New and Re-issued materials » Thoroughly Modern Bing » 16/1/2018 2:36 am

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I finally got this in the mail the other day. The track list is the faithful to the original with no extras. My impression on this overall is that at $17.84 (U.S.A.) this is a pretty expensive release that offers no extras in the way of additional tracks or new notes/booklet. 

The cardboard sleeve is a reasonably handsome reproduction of the album jacket and it does have the original liner notes but that's it. 

Soundwise, there are a few tracks where it seems like the audio is suppressed, since I don't have the original album to compare it to I don't know if this was an issue with the original vinyl. 

Aside from that this is an interesting record. I overall do like it very much. I think Bing sounds for the most part in good voice and the backing and arrangements are usually pretty good. It sort of reminds me of the Bing 'n' Basie album. "Talk to the Animals", "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead", "High Hopes", "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "Chim Chim Cheree" are all among the highlights (although I wish they had skipped the animal noises on "Talk to the Animals". 

There are only a few songs that I think miss the mark. 

One thing that gnaws at me is when I think of the albums that Sinatra, Andy Williams, Como, Matt Monro, were doing at this same timeframe this seems so out of step, almost more along the lines of a sing-a-long or a children's album but certainly MUCH better than either of those genres. 

If anyone is thinking of picking this up, my advice would be to look for the Laserlight or Pickwick CD's which can probably be bought used for much less, or to just order the mp3 album which can be bought for for $6.99. 

Recording » Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook » 16/1/2018 2:19 am

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Hmmm, missing posts? Now I'm wondering what I'm missing out on!

I did however just pick up "Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook" first listen has been very positive!

Biography » Interview with Geoff Milne » 10/1/2018 2:59 pm

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Came across a really interesting interview with one of Bing's producers, Geoff Milne! It was a great read thought I'd share it here!

http://advicetothelovelorn.blogspot.com/2010/04/interview-with-bing-crosbys-producer.html

Recording » Thoughts on... » 06/1/2018 11:20 pm

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Very true Kevin! The problem is I'm also a huge Roy Orbison fan and a big Matt Monroe fan. All three men are competing for th we attention of my ear and wallet!

Here is a question for you, if I had the Mosiac set, what would you then suggest I avoid to minimize duplication?

Recording » Thoughts on... » 06/1/2018 1:07 pm

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Thanks Kevin! I really appreciate the feedback and hope the post stimulates more conversation!

You're right that I do not have the Mosiac box set and really don't want to spend that kind of money, at least right now. In fact I really feel I have too much Bing right now because there is a lot that I haven't gotten around to listening to!

My fear is though that some of these things won't be available down the road. Something that has already frustrated me!

I have probably about 65-70 dollars picking up a few things after Christmas, SFOC, SIWIHSTFTA (both because I wanted the deluxe versions and the notes) and Bing Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook which I grabbed because at just over 7 dollars it seemed like  bargain and it was! I've enjoyed it immensely!

Now I have grabbed Join Bing and Sing Along, 101 Gang Songs/On the Happy Side, and the 10th Anniversary 3CD set of overturned tracks. (All of these because I feared they might not be available down the road).

I am going to listen to a lot of samples of those you have mentioned and hope my long post hasn't scared others from commenting!

Recording » Thoughts on... » 05/1/2018 8:48 pm

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Now that we're past Christmas, I'm using some gift cards I've gotten and maybe buying myself a small gift or two! I'm looking for some input on the following titles I'm considering but would also welcome any suggestions!

Shall We Dance?
With All My Heart
So Rare: Treasures from the Crosby Archive
Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney: The New Recordings
Bing & Rosie: The Crosby Clooney Radio Sessions
Bing Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook (discussed in another post)

I have searched through the forum and read posts that touched on some of these but I love hearing and value the feedback and opinions of others!

Recording » Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook » 01/1/2018 8:23 pm

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Happy New Year Kevin! I really appreciate and am enjoying your reply. 

I hope to cover some of these in future posts but for Christmas I asked for and received:
Bing Sings The Sinatra Songbook - I'm not enough of a Sinatra fan to have his versions imprinted in my head (I think)
Through The Years Volume 8 - I was able to download every volume but 8 legally through my local library
Good & Rare 3 - Volumes 1 & 2 are available to me through my library but not 3. Also the BSWBS tracks interested me.
Thoroughly Modern Bing - Currently on backorder
Among My Souvenirs - Just purchasing it because it was the new thing
New Tricks - I already own this but haven't really listened to it as part of the twofer with Some  Fine Old Chestnuts but decided to get the deluxe edition. 

