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    A CENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY OF HIS DECCA RECORDINGS

    A double-CD set from MCA-Universal of 50 tracks from 1934-56. Disc 1: I Surrender Dear, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Stardust, I Found a Million Dollar Baby, Please, Where the Blue of the Night, I'm an Old Cowhand, New San Antonio Rose, Pistol Packin Mama, Don't Fence Me In, Sweet Leilani, Blue Hawaii, My Isle of Golden Dreams, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, McNamara's Band, Galway Bay, Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie, Road to Morocco, South America Take it Away, A Couple of Song and Dance Men, Alexander's Ragtime Band, In the Cool of the Evening, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Yes Indeed, South Rampart Street Parade. Disc 2: June in January, Pennies from Heaven, I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams, Moonlight Becomes You, Sunday Monday or Always, Swinging on a Star, The Bells of St. Mary's, Blue Skies, It's Been a Long Long Time, I Can't Begain to Tell You, Ol Man River, You Are My Sunshine, San Fernando Valley, Sioux City Sue, Dear Hearts and Gentle People, Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy, Jingle Bells, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Silent Night, White christmas, Red Sails in the Sunset, Now is the Hour, Far Away Places, Harbor Lights, Around the World. (April 2003)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH BING AND THE ANDREWS SISTERS

    This CD includes all seven of Bing's Christmas duets with the Andrews Sisters as well as several solo efforts from each. All of Bing's contributions can be found on The Voice of Christmas. (2000)

    ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS SOUNDTRACK

    Bing joins the Rat Pack in a musical spoof of Robin Hood. The CD movie soundtrack is gold-plated, so you'll need to cash in some stock to buy this one. Bing sings "Don't Be a Do-Badder," "Style" and "Mr. Booze." (2000)

    REPRISE MUSICAL REPERTORY THEATRE BOX SET

    This 4-CD collection is a bit expensive if all you want are Bing's four contributions: his 1963 recordings of "Fugue for Tinhorns," "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game," "Something Sort of Grandish" and "Younger than Springtime." (2000)

    THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION

    The Good Music Company releases this double CD ($26.95) that includes Where the Blue of the Night, Swinging on a Star, MacNamara's Band, On the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe, Pistol Packin Mama, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, San Fernando Valley, Accentuate the Positive, Blue Hawaii, White Christmas, I'm an Old Cowhand, Pennies from Heaven, Sierra Sue, Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby, Be Careful It's My Heart, Somebody Loves Me, What's New?, Mexicali Rose, It's Easy to Remember, Red Sails in the Sunset, Too Marvellous for Words, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Going My Way, I'll Be Seeing You, Sunday Monday or Always, The Moon Got in My Eyes, June in January, Brother Can You Spare a Dime?, Just One More Chance, Out of Nowhere, Small Fry, You Belong to My Heart, Easter Parade, Trade Windsw, Only Forever, I Can't Begin to Tell You, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, I Love You, It's Been a Long Long Time, Don't Fence Me In, Moonlight Becomes You, Sweet Leilani, I'll Be Home for Christmas. (2000)

    UNIVERSAL LEGENDS COLLECTION (MCA JAPAN)

    Please, Learn To Croon, Love In Bloom, It's Easy To Remember, Pennies From Heaven, Sweet Leilani, Moon Got In My Eyes, I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams, If I Had My Way, Only Forever, Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie, White Christmas, Moonlight Becomes You, Sunday Monday Or Always, Swinging On A Star, Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral, Bells Of St Mary's, Blue Skies, Couple Of Song & Dance Men, But Beautiful, In The Cool Cool Of The Evening, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep. (2000)

    ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS AND NOMINEES (MCA)

    Love In Bloom, Pennies From Heaven, The Way You Look Tonight, Sweet Leilani, Thanks For The Memory, Only Forever, White Christmas, Swinging On A Star, Ac-Cent-Chu-Ate The Positive, Aren't You Glad You're You, You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, On The Atchison Topeka and The Santa Fe, Mona Lisa, In The Cool Cool Cool of the Evening, Zing A Little Zong, Secret Love, Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep, Gigi, Never On Sunday, The Second Time Around. (2000)

    GOING HOLLYWOOD Volume 2 (JASMINE 113-114)

    Another two-cd set from Jasmine includes 50 tracks from 10 of Bing's films from 1936-39. Some are commercial recordings, others are directly from the soundtracks. All have been transferred to CD with loving care and technical mastery. Geoff Milne annotates each film and song in the 14-page insert. Songs include Sailor Beware, Moonburn, My Heart and I, You're the Top, Shanghai-De-Ho, Empty Saddles, Roundup Lullaby, I Can't Escape from You, Drink it Down, The House Jack Built for Jill, So Do I, Pennies from Heaven, Let's Call a Heart a Heart, One Two Button Your Shoe, Nani Ona Pua, Blue Hawaii, Sweet Lelani, In a Little Hula Heaven, Sweet is the Word for You, Smarty, All You Want to do is Dance, It's the Natural Thing to Do, The Moon Got in my Eyes, After You, My Heart is Taking Lessons, On the Sentimental Side, This is My Night to Dream, Only a Gypsy Knows, I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams, Don't Let That Moon Get Away, Laugh and Call It Love, Small Fry, Where is Central Park, The Funny Old Hills, I Ain't Got Nobody, I Have Eyes, You're a Sweet Little Headache, Joobalai, Sing a Song of Sunbeams, Hang Your Heart on a Hickory Limb, That Sly Old Gentleman, East Side of Heaven, Jimmy Valentine, A Man and His Dream, If I was a Millionaire, Go Fly a Kite, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, In My Merry Oldsmobile, School Days, Still the Bluebird Sings. (2000)

    PUT IT THERE, PAL! (JASMINE 357, 358)

    This double CD contains 33 songs by Bob from radio broadcasts, most of which include Bing. Duets with Bing include Harmony, Road to Morocco, Pittsburg Pennsylvania, Apalachicola FLA, For What?, I'd Have Baked a Cake, Goodtime Charlie, Put it There Pal, Buttons and Bows, Captain Custard, Harry Lime Theme, Home on the Range, Smile Darn Ya Smile, It Happened in Monterey, Moonlight Becomes You, I Wish I Wuz, Goodnight Irene, Sweet Violets, It's Love Love Love. (1999)

    CAVALCADE OF SONGS (FESTI D26291)

    This CD from Australia includes 30 musical selections from the Kraft Music Hall from the late '30s through the early '40s. Maria Elena, Says My Heart, Get Out and Get Under, Oh You Crazy Moon, Last Night's Gardenias, The Man with the Mandolin, Tell Me Little Gypsy, Angel in Disguise, Garden of the Moon, Blue Orchids, When You Wore a Tulip, In an Old Dutch Garden, Down Where the Trade Winds Blow, Make Believe Island, Lilacs in the Rain, When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam, Hometown, Virginia Lee, You're a Sweetheart, She is the Sunshine of Virginia, My Little Girl, Say Si Si, Number 10 Lullaby Lane, Love is All, It Was Wonderful Then, You Walked By, Fools Rush In, May I Never Love Again, I Know that You Know, Play Fiddle Play / Goodbye Now. (1999)

    BING CROSBY'S CHRISTMAS CLASSICS (CAPITOL 2435-21433-2)

    Bing's great 1962 Christmas album never sounded better. All the songs on the original album are present with several additions, including the famous duet with David Bowie from 1977 taken from original source material and including the introductory dialog from the TV soundtrack. Tracks include: Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, What Child is This / The Holly and the Ivy, The Little Drummer Boy, O Holy Night, The Littlest Angel, Let it Snow, Hark the Herald Angels Sing / It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Frosty the Snowman, I Wish You a Merry Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear, Pat-a-Pan / While Shepherds Watched Their Flock, Christmas Dinner Country Style, Peace on Earth / The Little Drummer Boy (with David Bowie). (1999)

    BING CROSBY: LEGENDS OF THE 20TH CENTURY (EMI 7243 52281527)

    This British CD is packaged in the form of a hard-back book the size of a CD case. The book had the feel of the Golden Books of my childhood. Inside are 22 pages of photos and commentary by Sinatra-Bennett biographer Will Friedwald. The CD itself was contained within a sleeve inside the book, reminiscent of the old 78-rpm "albums." The CD contains 25 recordings from 1957-64, including eight selections from Bing's 1960 album with Louis Armstrong, four from his 1964 album with Rosemary Clooney, and seven from his 1961 solo album "Holiday in Europe." Also included are a few Bing singles, such as "Man on Fire," "Incurably Romantic," and "The Second Time Around." We also get a stereo version of Bing's final studio duet with Bob Hope, "Teamwork." Tracks include: Muscrat Ramble, Sugar, Ciao Ciao Bambina, I Get Ideas, Dardanella, Let's Sing Like a Dixieland Band, Pigalle, April in Portugal, Never on Sunday, Man on Fire, The Second Time Around, Teamwork, Incurably Romantic, Cest Si Bon, Morgen, Domenica, Under Paris Skies, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, Lazy River, Come to the Mardi Gras, Brother Bill, At the Jazz Band Ball, Rocky Mountain Moon, That Travelin' Two-Beat, Bye Bye Blues. (1999)

    BING CROSBY AND FRIENDS (VOCALION CDUS3000)

