Through the Years, Vol. 1: 1950-1951

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 2006 and 2007, Sepia Records issued two Bing Crosby compilations, Good & Rare and Good & Rare, Vol. 2, that brought into the CD realm commercial recordings made by Crosby between 1949 and 1955 that had fallen into out of print obscurity, never having achieved much popularity to begin with since they were released at a time when the singer's popularity was in decline. The albums were enthusiastically received by Crosby collectors, and as of 2008, Sepia agreed to take over the long-running series The Chronological Bing Crosby that had been undertaken by the tiny Jonzo Records label and, running to 51 single-CD volumes, traced Crosby's commercial recording ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 2006 and 2007, Sepia Records issued two Bing Crosby compilations, Good & Rare and Good & Rare, Vol. 2, that brought into the CD realm commercial recordings made by Crosby between 1949 and 1955 that had fallen into out of print obscurity, never having achieved much popularity to begin with since they were released at a time when the singer's popularity was in decline. The albums were enthusiastically received by Crosby collectors, and as of 2008, Sepia agreed to take over the long-running series The Chronological Bing Crosby that had been undertaken by the tiny Jonzo Records label and, running to 51 single-CD volumes, traced Crosby's commercial recording career from 1926 to 1950. Neither the Jonzo nor Sepia releases are authorized; they take advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe and are remastered from old 78-rpm records with audio restoration techniques applied. In the U.S., copyright continued to be claimed by Universal Music, successor to Crosby's main record label, Decca, and others. With Through the Years, Vol. 1: 1950-1951, Sepia renames the series and starts the counter over at one, but for all intents and purposes, this album might as well be called The Chronological Bing Crosby, Vol. 52. It picks up the story at a time when Crosby was the country's top pop recording artist he is ranked number one for the calendar year 1950 by Billboard chart researcher Joel Whitburn, as well as one of the top Hollywood film stars and radio show hosts. But change is in the air as tastes in music and movies are in flux, and television is supplanting radio. The 47-year-old Crosby is slow to adapt, and that can be seen in his recording sessions here, which produced only one chart single, the holiday-themed "A Marshmallow World," number 24 in Billboard for a single week. But that only became apparent later. Between September 1950 and February 1951, Crosby did what he usually did in the studio, recording songs from upcoming Broadway shows including numbers from Guys & Dolls and Call Me Madam; Christmas music, much of it with his longtime partners the Andrews Sisters; a big-band swing session with the orchestra led by his old friend Tommy Dorsey; Irish music in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, 1951; and, finally, a Latin American date with the Bando da Lua. There may only be one minor hit, but there are standards in the making, including "Autumn Leaves," "If I Were a Bell," and "Silver Bells." And whatever the material or the backing, Crosby maintains his calm assurance and light touch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122111115
  • Catalog Number: 1111
  • Sales rank: 242,159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Autumn Leaves - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (3:26)
  2. 2 I've Never Been in Love Before - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:56)
  3. 3 This Is the Time - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (3:10)
  4. 4 Poppa Santa Claus - Vic Schoen (3:16)
  5. 5 Mele Kalikimaka - Vic Schoen (2:54)
  6. 6 If I Were a Bell - Patti Andrews (3:11)
  7. 7 Silver Bells - Carole Richards (3:04)
  8. 8 Looks Like A Cold Cold Winter - Lee Gordon Singers (3:06)
  9. 9 A Marshmallow World - Lee Gordon Singers (2:41)
  10. 10 Marrying for Love - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (2:57)
  11. 11 The Best Thing for You - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (3:22)
  12. 12 A Perfect Day - Ken Darby Orchestra & Chorus (3:01)
  13. 13 May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You - Ken Darby Orchestra & Chorus (3:02)
  14. 14 The Girl Friend - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (2:46)
  15. 15 Without a Word of Warning - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:06)
  16. 16 You Gotta Show Me - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (2:51)
  17. 17 Then You've Never Been Blue - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (2:56)
  18. 18 Black Ball Ferry Line - Vic Schoen (3:18)
  19. 19 The Yodelling Ghost - Vic Schoen (3:17)
  20. 20 With My Shillelagh Under My Arm - Matty Matlock & His Orchestra (2:29)
  21. 21 St Patrick's Day Parade - Matty Matlock & His Orchestra (2:12)
  22. 22 Sentimental Music - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:18)
  23. 23 Silver Moon - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:41)
  24. 24 Copacabana (2:49)
  25. 25 Quizas Quizas Quizas (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Matty Matlock Reeds
Buddy Cole Piano
Johnny Amoroso Trombone
Cy Bernard Cello
Harry Bluestone Violin
Jerry Bruno Bass
John Cyr Drums
Nick Dimaio Trombone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Babe Fresk Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Sam Herman Guitar
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Mischa Russell Violin
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Doc Severinsen Trumpet
Phil Stephens String Bass
Milton Thomas Viola
Ted Vesely Trombone
Jackie Mills Drums
Sam Freed Violin
Larry Wright Reeds
Art Tancredi Trumpet
Sam Hyster Trombone
Warren Baker Reeds
John Hacker Reeds
Alluísio Antunes "Lulu" Ferreira Guitar
Harry Vasco de Almeida Percussion, Trumpet
José Ferreira Soares Pandeiro
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra Guitar
Henry Hill Violin
Bobby Guy Trumpet
Phil Shuken Reeds
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Malcolm MacFarlane Liner Notes
Jacques Prévert Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Geoff Milne Records
Joao de Barro Composer
Robin Cherry Remastering
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