A Centennial Anthology of His Decca Recordings

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811322229
  • Catalog Number: 113222
  • Sales rank: 62,984

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Surrender, Dear - John Scott Trotter (3:06)
  2. 2 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) - John Scott Trotter (3:06)
  3. 3 Stardust - Matty Malneck (3:01)
  4. 4 I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store) - John Scott Trotter (3:03)
  5. 5 Please - John Scott Trotter (3:03)
  6. 6 Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day) - John Scott Trotter (3:12)
  7. 7 I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (2:40)
  8. 8 New San Antonio Rose - Bob Crosby (3:17)
  9. 9 Pistol Packin' Mama - Vic Schoen (3:02)
  10. 10 Don't Fence Me In - Vic Schoen (3:05)
  11. 11 Sweet Leilani - Lani McIntire (3:18)
  12. 12 Blue Hawaii - Lani McIntyre and His Hawaiians (3:07)
  13. 13 My Isle of Golden Dreams (3:00)
  14. 14 Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby) - John Scott Trotter (3:19)
  15. 15 MacNamara's Band - Jesters (2:42)
  16. 16 Galway Bay - Victor Young & His Orchestra (3:02)
  17. 17 Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie - John Scott Trotter (2:35)
  18. 18 Road to Morocco - Vic Schoen (2:36)
  19. 19 South America, Take It Away! - Vic Schoen (3:10)
  20. 20 A Couple of Song and Dance Men - John Scott Trotter (2:19)
  21. 21 Alexander's Ragtime Band - Al Jolson (2:58)
  22. 22 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening - Matty Matlock's All Stars (3:25)
  23. 23 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Bob Crosby (2:56)
  24. 24 Yes, Indeed! - Connee Boswell (3:09)
  25. 25 South Rampart Street Parade - Bob Crosby (3:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 June in January - George Stoll (3:12)
  2. 2 Pennies from Heaven - George Stoll (3:10)
  3. 3 I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams - John Scott Trotter (2:37)
  4. 4 Moonlight Becomes You - John Scott Trotter (3:12)
  5. 5 Sunday, Monday or Always - Ken Darby Singers (2:38)
  6. 6 Swinging on a Star - John Scott Trotter (2:30)
  7. 7 The Bells of St. Mary's - John Scott Trotter (3:03)
  8. 8 Blue Skies - John Scott Trotter (3:25)
  9. 9 It's Been a Long, Long Time - Les Paul Trio (2:57)
  10. 10 I Can't Begin to Tell You - Carmen Cavallaro (2:53)
  11. 11 Ol' Man River - Buddy Cole & His Trio (2:21)
  12. 12 You Are My Sunshine - Victor Young & His Orchestra (2:34)
  13. 13 San Fernando Valley - John Scott Trotter (3:13)
  14. 14 Sioux City Sue - Jesters (2:48)
  15. 15 Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:40)
  16. 16 Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy - Vic Schoen (3:31)
  17. 17 Jingle Bells - Vic Schoen (2:34)
  18. 18 I'll Be Home for Christmas - John Scott Trotter (2:55)
  19. 19 Silent Night - Ken Darby Singers (2:41)
  20. 20 White Christmas - Ken Darby Singers (3:01)
  21. 21 Red Sails in the Sunset - Victor Young & His Orchestra (3:12)
  22. 22 Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) - Ken Darby Choir & Instrumental Group (3:08)
  23. 23 Far Away Places - Ken Darby Choir & Instrumental Group (2:59)
  24. 24 Harbor Lights (3:03)
  25. 25 Around the World (In Eighty Days) - Buddy Cole & His Orchestra (2:55)
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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
Al 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 II 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 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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