    This CD from Dutton Labs includes 25 Decca recordings from 1938-49 featuring Bing Crosby and vocal friends. The quality of the remastering is good but not great. Tracks include: No Business Like Show Business, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better (w Dick Haymes and the Andrews Sisters), Put It There Pal, The Road To Morocco (w Bob Hope), Alexander's Ragtime Band, The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (w Al Jolson), Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Tat-Ta, You've Got Me Where You Want Me, Connecticut, Mine (w Judy Garland), Wait Until The Sun Shines Nellie, Lily Of Laguna (w Mary Martin), Mister Meadowlark, On Behalf Of The Visiting Firemen, Small Fry, Mr. Crosby & Mr. Mercer (w Johnny Mercer), Freedom Train, Pistol Packin' Mama, Don't Fence Me In (w Andrews Sisters), How It Lies, Yes Indeed (w Connee Boswell), The Waiter And The Porter And The Upstairs Maid (w Mary Martin), It's Been A Long Long Time (w Les Paul), Sunshine Cake (w Carole Richards), San Fernando Valley. (1999)

    REMEMBER ME (CAMDEN 238)

    Bing's voice comes through loud and clear on all the tracks on this CD but each track does have considerable background hiss despite the use of NoNoise reprocessing. The CD includes 21 of Bing's hits from 1931-42 including Out of Nowhere, Please, You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me, Love In Bloom, June In January, It's Easy To Remember, Red Sails in the Sunset, Pennies From Heaven, Sweet Leilani, Too Marvellous For Words, The Moon Got In My Eyes, Remember Me, Alexander's Ragtime Band (Connie Boswell with Eddie Cantor spoken intro), I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Sierra Sue, Only Forever, Where The Blue Of The Night, Moonlight Becomes You, White Christmas (1942 version). (1999)

    THE BEST OF BING (HALLMARK)

    DISC 1: Swinging On A Star, Apple For The Teacher (w Connee Boswell), Miss You, San Antonio Rose, Mister Meadowlark (w Johnny Mercer), I Love You, Start The Day Right, I'll Be Seeing You, Day After Forever, If You Please, You Are My Sunshine, Constantly, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, San Fernando Valley, Going My Way, Eagle And Me, Don't Fence Me In, Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra Ra, Sweet And Lovely. DISC 2: Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Cabin In The Cotton, Here Lies Love, Temptation, You've Got Me Crying Again, I'm An Old Cowhand, May I?, June In January, Sweet Leilani, Pennies From Heaven, Mr. Gallagher & Mr. Shean (w Johnny Mercer), Dinah (w Mills Brothers), Shine (w Mills Brothers), Sweet Georgia Brown, Some Of These Days, You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me, Sierra Sue, With Every Breath I Take. DISC 3: Too Marvelous For Words, Very Thought Of You, Moonlight Becomes You, Touch Of Your Lips, My Buddy, I Ain't Got Nobody, I Found A Million Dollar Baby, Sunday Monday or Always, I Cried For You, And The Angels Sing, Somebody Loves Me, Old Folks, But Not For Me, Lazy, Don't Be That Way, Summertime, I Got Plenty O' Nuttin', Folks Who Live On The Hill, What's New? (1999)

    BING CROSBY AND FRIENDS (EMPIRE)

    Gone Fishing (w Louis Armstrong), Couple Of Song and Dance Men (w Fred Astaire), Swinging On A Star, Pennies From Heaven, Zing A Little Zong (w Jane Wyman), You Are My Sunshine, Moonlight Bay (w Gary Crosby), In The Cool Cool Cool of The Evening (w Wyman), Where The Blue Of The Night, Anything You Can Do (w Dick Haymes/The Andrews Sisters), White Christmas, Road To Bali (w Bob Hope), Spaniard That Blighted My Life (w Al Jolson), Whiffenpoof Song (w Fred Waring), Life Is So Peculiar (with The Andrews Sisters), MacNamara's Band (w The Jesters), Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra, Moon Came Up With A Great Idea (w Peggy Lee), Mr. Gallagher And Mr. Shean (w Johnny Mercer), Connecticut (w Judy Garland) (1999)

    MY FAVORITE BROADWAY SONGS (MCA USA)

    They Say It's Wonderful, Some Enchanted Evening, If I Loved You, Close as Pages in a Book, People Will Say We're in Love (w Trudy Irwin), No Other Love, I Love You [Grieg], Oh What a Beautiful Morning (w Trudy Irwin), I've Never Been in Love Before, I Still See Elisa. (1999)


    BEST OF BING CROSBY (CAS UK)

    This two-disc set includes 50 songs originally recorded for Bing's radio show in the 1950s with the Buddy Cole Trio and remastered after Bing's death with full orchestral accompaniment. Tracks include: Straight Down The Middle, Try A Little Tenderness, Love Is The Sweetest Thing, When The Red Red Robin, Unchained Melody, The Lady Is A Tramp, Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland, Ain'T Misbehavin', Isle Of Capri, Heartaches By The Number, So Rare, They Didn't Believe Me, Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, Don't Blame Me, You Turned The Tables On Me, I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans, I Wish You Love, Please Don't Talk About Me, Old Cape Cod, Yours, Margie, Nice Work If You Can Get, At Sundown, Count Your Blessing Instead of Sheep, Love's Old Sweet Song, True Love, Yes Sir That's My Baby, Manhattan, Misty, This Can't Be Love, We'll Be Together Again, Keepin' Out Of Mischief, Moonglow & Theme From Picnic, We're In The Money, All Through The Night, Papa Loves Mambo, You'll Never Know, Anything Goes, You're The Top, My Baby Just Cares For Me, I See Your Face Before Me, At The Jazz Band Ball, You're In Kentucky Sure, I've Got A Crush On You, How Long Has This Been Go, My Funny Valentine, Banjo's Back In Town, You're Sensational, Little Man You've Had A Busy Day, Let's Put Out The Lights. (1999)

    S/T (GOLDI import from Holland)

    Soon, Down By The River, Red Sails In The Sunset, I'm An Old Cowhand, Fine Romance, Blue Hawaii, Too Marvelous For Words, It's The Natural Thing To Do, Moon Got In My Eyes, Bob White, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams, Mexicali Rose, What's New?, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Sierra Sue, Trade Winds, Only Forever, New San Antonio Rose, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Be Careful It's My Heart, White Christmas, Moonlight Becomes You. (1999)

    BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN (HALF MOON X102)

    This disc includes 8 tracks each by Bing and Danny Kaye, and 7 by Burl Ives. Bing's songs are The Teddy Bear's Picnic, The Headless Horseman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Lullaby Land, Aren't You Glad You're You, Little Sir Echo and Swinging on a Star. (1998)

    KRAFT'S 75th ANNIVERSARY RADIO SPECIAL (KARSCD 0075)

    On Feb. 12, 1978, NBC radio broadcast an hour-long retrospective of the Kraft Music Hall hosted by long-time Bing fan Eddy Arnold. This disc includes the entire broadcast, including Kraft commercials, and excerpts of Kraft programs with Bing, Bob Burns, Bob Hope, Jerry Colonna, Paul Whiteman, Al Jolson, Lucille Ball and many more. The program ends with Eddy getting a chance to sing An Irish Lullaby with his hero, Der Bingle. (1998)

    MORE MEMORIES (MCLD 19387)

    The first volume was such a hit that MCA now releases 26 more Crosby Decca tracks on CD from 1942-54 with a 12-page booklet. Flight of Fancy, Something Wonderful, Keep it a Secret, Pretty Baby, More and More, If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon, Granada, She is the Sunshine of Virginia, I Still See Elisa, At Last At Last, Skylark, The Sweetest Story Ever Told (Real Audio format, 3:14 minutes), Sweet Lorraine, Strange Music, Blue Shadows and White Gardenias, I Can't Believe You're in Love with Me, Open Up Your Heart, It's Anybody's Spring, The Last Mile Home, Oh Tell Me Why, Without a Word of Warning, Home Cooking, Domino, The One I Love, Something Wonderful, 'Til the End of the World, Tobermory Bay. (1998)

    SELECTION OF BING CROSBY (DE LUXE GOLD SOUND DCD-778)

    The audio is fairly good on this collection of Crosby Decca recordings from 1936 through '47. Disc: 1: S'Posin', Sweet Potato Piper, Stardust, I Surrender Dear, Birds Of A Feather, Too Romantic, The Moon And The Willow Tree, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, Home On The Range, You Lucky People You, Going My Way, Marcheta, Anniversary Waltz, Ain't Got A Dime To My Name, Moonlight Becomes You, Welcome To My Dreams, It's Anybody's Spring, White Christmas. Disc 2: But Beautiful, It's Always You, Would You, Lazy, When I Lost You, Be Careful It's My Heart, A Serenade To An Old-Fashioned Girl, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, Now It Can Be Told, My Melancholy Baby, Sweethearts, In My Merry Oldsmobile, Blue Hawaii, It Must Be True, Eastside Of Heaven, Down By The Old Mill Stream, If I Had My Way, Shoe Shine Boy. (1998)

    LOTSA LAUGHS (HLC 6640)

    This disc includes two Philco Radio Time broadcasts edited for the Armed Forces Radio Service: Dec. 4, 1946 with Jimmy Durante and March 26, 1947 with Jack Benny, Mary Livingston and Peggy Lee. A bonus on this disc is a 1964 safe-driving commercial featuring Bing. (1998)

    THE VOICE OF CHRISTMAS (MCA USA 11840)

