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Posted October 1, 2010
Great for Musicologists, Historians, and Crosbyologists
This is a compilation of early Crosby. What he was doing in the early thirties,singing with as many bands and orchestras as possible (even a jazz theater organ accompaniment on one track)in order to make it in show business. His major competitors at the time were singers like Russ Columbo, Buddy Clark,and Gene Austin. Crosby whistles during orchestra interludes,hums, and ba-ba ba-boos to make each song an individual interpretation. A very early and undiscovered Tommy Dorsey has to be the studio trombonist backing up Crosby on "How Deep is the Ocean?" and "Ghost of a Chance". Also recommended is the track "Buddy Can You Spare a Dime?" Crosby's rendition became the hallmark signature song of the Great Depression.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.