Through the Years, Vol. 6: 1953–1954

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
British reissue label Sepia Records' series of albums chronicling Bing Crosby's commercial recordings reaches its sixth volume here (that's after it picked up from Jonzo Records' 51-volume series The Chronological Bing Crosby), presenting 29 tracks recorded between December 1953 and April 1954. By this point, the 50-year-old Crosby, the most commercially successful recording artist of the first half of the 20th century, had subsided as a presence on the Hit Parade, although he could still sell LPs. That he had been bypassed by younger crooners like Perry Como and Eddie Fisher in the singles sweepstakes did not keep him from trying, however. This collection contains ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
British reissue label Sepia Records' series of albums chronicling Bing Crosby's commercial recordings reaches its sixth volume here (that's after it picked up from Jonzo Records' 51-volume series The Chronological Bing Crosby), presenting 29 tracks recorded between December 1953 and April 1954. By this point, the 50-year-old Crosby, the most commercially successful recording artist of the first half of the 20th century, had subsided as a presence on the Hit Parade, although he could still sell LPs. That he had been bypassed by younger crooners like Perry Como and Eddie Fisher in the singles sweepstakes did not keep him from trying, however. This collection contains numerous examples -- "Secret Love," "Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet, "No Other Love" from Me and Juliet, "Young at Heart" -- of Crosby presenting his versions of some of the most popular songs of the period, even if the hit renditions were by others. He's also paired with younger partners, cutting jocular singles with Donald O'Connor and his own son Gary Crosby. But his two big projects of the period in terms of records (he also continued with his radio show, acted in films, and began to make TV specials) were albums, and they both sold well. Three tracks here -- "White Christmas," "Snow," and "The Old Man/Gee I Wish I Was Back in the Army" -- are studio recordings of songs featured in his upcoming movie musical White Christmas. Crosby was co-starred with Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Trudy Stevens in the picture, but Clooney was contracted to Columbia Records and could not appear with the others on the Decca Records soundtrack. So, Peggy Lee replaces her on the first two tracks, the third being a duet between Crosby and Kaye. White Christmas would go on to be the highest-grossing film released in 1954, and the "soundtrack" album hit number two. Also successful was the five-LP set Bing (A Musical Autobiography), which combined vintage recordings with new versions of some old Crosby hits that had been recorded originally for a different record label, accompanied by his spoken commentary; it got into the Top Ten. This massive project will no doubt take up much of the next volume in the Sepia series, but the first nine re-recordings are here, and they are charming, even if the story is incomplete.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122111580
  • Catalog Number: 1158
  • Sales rank: 296,190

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Are Too Beautiful
  2. 2 If There's Anybody Here
  3. 3 Back In the Old Routine
  4. 4 Cornbelt Symphony
  5. 5 The Call of the South
  6. 6 I Love Paris
  7. 7 Secret Love
  8. 8 Stranger In Paradise
  9. 9 Vaya Con Dios
  10. 10 No Other Love
  11. 11 My Love, My Love
  12. 12 Young At Heart
  13. 13 (Oh! Baby Mine) I Get ao Lonely
  14. 14 Liebchen
  15. 15 Tobermory Bay
  16. 16 Lost In Loveliness
  17. 17 The River
  18. 18 White Christmas
  19. 19 Snow
  20. 20 The Old Man/Gee I Wish I Was Back in the Army
  21. 21 It Must Be True
  22. 22 Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams
  23. 23 Just One More Chance
  24. 24 Sweet and Lovely
  25. 25 Where the Blue of the Night
  26. 26 Paradise
  27. 27 Please
  28. 28 Just an Echo in the Valley
  29. 29 A Ghost of a Chance
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Primary Artist
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