Gold

Gold

by Bing Crosby
     
 
In his self-published book Bing Crosby's Commercial Recordings: From 78s to CDs, Crosby scholar F.B. Wiggins provides a list of "Bing's 40 Top Hits." Wiggins is also the compiler of this 40-track hits compilation, and unsurprisingly 32 of its selections are included on that list, plus two songs in different versions from the ones on the

Overview

In his self-published book Bing Crosby's Commercial Recordings: From 78s to CDs, Crosby scholar F.B. Wiggins provides a list of "Bing's 40 Top Hits." Wiggins is also the compiler of this 40-track hits compilation, and unsurprisingly 32 of its selections are included on that list, plus two songs in different versions from the ones on the list. Wiggins' primary deviation from his list is forced upon him -- there are six tracks from the period 1931-1934 that are not owned by Universal Music and thus not available for a compilation on its Geffen imprint. One of them is "Please," for which Wiggins substitutes a 1940 re-recording. But he also takes the opportunity to augment this roughly chronological sequence of chart-toppers with some signature tunes, such as "When the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day," Crosby's radio theme song; "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral," an excellent example of his way with an Irish number, and early-'50s collaborations with Louis Armstrong ("Gone Fishin'") and Jane Wyman ("In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"). These are some of the liveliest performances on the album. Indeed, Crosby always seems to be stimulated by a collaborator, whether it's Connee Boswell ("Bob White") or the Andrews Sisters ("Don't Fence Me In"). Perhaps supposing that one meeting with Boswell was enough, Wiggins drops their 1938 version of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (included on his list of top hits) in favor of a 1947 one with Al Jolson. Still, the heart of this collection is the series of major hits Crosby scored in a variety of styles over a period of 20 years, as he excelled whether singing straight ballads, rhythm numbers, country & western-flavored material, Dixieland, or even Hawaiian songs. (In fact, he showed a particular affinity for music from the islands.) By Wiggins' count, Crosby made 2,000 studio recordings for commercial release over 52 years. This album contains only 40 of them from the two-decade height of his popularity. But it gives a good sense of what the rest were like and why Crosby was such a dominant singer in his era.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602517632738
catalogNumber:
001085002

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Out of Nowhere
  2. Just One More Chance
  3. At Your Command
  4. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
  5. Love in Bloom
  6. The Very Thought of You
  7. June in January
  8. Soon
  9. It's Easy to Remember
  10. Red Sails in the Sunset
  11. Pennies from Heaven
  12. Sweet Leilani
  13. Too Marvelous for Words
  14. The Moon Got in My Eyes
  15. Remember Me?
  16. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
  17. I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
  18. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  19. Sierra Sue
  20. Trade Winds

Disc 2

  1. Only Forever
  2. Please
  3. White Christmas
  4. Moonlight Becomes You
  5. Sunday, Monday or Always
  6. San Fernando Valley
  7. Swinging on a Star
  8. I Love You
  9. I'll Be Seeing You
  10. Don't Fence Me In
  11. It's Been a Long, Long Time
  12. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
  13. I Can't Begin to Tell You
  14. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  15. Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
  16. Far Away Places
  17. Dear Hearts and Gentle People
  18. Play a Simple Melody
  19. Gone Fishin'
  20. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Harry Barris   Piano

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer,Producer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Buddy Cole   Producer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Sonny Burke   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Jack Kapp   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Clement Scott   Composer
James Royce Shannon   Composer
Dorothy Stewart   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Joseph Buell Carey   Composer
Maewa Kaihau   Composer

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