Through the Years, Vol. 4: 1952-1953

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The fourth volume of Sepia Records' series of compilations of Bing Crosby's chronologically sequenced commercial recordings Through the Years (which carries on from the 51 volumes of Jonzo Records' The Chronological Bing Crosby) picks up the story in the spring of 1952, just after the singer turned 49 years old, and follows his recording studio appearances into the winter of 1953. After consistently ranking among the ten most successful pop recording artists in the U.S. since 1940 (when Billboard magazine began publishing best-seller charts), he had slipped to 11th place in 1951. He was not even in the Top 20 for 1952, a year dominated by the likes of Eddie Fisher and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The fourth volume of Sepia Records' series of compilations of Bing Crosby's chronologically sequenced commercial recordings Through the Years (which carries on from the 51 volumes of Jonzo Records' The Chronological Bing Crosby) picks up the story in the spring of 1952, just after the singer turned 49 years old, and follows his recording studio appearances into the winter of 1953. After consistently ranking among the ten most successful pop recording artists in the U.S. since 1940 (when Billboard magazine began publishing best-seller charts), he had slipped to 11th place in 1951. He was not even in the Top 20 for 1952, a year dominated by the likes of Eddie Fisher and Johnny Ray. Although he was aware of this slippage, he didn't change his behavior to try to reverse it. In the other entertainment areas in which he excelled, his popularity remained constant: He was the fourth biggest movie box office star of the year, and he continued to host his own weekly radio series. Both these activities provided material for his record releases. For his film Just for You, he recorded "Zing a Little Zong," a duet with co-star Jane Wyman in the upbeat style of "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," which had been a hit for them the year before and won an Oscar. It made the Top 20 (the only track here to do so) and got an Oscar nomination. Five songs came from Crosby's other movie release of the year, Road to Bali, his sixth "Road" picture with Bob Hope, and the two sang duets on such comic numbers as "Hoot Mon" and the title song. Joining them on "The Merry-Go-Run-Around" was Peggy Lee, subbing for co-star Dorothy Lamour, who was contracted exclusively to a different record label, while Lee had just moved over from Capitol, so that her four tracks with Crosby here were her first, although she was virtually a regular on his radio show. One of the performances, in fact, "Little Jack Frost Get Lost," was actually taken from the radio show, as were four other tracks included here, several of which were recorded prior to the period under consideration, but only now mastered for record release. Among them is the seasonal "Sleigh Ride," one of the few fairly well-known songs on the album, along with Crosby's version of the Western standard "Cool Water." This recording marked the end of the singer's 13-year series of duets with the Andrews Sisters, who were shortly to break up. In addition to music from his movies and his radio shows, Crosby also recorded more Western and Christmas music as well as some new compositions from Broadway composers, notably two songs from the Leonard Bernstein/Comden & Green score for Wonderful Town, "Ohio" and "A Quiet Girl." He brought his usual professionalism to whatever he sang, and actually sounded like he was having fun now and then, especially in tandem with Hope and Lee, but this remains a somewhat aimless period for him as a recording artist. Crosby collectors should note that the song "Mother Darlin'" is making its first appearance on CD and that "The Magic Window" is a previously unreleased rejected take of a song Crosby re-cut a month later (a version that will be on the fifth volume of Through the Years).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122111399
  • Catalog Number: 1139
  • Sales rank: 165,040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On The 10:10 From Ten-Ten-Tennessee (3:30)
  2. 2 Sing A Little Zong - Jane Wyman (3:36)
  3. 3 The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (2:54)
  4. 4 Watermelon Weather - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (2:47)
  5. 5 You Don't Know What Lonesome Is - Cass County Boys (3:05)
  6. 6 Open Up Your Heart - Cass County Boys (2:30)
  7. 7 To See You Is To Love You - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (3:11)
  8. 8 Hoot Mon - Joe Lilley & His Orchestra (2:35)
  9. 9 Chicago Style - Joe Lilley & His Orchestra (2:49)
  10. 10 The Road To Bali - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (2:31)
  11. 11 The Merry-Go-Run-Around - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (2:31)
  12. 12 South Rampart Street Parade (3:20)
  13. 13 Cool Water (3:03)
  14. 14 Fatherly Advice - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:05)
  15. 15 Sleigh Ride - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:44)
  16. 16 I Love My Baby - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:15)
  17. 17 Little Jack Frost Get Lost - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (1:51)
  18. 18 That's A-Plenty - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:21)
  19. 19 Keep It A Secret - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:11)
  20. 20 Sleigh Bell Serenade - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (2:52)
  21. 21 Mother Darlin' - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (3:14)
  22. 22 Hush-A-Bye - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (2:53)
  23. 23 There's Music In You - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:07)
  24. 24 Ohio - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:16)
  25. 25 The Magic Window - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:18)
  26. 26 A Quiet Girl - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
Red Nichols Cornet, Cornemeuse
Matty Matlock Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Teagarden Trumpet
Buddy Cole Piano
Perry Botkin Guitar
Mahlon Clark Clarinet
Morty Corb String Bass
Irving Cottler Drums
Nick Fatool Drums
Eddie Miller Tenor Saxophone
Joe Rushton Bass Saxophone
Phil Stephens Bass
Ted Vesely Trombone
Walter Welscher Piano
Larry Breen String Bass
Elmer Smithers Trombone
Jack Chaney Tenor Saxophone
Dick "Dent" Eckles Tenor Saxophone
Harry Steinfeld Oboe
Frank Zinzer Trumpet
Country Washburne Tuba
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra Guitar
Walter Weschler Piano
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Malcolm MacFarlane Liner Notes, Contribution
James Van Heusen Composer
Geoff Milne Contribution
Robin Cherry Remastering
Adair Composer
Bauduc Composer
Trotter Composer
Seelen Composer
Pollack Composer
Haggart Composer
Warren Composer
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