Recording » Spinning the vinyl » 02/5/2018 5:25 am

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I remember the cover of that Longines Symphonette album set, I don't really know if I got that one or not,I remember though a lot of the songs are Longines songs which I didn't know would be there when I bought those Longines album sets (I do have at least 2 of them) .   I was disappointed also there wasn't all Bing but they were enjoyable.  And they were later put onto CD in one of those "Harry Lillis" CD's "Lillis, Love & Little Covered Wagon".  

But as for "Hey Jude & Bing" that album sounds really lousy no matter what record player you put it on.  It was either recorded with a really bad mix or cheap mics or just plain cheap production when they mixed and set up the record.  It seems all the Hey Bing albums sound bad. 

But listening to Holiday In Europe is always a pleasure, maybe I should try listening to it on my stereo again, but it really sounds nice on the computer and in the car from the CD download to Mp3.

Recording » A Re-Discovery Now Back In Business » 02/5/2018 5:00 am

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While I've downloaded loads of Bing onto me computer from CDs some of them however I never chose to include.  So recently I decided to listen to these now "unheard" CDs in the car.  Generally, if they're not on my computer I don't really hear them anymore. 

So first up I chose to re-listen to a CD set I don't think I've heard since it first came out, The Complete United Artists Sessions.  In fact other than some cuts from Bing's live London concert and the album with Nevertheless on it (don't remember the title right now) I don't have any '70's Bing on the computer.  Not a big fan of old Bing '70's recordings BUT I must say I was very pleasantly surprised with a few of the songs on the U.A. CD set.   So I did download these really great songs, and all of them are from the album Come Share The Wine, an album I got many many years ago ,and I love the original album cover:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61t4awQuO5L._SL1280_.jpg

The songs I really like and now have on the computer to pop up "randomly" are:
Come Share The Wine
Beautiful Memories
Have A Nice Day 
At My Time of Life
I really enjoyed listening to these songs and found my self singing along with "Have A Nice Day", it's almost impossible not to sing along with this one.  & I haven't heard it in at least a decade or more!   You folks like my choices for the computer's playlist?  I was glad to be so pleasantly surprised by old Bing and his really fine voice.  Some of the song choices I'm still not thrilled with, but when he picked the right song, it was magical perfection.

Now, I think I remember back when I bought the original album, that this release was not actually meant to be released but was put together from recordings Bing made that they chose not to use.   But after Bing died they assembled this album from those recordings.  I don't know if I'm right about that or not, I also think this was an album not originally released in the U.S.   I bought

Recording » My 8 Favorite Bing Crosby Albums (Video) » 17/4/2018 2:28 am

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I'll have to listen to Seasons again, it's been a while since I heard it and I never thought enough of it to download it to my computer, so it never pops up.  The only song from the album I did download is "Sleigh Ride" I put that in my Christmas playlist on the computer.  Offhand, the album was OK, but nothing special or great about it, other than Bing was still in fine voice till the end.  If I had to choose, I never added Bing 'n' Basie to my computer either, but if I had to choose one or the other I'd choose Bing 'n' Basie.  Guess till I listen to Seasons again, I don't think much of it.  Albums with style rate high with me, and I think that's what it lacked.  I did like those '50's real albums, by your definition, the Bob Scobey and Buddy Bregman albums, now each of them did have style.  I really wish that the Bregman album had been recorded in stereo.  I'm glad I got the reissue album that MGM put out retitling it "Bing Crosby" (hey, that's original!) because the MGM reissue is in beautiful stereofied sound.  This is it:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ljz-ziXKVJg/T1Z-ZPHx4CI/AAAAAAAAEB8/NmV8CLQ6k8Q/s1600/bl2350.jpg

Recording » My 8 Favorite Bing Crosby Albums (Video) » 05/4/2018 2:56 am

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While I've never heard a bad recording from Bing (even Hey Jude gives me a laugh) I wouldn't put all those 70's albums in the all time favorite listing.  In fact the only '70's album I would put there would be FEELS GOOD, FEELS RIGHT.     I still have never heard a better version of "Nevertheless" from anyone.  And while I could easily include the BING & SATCHMO album as I do love it, but I won't include it here as it is a duet album and not a Bing alone album.

