31/12/2014 4:37 pm  #1


Bing Crosby Mosaic Set

After holding out on buying the set for years now, I just picked up a copy of the Mosaic box set for $70! 

Call me cheap, but I feel good and it's a great way to end the year with!

 

01/1/2015 2:33 pm  #2


Re: Bing Crosby Mosaic Set

Congratulations, David!  I certainly won't criticize you for looking for a bargain price.  You're going to love that set!

 

17/1/2015 8:59 pm  #3


Re: Bing Crosby Mosaic Set

I enjoyed the set. Some great recordings that Bing never recorded commercially. I am glad though I did not pay full price, because the Buddy Cole Orchestra gets annoying on some songs, but it is a nice set. It is the first Mosaic set I have bought. I did borrow from the library the three CD set of Johnny Mercer they put out that was wonderful too!

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17/1/2015 10:39 pm  #4


Re: Bing Crosby Mosaic Set

David,

I absolutely love the Mosaic 7-CD set because I am one of those people who wish that Bing had recorded more often in a small-group setting (I feel the same way about Sinatra). Since he didn't do it very often commercially, it's nice to have these CBS recordings, particularly because, as you say, there are many songs on the set that he didn't get around to recording commercially, and that perhaps he never would have done if not for these radio series. I do agree, though, that the Buddy Cole combo can get annoying at times, particularly when Buddy decides to play the organ, or when the arrangements are a little cheesy, as with the castanuelas on "In a Little Spanish Town." I get that it's a Spanish town that they're talking about, but do they really need to punctuate it with castanuelas???

Regarding Mosaic's sets, I agree with you -- they are very complete and the sound and presentation are usually excellent, but they are outrageously expensive. For that reason, I have very few of them. Besides the one by Bing, I have one by Bobby Hackett and one by Jack Teagarden, who is one of my favorite trombonists of all time. I just wish I had more money to spare to buy many of the other sets in their catalog... http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

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21/1/2015 3:23 pm  #5


Re: Bing Crosby Mosaic Set

Anton G.-F. wrote:

... I am one of those people who wish that Bing had recorded more often in a small-group setting

I'm with you all the way on that, Anton. When minimal accompaniment lets one hear every nuance of Bing's voice, there is magic in the air.

I am a bit fonder of Buddy Cole than some others, however, not because I think all of his electric organ work is wonderful, but more because it is a piece of Cole's offerings as a very talented and versatile musician and arranger, of whom it must also be said was well respected and liked by Bing.
 

 

23/1/2015 1:35 am  #6


Re: Bing Crosby Mosaic Set

Steve Fay wrote:

 I am a bit fonder of Buddy Cole than some others, however, not because I think all of his electric organ work is wonderful, but more because it is a piece of Cole's offerings as a very talented and versatile musician and arranger, of whom it must also be said was well respected and liked by Bing.
 

Steve,

I totally agree with you that Buddy Cole was a fantastic musician, and he definitely understood Bing's vocal style perfectly well. However, I tend to prefer him when he plays the piano. I don't think he's a bad organ player; far from it! But I guess it must be that perhaps the organ wasn't as developed as an instrument in the fifties as it would be later in the sixties, when people like Jimmy Smith (whom I love) came on the scene. Or maybe it's the way the organ was recorded on these sessions, I don't know. I just can't put my finger on what it is, but I prefer Buddy Cole when he plays the piano. But, of course, as you say, he was a very fine musician and a very sympathetic accompanist for Bing, Rosie, and others.

 

23/1/2015 10:06 pm  #7


Re: Bing Crosby Mosaic Set

Anton, I too prefer Cole's piano playing to some of his electric organ playing during the period covered by the Mosaic set, but Cole's organ capability shouldn't be judged only on his work on electrics.  He started his career playing theater pipe organ, back when the finest movie houses had such an organist providing the soundtrack behind films with, when it was done well, an orchestral breadth, variety, energy.   On some of the Mosaic tracks I imagnine Cole moving between the keyboards of Piano, Organ, Celeste like a pipe organist moving the stops and playing on different ranks of keys. If you think of his arranger role, another hand on another set of keys can be imagined.   And regarding the piano, a lot of people didn't realize that Buddy plays piano on some of Nat King Cole's hit recordings (because wouldn't most people assume that we were hearing pianist Nat) and Buddy also played piano for some of the other Cole's tours, leaving it easier for Nat to just stand up in front of the orchestra facing the audience, something the audience very much liked.  Here's a short blurb on Buddy that touches on some of these things:  http://www.spaceagepop.com/cole.htm

 

17/2/2016 2:34 am  #8


Re: Bing Crosby Mosaic Set

In case anyone is still considering purchasing this set, Mosaic has it on sale for $105 until the end of February.

http://www.mosaicrecords.com/artists.asp?artist_search=Crosby_Bing

 

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