    This double CD contains 4 versions of Silent Night, the earliest (and I consider the best) was recorded for a charity group and never released commercially, and four versions of "White Christmas," including Bing's first Decca recording of the song that is released now for the first time. DISC 1: Happy Holiday, Silent Night (1935 with Georgie Stoll Orchestra), Adeste Fideles (1935), Silent Night (1935 with Victor Young Orchestra), White Christmas (1942), Adeste Fideles (1942), Silent Night (1942), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Ave Maria, White Christmas (1947), Silent Night (1947), The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), O Fir Tree Dark, The First Noel, You're All I Want For Christmas, Christmas Medley: Deck The Halls/Away In A Manger/I Saw Three Ships, Christmas Medley: Good King Wenceslas/We Three Kings Of Orient Are/Angels We Have Heard On High, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, That Christmas Feeling, Looks Like A Cold Cold Winter, A Marshmallow World. DISC 2: Christmas In Killarney, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Sleigh Bell Serenade, Christmas Is A-Coming, The First Snowfall, Is Christmas Only A Tree, I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Twelve Days Of Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, That Christmas Feeling/I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus (w Crosby boys), The Snowman/That Christmas Feeling/I'd Like To Hitch A Ride (w Crosby boys), Poppa Santa Claus, Mele Kalikimaka, Silver Bells, Little Jack Frost Get Lost, White Christmas (1954), Snow, White Christmas (1942 Alternate), Let's Start The New Year Right. (1998)

    BING CROSBY'S V-DISC RECORDINGS (CGCCM35962)

    Digi DiGiannantonio has gathered together more than 70 of Bing's V-Disc recordings for the Armed Forces during the 1940s on 4 compact discs, which are being sold exclusively byCollectors' Choice Music (800-923-1122) for $37.88 plus $5.95 shipping. Nearly all these recordings are from Bing's radio shows from 1943-48. The sound quality is good, but does not reach the high standards of LaserLight's Bing Crosby Armed Forces Broadcasts that sell for $6 a disc. DISC 1: Pennies from Heaven, Please, Shoo-Fly Pie, Silent Night, Souix City Sue, Down the Old Ox Road, Soon, Let's Take the Long Way Home, Strange Music, Swinging on a Star, That Sly Old Gentleman, The Christmas Song, There's a Small Hotel, These Foolish Things, My Heart and I, Too Romantic, All You Want to Do is Dance, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra, White Chrisstmas, With Every Breath I Take, Love is Just Around the Corner, June in January, You Call Everybody Darlin. DISC 2: The One I Love (w Al Jolson), One More Dream, Medley from Dixie, Small Fry, One Alone, Poinciana, The Waiter the Porter and the Upstairs Maid, Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie, A Friend of Yours, Adeste Fidelis, Amore, Back to Donegal, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Cowboy Medley, Darling Je Vois Aime Beaucoup, Dear Old Girl. DISC 3: Down by River, Easy to Remember, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, For Me and My Gal, Going My Way, I Promise You, I'll Be Home for Christmas, In the Good Old Summertime, In the Land of Beginning Again, It Could Happen to You, Jingle Bells, Let It Snow, Pennies from Heaven medley, The Fleet's In medley. DISC 4: Waikiki Wedding medley, A Cranky Old Yank, Clementine, Country Style, I'll Get By, I Got My Captain Working for Me Now, Moonlight Bay, Only Forever, Riding Herd on a Cloud, What Do You Do in the Infantry, All By Myself, Alexander's Ragtime Band, You are My Sunshine, There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin. (1998)

    YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC (AVID AMSC 633)

    Greg Van Beek calls this disc "absolutely fantastic! I've never heard these songs sound so rich and full." The CD, remastered by Dave Bennett and compiled by Geoff Milne, contains 25 Decca recordings from 1934-46: I Love You Truly (1934 version), The Sweetheart Waltz, The Touch of Your Lips, Lovely Lady, Two For Tonight, Would You? (1936), For Love Alone, The Way You Look Tonight (w Dixie Lee Crosby), Too Marvellous For Words, Sweet Is the Word For You, All You Want To Do Is Dance, Dancing Under the Stars, Let's Waltz For Old Times' Sake, This Is My Night To Dream, Let Me Whisper I Love You, Sweethearts, I'm Falling In Love With Someone, Yours Is My Heart Alone, You Are The One, Don't Break the Spell, The Anniversary Waltz, Dearly Beloved, Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1944), Strange Music, Does Your Heart Beat For Me? (1998)

    SONGS FROM THE MOVIES (EMPRESS RAJCD 895)

    This collection of 25 of Bing's movie songs includes several never before released on CD. Unfortunately, the transfer to CD was not very good. The sound quality is flat and the record hiss is overwhelming on many of the songs. You Belong to My Heart, Gal in Calico, Ain't Got a Dime to My Name, On the Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe, September Song, Aren't You Glad You're You, I Can't Begin to Tell You, Baia, I'd Rather Be Me, Oh But I Do, As Long as I'm Dreaming, Swinging on a Star, The Bells of St. Mary's, It Could Happen to You, Blue Skies, If You Please, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Country Style, More and More, It's Anybody's Spring, People Will Say We're in Love, Sunday Monday or Always, Out of this World, Going My Way. (1998)

    SOME FINE OLD CHESTNUTS / NEW TRICKS (MCLD19377)

    British MCA and Bing's last album producer, Ken Barnes, have reissued two fine Crosby albums of the '50s: SOME FINE OLD CHESTNUTS and NEW TRICKS, accompanied by the Buddy Cole Trio. The remastering was superb. Bing's voice has been brought front and center and is crystal clear. The CD includes all the songs on the original releases of both albums as well as the four songs later added to SOME FINE OLD CHESTNUTS (In a Little Spanish Town, Ol' Man River, Honeysuckle Rose and Swanee). Whatsmore, five tracks that were not on the LPs but that feature Buddy Cole are also here (More Than You Know, Rain, Church Bells, Day by Day [with 20-year-old Mel Torme] and Prove it by the Things You Do). The only down-side to the disc is that the marvelous cover art on NEW TRICKS has been reduced to the size of a postage stamp. Altogether this CD contains 29 tracks, including: Do You Ever Think of Me, I Never Knew, Somebody Loves Me, After You've Gone, Sleepy Time Gal, Dinah, I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody, I Can't Give You Anything but Love, When I Take My Sugar to Tea, On the Alamo, I'm Confessin, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Georgia on My Mind, Chicago, You're Driving Me Crazy, Avalon, Chinatown, If I Could Be With You, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Alabamy Bound. (1998)

    GOING HOLLYWOOD Volume 1 (JASMINE 108 & 109)

    This two-cd set from Jasmine includes 46 tracks from 13 of Bing's films from 1930-36. Some are commercial recordings, others are from the soundtracks. All have been transferred to CD with loving care and technical mastery. Geoff Milne provided the text for the 12-page insert. Songs include Music Hath Charms, My Lord Delivered Daniel, When the Folks High Up do the Mean Low Down, Out of Nowhere, Just One More Chance, Dinah, Here Lies Love, Please, Down the Old Ox Road, Moonstruck, Learn to Croon, Boo Boo Boo, The Day You Came Along, Thanks, Buckin the Wind, I Guess It Had to Be that Way, Our Big Love Scene, Beautiful Girl, Just an Echo in the Valley, Going Hollywood, We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines, After Sundown, Temptation, It's a Lie, A Sailor Can't Be True to Any One Girl, I Positively Refuse to Sing, May I, She Reminds Me of You, Goodnight Lovely Little Lady, Love Thy Nighbor, Once in a Blue Moon, Straight From the Shoulder, Love in Bloom, I'm Hummin I'm Whistlin I'm Singin, June in January, With Every Breath I Take, Love is Just Around the Corner, Soon, Down by the River, Swanee River, It's Easy to Remember, Two for Tonight, Takes Two to Make a Bargain, From the Top of Your Head, Without a Word of Warning, I Wish I Were Aladdin, I Wished on the Moon. (1998)

    ON THE ROAD (Vintage Jazz Band VJB 1949-2)

    Seventy minutes of musical excerpts from the first five Road pictures starring Bing, Bob and Dorothy. Songs include Captain Custard, The Moon and the Willow Tree, Sweet Potato Piper, Too Romantic, Pat-A-Cake, You Lucky People You, You're Dangerous, It's Always You, Road to Morocco, Ain't Got a Dime to My Name, Constantly, Moonlight Becomes You, Goodtime Charlie, It's Anybody's Spring, Personality, Welcome to My Dream, Put It There Pal, Would You, We're on Our Way, But Beautiful, You Don't Have to Know the Language, Experience. (1998)

    BING CROSBY'S 36 ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS (CD #5013-2)

    Heartland Music (800-788-2400) announced this new 3-CD collection of Bing Crosby in their January 1998 catalog (#1801-01) for $29.98 plus postage. Songs include: You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Swinging on a Star (w Andy Williams), Don't Fence Me In, Galway Bay, Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive (w Andrews Sisters), The Bells of St Mary's, Too-Ra-Loo-Ral-Loo-Ral, Alexander's Ragtime Band (w Al Jolson), The Moon Got in My Eyes, Sweet Leilani, Gone Fishin (w Louis Armstrong), Please, Thanks for the Memory, I Surrender Dear, Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day, The Whiffenpoof Song, Yah-Ta-Ta (w Judy Garland), MacNamara's Band, Memories Are Made of This, In the Cool of the Evening (w Jane Wyman), Mexicali Rose, You Are My Sunshine, You're a Sweet Little Headache, Moonlight Bay (w Gary Crosby), My Isle of Golden Dreams, Night and Day, Sam's Song (w Gary Crosby), Sioux City Sue, Blue Skies, Day By Day (w Mel Torme), Deep in the Heart of Texas, My Melancholy Baby, Sail Along Silvery Moon, Georgia on My Mind, Mona Lisa, Blue Hawaii. (1997)

