Bing Crosby - Through the Years: Vol. 7: 1954

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Bing Crosby - Through the Years: Vol. 7: 1954

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    Audio Remasterer: Robin Cherry. Liner Note Author: Malcolm MacFarlane. Recording information: Los Angeles (04/21/1954); Palm Springs (04/21/1954); Los Angeles (04/24/1954); Palm Springs (04/24/1954); Los Angeles (05/03/1954); Palm Springs (05/03/1954).......more

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Vocalist: Crosby, Bing
Audio Remasterer: Robin Cherry. Liner Note Author: Malcolm MacFarlane. Recording information: Los Angeles (04/21/1954); Palm Springs (04/21/1954); Los Angeles (04/24/1954); Palm Springs (04/24/1954); Los Angeles (05/03/1954); Palm Springs (05/03/1954). In the sixth volume of Sepia Records' chronological series of Bing Crosby's commercial recordings called Through the Years, the series reached a major re-recording project for Crosby, the five-LP box set Bing Crosby: A Musical Autobiography, in which he introduced and sang songs from throughout his career to mark the 20th anniversary of Decca Records in 1954. Through the Years, Vol. 7: 1954 is largely given over to more material from the box set. Crosby, accompanied by Buddy Cole's organ playing in his spoken reminiscences, then sings over Cole's piano trio on evergreens from the '20s and '30s (many of which, in their original versions, were cut for labels other than Decca). These often brief renditions are heard in Crosby's relaxed, resonant later style (he celebrated his 51st birthday in this period, though thinking himself only 50). A few new recordings are interspersed with the Musical Autobiography tracks, notably a couple from Crosby's upcoming film White Christmas with a score by Irving Berlin, "What Can You Do with a General?" and "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." As the extensive liner notes by Crosby expert Malcolm MacFarlane point out, Crosby's statements in the introductions are not always entirely factual (he gets some dates wrong, for instance), but they have the jocular tone of his radio shows, and, in fact, this disc comes off more like a radio show than a set of commercial tracks, making it an unusual entry in the chronological series. ~ William Ruhlmann
See Also:
The EP Collection, Bing Crosby's Gold Records, Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957, Bing Crosby and Some Jazz Friends, Fancy Meeting You Here, Swinging on a Star: His Fifty Greatest Hits of the 30s & 40s, The Radio Years, Vol. 2
See Influences:
The Boswell Sisters, John McCormack (Tenor Vocal), Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Hoagy Carmichael, The Mound City Blue Blowers, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Rudy Vallee, Mildred Bailey, King Oliver
See Contemporaries:
Buddy Clark (Vocals), Jack Teagarden, Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards, Paul Whiteman, Nat King Cole, Joe Venuti, Dick Powell, Bob Hope, Mildred Bailey, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Vaughn Monroe, Jack Leonard, The Boswell Sisters, Eddie Cantor, Lee Wiley, Jack Buchanan, Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters, The Mills Brothers, Rosemary Clooney, Hoagy Carmichael, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Al Bowlly, Seger Ellis, Eddy Howard (Vocals), Jerry Vale, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey (Trombone), Gene Austin, Johnny Mercer, Russ Columbo, Dick Haymes, Dean Martin
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Learn to Croon
  2. 2 Thanks
  3. 3 Muddy Water
  4. 4 Mississippi Mud
  5. 5 My Kinda Love
  6. 6 I Surrender, Dear
  7. 7 Oh! Tell Me Why
  8. 8 If You Love Me
  9. 9 Down the Old Ox Road
  10. 10 Black Moonlight
  11. 11 Day You Came Along, The
  12. 12 After Sundown
  13. 13 Temptation
  14. 14 Love Thy Neighbour
  15. 15 May I?
  16. 16 Love in Bloom
  17. 17 I Love You Truly
  18. 18 June in January
  19. 19 Love Is Just Around the Corner
  20. 20 It's Easy to Remember
  21. 21 I Wished on the Moon
  22. 22 Silent Night
  23. 23 I'm an Old Cowhand
  24. 24 Song of the Islands
  25. 25 Sweet Leilani
  26. 26 Blue Hawaii
  27. 27 What Can You Do with a General?
  28. 28 Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep
  29. 29 Liza
  30. 30 In the Good Old Summertime
  31. 31 Out of Nowhere
  32. 32 Star Dust
  33. 33 Soon
  34. 34 One Rose, The
  35. 35 There's a Gold Mine in the Sky
  36. 36 My Heart Is Taking Lessons
Pop Vocal
Classic Pop Vocals
Sepia Records
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
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SPARS Coding:
74 : 4
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