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

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663150728
  • Catalog Number: 31507
  • Sales rank: 65,366

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swinging on a Star (2:48)
  2. 2 Don't Fence Me In (3:04)
  3. 3 Bing Introduces Strange Music (0:20)
  4. 4 Strange Music (1:38)
  5. 5 Tallahassee (2:50)
  6. 6 Peg O' My Heart (2:14)
  7. 7 Shoo Shoo Baby (3:31)
  8. 8 Bing Chats With the Andrews Sisters (0:38)
  9. 9 You Don't Have to Know the Language (4:06)
  10. 10 South America, Take It Away! (3:13)
  11. 11 It's Magic (2:19)
  12. 12 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (2:05)
  13. 13 But Beautiful - Uan Rasey (2:49)
  14. 14 Bing Introduces Nat "King" Cole (0:26)
  15. 15 Bing Chats With Nat (0:25)
  16. 16 Sam's Song (The Happy Tune) - Nat King Cole (2:50)
  17. 17 My Foolish Heart (2:34)
  18. 18 Them There Eyes (2:03)
  19. 19 Too Late Now (3:14)
  20. 20 Not Mine (2:52)
  21. 21 Bing Welcomes Back the Andrews Sisters (0:16)
  22. 22 I Can Dream, Can't I? - Patty Andrews (2:37)
  23. 23 Sure Thing - Buddy Cole (2:40)
  24. 24 Bing Introduces Finale (0:12)
  25. 25 May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You - Nat King Cole (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Basin Street Blues - Red Nichols (2:54)
  2. 2 If This Isn't Love (1:31)
  3. 3 It's a Good Day (2:05)
  4. 4 Bing Introduces Louis Armstrong (0:25)
  5. 5 Bing Chats With Louis (0:17)
  6. 6 Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong (3:16)
  7. 7 A Fella With an Umbrella (2:31)
  8. 8 Bing Introduces Ella and a Dreamer's Holiday (0:07)
  9. 9 A Dreamer's Holiday - Ella Fitzgerald (2:48)
  10. 10 For You, For Me, Forever More (2:16)
  11. 11 Bing & Louis Introduce Gone Fishin' (0:49)
  12. 12 Gone Fishin' - Louis Armstrong (2:55)
  13. 13 Lazy Bones - Louis Armstrong (2:31)
  14. 14 The Best Things in Life Are Free (2:30)
  15. 15 That's A-Plenty - Ella Fitzgerald (2:26)
  16. 16 A Kiss to Build a Dream On (3:33)
  17. 17 Louis Congratulates Bing on His 20th Anniversary (0:17)
  18. 18 Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong (2:57)
  19. 19 Bing Chats With Jack Teagarden (0:27)
  20. 20 Rockin' Chair, Pt. 1 - Louis Armstrong (3:01)
  21. 21 Bing Chats With Dinah Shore (0:27)
  22. 22 Rockin' Chair, Pt. 2 - Louis Armstrong (4:04)
  23. 23 Five Minutes More (1:16)
  24. 24 A Marshmallow World - Ella Fitzgerald (2:56)
  25. 25 Silver Bells - Ella Fitzgerald (2:11)
  26. 26 Bing Introduces Memphis Blues (0:10)
  27. 27 Memphis Blues - Ella Fitzgerald (2:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stay With the Happy People - Ella Fitzgerald (2:02)
  2. 2 It Had to Be You - Red Nichols (3:09)
  3. 3 Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy - Joe Venuti (3:24)
  4. 4 Now That I Need You (1:45)
  5. 5 Gone Fishin' - Louis Armstrong (2:57)
  6. 6 Chicago Style - Ella Fitzgerald (3:08)
  7. 7 Route 66 (3:10)
  8. 8 Blue Skies - Les Paul (4:08)
  9. 9 Istanbul - Ziggy Elman (2:46)
  10. 10 Lazy Bones - Louis Armstrong (2:24)
  11. 11 Bing Introduces Toni Arden & The Band (0:30)
  12. 12 My Honey's Lovin' Arms - Toni Arden (3:07)
  13. 13 Bing Introduces the Mills Brothers (0:27)
  14. 14 Up a Lazy River/Paper Doll (3:02)
  15. 15 Way Back Home - Ella Fitzgerald (3:09)
  16. 16 You're Just in Love - Louis Armstrong (2:40)
  17. 17 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Ella Fitzgerald (2:29)
  18. 18 Silver Bells - Ella Fitzgerald (2:22)
  19. 19 Bing Chats With Ella (0:23)
  20. 20 White Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald (3:23)
  21. 21 A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong (3:06)
  22. 22 Bing, Ella & Louis Introduce Memphis Blues (0:15)
  23. 23 Memphis Blues - Louis Armstrong (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
Les 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 II 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
Al Lewis Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Ted Myers Discographical Annotation
Cole Porter Composer
Peter Reynolds Mastering
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
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Robert Fletcher Composer
Robert Wright Composer
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