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So Rare: Treasures From The Crosby Archive

Bing Crosby Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Just One More Chance 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bing Talks About His First Radio Show0:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'm Through With Love 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Where The Turf Meets The Surf 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. As Time Goes By 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I'll Be Seeing You 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You're The Gem State Wonder, Idaho 1:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 1:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. What Do You Mean, You Lost Your Dog?0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. We're In The Money (The Golddiggers' Song) (Version 1) 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Hear Music (Version 1) 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Can't Get Started 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Because (Version 2) 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Bing Talks About Rock And Roll0:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Pledging My Love 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Yellow Rose of Texas 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Bing's Message To The Kentucky Junior Derby / My Old Kentucky Home 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  5. Incurably Romantic 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Anthem Of The Clams 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pennies From Heaven 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Far From Home 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. How Green Was My Valley 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Step To The Rear 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Live A Little 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Don't Let A Good Thing Get Away 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. What Do We Do With The World 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Human Race (Version 2) 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Take A Longer Look (Version 2) 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. That's What Life Is All About 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TREASURY OF RARITIES 30 July 2011
By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Dedicated collectors are constantly on the lookout for rare items. By definition such discoveries are few and far between, but when they happen they induce a state of ecstasy in the lucky finder. If you number amongst the breed you shouldn't hesitate to add this treasury to your horde, because it contains no fewer than three dozen rarities. His recording career began in 1926, and he began broadcasting in 1931. It's the latter date which kicks off this lovingly-compiled selection, and it progresses up until 1976. Along the way, it points up Bing's love of golf and horse racing, his support for good causes, and his dedication to his craft, particularly his early appreciation of the way in which technology could transform the media. The tracks are set out out on the Amazon web page, and my fellow reviewer the estimable Mr. Pollock has produced a detailed guide to them. Having been encouraged by him to buy the set I feel I should pass on the message.
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Until recently the lack of quality Bing Crosby releases made it quite difficult to honour his long career and appreciate the significant impact he made on popular music. With this in mind, thanks must be accorded adventurous Collectors' Choice Music (USA) in association with Bing Crosby Enterprises, for releasing a batch of CD's highlighting many rarities including some later eclectic albums.

This excellent two-disc tribute of thirty-six tracks includes twenty-six previously unheard treasures - now unearthed from the vaults thanks to the efforts of Crosby archivist, Robert S. Butler. Choices span the singer's entire career (1931-1976) with his first radio performance of 1931 (JUST ONE MORE CHANCE and I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE); WHERE THE TURF MEETS THE SURF - adopted as the theme song for the Del Mar race track; Kraft Music Hall performances of OVER THE RAINBOW and AS TIME GOES BY; I'LL BE SEEING YOU and WHY DON'T YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ME from a 1944 Allied Expeditionary Forces broadcast. Private recordings include YOU'RE THE GEM STATE WONDER, IDAHO to the tune of the 1941 hit BUCKLE DOWN, WINSOCKI; SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN dedicated to a children's hospital and MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME recorded for the Kentucky Junior Derby. Radio performance highlights are - WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU LOST YOUR DOG? ; WE'RE IN THE MONEY; I CAN'T GET STARTED ; the rhythm and blues opus PLEDGING MY LOVE plus the popular hit THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS and SO RARE. Singles reflect their rarity value with the lesser-known TOMORROW IS MY LUCKY DAY the reverse side of the more accessible STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. First-time stereo versions of the MGM label released THE SECOND TIME AROUND and INCURABLY ROMANTIC plus Reprise platters FAR FROM HOME, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY and STEP TO THE REAR also rate as highlights.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A present that was well received 14 July 2013
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This was a present for my dad who is a strong Bing fame and was pleased to get material that he had not heard before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice alternatives to the usual 9 Mar 2011
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Some good tracks that allow the voice to be heard but not with the same old favourites.