The album in the top favorite position would be HOLIDAY IN EUROPE, I never tire of hearing this album, whenever it pops up on my computer's media player "shuffle play" mode I stop and listen and smile.  I love the way Bing sings every song on it. 
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/83/Holiday_in_Europe_%28album_cover%29.jpg/220px-Holiday_in_Europe_%28album_cover%29.jpg

The "10th Anniversery" and "New Recordings" CDs would be in that listing too.  Also love the "Bing Crosby SIngs" album, esp. the slight echo effect heard on it, really makes Bing's voice stand out.
https://img.discogs.com/99NSpEqJaRz0zOlOBD9v4rIbkF8=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(40)/discogs-images/R-3360211-1343362671-2635.jpeg.jpg

SONGS I WISH I HAD SUNG along with NEW TRICKS and the EP Collection
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51AG9TNZB3L.jpg

and the whole series of Decca's set of Bing's movie songs, all those albums with great covers like this:
http://stevenlewis.info/crosby/Bing'sHollywood1.gif

I guess that's more than 8, but those are some of my favorite Bing's.

Recording » Feels Good Feels Right... Feels overpriced! » 29/3/2018 7:19 am

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By the way, now for you Ron, is the fun time, searching for and finding and buying these things for the first time.  The fun in collecting is the searching and finding.  You're doing that now, so have fun

Recording » Feels Good Feels Right... Feels overpriced! » 29/3/2018 7:14 am

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Well, I will admit to thinking LONG and hard before I finally bought the Mosaic set, over $125 was a bit much to me, but after years of putting it off I finally took the leap. I was not a big fan of the Buddy Cole accompaniments but like your previous post talked about, over time I had heard these so much when listening to Bing's late '50's and early '60's radio shows it grew on me.   I actually like the Cole recordings now, BUT I still like the orchestra added versions much better, esp. the "New Recordings" CD. 
 

Announcements » Michael Holliday » 29/3/2018 12:31 am

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I'm not very familiar with Holliday, but just from a common sense angle, even if you can sing almost exactly like Bing, what sense does it make to record an album like that?  Esp. if you're singing the very same songs Bing sang in as close as possible an imitation of Bing as possible, what sense does it make to record an album like this?  Because if you have a choice of buying an album of the real thing singing the real thing songs or an imitation of the real thing singing songs that are almost like the real thing, then it seems obvious you would choose to buy the real thing every time.   Seems if Holliday expected to become a success by selling albums with songs Bing sang sung as close to Bing sang them then he was setting himself up for failure.  Given the choice people will buy the real thing rather than an imitation. 

Recording » Feels Good Feels Right... Feels overpriced! » 29/3/2018 12:14 am

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It's always amazed me how some people can claim "I've wanted such and such all my life" or "I've waited to get so and so for years" then when they find out it's not free suddenly their life long desires disappear.  Bing fans especially seem to be extra cheap.  Even when something is highly recommended, unless it's next to nothing, they'll go without.  I found this to be true long ago and never quite understood this thinking.  Compared to these people I'm Diamond Jim.

Now today I decided to listen to Bing's UA album cuts again from the multiple CD set that came out a while back.  The first thing that occurred to me was how inferior the song choice for Bing was AND how inferior Bing's voice sounded on many of the cuts.  Compared with the "Feel Good Feels Right" release where every song you find Bing voice in top form and the song choice perfect.  Even the orchestra (on Feels Good...) backing him up with their timing the way they come in when Bing pauses then go out again and come back, it's superb.  A real big band feel in wonderful stereo sound.  But on the UA cuts the orchestra was just there, it was efficient but certainly lacked anything in the neighborhood of style or feel.  Complete opposite to the orch. backing on the Feels Good lp/CD. 

Recording » Bing Magazine finally tipped the scale for the Mosaic set! » 19/3/2018 2:08 am

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Your mentioning "New Tricks" & "Some Fine Old Chestnuts" brought back a fond memory of when I first heard these albums..  I was in my car listening I think either to the "2 For" CD with both albums or I was listening to a tape (forget) but it was late at night about 2 am and I was driving when these songs started playing and I was in another world, I felt like Bing was in the car with me singing in a very relaxed style these great little songs with just the barest accompaniment.  It seemed like the perfect time to hear these simple Bing recordings real late at night.  I was so glad the first time I heard these albums it was dark in the middle of the night, just the perfect time for them.  