    BING CROSBY'S GOLD RECORDS (MCAD 11719)

    The original versions of all of Bing's gold records recorded for Decca are on this CD commemorating the 20th anniversary of Bing's death. (1997)

    MEMORIES (MCA 19360 UK)

    This CD is stuffed full of Crosby gems that have never before appeared on CD. Most of the tracks were transferred satisfactorily to the digital world, but a few are disappointing ("Who Gave You the Roses," "I Didn't Slip" -- British MCA said it couldn't locate the tape masters). Tracks include: When the World Was Young, If You Love Me, In the Good Old Summertime, Walk Me By the River, Lost in Loveliness, I Didn't Slip I Wasn't Pushed I Fell, Indian Summer, The Girl with Pigtails in her Hair, Little Lady Make Believe, The Four Winds and the Seven Seas, Hello Young Lovers, Whistling in the Wildwood, Any Town is Paris When You're Young, No Other Love, Friendly Mountains, I'll See You in My Dreams, Memories, When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby, Careless Hands, Smile Right Back at the Sun, The Girl Friend, Helpless, Who Gave You the Roses, Why Can't You Behave, Row Row Row, A Quiet Girl. (1997)

    THE COMPLETE UNITED ARTISTS SESSIONS (EMI 7243 8 59808 24)

    This 3-CD set commemorating the 20th anniversary of Bing's death includes mostly recordings Bing made during the last 3 years of his life. The discs were produced as a labor of love and technical skill by Ken Barnes, so the quality is outstanding. Included on these discs are several screw-ups and 5 minutes of hilarious studio chatter. DISC 1: That's What Life is All About, We've Only Just Begun, The Best Things in Life are Free, Great Day, A Little Love and Understanding, The More I See You, I Got Rhythm, No Time at All, Children, The Good Old Times, Cabaret, Send in the Clowns, Change Partners, Looking at You, Yours Sincerely, How Are Things in Glocca Morra, The Woman on Your Arm, Bon Vivant, When a Child is Born. DISC 2 includes Bing's album with Fred Astaire, several selections from Bing's 1976 concert at the London Palladium that were not included on the 1997 CD, as well as duets with Johnny Mercer (The Pleasure of Your Company and Good Companions), and Bob Hope (Paris Holiday and Nothing in Common). DISC 3: Come Share the Wine, I Love to Dance Like They Used to Dance, Beautiful Memories, Hello Dolly, My Heart Stood Still, My Resistance is Low, With a Song in My Heart, Breezin along with the Breeze, Razzle Dazzle, Have a Nice Day, Heat Wave, Something to Remember You By, I'll Never Fall in Love Again, What I Did for Love, Deja Vu, Some Sunny Day, Thou Swell, At My Time of Life, The Only Way to Go. (1997)

    BING CROSBY AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM (EMI/MFP 7243 8 57547 2)

    The CD includes highlights of Bing's concert at the London Palladium in 1976, originally issued on a double LP by K-Tel. Most of the tracks on the K-Tel LP are included. The songs performed with or by any of the family members were omitted. The disc includes a solo effort not on the LP, "Great Day," by Bing. Expect to pay about $15. Songs courtesy of Billy Daugherty include: Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold of the Day, The Pleasure Of Your Company, Mary Lou, Where The Morning Glories Grow, At My Time Of Life, On A Slow Boat To China w/Rosemary Clooney, By Myself Clooney, Tenderly Clooney, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Clooney, Send In The Clowns, Gone Fishin' w/ Joe Bushkin, Now You Has Jazz, Bushkin Medley The Man That Got Away and Hallelujah, Great Day, Just One Of Those Things Clooney, The Crosby Medley of more than 30 Songs, That's What Life Is All About, Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day. Billy says the sound quality and liner notes are exceptional. (1997)

    HAVIN' FUN (1949-1951) (JUCD 2034)

    This disc includes three of Bing's radio shows that included Louis Armstrong as guest. Jim Determan reports that the sound quality is "very good, better than the LP version." Songs include Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy, I'm Coming Virginia, Royal Garden Blues, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Blueberry Hill, Lazy Bones, Undecided, I Get Ideas, Memphis Blues, Chesterfield Song, A Kiss To Build A Dream On, On The Sunny Side of The Street, Gone Fishin', Up The Lazy River, Lazy Bones, Rockin' Chair. (1997)

    HAVIN' MORE FUN (1950-1951) (JUCD 2035)

    Two more Crosby radio shows featuring Louis Armstrong. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, A Song was Born, Gone Fishin', La Vie En Rose, Lazy Bones, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, You're Just In Love, Up The Lazy River, Panama, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Blueberry Hill, Rockin' Chair #1, Rockin' Chair #2 (parody). (1997)

    SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY (Jasmine JASCD 335)

    This disc contains 25 songs by Rosemary Clooney, including 10 Crosby-Clooney duets from Bing's 1952-54 radio shows. The sound is great and so is the accompanying biography of Clooney by Geoff Milne. The duets are: Zing a Little Zong, The Merry-Go-Run Around, Chicago Style, South Rampart Street Parade, Something to Remember You By, It's Only a Paper Moon, Only Forever, Medley of These Foolish Things / We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye / You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, You're just in Love, Man and Woman. (1997)

    GREAT MOMENTS WITH BING CROSBY AND FRIENDS (OTA 101978)

    This 2-CD set on the "On The Air" label features nearly 60 musical excerpts from Bing's radio shows from 1937-1950. The sonic quality is not as good as the GNP Crescendo or LaserLight series of Bing's radio shows. DISC 1: Where the Blue of the Night, Don't Fence Me In, Moonlight Becomes You, Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive, Moonlight Bay, Hut-Sut Song (w Connee Boswell), Sleigh Ride in July, It Makes No Difference Now, Amor, Maybe You'll be There (w Peggy Lee), Sentimental Journey, The Way You Look Tonight, Please, Lazy Bones (w Louis Armstrong), It's Always You, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Remember Me, Connecticut (w Judy Garland), Home on the Range, If I Had My Way, You Don't Have to Know the Language, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, Night Train to Memphis, People Will Say We're in Love, More and More, White Christmas. DISC 2: Pistol Packin' Mama, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Poinciana, Thank Your Lucky Stars, All My Love, Manhattan (w Connee Boswell), Now is the Hour, I've Got a Crush on You (w Peggy Lee), Easter Parade (w Jeannie Durelle), I Used to Love You but It's All Over, You've Got Me Where You Want Me, Medley from Mississippi, Some Enchanted Evening, Between 18th and 19th on Chestnut Street (w Connee Boswell), Loch Lomond, Put it There Pal (w Bob Hope), Whistle While You Work, As Time Goes By, Maybe It's Because (w Judy Garland), It's Only a Paper Moon, Maria Elena, Paper Doll, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Mona Lisa, Goodnight Irene (w Hope and Garland). (1997)

    BING CROSBY AT THE MOVIES: GREAT MOVIE HITS (CD 60017)

    These are all commercial Decca tracks. I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams, On The Sentimental Side, Sing A Song of Moonbeams, Swingin' On A Star, Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive (w Andrews Sisters), Only Forever, Pessimistic Character, Sweet Leilani, Pennies From Heaven, Moonburn, The Moon Got In My Eyes, Love Is Just Around The Corner, Down By The River, Please, The Bells Of St. Mary's, I Wished On The Moon, If I Had My Way, White Christmas, Going My Way, Road To Morocco (w Bob Hope). (1997)

    BING SINGS COUNTRY (HALLMARK [UK] 306722)

    These 20 country-western tracks from the King of Crooners are all commercial Decca releases. You Are My Sunshine, Along The Navajo Trail, San Fernando Valley, I'm An Old Cowhand, Ridin' Down The Canyon, Prairieland Lullaby, Whistling In The Wildwood, Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle, Empty Saddles, El Rancho Grande, Silver On The Sage, Pistol Packin' Mama (w Andrews Sisters), Twilight On The Trail, Along The Santa Fe Trail, Sierra Sue, Legend Of Old California, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, The Singing Hills, Sioux City Sue, The Last Round-Up. (1997)

    MY FAVORITE HYMNS (MCAD 21002)

    This disc includes "The Bells of St. Mary's" and "Peace Prayer of Saint Francis" as well as 8 songs that Bing recorded on May 6, 1949: Holy Lord God Almighty, Mother Dear Pray for Me, Lord I am not Worthy, Rock of Ages, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, He Leadeth Me, All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, God Our Help in Ages Past. (1997)

    MY FAVORITE HAWAIIAN SONGS (MCAD 21008)

    The ten selections on this disc include: Aloha Oe, Blue Hawaii, Hawaiian Paradise, Palace in Paradise, Dancing Under the Stars, Song of the Islands, South Sea Island Magic, Sweet Leilani, My Isle of Golden Dreams, When You Dream about Hawaii. The quality of the remastering is only slightly better than the sonically-flat "Blue Hawaii" collection available on the AXIS label. (1997)



    LOVE SONGS (MCAD 20971)

    The ten selections on this disc include: The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else, Temptation (1945 version), The Kiss in Your Eyes, How I Miss You Tonight, Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1944 version), My Melancholy Baby, I Surrender Dear (1939 version), I'm Falling in Love with Someone (w Frances Langford), Just a Little Lovin, The Way You Look Tonight (with Bing's first wife). The disc is cheap, and the quality of the remastering reflects it. (1997)