After Christmas I decided to pick up:
Le Bing, Some Fine Old Chestnuts, & Songs I Wish I Had Sung The First Time Around - someone pointed out to me in another post the essays alone make these worth getting that and the extra tracks and remastering. 
Bing Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook - It was on Amazon with Autorip for just a little over $7 seemed too good not to grab!

Come to think of it that IS a lot of Bing! 



 

Radio » BBC Archive on 4 - Bing Crosby Meets » 31/12/2017 2:30 pm

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Duplication can be a good thing! Saw your post on this yesterday and listened to it yesterday afternoon! Would have likely missed it without your post!

Announcements » Bing Crosby Meets » 31/12/2017 2:28 pm

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Just listened to this yesterday and enjoyed it thoroughly!

Recording » Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook » 31/12/2017 2:00 pm

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I really appreciate the feedback!

Richard you did not dissuade me, and Malcolm and Kevin I agree that these releases must be supported to make future releases viable.

I opted not to buy the Berlin but that was because I was trying to choose between it and LeBing! I decided I was more interested in an official album than a compilation.

However my Christmas list included many Bing items which I received, including the two newest and the Sinatra Songbook.

After the holiday I picked up the aforementioned LeBing and Songs I Wish I Had Sung, Some Fine Old Chestnuts, AND the Bing Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook!

I am sure the Berlin disc will come somewhere down the line, I just decided these should come first and was surprised not to see more chatter about it. (Maybe we've solved that!)

Recording » Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook » 31/12/2017 2:25 am

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Thanks Richard!

I left this one in the shopping cart, after listening to the audio samples it just didn't grab me enough to pull the trigger on buying this time around. Though I still welcome anyone who wants to make an argument in favor of purchasing it.  

Recording » Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook » 30/12/2017 8:04 pm

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I added a few new albums to my collection and noticed "Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook". I searched the forum looking to see if there had been much conversation about this album and was disappointed to find very little written about it. 

So forum friends, thoughts on this collection? I hate to buy something just for the sake of buying it but if it offers selections not easily found elsewhere I certainly would be interested in it. 

Again looking forward to your feedback!

Fan Interests » Sing like Bing! » 14/12/2017 4:11 pm

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I'm afraid I haven't tried to sing with along with Mitch LOL, but if I ever decide to sing any Ricky Ricardo I'll give you a ring to join me on the duets!

I am however just disappointed that songs like "Seasons", "That's What Life Is All About", "Mountain Greenery" or heck even "Hey Jude" aren't available for karaoke! I think they'd all be a lot of fun to do!

Others of Note » Others Singing Bing » 14/12/2017 3:53 pm

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I don't think any of these have hit my radar but I feel the same way about the 50's arrangements. I get WHY Bing did it that way and they do make those 50's albums very "casually" listenable sort of like having Bing in the front parlor playing piano and singing along. However, I also think it's part of why Bing isn't better remembered today! Sinatra was doing big beautiful bold albums with a full orchestra and bing is singing along to an electric organ. Not quite the same!

Recording » Holiday in Europe » 14/12/2017 3:49 pm

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I love all of Crosby's Decca Christmas recordings so this is a bit odd to day but I really think I prefer Crosby's stuff from the late 50's onward so I really am anxious to hear this album and WISH that a CD version was currently in print! I may have to invest in a record player that can convert tracks to MP3 or something, 

Oh, and the record store is certainly not the large bright record stores of my youth this looks more like a visit to your parents attic. I am not a small guy and getting around sometimes requires a little sucking in the gut!
 

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 14/12/2017 3:44 pm

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Great job guys! I should have made notes to comment on while I listened!

To share some thoughts:

"White Christmas" - there have been so many covers of this done but I think Bing's remains the definitive version because of Crosby's delivery. You can feel the longing and melancholy in Bing's delivery. I think you even develop a mental picture of the imagery, similar to when you're reading a book. 

Crosby's jazzy arrangement of "Jingle Bells" - I'm not sure who gets credit for the arrangement but it's fun and lively and Crosby and the Andrew Sisters seem to be really into and having fun. But what I love is that almost 70 years later Michael Buble not only does his own version of Jingle Bells but clearly uses almost the exact same arrangement as Crosby. 

