My Favorite Irish Songs

My Favorite Irish Songs

by Bing Crosby
     
 
If they make a Hallmark card for it, Bing's got an album for it. In fairness, Christmas and St. Patrick's Day are the only two holidays that prompt reissues of Bing Crosby's music, like the budget-priced My Favorite Irish Songs. This disc sells for about half the price of a regular compact disc, which seems fair since it

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If they make a Hallmark card for it, Bing's got an album for it. In fairness, Christmas and St. Patrick's Day are the only two holidays that prompt reissues of Bing Crosby's music, like the budget-priced My Favorite Irish Songs. This disc sells for about half the price of a regular compact disc, which seems fair since it runs about half as long (29-plus minutes). The choices here are good; it's unlikely Bing himself expressed any predilection for these Irish songs over others he'd recorded, so listeners are left to presume these are the favorite Irish songs of the compiler, Bob Zipkin (best not to think about it). These were originally recorded throughout the '40s, many with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, which always handled Bing's voice in a sympathetic setting. The songs recorded with Trotter are generally deep, thoughtful, and resonant, hovering between sentiment and sadness; these include "The Rose of Tralee," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," "Danny Boy," "Galway Bay," and "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)." The disc also features a few boisterous but good-natured songs, bordering at times on parody, like "MacNamara's Band" and "Dear Old Donegal." Compared to the Irish music of true Celtic origin now available, Bing's Irish music has a distinctly American sound to it, with references to swing and put-upon accents that sometimes sound disingenuous. But Bing did play an important role in popularizing Irish music, and many of these songs are still remembered fondly. As with a lot of Bing Crosby budget-priced repackagings, the sound quality shows the limits of its day and liner notes are nonexistent, but that all comes with the savin' o' the green.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0076742104825
catalogNumber:
21048
Rank:
70652

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Guy Bonham   Composer
Wamp Carlson   Composer
Red Latham   Composer
Chauncey Olcott   Composer
Mordaunt Spencer   Composer
Ted Steels   Composer
Ernest R. Ball   Composer
Gary Graff   Composer
Joseph Kennedy   Composer
Freddie Grundland   Composer
Shamus O'Connor   Composer
Gerald Morrison   Composer
John J. Stamford   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Charles Glover   Composer
Joseph Hamilton Kennedy   Composer
W. Steven Graham   Composer
McCullough Piggott   Composer
Fred Grant   Composer

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