    GREAT FILM SONGS

    I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams, On The Sentimental Side, Sing A Song Of Moonbeams, Swingin' On A Star, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, Only Forever, Pessimistic Character (With The Crab-Apple Face), Sweet Leilani, Pennies From Heaven, Moonburn, The Moon Got In My Eyes, Love Is Just Around The Corner, Down By The River, Please, The Bells Of St. Mary's, I Wished On The Moon, If I Had My Way, White Christmas, Going My Way, Road To Morocco. (1997)

    MY FAVORITE COUNTRY SONGS (MCAD 20982)

    I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande), Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle, Twilight On The Trail, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Clementine, Empty Saddles, We'll Rest At The End Of The Trail, Cool Water, Along The Navajo Trail (w Andrews Sisters), Home On The Range. (1996)

    THE BEST OF BING CROSBY (MCA CD11561)

    The highlights of this 2-CD collection from MCA in Britain are the moody accompaniment of Jimmy Dorsey to Bing's soulful crooning of "The Things We Did Last Summer" and a crystal clear version of "Just for You." Unfortunately, several of the tracks on these two discs are marred by poor-quality source material or sloppy remastering. Bing's 1951 recording of "Sentimental Music" was made direct to tape, but the version in this collection sounds like it had been digitized from a well-worn 78. The background noise on several selections nearly obscures the music. With a retail price of nearly $15 a disc British MCA should be delivering higher quality. Tracks include: Swinging on a Star, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Moonlight Becomes You, Gone Fishin, Busy Doing Nothing, So Would I, A Friend of Yours, Gigi, I've Never Been in Love Before, Among My Souvenirs, A Weaver of Dreams, Where the Blue of the Night, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Dear Hearts and Gentle People, The Very Thought of You, Sweet Leilani, Give Me the Simple Life, San Antonio Rose, The Spaniard that Blighted My Life, People Will Say We're In Love, The Folks who Live on the Hill, Sentimental Music, Moonlight on a White Picket Fence, Blue Skies, Anything You Can Do, Embraceable You, A Fella with an Umbrella, McNamara's Band, Now is the Hour, Getting to Know You, Galway Bay, Don't Fence Me In, Just One of those Things, Sam's Song, Like Someone in Love, Stardust, In the Cool of the Evening, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Pennies from Heaven, Play a Simple Melody, The Things We Did Last Summer, Just for You, I Can't Begin to Tell You, Marrying for Love, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Silent Night, White Christmas. (1996)

    BING CROSBY AND THE ANDREWS SISTERS (MCAD2-11503)

    Here is the long-awaited release of EVERY commercial recording that Bing made with the Andrews Sisters. MCA managed to stuff all 46 Decca recordings onto two CDs, with room to spare for 7 blowups and parodies. The only items missing were Bing's three duets with Patty Andrews. Overall, the quality of MCA's remastering was superb. Congratulations to Andy McKaie and Steven Lasker for a job well done. (1996)

    TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS (Charly Records CDGR 105)

    Forty-two of Bing's singles made it to the top of the pop music charts, and more than half of them are on this disc. However, the disc label says it includes "I Love You" by Grieg. If this is true (I have not heard the disc), Charly chose the wrong song. Bing recorded two different songs called I Love You in 1944, and the one that went No. 1 was written by Cole Porter, not Grieg. Oops! Other songs on the disc include: Too Marvelous for Words, I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams, I'll Be Seeing You, You're Getting to be a Habit with Me, Out of Nowhere, Love in Bloom, Sweet Leilani, Swinging on a Star, Remember Me, Pennies from Heaven, Moonlight Becomes You, Sunday Monday or Always, Don't Fence Me In, Sierra Sue, Trade Winds, San Fernando Valley, The Moon Got in My Eyes, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, June in January, Dinah, Just One More Chance, Brother Can You Spare a Dime, Three Little Words, White Christmas. (1996)

    LIVE DUETS 1947-49 (Viper's Nest VN-1003)

    Eric Rohr provided the contents of this disc, which he rates as "very good." All selections are from Bing's Philco radio shows of the late '40s. Then I'll Be Happy (w Peggy Lee), Flop Parade (w Ethel Merman), Chidabee (w Jimmy Durante), Clementine (w Dinah Shore & Burl Ives), You Was (w Kay Starr), A Little Bird Told Me (w Hattie McDaniel & Ernie "Bubble" Whiteman), Just A Gigolo (w Bob Burns on bazooka), When It's Night Time In Little Italy (w Groucho Marx), April Showers / Ma Blushin' Rosie / Swanee / The One I Love (medley w Al Jolson), So In Love (w Peggy Lee), Blue Shadows on the Trail (w Four Crosby Brothers), If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon (w Judd Conlon's Rhythmaires), Once And For Always (w Peggy Lee), Flop Parade II (w Ethel Merman), There's a Flaw In My Flue (w Ethel Merman), Flop Parade III (w Ethel Merman), Lazybones (w Louis Armstrong & Jack Teagarden). (1996)

    BING CROSBY MEMBERS EDITION (TKO-Records UAE 30532)

    This CD contains mostly selections from Bing's radio shows from as far back as World War II. The sonic quality of the disc is exceptional. Tracks include Swinging on a star, Amor, I'll be seeing you, Jeepers Creepers (Charioteers), Moonlight becomes you, Don't fence me in, Sleigh ride in July, Lady be good, I got rhythm, A gypsy in my soul, St. Louis Blues, Chattanooga shoe shine boy, Accentuate the positive, Is you is or is you ain't my baby, You got me where you want me, I'll get by, Speak to me of love, Day after forever, Swanee River, It's easy to remember, I promise you, It's love love love (w Bob Hope). (1996)

    BING SINGS WHILST BREGMAN SWINGS (Verve #UDCD 670)

    One of Bing's best albums of the '50s has been released on compact disk and gold-plated, nonetheless. The lively arrangements of Buddy Bregman include Mountain Greenery, Deed I Do, The Song Is You, Heat Wave, Cheek to Cheek, Have You Met Miss Jones, The Blue Room, They All Laughed, I've Got Five Dollars, September in the Rain, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jeepers Creepers. (1996)

    TOP O' THE MORNING / BING'S IRISH COLLECTION (MCA Decca 11406)

    Crosby had a bit of the Irish in him, as revealed in this collection. Assembled on this one compact disk are virtually all of his Irish recordings. Unfortunately, the quality of MCA's restoration of several of these recordings is disappointing. For example, the background noise nearly overwhelms the music in "Did Your Mother Come From Ireland," even though MCA says it used Cedar methods of noise reduction to remaster these old tracks. Most of the tracks, however, are crystal clear. Tracks include: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, MacNamara's Band, Galway Bay, Top O' the Morning, Rosaleen, How Can You Buy Killarney, It's the Same Old Shillelagh, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (recorded in '44), The Rose of Tralee, Dear Old Donegal, Danny Boy, St. Patrick's Day Parade, I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen, The Donovans, Where the River Shannon Flows, Eileen, With My Shillelagh Under My Arm, My Girl's an Irish Girl, That Tumbledown Shack in Athlone, Two Shillelagh O'Sullivan, The Isle of Innisfree, Who threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder, Did Your Mother Come from Ireland, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (1945 version). [1996]

    BING CROSBY'S GREATEST HITS ON RADIO Vol. 1 (1931-1938) (S.I.A.E. RY32)

    Contrary to the title of this Italian compact disc, these are all studio recordings made by Bing in the '30s. None are from his radio show. Nevertheless, the disk is worth the price because these recordings have been remastered with the utmost attention to detail using Cedar methods effectively. The disc includes these 23 tracks: Out of Nowhere, Just One More Chance, Stardust, Where the Blue of the Night (1931 version), The Moon Was Yellow, Love is Just Around the Corner, Soon, June in January, It's Easy to Remember, Without a Word of Warning, I Wished on the Moon, Sailor Beware, I'm an Old Cowhand, Pennies from Heaven, Me and the Moon, Sweet Lelani, Too Marvelous for Words, The Moon Got in My Eyes, Remember Me, Bob White, It's the Natural Thing to Do, On the Sentimental Side, Alexander's Ragtime Band. I look forward to a Volume II. (1996).

    AMERICAN LEGENDS: BING CROSBY (LaserLight 12 732)

    LaserLight disks are inexpensive and the sound reproduction is usually very good. This is true with this disk too. It is quite an alley cat, with tunes ranging from Bing's Paul Whiteman days to his radio show in the '50s. The 12 tracks include: The Birth of the Blues, My Ideal, After You've Gone (with Paul Whiteman Orchestra), I'm an Old Cowhand, Pennies from Heaven (with Frances Langford and Louis Armstrong), Song from the Moulin Rouge, Aren't You Glad You're You, There's a Cabin in the Pines, I Can Dream Can't I (with the Andrews Sisters), The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart (with Jimmy Durante), My Melancholy Baby, Till We Meet Again (with Patti Page). Two songs on this disk, "Birth of the Blues" and "My Melancholy Baby" are the best reproductions I have heard and are well worth the modest price of this disk. And if you didn't get the Bing Crosby stamp issued in 1993, the cover art includes the stamp. You'll have to add your own 3 cents worth, however! (1996)

    THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION (Wisepack LECDD 612)

