Through the Years, Vol. 3: 1951-1952

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the ten-month period of 1951-1952 covered by this, the third volume in Sepia Records' series of chronological commercial recordings by Bing Crosby (which follows 51 volumes of Jonzo Records' The Chronological Bing Crosby series), Crosby, after 20 years of dominating popular music, finally was falling behind his successors on the pop charts, superseded by a group of sometimes similar-sounding male singers who were a decade (Frankie Laine, Perry Como, Tony Martin) or two (Guy Mitchell, Tony Bennett) his junior. (Meanwhile, he continued to rank in the Top Ten of box office stars and to maintain his weekly radio show.) This fall-off was only beginning to be apparent as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the ten-month period of 1951-1952 covered by this, the third volume in Sepia Records' series of chronological commercial recordings by Bing Crosby (which follows 51 volumes of Jonzo Records' The Chronological Bing Crosby series), Crosby, after 20 years of dominating popular music, finally was falling behind his successors on the pop charts, superseded by a group of sometimes similar-sounding male singers who were a decade (Frankie Laine, Perry Como, Tony Martin) or two (Guy Mitchell, Tony Bennett) his junior. (Meanwhile, he continued to rank in the Top Ten of box office stars and to maintain his weekly radio show.) This fall-off was only beginning to be apparent as he went into the recording studio in June 1951 to cut songs from his latest movie, Here Comes the Groom, including Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer's "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," which would just miss the Top Ten and win the Oscar for Best Song. The delightfully nonsensical lyric was set to a Dixieland arrangement, allowing the singer (joined by co-star Jane Wyman and vocal group Three Hits and a Miss) to show off his jazz chops. That was the best of the movie songs, but Crosby typically went on in his later sessions during the year and into 1952 to cut Christmas and Irish material (in one case, "Christmas in Killarney," at the same time); re-tooled French tunes (among them "Domino," which reached the Top 20); new Broadway music; reworked versions of oldies; more movie music for his next picture, Just for You; and even a little country & western (including the Top 20 "Till the End of the World"). Of this typically varied repertoire, his best performances tended to come when a song had a lyric reflecting his own maturity, such as "When the World Was Young" and (from the Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe musical Paint Your Wagon) "I Still See Elisa." He also clearly enjoyed collaborating with a Dixieland group including Red Nichols and Matty Matlock on a quartet of old songs from the 1910s and '20s, "Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay," "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider," "Nobody's Sweetheart," and "It Had to Be You." (The songs were recorded for the radio show, but they were so good that Decca mastered them for commercial release.) Not that he didn't seem to be having fun putting on a brogue in "Two Shillelagh O'Sullivan" or trading faux-South American phrasing with the Andrews Sisters on "I'll Si-Si Ya in Bahia." But as he approached his 49th birthday, Crosby was becoming more of a retrospective singer, which didn't help him on the hit parade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122111290
  • Catalog Number: 1129
  • Sales rank: 203,338

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (3:27)
  2. 2 Misto Cristofo Columbo (3:15)
  3. 3 Bonne Nuit - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:17)
  4. 4 Your Own Little House - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:24)
  5. 5 Christmas in Killarney - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:45)
  6. 6 It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:47)
  7. 7 When the World Was Young - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:01)
  8. 8 Domino - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (3:01)
  9. 9 A Weaver of Dreams - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:43)
  10. 10 I Still See Elisa - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:47)
  11. 11 At Last! At Last! - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (3:13)
  12. 12 The Isle of Innisfree - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (3:02)
  13. 13 A Flight of Fancy (3:04)
  14. 14 Just for You (2:59)
  15. 15 Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (2:29)
  16. 16 Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:50)
  17. 17 Nobody's Sweetheart - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:44)
  18. 18 It Had to Be You - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:07)
  19. 19 Two Shillelagh O'Sullivan - The King's Men (3:21)
  20. 20 Rosaleen - The King's Men (3:06)
  21. 21 Don't Ever Be Afraid to Go Home - The King's Men (2:24)
  22. 22 I'll Si-Si Ya in Bahia - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:57)
  23. 23 The Live Oak Tree - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:51)
  24. 24 Ol' Spring Fever - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:59)
  25. 25 Just a Little Lovin' (2:13)
  26. 26 Till the End of the World (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
The Andrews Sisters Vocals
Red Nichols Cornet
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Matty Matlock Clarinet, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Buddy Cole Piano
Felix Slatkin Violin
Cy Bernard Cello
Harry Bluestone Violin
Nick Fatool Drums
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Louis Kievman Viola
Meyer Rubin String Bass
Mischa Russell Violin
Phil Stephens Bass, String Bass
David Sterkin Viola
Milton Thomas Viola
Ted Vesely Trombone
Clark Yocum Vocals
Nick Pisani Violin
Sam Freed Violin
Rubin Zarchy Trumpet
Larry Wright Reeds
Lee Gotch Vocals
Jane Wyman Vocals
Country Washburne Bass
Wendell Mayhew Trombone
Warren Baker Reeds
Rex Dennis Vocals
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra Guitar
Henry Hill Violin
Bobby Guy Trumpet
Phil Shuken Reeds
Armand Kaproff Cello
Ivan Lopez Bongos
Bill Schaefer Trombone
Technical Credits
Malcolm MacFarlane Liner Notes
Meredith Willson Composer
Robin Cherry Remixing, Remastering
Ron Bosley Photo Courtesy
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