Seasons: The Closing Chapter

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All Music Guide - John Bush
It was appropriate for Bing Crosby to make a record of reflective material in late 1977. Earlier in the year, he had celebrated his 50th anniversary in music with a special taped for CBS, then undergone an extended stay in the hospital after falling off a stage at the same show. And, ironically, these September sessions in London also proved to be his last -- he collapsed on a golf course just one month later. Crosby had recorded several albums in England during his late-career renaissance of the mid-'70s. Arranged as usual by Ken Barnes, Bing relaxes over a conceptual set of seasonal songs, including mostly age-old standards "June in January," "In the Good Old Summertime" as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
It was appropriate for Bing Crosby to make a record of reflective material in late 1977. Earlier in the year, he had celebrated his 50th anniversary in music with a special taped for CBS, then undergone an extended stay in the hospital after falling off a stage at the same show. And, ironically, these September sessions in London also proved to be his last -- he collapsed on a golf course just one month later. Crosby had recorded several albums in England during his late-career renaissance of the mid-'70s. Arranged as usual by Ken Barnes, Bing relaxes over a conceptual set of seasonal songs, including mostly age-old standards "June in January," "In the Good Old Summertime" as well as a new one, "Seasons," a French song by Gilbert Bécaud given English lyrics especially for Bing. The arrangements and production are typical of the period, given a high gloss anchored by electric bass but otherwise incorporating all the hallmarks of vocal pop from the previous three or four decades. Bing's voice is hardy and strong for a 74-year old, but it's clear he doesn't possess the same strength and gravitas of even his recordings of the '60s. For every late-period gem like "Summer Wind," there's a "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," which is anchored by a saccharine studio vocal group similar to the Singers Unlimited.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Bing Crosby Ent
  • UPC: 617742210422
  • Catalog Number: 2104

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
Gordon Rose Conductor
The Johnny Evans Singers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Steve Taylor Engineer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Charles Aznavour Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Jerry Barnes Engineer
Ken Barnes Arranger, Composer, Producer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Michael Edwards Composer
Bud Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Henry Mayer Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Bill Putnam Engineer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Tim Rice Composer
Gered Mankowitz Cover Photo
Dana Suesse Composer
Jo Mirowski Art Direction, Cover Design
Rudyard Kipling Composer
Herbert Kretzmer Composer
Louis Silvers Composer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Composer
Ren Shields Composer
George Evans Composer
Jerry Bresler Composer
Lyn Duddy Composer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Kathryn Crosby Executive Producer
James Ritz Liner Notes
Billy Rose Composer
Pete Moore Arranger, Composer, Musical Director
Alan Cohen Arranger
William Wordsworth Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
Mark Brodka Reissue Producer
Bill Smith Cover Design
Robert S. Bader Reissue Producer
Marilyn Welch Composer
Kenneth Welch Composer
Tim Young Mastering
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