    This two-disc set features some of Bing's Decca duets as well as many from his radio shows of the 1940s. Disc one includes: You gotta start off each day with a song (& Jimmy Durante), Inka Dinka Doo (& Jimmy Durante), When you wore a tulip and I wore a big red rose (& Judy Garland), Just the way you are (& Judy Garland), Basin Street Blues (& Ella Fitzgerald), Marshmellow world (& Ella Fitzgerald), Blueberry Hill (& Louis Armstrong), Lazy Bones (& Louis Armstrong), I got rhythm (& Peggy Lee), You came a long way from St. Louis (& Peggy Lee), Don't fence me in (& Andrews Sisters). The Three Caballeros (& Andrews Sisters), Mr Gallagher and Mr Shean (& Johnny Mercer), Wait 'till the sun shines Nellie (& Mary Martin), A fine romance (& Dixie Lee Crosby), A Pretty girl is like a melody (& Al Jolson), My Old Kentucky Home (& Al Jolson), Connecticut (& Judy Garland), They say it's wonderful (& Rosemary Clooney), Let's call the whole thing off (& Rosemary Clooney), I'll capture her heart (& Fred Astaire), The Road to Morrocco (& Bob Hope). Disc two includes: Maybe you'll be there (& Peggy Lee), On a slow boat to China (& Peggy Lee), In the evening by the moonlight (& Al Jolson) Sam's song (& Judy Garland), (Yah Ta Ta) Talk Talk Talk (& Judy Garland), Blue Skies (& Jimmy Durante), Stay with the happy people (& Ella Fitzgerald), A Dreamer's Holiday (& Ella Fitzgerald), Shine (& Mills Brothers), Dinah (& Mills Brothers), Tea for two (& Connie Boswell), They can't take that away from me, (& Rosemary Clooney), It takes two to Tango (& Rosemary Clooney), Small fry (& Johnny Mercer), Is you is or is you ain't my baby (& Andrews Sisters), If I knew you were coming I'd a baked a cake (& Bob Hope), Lily of Laguna (& Mary Martin), I'm falling in love with someone (& Francis Langford), Till we meet again (& Patti Page), Have I told you lately that I love you (& Bob Hope), People will say I'm in love (& Trudy Irwin), You're just in love (& Judy Garland). (1995)

    THOSE GREAT WORLD WAR II SONGS (SPA DBG 53042)

    This two-CD set contains 24 songs from Bing's Kraft Music Hall: White Cliffs of Dover, Army Air Corp Song, Yankee Doodle Dandy, I Don't Want to Walk Without You Baby, Song of Freedom, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, What Do You Do in the Infantry?, Riding Herd on a Cloud Tonight, Get on the Road to Victory, Sunday Monday or Always, The Victory Polka, It's All Over Now, As Time Goes By, I'll Be Seeing You, Shoo-Shoo-Baby, Hot Time in the Town of Berlin, Song of the Bombadiers, Long Ago and Far Away, Bless 'em All, I'll Get By, Is You Is Or Is you Ain't Ma Baby?, Saturday Night, The Fifth Marines, Comin in on a Wing and a Prayer. The second disc contains two complete Bing Crosby World War II broadcasts with Phil Silvers, Bette Davis and Barry Fitzgerald. (1995)

    SWINGING ON A STAR (Flapper PAST CD 7065)

    The highlight of this disc is Bing's mellifluous recording of "Lullaby" from 1941. Other tracks include Swinging on a Star, San Fernando Valley, Mine, Maybe, I Ain't Got Nobody, Don't Fence Me In, Begin the Beguine, Sunday Monday or Always, When My Dreamboat Comes Home, Accentuate the Positive (w Andrews Sisters), I'd Know You Anywhere, My Buddy, Put It There Pal (w Bob Hope), Is You Is or Is You Ain't Ma Baby? (w Andrews Sister), Somebody Loves Me, Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup, There's A Fella Waiting in Poughkeepsie (w Andrews Sisters), Pistol Packin Mama (w Andrews Sisters), Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, I'll Be Seeing You. (1995)

    I'M AN OLD COWHAND (Living Era CD AJA 5160)

    Twenty-five of Bing's country hits from the '30s and '40s: Don't Fence Me In, Home on the Range, I'm an Old Cowhand, Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle, Silver on the Sage, When the Bloom is on the Sage, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, After Sundown, El Rancho Grando, The Singing Hills, Along the Santa Fe Trail, Clementine, San Antonio Rose, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Who Calls?, Pistol Packin Mama, Ridin Down the Canyon, San Fernando Valley, Empty Saddles, A Roundup Lullaby, The Old Oaken Bucket, We'll Rest at the End of the Trail, Twilight on the Trail, Goodbye Little Darlin Goodbye, The Last Roundup. (1995)

    BING CROSBY WITH PAUL WHITEMAN (Chansons CHD9)

    Tain't so honey 'tain't so, at twilight, because my baby don't mean "maybe" now, bundle of old love letters, c-o-n-s-t-a-n-t-i-n-o-p-l-e, coquette, get out & get under the moon, i'd rather cry over you, i'm a dreamer (aren't we all), i'm bringing a red rose, i'm on the crest of a wave, out o' town gal, reaching for someone, s'posin', that's my weakness now, when you're counting the stars alone (1995)

    THE BING CROSBY YEARS (MCA-Japan 18014-17)

    This 4-CD collection of 100 of Bing's greatest hits from the early '30s to the mid '50s was released in Japan shortly after Bing: His Legendary Years was released in the U.S. The Japanese compilation contains about 20 selections not found on its American predecessor, so you may want to get both. However, the Japanese collection will cost you over $100. Selections include: Where the Blue of the Night, Out of Nowhere, Just One More Chance, Stardust, The Moon was Yellow, Soon, Me and the Moon, Too Marvelous for Words, Remember Me, Bob White, Alexander's Ragtime Band, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, My Reverie, I Cried for You, Deep Purple, What's New, And the Angels Sing, Yodelin Jive, Sierra Sue, You Made Me Love You, Dolores, I Don't Want to Walk Without You, Skylark, People Will Say We're in Love, Poinciana, I Love You, Long Ago and Far Away, It Could Happen to You, Hot Time in the Town of Berlin, Like Someone in Love, On the Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe, I Can't Begin to Tell You, Give Me the Simple Life, The Bells of St Mary's, Route 66, Day by Day, Night and Day, How Soon, You Don't Have to Know the Language, Ballerina, Careless Hands, Some Enchanted Evening, Way Back Home, When You and I Were Young Maggie Blues, Moonlight Bay, Shanghai, Watermelon Weather, Keep it a Secret, Young at Heart, Around the World in 80 Days, Love is Just Around the Corner, June in January, It's Easy to Remember, Without a Word of Warning, I Wished on the Moon, Sailor Beware, I'm an Old Cowhand, Pennies from Heaven, Sweet Leilani, The Moon Got in My Eyes, It's the Natural Thing to Do, On the Sentimental Side, I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams, The Funny Old Hills, East Side of Heaven, An Apple for the Teacher, Too Romantic, If I Had My Way, Only Forever, It's Always You, My Melancholy Baby, White Christmas, I'll Capture Your Heart, Constantly, If You Please, Swinging on a Star, Going My Way, Accentuate the Positive, Aren't You Glad You're You, Welcome to My Dream, Out of this World, You Keep Coming Back Like a Song, As Long as I'm Dreaming, Tallahassee, But Beautiful, I Kiss Your Hand Madame, Friendly Mountains, Once and for Always, The Donovans, Katrina, The Horse Told Me, Life is So Peculiar, In the Cool of the Evening, Zing a Little Zong, Hoot Man, To See You, The Magic Window, Count Your Blessings, Dissertation on the State of Bliss, All Through the Night. (1994)

    BING CROSBY ARMED FORCES BROADCASTS (LaserLight 12 298 ...)

    This remarkable 6 CD set contains 12 complete broadcasts from Bing's World War II era Kraft Music Hall. Guests include Lucille Ball, Phil Silvers, Bob Hope, the Dorsey brothers, Spike Jones, the Andrews sisters, Duke Ellington, Roy Rogers and Jerry Colonna. Each show is complete with commercials and the NBC chimes. Laserlight used first-generation source material from the Crosby Collection at Gonzaga University and the sonic quality is exceptional. And the discs are a steal at only $6 each. (1994)

    BING CROSBY: DUETS WITH FRIENDS (Blue Moon 3014)

    Watermelon Weather (w Peggy Lee), South America Take It Away (w Andrews Sisters), My Baby Said Yes (w Louis Jordan), Road to Morocco (w Bob Hope), Day by Day (w Mel Torme), In the Cool of the Evening (w Jane Wyman), Connecticut (w Judy Garland), Pistol Packin Mama (w Andrews Sisters), Mine (w Judy Garland), Accentuate the Positive (w Andrews Sisters), Gone Fishin (w Louis Armstrong), Merry-Go-Run-Around (w Peggy Lee and Bob Hope), Sam's Song (w Gary Crosby), Road to Bali (w Bob Hope), Donce Fence Me In (w Andrews Sisters), Chicago Style (w Bob Hope), I'll Capture Your Heart Singing (w Fred Astaire), Play a Simple Melody (w Gary Crosby), Yah-Ta-Ta (w Judy Garland), Small Fry (w Johnny Mercer), Put it There Pal (w Bob Hope), Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (w Andrews Sisters). (1994)

    BING CROSBY AND FRIENDS (Living Era CD AJA 5147)

    Twenty-five duets with Bing from 1931-43, including the two recordings that Bing made with his first wife: "The Way You Look Tonight" and "A Fine Romance." Other tracks include Mr Crosby and Mr Mercer, Small Fry, Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries, Dinah, St. Louis Blues, Shine, My Honey's Lovin Arms, Sweet Leilani, Basin Street Blues, Bob White, Darling Nellie Gray, Gypsy Love Song, I'm Falling in Love, Ida Sweet as Apple Cider, Start the Day Right, Little Sir Echo, An Apple for the Teacher, Ciribiribin, Mr Meadowlark, The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid, Wait Til the Sun Shines Nellie, I'll Capture Your Heart, Pistol Packin Mama. (1994)

    MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU (Charly CD 1200)

    Mostly from the 1935-45 era, including Moonlight Becomes You, Sunday Monday or Always, What's New?, The Touch of Your Lips, But Not for Me, The Folks Who Live on the Hill, Too Marvelous for Words, I Ain't Got Nobody, I Found a Million Dollar Baby, My Buddy, Summertime, Somebody Loves Me, When Day Is Done, I Cried for You, I Got Plenty of Nuthin, The Very Thought of You, Lazy, And the Angels Sing, Don't Be That Way, Old Folks. (1994)

    ON TREASURE ISLAND (JSP 703)

    Mostly late '30s recordings, including: On Treasure Island, It Makes No Difference Now, When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby, Deep Purple, Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, Never in a Million Years, Devil May Care, Maybe I'm Wrong Again, The Moon Was Yellow, Trade Winds, Riding Down the Canyon, Darling Nellie Gray, Silver on the Sage, Chapel in the Valley, Sierra Sue, Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life, Camptown Races, Beautiful Dreamer, For Love Alone, So Do I, The Singing Hills, It's Always You, Down By the River, Sweethearts.

