Havin' Fun [2 CD]

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bing Crosby hosted a radio program beginning in 1949 that ran throughout most of the following decade. It featured a number of different musicians, with his good friend Louis Armstrong as a frequent guest. This two-CD set, previously issued on individual discs by Jazz Unlimited as Havin' Fun and Havin' More Fun, was repackaged by Storyville, adding detailed liner notes by Chris Albertson. The banter between the two men varies between ad-libbed and scripted, though it is clear they enjoy one another's company on-stage. Because these performances are excerpted from a number of different programs, there are several versions of "Rockin' Chair," "Blueberry Hill," "Up a Lazy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bing Crosby hosted a radio program beginning in 1949 that ran throughout most of the following decade. It featured a number of different musicians, with his good friend Louis Armstrong as a frequent guest. This two-CD set, previously issued on individual discs by Jazz Unlimited as Havin' Fun and Havin' More Fun, was repackaged by Storyville, adding detailed liner notes by Chris Albertson. The banter between the two men varies between ad-libbed and scripted, though it is clear they enjoy one another's company on-stage. Because these performances are excerpted from a number of different programs, there are several versions of "Rockin' Chair," "Blueberry Hill," "Up a Lazy River," and "Lazy Bones," most of which aren't very different from one another. Although Armstrong is primarily a vocalist, he has several opportunities to play trumpet, too, including a hot instrumental ("Panama") with Joe Venuti. Other guests include Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Jack Teagarden, and Venuti. Fans of Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong will find this set to be an excellent investment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101840526
  • Catalog Number: 1038405
  • Sales rank: 243,322

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme (Where the Blue of the Night) - Ken Carpenter (3:59)
  2. 2 Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy - Louis Armstrong (3:52)
  3. 3 I'm Coming Virginia - Louis Armstrong (2:09)
  4. 4 Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Talking - Louis Armstrong (3:10)
  5. 5 Royal Garden Blues - Louis Armstrong (2:36)
  6. 6 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Louis Armstrong (2:15)
  7. 7 Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong (3:34)
  8. 8 Lazy Bones - Louis Armstrong (3:51)
  9. 9 Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald Talking - Louis Armstrong (0:35)
  10. 10 Undecided - Louis Armstrong (2:29)
  11. 11 Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Talking - Louis Armstrong (3:23)
  12. 12 I Get Ideas - Louis Armstrong (3:29)
  13. 13 Memphis Blues - Louis Armstrong (4:17)
  14. 14 Chesterfield Jingle - Louis Armstrong (0:44)
  15. 15 A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong (4:09)
  16. 16 Theme: Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Talking - Louis Armstrong (1:04)
  17. 17 On the Sunny Side of the Street - Louis Armstrong (3:39)
  18. 18 Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Talking - Louis Armstrong (1:35)
  19. 19 Gone Fishin' - Louis Armstrong (3:03)
  20. 20 Up a Lazy River - Louis Armstrong (2:13)
  21. 21 Lazy Bones - Louis Armstrong (3:51)
  22. 22 Rockin' Chair - Louis Armstrong (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Theme (Where the Blue of the Night)/Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Tal - Ken Carpenter (0:54)
  2. 2 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Louis Armstrong (2:08)
  3. 3 Bing Crosby, Ken Carpenter, Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden Talking - Ken Carpenter (1:04)
  4. 4 A Song Was Born - Louis Armstrong (2:48)
  5. 5 Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden Talking - Louis Armstrong (0:55)
  6. 6 Gone Fishin' - Louis Armstrong (2:57)
  7. 7 Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Talking - Louis Armstrong (1:59)
  8. 8 La Vie en Rose - Louis Armstrong (2:37)
  9. 9 Lazy Bones - Louis Armstrong (2:58)
  10. 10 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Louis Armstrong (2:08)
  11. 11 My Honey's Lovin' Arms - Louis Armstrong (3:19)
  12. 12 Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Talking - Louis Armstrong (1:27)
  13. 13 You're Just in Love - Louis Armstrong (3:12)
  14. 14 Up a Lazy River - Louis Armstrong (3:01)
  15. 15 Bing Crosby, Ken Carpenter, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and Joe Ver - Ken Carpenter (6:17)
  16. 16 Panama - Louis Armstrong (2:51)
  17. 17 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Louis Armstrong (1:30)
  18. 18 Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Talking - Louis Armstrong (1:39)
  19. 19 Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong (2:59)
  20. 20 Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong Talking - Louis Armstrong (1:35)
  21. 21 Rockin' Chair - Louis Armstrong (3:31)
  22. 22 Rockin' Chair (Finale, Theme) - Louis Armstrong (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist, Vocals, Spoken Word
Peggy Lee Vocals
Dinah Shore Vocals
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Jack Teagarden Trombone, Vocals
Joe Venuti Violin
Matty Matlock Clarinet
Nick Travis Trumpet
Mel Henke Piano
Buddy Cole Piano
Dick Taylor Trombone
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
Perry Botkin Guitar
Ken Carpenter Spoken Word
Nick Fatool Drums
James Moore Bass Guitar
Phil Stephens Bass, Bass Guitar
Jack Chaney Tenor Saxophone
James C. Moore Bass
John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires Vocals, Track Performer
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra Guitar
Johnny Cyr Drums
Technical Credits
Bing Crosby Contributor
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Ken Carpenter Contributor
Will Marion Cook Composer
Hans Nielsen Remastering
Roy Turk Composer
Anders Stefansen Producer, Audio Production
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