By the way both these albums have GREAT covers, you've seen the dog on New Tricks and on my CD it shows a different cover for "Fine Old Chestnuts"
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/813UO8nayoL._SY355_.jpg

But my real favorite cover for Fine Old Chestnuts is what I believe is the original cover (and why didn't they use this fantastic cover on the new CD release, I'd like to know?) but here is the great cover:
https://images.recordsale.de/600/600/cdpix/b/bingcrosbywiththebuddycoletrio-somefineoldchestnuts.jpg

 

Recording » Feels Good Feels Right... Feels overpriced! » 19/3/2018 1:54 am

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I'll say one thing for you Ron, you sure know how to pick 'em.   I mean that, these CDs you're mentioning the Feels Good... and the Bing Rose New Recordings and 10th Anniv. are my all time favorite Bing recordings.   Feels Good...in my opinion is the best of Bing's '70's recordings, I especially like his "Nevertheless" & "Rose In Her Hair" they are simply the best versions I've ever heard, the great orchestra backing him in these is perfect.   I originally bought "Feels Good..." in a used record store in the late '70's and then recorded onto tape to listen to in the car then about 15 years ago or sometime back I bought the CD.  It sounds perfect.   When it comes to buying it all depends on how much you want what it is you're considering.  If I really want something I'll pay top dollar if it's something that's just "ehh, I'd like it but I can wait" then I'll wait.  In the case of all the Bing things mentioned above they are worth top dollar, you'll wear out your CD player with these. 

Fan Interests » Random memories » 09/3/2018 4:38 am

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That's a coinky dinky, my first Bing CD was Bing Crosby SIngs Again too.  Though I didn't want to buy a CD player and buy everything over again from my album/45 collection so I bought this CD before I ever owned a CD player.  My plan was to record the CD using my sister's CD player onto a tape and I'd use the tape.  After a while and so many other Bing CDs that weren't released on cassette I knew I was fighting a losing battle.  So I bought a CD player after a few more CDs. 
First CD:
[url=https://www.amazon.com/Sings-Again-Bing-Crosby/dp/B000002O2W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520569928&sr=8-1&keywords=Bing+Sings+Again&dpID=4137WJ13F7L&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/4137WJ13F7L._AC_US218_.jpg

My first Bing album was from 1977 Bing Greatest Hits:[/url]
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51uqvlCkNjL._AC_US218_.jpg

Then I just had to buy:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91-6%2BbJ5RkL._SY355_.jpg

Others of Note » Vic Damone dies at age 89 » 17/2/2018 2:26 am

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My favorite Vic Damone record is his recording of the opening theme of the movie, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, he sang the song in the movie and it's the definitive version.  How many can say that?  Also remember as a kid seeing Vic appear on Mike Douglas' talk show in the afternoon.   I bought his CD "16 Most Requested Songs" to get the best of Vic and put it into my computer's Media Player some years back, now I get to hear Vic pop up every now and then when listening to "my radio station" as I always have the media player set to "random" meaning you never know what song or what CD it will play next.  Only guarantee every song is a great one, cause they're all ones I put there.

I read his obit in the NYTimes and I never knew Mr. White Bread, square image of a guy like Vic had such a wild life, mob hanging him out a window, ex wives offing themselves, married many many times.  His image was that of such a nice guy without a scandal, but apparently he lived a wild life.

Recording » Bing Magazine finally tipped the scale for the Mosaic set! » 11/2/2018 1:16 am

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Thank you very much, Richard for restoring the CD pictures I thought I was posting.  I searched for the pictures of what I was looking for on Google Images, then I "copied and pasted" here.   It turned out to be a crap shoot though on which picture would show up after I hit the "Submit" button.  The pictures I posted DID show up in my message before I hit the submit button though, strangely enough.  That's why it was surprising after hitting submit they disappeared.   Oh well, you fixed the problem, thanks again.   I'll cross my fingers the next time I decide to get creative.

Recording » Bing Magazine finally tipped the scale for the Mosaic set! » 10/2/2018 1:52 am

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Hmm, even the one picture didn't work that time, I give up.