    HIS LEGENDARY YEARS 1931-1957 (MCA 10887)

    This four-CD set does a superb job of summing up Bing Crosby's years with Decca. After nine titles from 1931 (which were acquired by Decca later on), the program concentrates on the 1934-57 period and, in addition to the expected hits, all aspects of his career are covered. Despite a few Dixieland-flavored selections, Crosby had largely abandoned jazz by the late '30s but his phrasing (which was influenced by Louis Armstrong) and appealing voice should be of interest to jazz listeners. In later years his ballads grew in stature while the uptempo performances tended to be less memorable novelties. Although it should be augmented by collections that focus on his recordings of the 1920s and early '30s, this is the definitive Bing Crosby set. --Scott Yanow 

    DISC 1: Where The Blues Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day, Out Of Nowhere, Just One More Chance, I'm Through With Love, I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five and Ten Cent Store), At Your Command, I Apologize, Dancing In The Dark, Stardust, The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young), Two Cigarettes In The Dark, With Every Breath I Take, June In January, Love Is Just Around The Corner, Soon, Down By The River, It's Easy To Remember, Red Sails In The Sunset, Silent Night, Holy Night, I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande), I Got Plenty O Nuttin', Pennies From Heaven, A Fine Romance, Sweet Leilani, 

    DISC 2: Blue Hawaii, Too Marvelous For Words, It's The Natural Thing To Do, The Moon Got In My Eyes, Remember Me?, Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?), Don't Be That Way, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Small Fry, I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams, Mexicali Rose, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) (outtake), Somebody Loves Me, What's New?, Sierra Sue, Trade Winds, Only Forever, New San Antonio Rose, Humpty Dumpty Heart, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie, When My Dreamboat Comes Home, White Christmas, Easter Parade, 

    DISC 3: Be Careful, It's My Heart, Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful), Moonlight Becomes You, Sunday, Monday Or Always, Mississippi Mud, I Left My Sugar Standing In The Rain, Pistol Packin' Mama, I'll Be Home For Christmas, San Fernando Valley, Swinging On A Star, I Love You, I'll Be Seeing You (outtake), I'll Be Seeing You, On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe, Song Of The Fifth Marines (prev. unrel.), There'll Be A Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin (When The Yanks Go Marching In, Don't Fence Me In, Mine, Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive, The Road To Morocco, You Belong To My Heart (Now And Forever), It's Been A Long, Long Time, Too-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby), I Can't Begin To Tell You, Day By Day, MacNamara's Band, South America, Take It Away, 

    DISC 4: Alexander's Ragtime Band, The Spaniard That Blighted My Life, Whiffenpoof Song, Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song), But Beautiful, Galway Bay, Far Away Places, Sing Soft Sing Sweet Sing Gentle, Dear Hearts And Gentle People, Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy, Play A Simple Melody, Sam's Song (The Happy Tune), Harbor Lights, Autumn Leaves, Silver Bells, Getting To Know You, Gone Fishin', In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening, Watermelon Weather, Thanks For The Memory, Around The World (In Eighty Days), Gigi, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, Where The Blue Of The Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day) (1993)

    HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET! (EMI 0777 7 89312 25)

    All Crosby tracks on this disc were included in the 1997 release of Bing's complete United Artists recordings. On this disc, however, you get a couple of Fred's solos. If you have the original Crosby-Astaire album you will find several alternative takes on this CD as well as some tracks that have been remixed. Tracks include Top Billing, How Lucky Can You Get?, Roxie, Spring, Easy to Remember, Change Partners (Bing solo), Pick Yourself Up, Mister Keyboard Man, I've a Shooting Box in Scotland, In the Cool of the Evening, Bon Vivant, Sing, Dance in the Old Fashioned Way (Fred solo), I Love to Dance Like They Used to Dance, A Couple of Song and Dance Men, That's Entertainment (Fred solo). Ten of these selections are available in the United States on the CURB label [D2-77617], where the original tracks and mix-downs were used. (1993)

    BLUE HAWAII (AXIS EMI 814167 2)

    Bing's Hawaiian recordings from 1936-42 are included on this disc from Australia, which is marketed in the United States by the Good Music Record Company (phone 800-538-4200). Unfortunately, the remastering job on these tracks is not very good. The disc includes 24 selections: Blue Hawaii, Song of the Islands, Sweet Leilani, Aloha Oe, Hawaiian Paradise, To You Sweetheart Aloha, A Song of Old Hawaii, South Sea Island Magic, Dancing Under the Stars, Palace in Paradise, Trade Winds, Sweet Hawaiian Chimes, When You're a Long Way from Home, When You Dream about Hawaii, Moonlight and Shadows, My Isle of Golden Dreams, Sing Me a Song of the Islands, Aloha Kuu Ipo Aloha, Paradise Isle, Where the Blue of the Night (1940 version).(1993)

    THE GREAT YEARS (Flapper PAST CD 7027)

    Twenty-two of Bing's '30s and early '40s recordings: Deep in the Heart of Texas, White Christmas, Wait Til the Sun Shines Nellie, Moonlight Becomes You, Road to Morocco (w Bob Hope), You are My Sunshine, Walking the Floor Over You, Yes Indeed (w Connee Boswell), Mister Meadowlark (w Johnny Mercer), Where the Blue of the Night, Let's All Meet at My House, Do You Ever Think of Me?, Between a Kiss and a Sigh, When Day is Done, Be Honest with Me, Sing Me a Song of the Islands, Tea for Two, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Miss You, Along the Santa Fe Trail, Start the Day Right, I Want My Mama. (1993)

    THE JAZZIN' BING CROSBY 1927-40 (CD AFS 1021-2)

    Mike Caldwell contributed the contents of this 48-track, two-disc set from Charly Records. DISC 1: I'm Coming Virginia, Side By Side, Mississippi Mud/I Left My Sugar Standing In The Rain, Mary (What Are You Waiting For?), Mississippi Mud, There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears, From Monday On, High Water, Louisiana, 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So, Because My Baby Don't Mean "Maybe" Now, Rhythm King, I'm Crazy Over You, Susianna, If I Had You, The Spell Of The Blues, Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love), My Kinda' Love, So The Bluebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together, Oh! Miss Hannah, Waiting At The End Of The Road, After You've Gone, One More Time, I'm Sorry Dear. DISC 2: Dinah, St. Louis Blues, Shine, Shadows On The Window, Lawd, You Made The Night Too Long (Part 1), Sweet Georgia Brown, Cabin In The Cotton, Some Of These Days, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), Sweet Sue -- Just You, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn, Stay On The Right Side Of The Road, Blue Prelude, I'm Hummin', I'm Whistlin', I'm Singin', Someday Sweetheart, Moonburn, Pennies From Heaven, Don't Be That Way, Mr. Gallagher And Mr. Shean, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Yodelin' Jive, Rhythm On The River, Yes Indeed. (1992)

    16 MOST REQUESTED SONGS (Columbia 472198 2)

    This disc includes 16 of Bing's hits during his Brunswick days (early '30s). Selections include: Dinah (w Mills Brothers), Can't we talk it over (w Mills Brothers), Shine (w Mills Brothers), Paradise, Sweet Georgia Brown, Please, How deep is the Ocean?, (I don't stand) A ghost of a Chance, Brother, can you spare a dime?, Let's put out the lights, You're getting to be a habit with me (w Guy Lombardo), I've got the world on a string (w Dorsey Brothers), Temptation, Did you ever see a dream walking?, Love thy neighbor, Love in bloom. (1992)

    BING CROSBY: THE EP COLLECTION (See For Miles CD 360)

    An interesting and well-mastered collection of some rare Crosby recordings from 1934 through 1960. Highlights include "Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay" and "It Had to Be You." Other tracks include Road to Morocco (w Bob Hope), That's A Plenty, Something in Common, Moments to Remember, Look to Your Heart, Suddenly There's A Valley, The Possibility's There (w Peggy Lee), The Loneliness of Evening, The Longest Waltz, The Sweetheart Waltz, Sing Soft Sing Sweet Sing Gentle (w Jimmy Durante), The Moon was Yellow, Me and the Moon, Pale Moon, Got the Moon in My Pocket, Chicago Style (w Bob Hope), Young at Heart, I Get So Lonely, Mademoiselle De Paris, La Mer, Morgen, Under Paris Skies, Domenica, White Christmas. (1992)

