Return to Paradise Islands

Return to Paradise Islands

by Bing Crosby
     
 

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Although a parade of pop artists recorded Hawaiian material between the '20s and '50s, none of them are as associated with it as Bing Crosby -- who could have (and did) populate an entire hits collection with only his Hawaiian-themed songs. In the early '60s, Crosby was briefly signed to Reprise Records, the new home for the best vocalists in traditional pop, but his…  See more details below

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Although a parade of pop artists recorded Hawaiian material between the '20s and '50s, none of them are as associated with it as Bing Crosby -- who could have (and did) populate an entire hits collection with only his Hawaiian-themed songs. In the early '60s, Crosby was briefly signed to Reprise Records, the new home for the best vocalists in traditional pop, but his only solo-billed record was this one, from 1963. It's an overlooked gem, recorded with Nelson Riddle, who understood more than any other arranger of his era how to bring exotic sounds home to American shores without proceeding directly to overkill. Riddle employs strings slightly more than on his classic arrangements, but they're sweeping and lush -- completely in keeping with the material. Crosby sounds not merely comfortable, but fully relaxed in these songs. The opener, "Return to Paradise," a movie theme from a few years earlier, is the perfect place to start; not with some frothy hula dances, but a warm and reflective ballad wrapped in Riddle's strings, which ebb and flow in an obvious homage to ocean shores. The rest of the record balances a few wistful ballads like the first with light novelties that employ the lap-steel guitar and ukulele that's de rigeur for a Hawaiian LP.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
Label:
Bing Crosby Ent
UPC:
0617742210521
catalogNumber:
2105
Rank:
171669

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Buddy Cole   Keyboards
Nick Fatool   Drums
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Don Whitaker   Bass
Vince Terri   Guitar,Ukulele

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Lionel Newman   Composer
Milt Raskin   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Jack Owens   Composer
Hal Aloma   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Dorcas Cochran   Composer
Bill Cogswell   Composer
Pete Wendling   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Johnny Noble   Composer
Kathryn Crosby   Executive Producer
James Ritz   Liner Notes
E. Ray Goetz   Composer
Tommy Harrison   Composer
R. Alex Anderson   Composer
Augie Goupil   Composer
Tony Todaro   Composer
Charles E. King   Composer
J. R. Shannon   Composer
David Nape   Composer
Robert S. Bader   Reissue Producer,Remixing
Richard Gump   Composer
Mary Ann Johnston   Composer
Mary A. Montano   Composer
Johnny Blaisdell   Composer

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