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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 (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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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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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This is a quality product. The songs are original recordings that have been restored rather well. On some tracks there may be a little residual noise, but I expect that most people wouldn't notice. I am probably very picky. I often further restore tracks that have already been restored. It's a hobby.

There are 21 songs. Compare this to the 10 to 12 songs that you would get on the following CDs: Bing Crosby's Greatest Hits, The Best of Bing Crosby (Millennium Collection), and Bing Crosby - American Music Legends.

All of the songs on this CD made the Billboard 100 charts for single recordings. Here is the track list with the peak position (#) on those that charted and the associated year (in parenthesis):

1. Sweet Leilani #1 (1937)
2. New San Antonio Rose #7 (1941)
3. White Christmas #1 (1942)
4. Silent Night #6 (1935)
5. Sunday, Monday or Always #1 (1943)
6. Pistol Packin' Mamma #2 (also #1 Country and #3 R&B)
7. Jingle Bells #19 (1943)
8. I'll Be Home for Christmas #3 (1943)
9. Swinging on a Star #1 (1944)
10. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Rah #4 (1944)
11. Don't Fence Me In #1 (1940)
12. I Can't Begin to Tell You #1(1945)
13. MacNamara's Band #10 (1946)
14. South America, Take It Away #2 (1946)
15. Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Al Jolson) #20 (1947)
16. Whiffenpoof Song #7 (1947)
17. Now Is the Hour #1 (1948)
18. Galway Bay #3 (1949)
19. Dear Hearts and Gentle People #2 (1949)
20. Play a Simple Melody (with Gary Crosby) #2 (1950)
21. Sam's Song (with Gary Crosby) #3 (1950)

One might argue with the song selection, but it's difficult to choose from all the Bing Crosby hits.
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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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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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