Swingin' with Bing! Bing Crosby's Lost Radio Performances

Swingin' with Bing! Bing Crosby's Lost Radio Performances

by Bing Crosby
     
 
The public domain is well stocked with budget discs drawn from Bing Crosby's long radio career. Unfortunately, few are worth the plastic they're etched on, the usual problems including horrid sound quality and little in the way of documentation (regarding their origins) or context (regarding their relation to Crosby's career). Enter Shout! Factory to remedy the

Overview

The public domain is well stocked with budget discs drawn from Bing Crosby's long radio career. Unfortunately, few are worth the plastic they're etched on, the usual problems including horrid sound quality and little in the way of documentation (regarding their origins) or context (regarding their relation to Crosby's career). Enter Shout! Factory to remedy the situation, hiring longtime enthusiast Ken Barnes -- who produced several sessions during Crosby's recording renaissance of the mid-'70s -- for the producer/compiler position and giving him free rein over the far-flung vaults of grubby transcription discs and tapes that comprise Crosby's radio career. The results, released as Swingin' With Bing! Bing Crosby's Lost Radio Performances, are splendid, offering clear proof of the opinion Bing Crosby fans have carried for decades: that transcriptions are a better source (or at least a more consistent one) to hear Crosby's swing smarts. Barnes paces the program with the touch and feel of an expert, selecting tracks from a wide range of time (a full decade of the postwar period) and tying them together with just a few interstices and crowd noise. (His instructions to audio restorer Peter Reynolds included "finding matching applause for the topping and tailing of each selection to give the feeling of a total production.") While the process may not be historically accurate, it makes for a wonderful program that delivers incredible performances and avoids the pitfalls of a usually exhausting 75-track box set. Many of the highlights come on the first disc with looser versions of his hit standards "Swinging On a Star" and "Don't Fence Me In." The final two discs are devoted to duets -- a staple of Crosby's show -- and include performances with a succession of old friends: Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Joe Venuti. Aside from the material, the set offers excellent fidelity and an overall sympathetic compilation to make the process of listening to a lengthy selection of Bing Crosby's non-studio sides smoother than it's ever been before.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663150728
catalogNumber:
31507
Rank:
110921

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Swinging on a Star
  2. Don't Fence Me In
  3. Bing Introduces Strange Music
  4. Strange Music
  5. Tallahassee
  6. Peg O' My Heart
  7. Shoo Shoo Baby
  8. Bing Chats With the Andrews Sisters
  9. You Don't Have to Know the Language
  10. South America, Take It Away!
  11. It's Magic
  12. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
  13. But Beautiful
  14. Bing Introduces Nat "King" Cole
  15. Bing Chats With Nat
  16. Sam's Song (The Happy Tune)
  17. My Foolish Heart
  18. Them There Eyes
  19. Too Late Now
  20. Not Mine
  21. Bing Welcomes Back the Andrews Sisters
  22. I Can Dream, Can't I?
  23. Sure Thing
  24. Bing Introduces Finale
  25. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You

Disc 2

  1. Basin Street Blues
  2. If This Isn't Love
  3. It's a Good Day
  4. Bing Introduces Louis Armstrong
  5. Bing Chats With Louis
  6. Blueberry Hill
  7. A Fella With an Umbrella
  8. Bing Introduces Ella and a Dreamer's Holiday
  9. A Dreamer's Holiday
  10. For You, For Me, Forever More
  11. Bing & Louis Introduce Gone Fishin'
  12. Gone Fishin'
  13. Lazy Bones
  14. The Best Things in Life Are Free
  15. That's A-Plenty
  16. A Kiss to Build a Dream On
  17. Louis Congratulates Bing on His 20th Anniversary
  18. Blueberry Hill
  19. Bing Chats With Jack Teagarden
  20. Rockin' Chair, Pt. 1
  21. Bing Chats With Dinah Shore
  22. Rockin' Chair, Pt. 2
  23. Five Minutes More
  24. A Marshmallow World
  25. Silver Bells
  26. Bing Introduces Memphis Blues
  27. Memphis Blues

Disc 3

  1. Stay With the Happy People
  2. It Had to Be You
  3. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
  4. Now That I Need You
  5. Gone Fishin'
  6. Chicago Style
  7. Route 66
  8. Blue Skies
  9. Istanbul
  10. Lazy Bones
  11. Bing Introduces Toni Arden & The Band
  12. My Honey's Lovin' Arms
  13. Bing Introduces the Mills Brothers
  14. Up a Lazy River/Paper Doll
  15. Way Back Home
  16. You're Just in Love
  17. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  18. Silver Bells
  19. Bing Chats With Ella
  20. White Christmas
  21. A Kiss to Build a Dream On
  22. Bing, Ella & Louis Introduce Memphis Blues
  23. Memphis Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Paul   Guitar
Joe Venuti   Violin
Red Nichols   Cornet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Buddy Cole   Piano
Patty Andrews   Soloist
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Billy Taylor   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Edvard Grieg   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
Peggy Lee   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Bennie Moten   Composer
Dave Barbour   Composer
Pinetop Smith   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Phil Moore   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Ken Barnes   Producer,Liner Notes
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
James Kennedy   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Ted Myers   Discographical Annotation
Cole Porter   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Herman Ruby   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Jack Elliott   Composer
Jack Stapp   Composer
Harry Stone   Composer
Johnny Black   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Tom Waring   Composer
Lou Quadling   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Nat Simon   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Jerry Brainin   Composer
Alfred Bryan   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Kathryn Crosby   Executive Producer
John Roberts   Artwork
Nick Kenny   Composer
Buddy Bernier   Composer
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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