Recording » Bing Magazine finally tipped the scale for the Mosaic set! » 10/2/2018 1:51 am

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And here's a picture of the original '79 album that contained Barnes' remixes.
https://images.eil.com/large_image/BING_CROSBY_SONGS%2BOF%2BA%2BLIFETIME-458422.jpg

Recording » Bing Magazine finally tipped the scale for the Mosaic set! » 10/2/2018 1:49 am

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Where there's a will there's a way, here's the best of the Barnes' '79 songs with 70 some on the 3 CDs contained:
https://img.discogs.com/yPfCHNEEU8b-mez54rnjx69_oWI=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(40)/discogs-images/R-3665627-1339491065-5342.jpeg.jpg

Recording » Bing Magazine finally tipped the scale for the Mosaic set! » 10/2/2018 1:45 am

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What??  My pictures of the other 3 CD releases I described above didn't show up on the message, only the first picture.   Dang, don't know what goes on here, why the board allows one picture but not any more to be posted is anybody's guess. 

Recording » Bing Magazine finally tipped the scale for the Mosaic set! » 10/2/2018 1:42 am

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That's right, K. Barnes had nothing to do with "New Recordings".   As much as I prefer Ken Barnes' 1979 remix w/orchestra added versions over the original (and rinky dink sounding) original Buddy Cole versions.  I really like much better the "New Recordings" orchestra added and real stereo sound versions that were newly created for the "New Recordings" CD.  It really is a vast improvement over Ken Barnes vast improvement over the Buddy Cole rinky dink mono originals.   Even the clear left and right speaker separation and the slight echo emphasizing Bing's voice is so much better than the 1979 remixes.  Might be the reason is that technology has improved so much since '79, maybe that's why the "New Recordings" sound so good.   

When the Ken Barnes recordings 1st came out I bought them in the double album set:
 https://images.eil.com/large_image/BING_CROSBY_SONGS%2BOF%2BA%2BLIFETIME-458422.jpg

Then when some of the '79 remixes were 1st released on a CD called, originally enough, "Best of" it only contained 28 songs.:



 https://img.discogs.com/dkLoMxMhFn1X9GTnzbmmRVM15_w=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-10597282-1512927884-5988.jpeg.jpg

Then several years later a double CD of Ken Barnes '79 remixes came out and this one contained 50 of Barnes' '79 versions:

https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0002/387/MI0002387349.jpg?partner=allrovi.com


But when the 3 CD set of Barnes' '79 discs came out in the box set called "10th Anniv." that was the best set as it had all 73 or 70 some Barnes versions on it. 
[img]https://images.eil.com/large_image/BING_CROSBY_TENTH%2BANNIVERSAR

Announcements » Bob Hope tribute » 09/2/2018 1:40 pm

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Some of Bob's movies I find very very funny.  Esp. those of the '40's and yes, I also really like his '60's movies, esp. those he made with Phyllis Diller.   He always played the cowardly smart guy who got by with his quick wit.   In real life Bob was a very funny guy who could ad lib with the best of them.  Even when he was old, I remember hearing him appear on Howard Stern's radio show and he was in his 80's and 90's and he was still very quick on his feet and making loads of funny asides and remarks making Howard laugh too.   He was a naturally funny man just as much as Bing was a natural singer.   Bing was also extremely funny, that's what first turned me on to him when I discovered his Bing radio shows in the '70's.  

Recording » Bing Magazine finally tipped the scale for the Mosaic set! » 09/2/2018 1:26 pm

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I finally bought the Mosaic box set about 3 years ago.  I listened to my Bing/Rosie radio shows and hearing these recordings is like the show never ends whenever they pop up on Media Player.   But the reason I took so long to finally buy is that I much prefer the remix versions of these songs with a full orchestra backing Bing up on his vocals from these radio recordings.  The latest of these being "The New Recordings" with even better stereo sound than the '79 remix orchestrated versions.   Now I'd really like to see all of these '50's and '60's radio recordings from these late '50's to early '60's radio shows remixed with beautiful orchestra just as you get in New Recordings.
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Qo55fsl4L._AC_US218_.jpg

