Only Forever [ASV/Living Era]

Only Forever [ASV/Living Era]

by Bing Crosby
     
 

By the year 1940 Bing Crosby was only faintly recognizable as the smarty-pants jazz-pop singer who cut up with the Rhythm Boys, rode like a pilot fish on the Paul Whiteman orchestra and sang a brief scat chorus during an Okeh recording of "Mississippi Mud" with FrankieSee more details below

Overview

By the year 1940 Bing Crosby was only faintly recognizable as the smarty-pants jazz-pop singer who cut up with the Rhythm Boys, rode like a pilot fish on the Paul Whiteman orchestra and sang a brief scat chorus during an Okeh recording of "Mississippi Mud" with Frankie Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke in January of 1928. Having risen to prominence as a pop idol during the Great Depression, Crosby was now a Hollywood superstar whose repertoire and modus operandi became increasingly attuned to the perceived desires of the mainstream middle class, middlebrow radio, motion picture and emergent television-owning demographic. Living Era's Only Forever presents an almost-but-not-quite chronological survey of Crosby's most successful recordings made between March 22, 1940 and October 26, 1949. Much of the material is sentimental, romantic mood music with lush instrumental accompaniments by John Scott Trotter, Vic Schoen or Victor Young's orchestras and the smaller ensembles of Les Paul and Carmen Cavallaro. "Trade Winds" adopts a Polynesian theme with backing by Dick McIntyre and His Harmony Hawaiians. The more upbeat numbers include "Pistol Packin' Mama," "Don't Fence Me In" and the Xavier Cugat cover "South America, Take It Away!" with feisty support from the the Andrews Sisters; a lively advertisement for "San Fernando Valley"; the million-seller "Swinging on a Star" with vocal accompaniment by the Williams Brothers Quartet; "McNamara's Band," a sort of George M. Cohan-flavored act involving the Jesters and Bob Haggart's orchestra; and "Dear Hearts and Gentle People" with Perry Botkin's String Band and Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires. Glee Clubs bearing the names of "Sportsmen" and Waring are more in tune with most of the tunes reissued here, for despite the occasional energetic outbursts of mirth and merriment, the dominant element on this Crosby sampler is sugar, and lots of it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625539523

Tracks

  1. Only Forever  - John Scott Trotter
  2. Sierra Sue  - John Scott Trotter
  3. Trade Winds
  4. Be Careful, It's My Heart  - John Scott Trotter
  5. Moonlight Becomes You  - John Scott Trotter
  6. Sunday, Monday or Always  -  Ken Darby Singers
  7. People Will Say We're in Love
  8. Pistol Packin' Mama
  9. San Fernando Valley  - John Scott Trotter
  10. Swinging on a Star  - John Scott Trotter
  11. I Love You  - John Scott Trotter
  12. Amor  - John Scott Trotter
  13. I'll Be Seeing You  - John Scott Trotter
  14. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)  - John Scott Trotter
  15. Don't Fence Me In
  16. It's Been a Long, Long Time  -  Paul Trio
  17. I Can't Begin to Tell You  - Carmen Cavallaro
  18. McNamara's Band  - Bob Haggart
  19. South America, Take It Away!
  20. The Whiffenpoof Song  - Fred Waring
  21. Galway Bay
  22. Far Away Places  -  Ken Darby Choir & Instrumental Group
  23. Dear Hearts and Gentle People  -  Perry Botkin's String Band
  24. Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)  -  Ken Darby Choir & Instrumental Group
  25. White Christmas  -  Ken Darby Singers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Paul   Guitar
Fred Waring   Track Performer
Carmen Cavallaro   Piano
Vic Schoen   Track Performer
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Trudy Erwin   Track Performer
Ken Darby Singers   Track Performer
Williams Brothers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Guy Bonham   Composer
Wamp Carlson   Composer
Red Latham   Composer
Martin Haskell   Remastering
Charles Tobias   Composer
Gabriel Ruíz   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Clement Scott   Composer
Dorothy Stewart   Composer
Arthur Colahan   Composer
Tod Galloway   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Ricardo Lopez Mendez   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Meade Minnigerode   Composer
George S. Pomeroy   Composer
Joseph Buell Carey   Composer
Elliott Shapiro   Composer
Maewa Kaihau   Composer
Shamus O'Connor   Composer
John J. Stamford   Composer

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