(1993) Bing-His Legendary Years 1931-1957

Bing Crosby

... read moreThis four-CD set does a superb job of summing up Bing Crosby's years with Decca. After nine titles from 1931 (which were acquired by Decca later on), the program concentrates on the 1934-1957 period and, in addition to the expected hits, all aspects of his career are covered. Despite a few Dixieland...

04:53′:13″ 101 Songs

Disk 1

1
Where The Blue Of The Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day) (1932 Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:00
2
Out Of Nowhere (1931 Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:06
3
Just One More Chance (1931 Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:27
4
I'm Through With Love (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:04
5
I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:00
6
At Your Command (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:17
7
I Apologize (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:16
8
Dancing In The Dark (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:28
9
Star Dust (1931 Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:44
10
The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:02
11
Two Cigarettes In The Dark (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:16
12
With Every Breath I Take (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:11
13
June In January (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:13
14
Love Is Just Around The Corner (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:01
15
Soon (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:02
16
Down By The River (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:50
17
It's Easy To Remember (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:09
18
Red Sails In The Sunset (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:10
19
Silent Night, Holy Night (1935 Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:02
20
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:17
21
I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:38
22
Pennies From Heaven (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:11
23
A Fine Romance (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:05
24
Sweet Leilani (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:15

Disk 2

1
Blue Hawaii (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:04
2
Too Marvelous For Words (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:02
3
It's The Natural Thing To Do (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:15
4
The Moon Got In My Eyes (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:09
5
Remember Me? (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:59
6
Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:35
7
Don't Be That Way (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:36
8
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:57
9
Small Fry (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:03
10
I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:36
11
Mexicali Rose (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:47
12
You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:54
13
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:03
14
Somebody Loves Me (1939 Version)
Bing Crosby
2:45
15
What's New? (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:09
16
Sierra Sue (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:59
17
Trade Winds
Bing Crosby
3:13
18
Only Forever (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:09
19
New San Antonio Rose (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:14
20
Humpty Dumpty Heart (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:56
21
Deep In The Heart Of Texas (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:40
22
Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:33
23
When My Dream Boat Comes Home (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:24
24
White Christmas
Bing Crosby
2:59
25
Easter Parade (From "Holiday Inn" Soundtrack)
Bing Crosby
2:50

Disk 3

1
Be Careful, It's My Heart (From "Holiday Inn" Soundtrack)
Bing Crosby
2:42
2
Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
Bing Crosby
3:09
3
Moonlight Becomes You (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:10
4
Sunday, Monday Or Always (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:32
5
Mississippi Mud / I Left My Sugar Standing In The Rain (Album Version)
Bing Crosby
3:18
6
Pistol Packin' Mama (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:00
7
I'll Be Home For Christmas (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:53
8
San Fernando Valley (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:11
9
Close The Door Joe, We're Making A Disc! (1993 Box Set Version)
Bing Crosby
0:12
10
Swinging On A Star (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:28
11
I Love You (1944 Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:34
12
I'll Be Seeing You (Rehearsal Glimpse)
Bing Crosby
0:18
13
I'll Be Seeing You
Bing Crosby
2:47
14
On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:09
15
Song Of The Fifth Marines (1993 Box Set Version)
Bing Crosby
1:44
16
(There'll Be A) Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin (When The Yanks Go Marching In) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:52
17
Don't Fence Me In (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:01
18
(Yip Yip De Hootie) My Baby Said Yes (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:54
19
Mine
Bing Crosby
2:44
20
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:39
21
The Road To Morocco (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:34
22
You Belong To My Heart (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:24
23
It's Been A Long, Long Time (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:54
24
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby)
Bing Crosby
3:17
25
I Can't Begin To Tell You (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:51
26
Day By Day
Bing Crosby
2:52
27
Macnamara's Band (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:40
28
South America, Take It Away (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:06

Disk 4

1
Alexander's Ragtime Band (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:56
2
The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (1993 Box Set Version)
Bing Crosby
3:13
3
Whiffenpoof Song (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:00
4
Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:06
5
But Beautiful (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:43
6
Galway Bay (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:00
7
Far Away Places (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:57
8
Sing Soft, Sing Sweet, Sing Gentle (Album Version)
Bing Crosby
3:04
9
Dear Hearts And Gentle People
Bing Crosby
2:36
10
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:27
11
Play A Simple Melody (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:50
12
Sam's Song (The Happy Tune) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:51
13
Harbor Lights (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:59
14
Autumn Leaves (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:24
15
Silver Bells (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:59
16
Getting To Know You (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:00
17
Gone Fishin' (Live Radio Version)
Bing Crosby
3:00
18
In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:20
19
Watermelon Weather (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:45
20
Thanks For The Memory (Album Version)
Bing Crosby
3:01
21
Around The World (In Eighty Days) (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
2:53
22
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Album Version)
Bing Crosby
3:21
23
Gigi (Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:08
24
Where The Blue Of The Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day) (1948 Single Version)
Bing Crosby
3:10
Released 01 January 1993, This Compilation ℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

This four-CD set does a superb job of summing up Bing Crosby's years with Decca. After nine titles from 1931 (which were acquired by Decca later on), the program concentrates on the 1934-1957 period and, in addition to the expected hits, all aspects of his career are covered. Despite a few Dixieland-flavored selections, Crosby had largely abandoned jazz by the late '30s, but his phrasing (which was influenced by Louis Armstrong) and appealing voice should be of interest to jazz listeners. His ballads grew in stature in later years, while the up-tempo performances tended to be less memorable novelties. Although it should be augmented by collections that focus on his recordings of the '20s and early '30s, this is the definitive Bing Crosby set. ~ Scott Yanow