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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517632738
  • Catalog Number: 001085002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out of Nowhere (3:08)
  2. 2 Just One More Chance (3:29)
  3. 3 At Your Command (3:19)
  4. 4 Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day) - Benny Krueger & his Orchestra (3:02)
  5. 5 Love in Bloom - Irving Aaronson & His Orchestra (3:11)
  6. 6 The Very Thought of You (2:58)
  7. 7 June in January (3:13)
  8. 8 Soon (3:05)
  9. 9 It's Easy to Remember (3:12)
  10. 10 Red Sails in the Sunset (3:13)
  11. 11 Pennies from Heaven (3:12)
  12. 12 Sweet Leilani - Lani McIntire's Hawaiians (3:18)
  13. 13 Too Marvelous for Words (3:06)
  14. 14 The Moon Got in My Eyes - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:12)
  15. 15 Remember Me? - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:02)
  16. 16 Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:38)
  17. 17 I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:38)
  18. 18 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Bob Crosby Orchestra (2:56)
  19. 19 Sierra Sue - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:02)
  20. 20 Trade Winds (3:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Only Forever - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:10)
  2. 2 Please - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:03)
  3. 3 White Christmas - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:01)
  4. 4 Moonlight Becomes You - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:13)
  5. 5 Sunday, Monday or Always (2:35)
  6. 6 San Fernando Valley - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:13)
  7. 7 Swinging on a Star - The Williams Brothers (2:31)
  8. 8 I Love You - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:36)
  9. 9 I'll Be Seeing You - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:50)
  10. 10 Don't Fence Me In (3:05)
  11. 11 It's Been a Long, Long Time (3:00)
  12. 12 Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby) - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:19)
  13. 13 I Can't Begin to Tell You - Carmen Cavallaro (2:54)
  14. 14 Alexander's Ragtime Band - Morris Stoloff & His Orchestra (2:59)
  15. 15 Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (3:08)
  16. 16 Far Away Places (2:59)
  17. 17 Dear Hearts and Gentle People (2:41)
  18. 18 Play a Simple Melody - Gary Crosby (2:55)
  19. 19 Gone Fishin' - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:31)
  20. 20 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (3:23)
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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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