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So Rare: Treasures From the Crosby Archive

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Carefully compiled by Crosby archivist Robert S. Bader, this career-spanning collection of rare and unusual recordings from Bing Crosby s personal archive includes his first solo radio performance from 1931, some rare private recordings and unknown outtakes as well as the first album appearances of several rare single tracks many of which are mixed in stereo for the first time! Includes Just One More Chance and I m Through with Love from Fifteen Minutes with Bing Crosby ; Buckin the Wind from a Spanish radio promo disc; Where the Turf Meets the Surf , Del Mar race track s theme song; Kraft Music Hall performances of Over the Rainbow and As Time Goes By ; I ll Be Seeing You and Why Don t You Fall in Love with Me from a 8/31/44 British broadcast; You re the Gem State Wonder, Idaho ; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town , a 1954 recording for Shriner s Hospital; My Old Kentucky Home , recorded for the Kentucky Junior Derby; radio performances of What Do You Mean, You Lost Your Dog? ; We re in the Money (The Golddigger s Song) ; I Hear Music ; I Can t Get Started ; Pledging My Love ; Because , and The Yellow Rose of Texas ; So Rare from The Ford Road Show; the Columbia singles Straight down the Middle and Tomorrow s My Lucky Day ; first-time stereo appearances of the MGM singles The Second Time Around and Incurably Romantic ; a 1960 private recording of Anthem of the Clams ; a stereo TV outtake of Pennies from Heaven ; the Reprise singles Far From Home ; How Green Was My Valley ; Step to the Rear , and What Do We Do with This World ; Reprise outtakes of Live a Little and Don t Let a Good Thing Get Away ; the unreleased singles Take a Longer Look and The Human Race , and That s What Life Is All About live from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 17, 1976. 34 tracks, 26 unreleased!

Disc: 1
1. Just One More Chance
2. Bing Talks About His First Radio Show
3. I m Through With Love
4. Buckin The Wind
5. Where The Turf Meets The Surf
6. Over The Rainbow
7. As Time Goes By
8. I ll Be Seeing You
9. Why Don t You Fall In Love With Me
10. You re The Gem State Wonder, Idaho
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Disc: 2
1. So Rare
2. Straight Down The Middle
3. Tomorrow s My Lucky Day
4. The Second Time Around
5. Incurably Romantic
6. Anthem Of The Clams
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. Far From Home
9. How Green Was My Valley
10. Step To The Rear
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B003FXXNTE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This may not be the place for someone unfamiliar with Crosby to make his acquaintance, but it's a fascinating find for a Crosby collector, even for a fan who has already acquired "Bing: The Legendary Years" and "It's Easy to Remember" (an economical box set on the British Proper label). Most of the tunes are not commercial recordings--instead, they were rejects, or personal gifts to a single individual, or intended exclusively for military use. All the same, some of the performances are first rate, making the listener wonder why they would not have been selected as master copies, whether as studio recordings or radio show numbers. The performances also demonstrate Bing's great resourcefulness and flexibility. Unlike Frank, who practically insisted on full orchestras with fleshed-out arrangements, Bing is equally comfortable singing with a trio (Buddy Cole, Les Paul, etc.) and, in some cases, without any assistance beyond his interpretive skills and whistling talents. It's a good thing that Bing is quite explicit in identifying "Pledging My Love" as a "rock 'n roll" number because it's doubtful many listeners will associate the song with the music of the Beatles, Stones, or even Elvis. Wisely, Bing demurs at the opportunity to say whether the music would endure or prove a passing fad.

No doubt the most curious detail about this 2-disc collection is the absence of any distinction whatsoever between the two platters (how about a 1 and a 2? an A and a B? a plus and a minus? an Obama disc and a Palin disc? or, if only to avoid any hint of partisanship, a "Bing" and a "Crosby?").

As the well-written, clear and to-the-point album notes make clear, in addition to the recordings themselves, Bing's apparent "casualness" as Mr. American Everyman, could be highly deceptive.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Woodman on March 13, 2011
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Great material, and truly extraordinary sound quality -- thank heaven Bing was such an audio visionary (if that's not a contradiction in terms). The 50's radio cuts with the Buddy Cole Trio are perfection, and such a nice comfortable setting for Bing's vocalizing. His sense of time absolutely blows me away.

His Over The Rainbow with full orchestra was even better than I'd hoped it would be. And his takes on the two numbers from How Now, Dow Jones? (one of my favorite obscure scores) are just wonderful. Those, along with the rarities and novelties included here, and a really well written set of liner notes, make this a package well worth owning.

I'm looking forward to more releases from Crosby's private archive!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken Winters on August 12, 2013
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This Unique compilation of recordings comes directly from Bing's Own Collection, maintained in the basement of his home in Hillsborough, CA. His widow, Katherine and their children have searched through those archives for unique items. I am fortunate enough to have a few of the originals (including the quite rare 45 rpm issue of "Straight Down the Middle/Tomorrow's My Lucky Day," with Bing singing of his beloved golf. But many of these are issued for the first time. My favorite of these 1st time releases is the last one, Bing singing his song (which became a moderate hit--especially in England, Australia and Japan), "That's What Life is All About," accompanied by the fabulous Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra. I personally like Bing's vocal on his "Live at the London Palladium" album better, but this is a different read on it, more reflective. IN London he really hit the last high note and held it. ON this album he follows the original arrangement, dropping off the high note to repeat softly, "That's What Life is All About." Still, loved every bit of this (did I mention unique) album!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna on July 30, 2011
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Dedicated collectors are constantly on the lookout for rare items. By definition such discoveries are few and far between, but when they happen they induce a state of ecstasy in the lucky finder. If you number amongst the breed you shouldn't hesitate to add this treasury to your horde, because it contains no fewer than three dozen rarities. Bing's recording career began in 1926, and he began broadcasting in 1931. It's the latter date which kicks off this lovingly-compiled selection, and it progresses up until 1976. Along the way, it points up Bing's love of golf and horse racing, his support for good causes, and his dedication to his craft, particularly his early appreciation of the way in which technology could transform the media. The tracks are set out out on the Amazon web page, and my fellow reviewer Samuel Chell has produced a detailed critique. Having been encouraged by him to buy the set I feel I should pass on the message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reverend Skull VINE VOICE on December 31, 2013
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There are plenty of recordings I 'd never heard here. But I was hoping for better sound quality. Not that it's bad or unlistenable. Just didn't rock me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DeDo on January 7, 2014
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Excellent quality recordings of Bing Crosby including some of his earliest. Many of these songs I had never heard before.
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I loved these rare recordings many of them from Bings private collection .Carefully selected from radio broadcasts,messages to friends expressed musically, and chosen by the Crosby family for our enjoyment. A truly enjoyable listening experience. I hope more of these radio broadcasts become available from the Crosby archives .I would purchase them along with many other fans of the immortal Bing.
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