Golden Greats

Golden Greats

by Bing Crosby
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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:
02/26/2002
Label:
Disky Golden Greats
UPC:
0793515499727
catalogNumber:
64997

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
  2. Please
  3. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  4. Pennies from Heaven
  5. Just One More Chance
  6. Dinah
  7. Thanks
  8. Love Thy Neighbor
  9. I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)
  10. Temptation
  11. Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
  12. Sweet and Lonely
  13. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
  14. Stardust
  15. Black Moonlight
  16. Sweet Leilani
  17. Blue Hawaii
  18. Small Fry
  19. Too Marvelous for Words
  20. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
  21. An Apple for the Teacher
  22. Too Romantic
  23. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  24. The Moon Got in My Eyes
  25. The Funny Old Hills

Disc 2

  1. The Road to Morocco
  2. Moonlight Becomes You
  3. San Fernando Valley
  4. Dolores
  5. Mister Meadowlark
  6. San Antonio Rose
  7. Deep in the Heart of Texas
  8. You Are My Sunshine
  9. I'll Be Seeing You
  10. The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid
  11. Be Honest With Me
  12. Yes, Indeed!
  13. I Can't Begin to Tell You
  14. Trade Winds
  15. Swinging on a Star
  16. Miss You
  17. Walking the Floor Over You
  18. Don't Fence Me In
  19. Along the Santa Fe Trail
  20. Sunday, Monday or Always
  21. Put It There Pal
  22. If You Please
  23. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
  24. MacNamara's Band
  25. White Christmas

Disc 3

  1. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  2. Gone Fishin'
  3. Play a Simple Melody
  4. It's Been a Long, Long Time
  5. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  6. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
  7. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
  8. Dear Hearts and Gentle People
  9. Far Away Places
  10. South America, Take It Away!
  11. A Gal in Calico
  12. The Whiffenpoof Song
  13. Mule Train
  14. Sioux City Sue
  15. Pistol Packin' Mama
  16. Baia
  17. Busy Doing Nothin'
  18. If I Loved You
  19. Galway Bay
  20. Sam's Song (The Happy Tune)
  21. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  22. You Belong to My Heart
  23. Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk)
  24. The Bells of St. Mary's
  25. Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
  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
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Dexter   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
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
Roy Turk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   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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