Good & Rare, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sepia Records' 2007 Bing Crosby compilation Good & Rare, Vol. 2 is an appropriate successor to its 2006 release Good & Rare. As with the previous collection, this one features commercial studio recordings made between 1949 and 1955, none of which was a chart hit or has appeared on a legitimate CD before. The album is legal, but not authorized; Sepia is taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe. In the U.S., Decca's successor Universal Music continues to claim copyright. But since the compilers apparently did not plan for a two-disc series, their second visit to the vault produces a selection that, while equally rare, is necessarily...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sepia Records' 2007 Bing Crosby compilation Good & Rare, Vol. 2 is an appropriate successor to its 2006 release Good & Rare. As with the previous collection, this one features commercial studio recordings made between 1949 and 1955, none of which was a chart hit or has appeared on a legitimate CD before. The album is legal, but not authorized; Sepia is taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe. In the U.S., Decca's successor Universal Music continues to claim copyright. But since the compilers apparently did not plan for a two-disc series, their second visit to the vault produces a selection that, while equally rare, is necessarily a little less good. The rarity is not due to, say, recording anomalies or foreign pressings. It's simply that the period saw Crosby's popularity as a recording artist decline; in 1950, he was the top pop artist in the U.S. by the reckoning of Billboard chart researcher Joel Whitburn, but after 1951, he never ranked in the Top 20 again. As the hits dried up, he kept doing what he usually did, however. Ever eclectic, he recorded country & western or, more precisely, cowboy & Indian music with "The Iowa Indian Song" and "When the Sun Goes Down"; Hawaiian or, more precisely, island music with "The Friendly Islands"; Latin music with "Copacabana" and "Maria Bonita," to the accompaniment of the Bando da Lua; and big-band swing with "You Gotta Show Me," on which Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra were the backup group. Turning to the Great White Way, Crosby had his pick of new shows by some of the top Broadway songwriters, cutting Johnny Mercer's "The Big Movie Show in the Sky" from Texas, Li'l Darlin'; Kurt Weill's "Stay Well" and "The Little Grey House" from Lost in the Stars; Frank Loesser's "More I Cannot Wish You" from Guys & Dolls; and Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Next Time It Happens" from Pipe Dream. He also recorded songs by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin. There were songs that had been written specially for him by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen, and that he had sung in his films "Once More the Blue and White" and "Wouldn't It Be Funny?" from Mr. Music. He made several attempts to replicate the 1950 success of his double-sided duet single with his son Gary Crosby, "Play a Simple Melody"/"Sam's Song." And he cut songs in French for his Le Bing 10" LP as well as duets with fellow movie star Donald O'Connor. Much the same sorts of sources could be cited for the first Good & Rare album, the difference being that, while there were no hits on that disc, there were some standards. There aren't any here, just some sturdy, second-drawer songwriting from some top-flight songwriters and a few amusing novelties, all of them gamely and professionally essayed by a veteran singer who probably didn't think much about them after he left the recording studio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122110910
  • Catalog Number: 1091
  • Sales rank: 232,105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Big Movie Show in the Sky - Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (3:05)
  2. 2 Stay Well - Conlon, Jud Singers & Orchestra (3:00)
  3. 3 The Little Grey House - Conlon, Jud Singers & Orchestra (3:06)
  4. 4 This Could Be Forever - Louanne Hogan (3:15)
  5. 5 The Iowa Indian Song - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (3:17)
  6. 6 When the Sun Goes Down - Ken Darby Singers (3:13)
  7. 7 The Friendly Islands - Jeff Alexander Chorus (2:56)
  8. 8 A Perfect Day (3:01)
  9. 9 Once More the Blue and White - Ken Lane Singers (2:00)
  10. 10 Wouldn't It Be Funny? (2:49)
  11. 11 You Gotta Show Me - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (2:51)
  12. 12 More I Cannot Wish You - Jud Conlon's Choir (3:15)
  13. 13 Copacabana - Bando da Lua (2:49)
  14. 14 Maria Bonita - Bando da Lua (2:57)
  15. 15 Let Me Look at You - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:41)
  16. 16 Old Soldiers Never Die - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:09)
  17. 17 Bonne Nuit - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:17)
  18. 18 Fatherly Advice - Gary Crosby (3:06)
  19. 19 Mademoiselle de Paris (3:11)
  20. 20 La Seine (2:39)
  21. 21 If There's Anybody Here - Matty Matlock's All Stars (2:45)
  22. 22 Back in the Old Routine - Matty Matlock's All Stars (3:02)
  23. 23 Cornbelt Symphony - Gary Crosby (3:00)
  24. 24 The Call of the South - Gary Crosby (2:55)
  25. 25 Liza - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:11)
  26. 26 The Next Time It Happens - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
Buddy Cole Conductor
Ken Darby Conductor
Victor Young Conductor
Paul Durand Conductor
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Carrie Jacobs-Bond Composer
Malcolm MacFarlane Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Dolan's Acoustic Rangers Composer
Geoff Milne Memorabilia
Guy Lafarge Composer
Joao de Barro Composer
Robin Cherry Remastering
Craig Hewitt Graphic Design
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