12/10/2011 2:33 pm  #1

New CD 'Bing Crosby & Buddies'

A new or newish (released July this year) has recently come to my attention. It's on the 'Retrospect' label.




I have not yet got it but this source normally does a very good job. There is nothing unusual here but it is a very nice mix of 53 tracks covering many years, with, as the title suggests, many of Bing's long term collaborators.

Just in case it is difficult to read from the image, the tracks are

Disc: 1
1. Gone Fishin' (Louis Armstrong)
2. Happy Feet (The Rhythm Boys)
3. Dinah (The Mills Brothers)
4. Shine (The Mills Brothers)
5. My Honey's Lovin' Arms (The Mills Brothers)
6. Pennies From Heaven (Frances Langford & Louis Armstrong)
7. The Way You Look Tonight (Dixie Lee Crosby)
8. Sweet Leilani (Lani Mcintyre & His Hawaiians)
9. Bob White, Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight? (Connee Boswell)
10. Small Fry (Johnny Mercer)
11. Mister Crosby And Mister Mercer (Johnny Mercer)
12. Gypsy Love Song (Frances Langford)
13. Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider (The Foursome)
14. An Apple For The Teacher (Connee Boswell )
15. Dolores (The Merry Macs)
16. The Waiter And The Porter And The Upstairs Maid (Mary Martin & Jack Teagarden)
17. Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie (Mary Martin)
18. I'll Capture Her Heart (Fred Astaire)
19. Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin (Trudy Erwin)
20. Pistol Packin' Mama (The Andrews Sisters)
21. Swinging On A Star (The Williams Brothers Quartet)
22. Don't Fence Me In (The Andrews Sisters)
23. My Baby Said Yes (Louis Jordan)
24. Mine (Judy Garland)
25. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (The Andrews Sisters)
26. Put It There, Pal (Bob Hope)
27. Along The Navajo Trail (The Andrews Sisters)
Disc: 2
1. It s Been A Long, Long Time (Les Paul)
2. I Can't Begin To Tell You (Carmen Cavallaro)
3. South America, Take It Away (The Andrews Sisters)
4. A Couple Of Song And Dance Men (Fred Astaire)
5. I Still Suits Me (Lee Wiley)
6. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Al Jolson)
7. The Whiffenpoof Song (Fred Waring & His Glee Club)
8. Busy Doing Nothing (Cedric Hardwicke & William Bendix)
9. Play A Simple Melody (Gary Crosby)
10. Sam's Song (Gary Crosby)
11. If I Were A Bell (Patty Andrews)
12. Moonlight Bay (Gary Crosby)
13. When You And I Were Young Maggie Blues (Gary Crosby)
14. In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening (Jane Wyman)
15. Watermelon Weather (Peggy Lee)
16. Chicago Style (Bob Hope)
17. Back In The Old Routine (Donald O'Connor)
18. Well, Did You Evah? (Frank Sinatra)
19. Now You Has Jazz (Louis Armstrong)
20. True Love (Grace Kelly)
21. Brazil (Rosemary Clooney)
22. Fancy Meeting You Here (Rosemary Clooney)
23. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (Rosemary Clooney)
24. Muskrat Ramble (Louis Armstrong)
25. The Preacher (Louis Armstrong)
26. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Louis Armstrong)


13/10/2011 4:58 pm  #2

Re: New CD 'Bing Crosby & Buddies'

That is a very good combination of songs, however I won't be buying it as I think I have them all through Jonzo, Sepia and other albums.
Though it would be a good one to buy for my niece, who is now a member of ICC. I rejoined her in Leeds.


18/10/2011 7:10 pm  #3

Re: New CD 'Bing Crosby & Buddies'

Nice selection.  Richard, are any of the songs somewhat rarer than the others among Bing CD compilations?  I think I know nearly all of them, but some I know from LPs not necessarily CDs.

Anything that reminds people of what a good duet artist Bing was is a good thing, in my opinion.  Though a couple of the tunes, like "A Long, Long Time" have only Bing's voice....though Les Paul's guitar is rather like a voice.


19/10/2011 12:37 pm  #4

Re: New CD 'Bing Crosby & Buddies'

Steve Fay wrote:

Nice selection.  Richard, are any of the songs somewhat rarer than the others among Bing CD compilations?  .

Steve, most are pretty well known but a few -  'Dolores' for example - don't crop up all that often, and some of the later tracks, whilst very frequently played and heard have not until recently appeared in such a mixture in company with older material. The issue, which I have now seen and sampled, is well engineered and comes with full discographical information, including information on the origins of the songs. Personnel information is given for many tracks.

The items that originated in stereo are in good stereo, but possibly slightly lacking in the very last word of upper end sparkle. The sound restoration was done by Alan Bunting who has done much similar work for the Retrospective label and others. Each of the two CDs run to over 79 minutes. Most fans will have all of these tracks but it is nonetheless highly recommendable.

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