    THE MOVIE HITS (Flapper PAST CD 9784)

    This disc is special in that it contains Bing's great '30s hit "Too Romantic." Other tracks include: An Apple for the Teacher (w Connee Boswell), A Man and His Dream, If I Had My Way, I Haven't Time to be a Millionaire, Meet the Sun Half Way, My Heart is Taking Lessons, The Funny Old Hills, I Have Eyes, Still the Bluebird Sings, Moonburn, Love Thy Neighbor, The Waiter the Porter and the Upstairs Maid, Small Fry, The Moon Got in My Eyes, Smarty, Without a World of Warning, My Heart and I, Let's Call a Heart a Heart, Go Fly a Kit, Empty Saddles, Birth of the Blues. (1992)

    MY HAPPINESS (Parrot PARCD 002)

    Although Bing and Ella Fitzgerald formed a mutual admiration society, they never recorded any duets for commercial release even though both recorded for Decca. Ella did appear several times on Bing's radio and TV shows, where they sang a handful of duets, many of which are captured on this disc. Tracks include Stay with the Happy People, I Hadn't Anyone Till You, A Dreamer's Holiday, My Happiness, Basin Street Blues, Can Anyone Explain, Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue, Silver Bells, I Can Dream Can't I, Someone to Watch Over Me, White Christmas, Marshmallow World, Moanin Low, That's A-Plenty, Taking a Chance on Love, Way Back Home (with the Mills Brothers), Istanbul, Looking for a Boy, Chicago Style, Everything I Have is Yours, Undecided, Memphis Blues. (1992)

    BING CROSBY AND SOME JAZZ FRIENDS (Decca GRD 603)

    This disc includes an interesting -- perhaps odd -- assortment of Crosby recordings, including what I consider to be Bing's strangest recording of all -- "Pinetop Boogie Woogie" with Lionel Hampton's Orchestra. Also on the disc: Your Socks Don't Match, My Baby Said Yes (w Louis Jordan), Basin Street Blues and Yes Indeed (w Connie Boswell), Someday Sweetheart, Moonburn, Pennies from Heaven (w Louis Armstrong), Thw Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid (w Jack Teagarden and Mary Martin), The Birth of the Blues, Blue and Broken Hearted, After You've Gone, Personality (Bing could've had a lot of fun with this song, but instead gave a rather disappointing interpretation), On the Sunny Side of the Street (great effort!), I Still Suits Me (w Lee Wiley), I Ain't Got Nobody, Deep in the Heart of Texas, When My Dreamboat Comes Home (w Brother Bob) and Gone Fishin' (great duet with Louis Armstrong). (1991)

    BING CROSBY: THAT'S JAZZ (Flapper PAST CD 9739)

    This CD from Britain contains some Crosby gems from the early '30s: St. Louis Blues, Please, Temptation, Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?, A Ghost of a Chance with You, Down the Old Ox Road, Black Moonlight, Where the Blue of the Night (1931 version), The Last Roundup, Someday Sweetheart, How Deep is the Ocean?, Our Big Love Scene, Song of the Islands, Dinah, I'm an Old Cowhand, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (1931 version), Blue Hawaii, Sailor Beware, Sweet Leilani, Pennies from Heaven, Happy-Go-Lucky You, Thanks. (1991)

    BING CROSBY: 1926-1932 (Timeless CBC 1-004)

    This disc features some rare early Crosby recordings, including a selection from his first recording date with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra in 1926 ("Pretty Lips") that was never released, his first solo ("Muddy Water"), his first Rhythm Boys hit ("Mississippi Mud"), his first solo No. 1 hit ("Ol Man River") and these other tracks: I'm Coming Virginia, Changes, Mary, Make Believe, From Monday On, Loveable, Louisiana, You took Advantage of Me, 'Tain't So Honey, Susianna, The Spell of the Blues, Let's Do It, My Kinda Love, So the Bluebirds and the Blackbirds Got Together, If I Had a Talking Picture of You, Happy Feet, Three Little Words, One More TIme, Dinah, St. Louis BLues. (1991)

    THE MOST WELCOME GROANER (Parade 2021)

    A great collection of Bing's '30s hits and a high quality transfer to CD! The special treat of this disk is Bing's great version of "In My Merry Oldsmobile." Other tracks include: My Heart is Taking Lessons, The Funny Old Hills, Joobalai, East Side of Heaven, Hang Your Heart on a Hickory Limb, On the Sentimental Side, This is My Night to Dream, I Have Eyes, You're a Sweet Little Headache, That Sly Old Gentleman, An Apple for the Teacher (w Connee Boswell), A Man and His Dream, Still the Bluebird Sings, April Played the Fiddle, I Haven't Time to be a Millionaire, Gus Edwards medley, Go Fly a Kite, The Moon and the Willow Tree, Meet the Sun Half Way. (1991)

    CLASSIC CROSBY 1931-38 IN DIGITAL STEREO (ABC 838 985-2)

    Australian Robert Parker mastered this disc, and the result is remarkable. Parker makes it hard to believe you are listening to '30s recordings. No one does it better. Selections on this disc include Sweet Georgia Brown, How Deep is the Ocean, Dinah, Love Thy Neighbour, Once in a Blue Moon, Goodnight Lovely Little Lady, May I, My Honey's Loving Arms, Home on the Range, You've Got Me Crying AGain, After Sundown, Some of These Days, Shadows of Love, Basin Street Blues (w Connee Boswell), Me and the Moon, Sail Along Silvry Moon, I'm Falling in Love with Someone (w Frances Langford), A Blues Serenade. (1990)

    ON THE SENTIMENTAL SIDE (Living Era AJA 5072)

    Another great collection of 20 of Bing's '30s hits: Black Moonlight, Our Big Love Scene, If You Should Ever Need Me, How Deep is the Ocean?, Stardust, Dancing in the Dark, I Found a Million Dollar Baby, I'm Through with Love, My Heart is Taking Lessons, I Have Eyes, You're a Sweet Little Headache, Sing a Song of Sunbeams, The Funny Old Hills, On the Sentimental Side, Joobalai, That Sly Old Gentleman, Between a Kiss and a Sigh, Thine Alone, I'm Building a Sailboat of Dreams, Sweet is the Word For You. (1990)

    HERE LIES LOVE (Living Era AJA 5043)

    Eighteen tracks from the 1930s including The Very Thought of You, Love Thy Neighbor, June in January, You've Got Me Cryin' Again, May I?, With Every Breath I Take, Temptation, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Sweet and Lovely, Love in Bloom, You're Getting to be a Habit with Me, I Love You Truly, Someday Sweetheart, You're Beautiful Tonight My Dear, Love is Just Around the Corner, Just A-Wearyin' for You, It Must Be True, Here Lies Love. (1990)

    PAUL WHITEMAN ORCHESTRA: THE VICTOR MASTERS (BMG 9678-2-R)

    Eric Rohr provided the contents of this disc that features some of Bing's earliest vocals, before he was known enough to get credit on the labels. An asterisk beside a song indicates a Bing vocal. Lovable*, Back In Your Own Backyard, Changes*, Washboard Blues, Lonely Melody, I'm Coming Virginia, San, Make Believe*, Ol' Man River*, Dardanella, You Took Advantage Of Me*, Mississippi Mud*, From Monday On*, We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye, Nobody's Sweetheart, Fare Thee Well To Harlem, I'll Never Be The Same, I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan, Ain't Misbehavin', Christmas Night In Harlem. (1989)

    BING CROSBY: THE RADIO YEARS (GNPD 9051)
    BING CROSBY: THE RADIO YEARS (GNPD 9052)

    There have been many compact discs released that feature recordings from Bing's radio shows. The quality is usually mediocre or worse. This two-volume collection from GNP Crescendo Records is different because all 45 songs were taken from Bing's own master discs and tapes. This collection contains many great Crosby performances and songs he never recorded commercially: That Lucky Old Sun, If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Baked a Cake (w Bob Hope), Zip a Dee Doo Dah, It's Only a Paper Moon, Everybody Loves My Baby, The Jones Boy, The Old Lamplighter, I Got the Sun in the Morning, Clancy Lowered the Boom (w Dennis Day), Singing in the Rain, Young at Heart (better than the Decca version with Guy Lombardo), You Belong to Me, Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes, Answer Me My Love (Nat Cole's hit version pales by comparison), Where is Your Heart, Surrey with the Fringe on Top (w Helen O'Connell), You Go to My Head, Lady of Spain, P.S. I Love You, Till We Meet Again (w Patti Page) .... There are many more exceptional Crosby performances from his radio shows that have yet to be released on compact disc from his master tapes. Let's hope someone undertakes the task to gather them together while there is still a commercial market. (1988)

    BING CROSBY SINGS AGAIN (MCA 5764)

    This was MCA's first release of Crosby material on compact disc. MCA's remastering of Crosby's old recordings has sometimes been disappointing, but these tracks were all restored with loving care. Included here are two never-before released Crosby recordings -- "The Ol' Spring Fever" and "You Are Too Beautiful." Other tracks include: Dear Hearts and Gentle People, Beyond the Reef, Swinging on a Star, Where the Blue of the Night (1945 version), I'm an Old Cowhand, Welcome to My Dream, Smarty, Moonlight Becomes You, What's New (1939 version), I'm Through with You, Blue Skies, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, I Kiss Your Hand Madame, Now is the Hour. (1986)