"I Wish You A Merry Christmas" - I'm not sure where to start! I just purchased "Christmas Classics" (This really should have been titled "I Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Deluxe Version") this year and while some of these songs I've heard over the years I've never had them all in one place to truly appreciate how good these recordings from 1962 really are! In a way it's amazing that it took this long for Bing to go into the studio to record a dedicated Christmas album. I can only assume with the strong sales of "Merry Christmas" Decca saw little need to record another album. Just as amazing is that Capitol never re-released the album with "Do You Hear What I Hear" which is truly one of Bing's best Christmas performances! Should this be someone's introduction to Bing's Christmas music? Why not! The original album features 7 or 8 songs that I think get that remain popular titles on Christmas playlists and radio stations and "Christmas Classics" adds at least another 2!

"A Time To Be Jolly" - I stumbled across this album a few years ago after hearing the title song playing in a department store and thinking 'what the heck is that!'. This is really a great album that shows Bing in top form. It's not as good as "Me

Fan Interests » Sing like Bing! » 13/12/2017 1:18 am

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Curious to know if anybody on here ever takes a turn a karaoke and sings a little Bing? I've enjoyed doing a few Christmas tunes but I find outside of that the selection is a bit slim and several songs that I would love to sing are not available. 

Just wondering if anyone else likes to go out there and sing a bit and if so what songs they do and maybe where to find some tracks!

Recording » Holiday in Europe » 13/12/2017 1:04 am

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Stopped into my local record store and was rewarded by finding a copy of "Holiday in Europe"! This got mentioned in one of my earlier posts and generated a little bit of conversation! I need to break out the record player but I'm looking forward to hearing it!

New and Re-issued materials » Thoroughly Modern Bing » 12/12/2017 4:56 am

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Browsing Amazon I stumbled upon a listing for Thoroughly Modern Bing! Release date is 12/15, though the digital download might be available now!

https://www.amazon.com/Bing-Crosby-Thoroughly-Modern/dp/B077XP53DH/ref=tmm_acd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1513054083&sr=1-10

Others of Note » Others Singing Bing » 06/12/2017 5:48 pm

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Roy Orbison does and outstanding version of "Beautiful Dreamer" and the Platters do an incredible version of "Red Sails In The Sunset". Matt Monro does a very bombastic take on "Around The World". 

Artistic Legacy » It's Christmas Time! » 28/11/2017 3:53 am

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Here we are 40 years since Bing's passing and while the legacy of other singers of the last century grows in stature, Bing struggles to be remembered as more than the singer of the most successful Christmas song of all time.

Friends! I'll be the first to admit that for years, to me, Bing was the festive balladeer of the yuletide season!

It was only much later when I wondered why Sinatra's legacy continued to grow while Bing's did not that I began to immerse myself in the rest of his career at large and truly appreciate his enormous talent.

And while it would be easy to grow frustrated with those holiday tunes that have overshadowed the rest of his work, much as it would be to grow weary of an actors movies that were unbelievably successful but failed to highlight all of said actors abilities..(hmm this could apply to Bing as well!).. the truth is that when it comes to singing a holiday song, Bing was the Babe Ruth of the Christmas season! (Or was Ruth the Bing Crosby of Baseball?)

75 years since being recorded "White Christmas" is STILL a holiday juggernaut! But Bing's recordings of "Silent Night", "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas", "Silver Bells", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "Do You Hear What I Hear" to name a few also remain some of the best known and best loved versions!

Let's celebrate Bing's continued legacy as the VOICE OF CHRISTMAS and maybe when someone remarks that they love "White Christmas" or some other Crosby tune lean in and say, "but have you ever heard him sing jazz or his albums with Rosemary Clooney?"

Recording » Well, Bust my buttons.... UMe is releasing "new" stuff on CD!!!! » 22/11/2017 9:16 pm

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I think I'm going to end up buying them but I there are a few other albums I wish were going on CD instead!

Recording » Well, Bust my buttons.... UMe is releasing "new" stuff on CD!!!! » 22/11/2017 4:52 pm

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So this is great news but at the same time DARN!

I have really expanded my Crosby collection from a couple of albums to maybe a couple of dozen over the last 12 months! One of the albums I bought were a Twofer on CD of this New Tricks and Fine Old Chestnuts... and now I wonder if I'll need to buy both again

General Discussion » What non-Bing music have you been listening to recently? » 22/11/2017 4:11 pm

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After a stretch of listening to primarily Bing Crosby, I have settled into a groove of listening to some old and new favorites, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Michael Buble, Matt Monro, Bing, and a little Sinatra. 

General Discussion » What non-Bing music have you been listening to recently? » 22/11/2017 4:05 pm

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After a stretch of listening to primarily Bing Crosby, I have settled into a groove of listening to some old and new favorites, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Michael Buble, Matt Monro, Bing, and a little Sinatra. 

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