Film » Anything Goes 1936 » Today 12:25 am

That would be super. Great idea, particularly as the DVD market doesn't seem as vibrant - but I must admit loving owning hard copy discs of these things. I need to hunt down a DVD copy of the 1956 remake, which our webmaster, David Lobosco has so nicely reviewed in the International Club Crosby's "Bing" magazine. 

Recording » Bing's Final Album "Seasons" (1977) » Today 12:13 am

Archiefit wrote:

There's an album I don't hear enough.  Never transferred it to the computer so it doesn't pop up when playing "random" music.  I'll have to go back and listen again.  Hmm, that makes 2 so far I haven't heard or seen in a while, "High Society" & "Seasons".   Before someone mentions it, I also haven't heard Bing's "Hey Jude, Hey Bing" album in a while.  Maybe it's just as well.

Yes, I don't play it often enough, Archiefit. I think the production has so much depth and resonance, with the wonderful rhythm section, gorgeous, opulent strings and that beautiful, echoed analogue mastering. I felt much of this was subsequently digitally dampened on the still most welcome 2010 extra-laden, Collector's Choice CD release. I must play my LP version soon.

Does anyone have any favourite track choices? 


 

Recording » Bing's Final Album "Seasons" (1977) » Yesterday 11:58 pm

ModernBingFan0377 wrote:

Ah yes, this album has always been a favorite of mine, if not my favorite album by Bing.

Yes, I could not agree more. It's certainly my favourite solo album by Bing. My first LP of his was the 1974 RCA compilation, "The Best of Bing" and the second being Crosby and Clooney's,  "Fancy Meeting You Here" (which I think is my favourite album of anyone's), so it was also my first solo album work of his. With the other two having been gifts, it also the first LP recording I bought with my own, hard, (unearned) pocket money, on holiday in Weymouth in 1983.

Never having heard Bing's senior voice, I was uncertain, so I asked the store to play a sample. I still feel goose bumps when I remember and again hear those slow, mellow opening acoustic guitar chords of the title track echoing down the rest of the large store's speaker system and courtesy of its outside ones, wafting Bing's beautifully produced music down the promenade.
 

Film » Anything Goes 1936 » Yesterday 11:07 pm

Archiefit
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How about if they could post the whole movie on Internet Archive.  That would be perfect.

Recording » Bing's Final Album "Seasons" (1977) » Yesterday 11:05 pm

Archiefit
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There's an album I don't hear enough.  Never transferred it to the computer so it doesn't pop up when playing "random" music.  I'll have to go back and listen again.  Hmm, that makes 2 so far I haven't heard or seen in a while, "High Society" & "Seasons".   Before someone mentions it, I also haven't heard Bing's "Hey Jude, Hey Bing" album in a while.  Maybe it's just as well.

Fan Interests » Bing Crosby 2 Gemmy dolls » Yesterday 11:02 pm

Archiefit
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I've read Bing & Ollie got along, they both loved golf and the horses.

Recording » Bing's Final Album "Seasons" (1977) » Yesterday 10:01 pm

Ah yes, this album has always been a favorite of mine, if not my favorite album by Bing.

Fan Interests » Bing Crosby 2 Gemmy dolls » Yesterday 9:09 pm

Ian Kerstein
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Ron Field wrote:

Ian,
Bing always sent a letter saying what he was sort of up to - latest movie - and saying photo was coming under separate cover which arrived a couple of days later-a 10” x 8” photo protected by a piece of cardboard so photo wouldn’t be bent.
Bing was probably the only one to do this.
Have you ever seen the photo of Bing sitting on the desk with a pile of envelopes (photos) to be posted.
He certainly was a rare one compared to the rest of Hollywood.
I’ve also been very fortunate in meeting a number of the Crosby family and they all certainly had their feet solidly on the ground.

Ron, 

I have never knowingly seen the photograph you describe. Do you have a link to this or advice if it features in a particular book? I love how Bing would personally respond to your contacts - and in such a thoughtful and careful manner. If he'd have lived another seven or eight years or so, I'm almost certain I'd have been then old enough to have written, too..

I've heard Bob Hope, Stan Laurel and Joan Crawford were also very committed correspondents. Although from what I've read, Crawford's could, particularly in later life, sometimes border on the obsessional. 

I've just had a rare thought: Bing had his sporting buddy, Stan Laurel's comedy partner, Oliver Hardy cameo in a film of his, Bob and Bing together are now the stuff of legend - I wonder how any potential on screen chemistry of Bing and Joan Crawford would have fared? 
 

Film » Anything Goes 1936 » Yesterday 8:52 pm

This is wonderful. Such a lot of painstaking work must have gone into this. it really is a revelation compared from what I've previously seen. It reminds me of the restored titles that went into Bing's sometime golf and horse racing buddy's Oliver Hardy's films with comedy partner Stan Laurel when released on DVD. The wonderfully varied exposures and similar imagery from this period are a delight. Any plans for a full DVD release? 

Recording » Bing's Final Album "Seasons" (1977) » Yesterday 8:41 pm

With the September and now October chill setting in over here in the UK, where Bing recorded his final album, "Seasons", I'd be most interested to know if anyone else shares my huge enthusiasm for one my favourite albums from our favourite singer?  

Fan Interests » Bing Crosby 2 Gemmy dolls » Yesterday 8:34 pm

Ian Kerstein
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Well, I've waited almost a month, now and can't bear it any longer...
… did you kiss him and did he favourably respond with the (singing) mouth movement you'd been waiting for?

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