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Centennial Anthology of His Decca Recordings
     

A Centennial Anthology of His Decca Recordings

by Bing Crosby
 
Bing Crosby recorded exclusively for Decca Records from 1934-1955 and non-exclusively for a couple of years after that, and Decca purchased some of the masters he recorded for Brunswick prior to his Decca contract, so parent company MCA (a part of Universal) owns the bulk of his studio recordings. The European copyright limit of 50 years on recordings has put many of

Overview

Bing Crosby recorded exclusively for Decca Records from 1934-1955 and non-exclusively for a couple of years after that, and Decca purchased some of the masters he recorded for Brunswick prior to his Decca contract, so parent company MCA (a part of Universal) owns the bulk of his studio recordings. The European copyright limit of 50 years on recordings has put many of those recordings in the public domain overseas, leading to a flood of low-quality compilations, many of which turn up in the U.S. To combat them, MCA/Decca has embarked on its own Crosby reissue campaign, using the original masters, of course, enlisting the long-lived fan club the British-based International Crosby Circle, and specifically its North American representative, Wig Wiggins, to compile the albums. The result has been a series of excellent collections, and this is another one. To mark the centenary of Crosby's birth, Wiggins has assembled a thematically arranged 50-track, two-disc compilation that surveys a group of major trends in the singer's work. The compiler has come up with 11 such subheadings, each of which is worthy of its own album -- "Early Hits," "Country and Western," "Songs of the Islands," "Irish Favorites," "Bing's Duets," "Swing With Bing," "Film Favorites," "Bing and the Instrumentalists," "Americana," "The Voice of Christmas," and "Around the World." (Actually, some of these topics have been used to compile whole albums.) It's fair to say that listeners may not be able to distinguish each theme while listening to the discs, but they provide an organizing principal to give the album a good flow. Some critics have faulted Crosby's willingness to record everything from Hawaiian songs to early country tunes, but Wiggins, by choosing and sequencing carefully, justifies his eclecticism. There's a little bit of everything here, and all of it is very good.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811322229
catalogNumber:
113222

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bob Crosby   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Ray Bauduc   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Dexter   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Andrew B. Sterling   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Dick Thomas   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Guy Bonham   Composer
Wamp Carlson   Composer
Red Latham   Composer
Jack Stapp   Composer
Harry Stone   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Clement Scott   Composer
James Royce Shannon   Composer
Dorothy Stewart   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Emmett Adams   Composer
Walter Blaufuss   Composer
Arthur Colahan   Composer
Ray Freedman   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Maewa Kaihau   Composer
Shamus O'Connor   Composer
John J. Stamford   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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