Golden Greats

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The reason for the plethora of CD reissues of the recordings of vintage recordings artists like Bing Crosby since the 1990s is simple: International copyright lapses after 50 years, putting those artists' catalogs into the public domain, at least in Europe. Each year, more reissues come out on labels that don't have to pay for licensing, their only restriction being that the tracks have to be at least half-a-century old. Thus, this three-CD set, containing 75 Crosby recordings originally issued on Brunswick and Decca Records and to which Sony and Universal claim ownership in the U.S., cuts off strictly in 1951, its latest tracks being "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The reason for the plethora of CD reissues of the recordings of vintage recordings artists like Bing Crosby since the 1990s is simple: International copyright lapses after 50 years, putting those artists' catalogs into the public domain, at least in Europe. Each year, more reissues come out on labels that don't have to pay for licensing, their only restriction being that the tracks have to be at least half-a-century old. Thus, this three-CD set, containing 75 Crosby recordings originally issued on Brunswick and Decca Records and to which Sony and Universal claim ownership in the U.S., cuts off strictly in 1951, its latest tracks being "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" and the Louis Armstrong duet "Gone Fishin'." Although arbitrary from a musical perspective, this limitation actually works from a commercial standpoint, since, after 20 years as a leading figure in pop music, Crosby faded as a record-seller after 1951, the last year he ranked among the 20 top singles artists in Billboard, managing only one more Top Ten hit, "True Love," in 1956. So, Golden Greats has the potential to contain his most popular work. It is, in fact, a grab bag of material dating back to 1931. Twenty of Crosby's 38 number one hits are included, along with many other popular recordings, and the singer is featured in duets with Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters, Al Jolson, Connee Boswell, and Judy Garland, among others. The collection is very roughly chronological, so one gets to hear Crosby develop from his early crooning days to his familiar '40s material and on to the era when he was competing uncomfortably with the likes of Frankie Laine on "Mule Train." There are no annotations, however, and the album has a thrown-together feel, with some tracks sonically challenged.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • Label: Disky Records
  • UPC: 724356499720
  • Catalog Number: 564997

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day) (3:10)
  2. 2 Please (3:01)
  3. 3 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) (3:04)
  4. 4 Pennies from Heaven (3:11)
  5. 5 Just One More Chance (3:07)
  6. 6 Dinah (2:50)
  7. 7 Thanks (3:14)
  8. 8 Love Thy Neighbor (3:11)
  9. 9 I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) (2:40)
  10. 10 Temptation (2:45)
  11. 11 Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? (3:17)
  12. 12 Sweet and Lonely (3:00)
  13. 13 I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store) (3:05)
  14. 14 Stardust (2:48)
  15. 15 Black Moonlight (3:19)
  16. 16 Sweet Leilani (3:13)
  17. 17 Blue Hawaii (3:05)
  18. 18 Small Fry (3:07)
  19. 19 Too Marvelous for Words (3:03)
  20. 20 Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) (2:38)
  21. 21 An Apple for the Teacher (3:04)
  22. 22 Too Romantic (3:11)
  23. 23 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (2:55)
  24. 24 The Moon Got in My Eyes (3:11)
  25. 25 The Funny Old Hills (2:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Road to Morocco (2:34)
  2. 2 Moonlight Becomes You (3:07)
  3. 3 San Fernando Valley (3:10)
  4. 4 Dolores (3:08)
  5. 5 Mister Meadowlark (2:37)
  6. 6 San Antonio Rose (3:13)
  7. 7 Deep in the Heart of Texas (2:40)
  8. 8 You Are My Sunshine (2:34)
  9. 9 I'll Be Seeing You (2:49)
  10. 10 The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid (3:10)
  11. 11 Be Honest With Me (2:38)
  12. 12 Yes, Indeed! (3:09)
  13. 13 I Can't Begin to Tell You (2:52)
  14. 14 Trade Winds (3:14)
  15. 15 Swinging on a Star (2:31)
  16. 16 Miss You (2:47)
  17. 17 Walking the Floor Over You (3:09)
  18. 18 Don't Fence Me In (3:05)
  19. 19 Along the Santa Fe Trail (3:06)
  20. 20 Sunday, Monday or Always (2:35)
  21. 21 Put It There Pal (2:22)
  22. 22 If You Please (3:07)
  23. 23 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? (2:56)
  24. 24 MacNamara's Band (2:41)
  25. 25 White Christmas (3:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (2:44)
  2. 2 Gone Fishin' (2:30)
  3. 3 Play a Simple Melody (2:54)
  4. 4 It's Been a Long, Long Time (2:56)
  5. 5 Alexander's Ragtime Band (2:58)
  6. 6 Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby) (3:15)
  7. 7 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (3:26)
  8. 8 Dear Hearts and Gentle People (2:38)
  9. 9 Far Away Places (3:00)
  10. 10 South America, Take It Away! (3:07)
  11. 11 A Gal in Calico (2:41)
  12. 12 The Whiffenpoof Song (3:00)
  13. 13 Mule Train (2:52)
  14. 14 Sioux City Sue (2:49)
  15. 15 Pistol Packin' Mama (3:01)
  16. 16 Baia (2:53)
  17. 17 Busy Doing Nothin' (3:03)
  18. 18 If I Loved You (18:47)
  19. 19 Galway Bay (19:47)
  20. 20 Sam's Song (The Happy Tune) (20:47)
  21. 21 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (21:47)
  22. 22 You Belong to My Heart (22:47)
  23. 23 Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk) (23:47)
  24. 24 The Bells of St. Mary's (24:47)
  25. 25 Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (25:47)
  26. 26 Now Is the Hour
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Bing Crosby Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Stan Jones Composer
Al Dexter Composer
Agustín Lara Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Charles F. Kenny Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Dick Thomas Composer
Roy Turk Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Jack Elliott Composer
Guy Bonham Composer
Wamp Carlson Composer
Red Latham Composer
Ary Barroso Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Lou Quadling Composer
Charles Tobias Composer
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Bill Austin Composer
Clement Scott Composer
Dorothy Stewart Composer
Don Swander Composer
Arthur Colahan Composer
Edwina Coolidge Composer
Tod Galloway Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Will Grosz Composer
Nick Kenny Composer
Robert Fletcher Composer
Meade Minnigerode Composer
George S. Pomeroy Composer
Maewa Kaihau Composer
Shamus O'Connor Composer
John J. Stamford Composer
June Hershey Composer
Reid A. Stanley Composer
Jimmy Monaco Composer
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