Recording » Bing and London Symphony Orchestra at Christmas » 26/10/2019 12:27 am

PeterC
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Richard Baker wrote:

jeremyrose wrote:

Presumably there’s some BCE involvement in the release..?

Involvement of the family, obviously, but formal involvement of  the business organisation  BCE is not obvious - no claims of it and no obvious logos displayed. However Bing Crosby.com are promoting it - see 
https://bingcrosby.com/brand-new-bing-crosby-orchestral-album-announced-on-his-anniversary





 

I'm sure the album will be fun to play.  And it'll be a novelty to hear Bing sing xmas songs with 21st century recording technology in the orchestra that backs him up.
But nothing can touch Bing's early xmas recordings, such as him doing Hark The Herald Angels Sing and many others.
 

General Discussion » Thoughts on new album ... ‘Bing At Christmas’ with the LSO » 25/10/2019 4:19 am

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Generally speaking I am not overly fond of the concept of taking an original recording and altering it to have it nestled into some one else's arrangements or have a long dead vocalist or instrumentalist play along side someone living now.  They have done with this Elvis, Glenn Gould, Sinatra, and probably many others, and now Bing.  Kind of a gimmick if you ask me.

Here is the link to the upcoming album of Bing with the LSO   
https://www.udiscovermusic.com/classical-news/bing-crosby-bing-at-christmas/

But despite how I generally view these things, I will give this a chance when it comes out.  And if it wins over new fans for Bing Crosby, that's great too.
 

General Discussion » Just listened to "Bing & Satchmo" Muscrat Ramble. Amazing! » 25/10/2019 4:14 am

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Can anyone tell me if "Bing & Satchmo" was an album unto itself or was it a compilation that was just titled as such?  These two work together so beautifully.

General Discussion » Total newbie question here... » 22/1/2019 2:14 pm

PeterC
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I had never heard of Peter Dawson before.  I am sure this is the Peter Dawson you refer to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Dawson_(bass-baritone)

I am sure there are a few other artists who have recorded more than Bing, Frank, Ella, and the others.  But I doubt any who have done so are of their stature.  But wow!  This Peter Dawson had quite the career.

General Discussion » What would be your top 3 of Bing's original studio albums? » 17/1/2019 1:02 am

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I really love Seasons.  It would be in my top 3, I think.
What would your list look like?

General Discussion » Total newbie question here... » 17/1/2019 12:50 am

PeterC
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Actually, your numbers do sound right now that I think of it.  And if correct, I cannot think of anyone who surpasses Crosby.  There are longer careers in terms of time-span, such as that of Tony Bennett who beats them all, but in terms of sheer volume of recorded music I think Bing has it.

General Discussion » Total newbie question here... » 16/1/2019 10:04 pm

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Indeed -- THE STATISTICS are stupendous!

Bing is right up there with Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, who are possibly the only 2 major artists with more recorded material.  I think these 2 have more than Bing, but I am not 100% certain.

Having skimmed through the discography, 2 questions come to mind...

When was the last time that Bing recorded a song in a studio in any setting such as for his own, collaboration with someone else (such as a duet) or anything at all?  Was it in 1977 for Seasons or are there later recordings that are just not released?

And... when and where was Bing's last public musical performance?



 

Recording » 50th Anniversary Concert at The London Palladium K-Tel LP -vs- CD » 16/1/2019 3:49 am

PeterC
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They didn't video tape it!?!?!
That is insane indeed.

Gosh, if it were someone today there would be digital recorders from all angles not to mention a thousand smart phones held up!

General Discussion » Total newbie question here... » 16/1/2019 1:15 am

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Okay, I am not new to listening to Bing - have done that for many years.  I have some of his LPs and some CDs too.  Hardly a comprehensive collection but I do have some important releases.  The newbie part of this question stems from the fact that I have only recently been seriously listening and collecting.  Prior to this, Bing was, to me, just a guy who occasionally hing around the Rat Pack such as in Robin and the Seven Hoods, or a guy I played a lot at Christmas.  Now I am seeing a whole, full world of Bing that is before me.

So here is my (2-part) question:

Is there much unreleased material by Bing Crosby that is known to be stashed away in vaults somewhere?  And.... are there 'bootlegs' of Bing in the way that there exists a very active bootleg culture such as with Frank Sinatra and some other artists? 

Recording » 50th Anniversary Concert at The London Palladium K-Tel LP -vs- CD » 16/1/2019 1:10 am

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On this love album, Bing sounds a lot better than one might suppose he should sound if they were just going by his age and appearance.  I also recently picked up the United Artists 3CD set which has some real gems.  

They should remaster the 50th anniversary concert and re-release it with a nicer cover.  The CD I have actually looks a bit amateurishly done.  But it is a very solid concert with good diversity of material. 

Recording » 50th Anniversary Concert at The London Palladium K-Tel LP -vs- CD » 15/1/2019 4:04 pm

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Hi everyone.  I have a question about Bing's live album titled "50th Anniversary Concert at The London Palladium",  I have the CD version of this with a black and white cover.  I know there was also a 2LP set put out by K-tel records in the 70s.  I am wondering if these two releases are the same.  They look the same, despite the different cover.  I think most of the tracks are the same but I do not have the K-Tel release.  Are they exactly the same or are there differences?
Thanks!

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