Others of Note » Phil Harris 45rpm » 09/2/2018 1:17 pm

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First time I became aware of Phil Harris is back in the '60's when as a kid I heard him playing Baloo the bear in Jungle Book.  Later when discovering old time radio shows in the early '70's I laughed my head off when I discovered the Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show.  One of the, if not THE funniest radio shows you'll ever hear.  I still laugh out loud when listening to this show.  Phil was a great entertainer, band leader and yes a great singer, he made many many funny records that sold in the '40's and sang many of these classic songs on his radio show too.   I have many CDs of Phil's great songs and enjoy them everytime they pop up on my computer's Media Player from the CD downloads. 

I have never heard though Phil's versions of the 2 songs you posted David, excellent.  I would like to buy them on a CD if they are available.  Do you know if they're on a commercial CD release?   Great find, you've got.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 01/2/2018 3:25 am

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Am I the only one who remembers that this was originally supposed to be a 2 volume set?  This is what we were told decades ago when vol. 1 was released.   Now the news is it's now a 3 volume set!   Now if they came out with a new volume every other year, then I'd be happy, but when it's every 4 decades that a new volume emerges from the swamp, I'm not exactly happy that we're now going to hope to live long enough to finally read the 2nd half of Bing's life.  I too believe the '50's to early '70's period of Bings life to be most interesting, now it seems to still be another dashed hope to see this anytime soon.

Recording » Thoughts on... » 01/2/2018 3:05 am

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OK, first that Christmas CD is one of the very best, as far as some hard to find or at least fairly hard to find Bing Christmas recordings.  It's also very good in that it is usually found at Walmart or Big Lots for 3 or 4 dollars.  Whatever cheapskate gave you that as a present actually gave you a really great CD though I'm sure they didn't know it. 
OK, here's my account of what's on the disc, none of what I'm about to write comes from me looking it up, just my own Bing experience and memory.  Here goes:
1. Rudolph:  A radio recording from probably a '50's radio show, possibly late '40's, but I think more like from 1952 or '53.
2. Just What I wanted For...  A 45 (a single record with the big hole in the middle, for youngsters who don't know what a 45 is) record released in the early '60's.  Look it up to figure out the exact year.
3. Secret of Christmas a 1959 Columbia recording of the song from movie "Say 1 For Me" from the album of the same name.   Interestingly, there were several versions of this song Bing recorded, most famous is the one he did with Fred Waring for the Bing & Sinatra Christmas Reprise album, also there was an alternate 1959 single recording and a soundtrack version with Debbie Reynolds direct from "Say One For Me".   I love this song.
4. Peace/Drummer:  That awful song Bing did on his last Christmas special that seems now to be on every Bing Christmas CD, not rare at all and not worth listening to.
5. White World... Another 45 release, I believe from 1966 or '67, look it up for exact year.
6. Let It Snow... A radio show recording from the early '50's
7.  It's Christmas Time Agin:  Another real favorite of mine also from the movie Say 1 For Me and this is from the Bing/Sinatra/Fred Waring Reprise album.
8. Marshmalo Bar World:  A late '40s radio recording
9. Good King Wencelot:  Radio recording from Bing's late '50's/early '60's Christmas Eve Round The World radio broadcasts
10.  Joy...  A radio recording too
11. Christmas

Television » Bilko's Boys » 13/1/2018 2:40 am

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I've been watching Sgt. Bilko show every Friday from the DVD set, now in the last season and today I saw for the first time an episode with all of Bing's sons (1st family).   They were all very good, in the show the boys imagine themselves to be Bilko's sons, all of them did a funny imitation of Bilko's mannerisms, surprisingly Dennis did the best Sgt. Bilko imitation.  Then Bilko imagines himself as Bing Crosby and had a scene with each of the Crosby boys and was very funny as Phil did a funny imitation of Bing.   Great entertaining show, every episode is just that, by the way.  Extremely entertaining and very very funny program.  "Nice to see yaa."

Biography » Portrayals of Bing? » 19/12/2017 4:13 am

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Don't forget our boy Satch in the Bowery Boys movie "Blues Busters" where Satch suddenly sings like Bing when he has a sore throat.  Funny stuff here.
https://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/138/MPW-69054

 

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