Bing Crosby – His Legendary Years 1931-1957 (1993)

Bing Crosby - His Legendary Years 1931-1957 (1993)
Artist: Bing Crosby
Album: His Legendary Years 1931-1957
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 1993
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day
Out of Nowhere
Just One More Chance
I’m Through With Love
I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
At Your Command
I Apologize
Dancing in the Dark
The Moon Was Yellow (And the Night Was Young)
Two Cigarettes in the Dark
With Every Breath I Take
June in January
Love Is Just Around the Corner
Down by the River
It’s Easy to Remember
Red Sails in the Sunset
Silent Night, Holy Night
I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)
Pennies From Heaven
A Fine Romance
Sweet Leilani

Blue Hawaii
Too Marvelous For Words
It’s the Natural Thing to Do
The Moon Got in My Eyes
Remember Me?
Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
Don’t Be That Way
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Small Fry
I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams
Mexicali Rose
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) – (previously unreleased)
Somebody Loves Me
What’s New?
Sierra Sue
Trade Winds
Only Forever
New San Antonio Rose
Humpty Dumpty Heart
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
White Christmas
Easter Parade

Be Careful, It’s My Heart
Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
Moonlight Becomes You
Sunday, Monday or Always
Mississippi Mud / I Left My Sugar Standing In The Rain
Pistol Packin’ Mama
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
San Fernando Valley
“Close the Door Joe, We’re Making a Disc” – (previously unreleased)
Swinging on a Star
I Love You
I’ll Be Seeing You – (rehearsal glimpse)
I’ll Be Seeing You – (previously unreleased)
On the Atchison, Topeka & The Santa Fe
Song of the Fifth Marines – (previously unreleased)
(There’ll Be A)Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go Marching in)
Don’t Fence Me In
My Baby Said Yes (Yip Yip de Hootie)
AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
The Road to Morocco
You Belong to My Heart (Now & Forever) – (Solamente Una Vez)
It’s Been a Long, Long Time
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)
I Can’t Begin to Tell You
Day by Day
MacNamara’s Band
South America, Take It Away

Alexander’s Ragtime Band
The Spaniard That Blighted My Life
Whiffenpoof Song
Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
But Beautiful
Galway Bay
Far Away Places
Sing Soft, Sing Sweet, Sing Gentle
Dear Hearts and Gentle People
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
Play a Simple Melody
Sam’s Song (The Happy Tune)
Harbor Lights
Autumn Leaves
Silver Bells
Getting to Know You
Gone Fishin’ – (live)
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
Watermelon Weather
Thanks For the Memory
Around the World (In Eighty Days)
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)


This four-CD set does a superb job of summing up Bing Crosby’s years with Decca. After nine titles from 1931 (which were acquired by Decca later on), the program concentrates on the 1934-1957 period and, in addition to the expected hits, all aspects of his career are covered. Despite a few Dixieland-flavored selections, Crosby had largely abandoned jazz by the late ’30s, but his phrasing (which was influenced by Louis Armstrong) and appealing voice should be of interest to jazz listeners. His ballads grew in stature in later years, while the up-tempo performances tended to be less memorable novelties. Although it should be augmented by collections that focus on his recordings of the ’20s and early ’30s, this is the definitive Bing Crosby set.
Review by Scott Yanow

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