A Southern Memoir

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bing Crosby's U.K.-only 1975 LP A Southern Memoir gets its first-ever stateside release 35 years after the fact with this CD reissue, courtesy of Bing Crosby Enterprises via Collectors' Choice Music, which adds seven previously unreleased bonus tracks, most of which are alternate takes of the album's songs. The disc was a pet project of Crosby's he is even credited as producer, the concept being a collection of songs from the first decades of the 20th century with references to the American South -- "Alabamy Bound," "Carolina in the Morning," etc. Crosby employed pianist/arranger/conductor Paul Smith to come up with a varied group of charts, some of which are typical ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bing Crosby's U.K.-only 1975 LP A Southern Memoir gets its first-ever stateside release 35 years after the fact with this CD reissue, courtesy of Bing Crosby Enterprises via Collectors' Choice Music, which adds seven previously unreleased bonus tracks, most of which are alternate takes of the album's songs. The disc was a pet project of Crosby's he is even credited as producer, the concept being a collection of songs from the first decades of the 20th century with references to the American South -- "Alabamy Bound," "Carolina in the Morning," etc. Crosby employed pianist/arranger/conductor Paul Smith to come up with a varied group of charts, some of which are typical of the traditional pop style in which the singer usually was heard, some e.g., the 1917 copyright "Where the Morning Glories Grow" similar to the way they might have been done back when they were written, and some "up-to-date" as Crosby put it in the original liner notes. It is those last versions that must have given Crosby fans pause in 1975 and sound particularly dated in 2010. Partway through "Alabamy Bound" and throughout "Georgia on My Mind," Smith has used a funk/disco approach à la the mid-'70s. Particularly on "Georgia on My Mind," it suggests that the singer should be Isaac Hayes instead of Bing Crosby, and it has the so-bad-it's-funny quality of The Ethel Merman Disco Album. Apparently, the arrangement was so off-putting to the British branch of Decca Records, which licensed the album for its initial release, that it was edited down for the LP. The full version is restored here, with the edited version relegated to "bonus track" status. Thankfully, this style is limited to a couple of songs on the disc. Otherwise, A Southern Memoir is a pleasant late-career effort for the 71-year-old Crosby, part of his final renaissance as a singer. The most notable bonus track is a privately recorded set of parodies, "Bing's South Texas Quail Hunting Medley," which provides a sense of Crosby's wit and affection for his friends, with its personal references to his hunting buddies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Bing Crosby Ent
  • UPC: 617742216028
  • Catalog Number: 2160
  • Sales rank: 203,611

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist, Interviewee
Frank Capp Drums
Paul Smith Piano, Conductor
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Monty Budwig Bass
Larry Bunker Percussion
Dick Nash Trombone
Don Raffell Saxophone
Allan Reuss Guitar
John Rotella Saxophone
Dominic Mumolo Saxophone
Vic Feldman Percussion
Joe Valenti Trumpet
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer, Lyricist
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Bing Crosby Composer, Lyricist
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
André Previn Composer
Paul Smith Arranger
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
George Botsford Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Bud Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Leon René Composer
Randall Smith Mastering
Harry Warren Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Erik Blank Mastering
Geoff Milne Interviewer
David Wedgbury Cover Photo
Joe Young Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Clarence Muse Composer
Frank Perkins Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Harry Carroll Composer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Kathryn Crosby Executive Producer
Arne Fogel Liner Notes
Raymond Egan Composer
Jean C. Havez Composer
Mark Brodka Music Business Affairs
Robert S. Bader Reissue Producer, Remixing
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