His rich, effortlessly dreamy baritone has become a pop-culture cliché, but it was in fact as radically pioneering in its day as anything the King or the Chairman of the Board would muster in later decades. Radio and modern electronic recording were in their infancy on many of the '30s hits here, yet Crosby mastered both with preternatural grace--and an innate, jazz-born sense of timing--he later brought to his successful film and TV careers. What's remarkable here is the breadth of styles and influences Crosby's dulcet tones make there own here. The dizzying slate here includes standards and early hits ("Star Dust" and "Where the Blue of the Night" in Decca re-recordings of his original Brunswick sides), country-western ("New San Antonio Rose," "Don't Fence Me In"), island exotica ("Sweet Leilani," "Blue Hawaii"), Irish affectations ("McNamara's Band," "Galway Bay"), holiday favorites ("Silent Night," "White Christmas") and film hits ("Pennies From Heaven," "Swinging On a Star"), performances that represent the very cornerstone of American vocal tradition. --Jerry McCulley

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ramona on February 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought 9 copies of this - one for myself, one for each of my seven siblings, and one for my parents. Growing up, we had lots of Bing Crosby music in the house (along with various other wonderful artists). I gravitated to Bing, and my siblings remember that - and were tickled to receive these 'samplers' during in Bing's 100th year. Why? Because, while Bing wasn't their favorite, he was *A* favorite of theirs, yet they had nothing of his on CD! The variety of themes reminds us how vast Bing's repetoire was.
The song selection is a perfect introduction - or re-introduction, if necessary - to Bing's Decca years. The sequencing is perfect for the casual fan, and the notes are informative and educational without a hint of preachiness.
This collection is a MUST for any general music lover - it'll broaden their senses and their knowledge of America's first true entertainment superstar. My thanks to the team who put this gem together!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For years, I have been searching for a comprehensive collection of Bing Crosby's Decca recordings. Since his career at Decca spanned a quarter century, and because he was such a prolific artist, it seemed that I might never find what I was looking for. But this collection, released in 2003 has it all.
Here you will find a compendium of Crosby at his absolute best.
You'll hear the great standards such as "Stardust" and Pennies From Heaven". You'll enjoy tunes from his movies including "The Bells of St. Mary's", and "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra".
Hear several of his classic Irish recordings as well as a few numbers with the Andrews Sisters. Then there's Bing with some country and westerm cuts and oh so much more. Included in this 2 CD package are a number of his biggest hits that I have not seen on other collections including "June in "January", "Moonlight Becomes You" and one of my personal favorites "Dear Hearts and Gentle People." The recordings are of very high quality and the set is accompanied by a neat 20 page booklet containing some very informative liner notes and interesting photographs. Although my first reaction was that this collection was a bit expensive I am happy that I purchased it. If you are a huge Crosby fan, break down, just this once and grab this one. As a record collector for nearly 40 years I have long since learned that when you see an item this good, you'd best get it while you can. Very highly recommended!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on July 7, 2003
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This is a pleasing introduction for those who don't have other Crosby CD's in your collection. It contains his standard hits which have been recycled time and again on other anthologies. Most Bing-ologists will have all these songs in their collection, some of them many times over. But if you are new to Bing, this is an acceptable choice and the sound quality is very good. It's a little weak on Bing's earlier work and it does contain some curious omissions. Yet there are some stellar songs included as well, like one of personal favorites, "Sioux City Sue..." adorable!
Hopefully this collection will convince you that Bing's vocal mastery was unparalled. Then you can sample his earlier, jazz-influenced work during his Columbia years in the early 30's and branch off into his 20's work with the Rhythm Boys. But for the beginning Crosby listener, this is as good a choice as any.
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