A good one for the Bing fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another treasure from a pocket full of more miracles than anyone could have guessed 16 Jan 2011
By Caponsacchi - Published on
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This may not be the place for someone unfamiliar with Crosby to make his acquaintance, but it's a fascinating find for a Crosby collector, even for a fan who has already acquired "Bing: The Legendary Years" and "It's Easy to Remember" (an economical box set on the British Proper label). Most of the tunes are not commercial recordings--instead, they were rejects, or personal gifts to a single individual, or intended exclusively for military use. All the same, some of the performances are first rate, making the listener wonder why they would not have been selected as master copies, whether as studio recordings or radio show numbers. The performances also demonstrate Bing's great resourcefulness and flexibility. Unlike Frank, who practically insisted on full orchestras with fleshed-out arrangements, Bing is equally comfortable singing with a trio (Buddy Cole, Les Paul, etc.) and, in some cases, without any assistance beyond his interpretive skills and whistling talents. It's a good thing that Bing is quite explicit in identifying "Pledging My Love" as a "rock 'n roll" number because it's doubtful many listeners will associate the song with the music of the Beatles, Stones, or even Elvis. Wisely, Bing demurs at the opportunity to say whether the music would endure or prove a passing fad.

No doubt the most curious detail about this 2-disc collection is the absence of any distinction whatsoever between the two platters (how about a 1 and a 2? an A and a B? a plus and a minus? an Obama disc and a Palin disc? or, if only to avoid any hint of partisanship, a "Bing" and a "Crosby?").

As the well-written, clear and to-the-point album notes make clear, in addition to the recordings themselves, Bing's apparent "casualness" as Mr. American Everyman, could be highly deceptive. He was naturally gifted, of course, but he was also, somewhat like Sinatra, a "driven" artist, intent on honing his craft. This trait extended to his close attention to technology as well as his meticulous organization of undoubtedly the world's most abundant library of everything recorded by Crosby himself. He was, indeed, a visionary in both areas. As has been documented by Gary Giddins and others, it was Bing who was largely responsible for the introduction of magnetic tape to the American recording industry (Les Paul, among many others, certainly owes him a huge debt), and like Les, Bing was multitracking many of his performances in the 1950s, even using stereo set-ups for monaural recordings, knowing the final results of his efforts would not be heard until years later (like about 2011.). The writers even suggest that had Bing been recording shows in the '80's and '90's, it's not unlikely he would have had the foresight to do them in "hi def," even if the result would not be available for a generation or two to come! Finally, the very availability--not to mention accessibility--of these private recordings would not have been possible had their maker simply made them on the run, the better to spend the rest of his time at the track or on the back 9 or taking in a 3-hour exhibition by the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, of which Bing was partial owner. Before the pleasure came the diligence and discipline (small wonder his sons had mixed views about their father's ways and expectations).

At the same time, credit for the better-than-expected audio quality of these recordings frequently belongs to others (who may have been directed by Bing), like his orchestra director John Scott Trotter, who had the presence of mind to record even Bing's "out-takes" on state-of-the-art equipment. Contrary to many popular assumptions, many of these recordings are not so-called "air shots" (i.e. low-frequency recordings taken directly from an AM broadcast). In most cases, they represent Bing's voice "up close and personal," sounding as fresh as studio recordings made yesterday.

This is the 3rd album I've picked up since the Crosby estate has graciously made these discs available to the general public, and I have yet to hear one that sounds thin, distant, or "fringy." Look for several more of the same to appear on Jan. 25 (I've placed my pre-orders, which I believe not only assures rapid delivery but guarantees the price). It would indeed be a shame if the public's short-term memory when it comes to Bing himself (as somewhat painfully recorded by Giddins in the opening pages of his Crosby bio "A Pocketful of Miracles") extended to the extraordinary recordings that have at this moment miraculously descended upon us like a time capsule from the past--but a package intended for listeners' enjoyment right now, at the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium. One thing is certain: for any listener sensing the need for a bastion of sanity and stability at a time of increasing confusion and stress, this package could not have appeared at a better moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific collection. 13 Mar 2011
By Jeff Woodman - Published on
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Great material, and truly extraordinary sound quality -- thank heaven Bing was such an audio visionary (if that's not a contradiction in terms). The 50's radio cuts with the Buddy Cole Trio are perfection, and such a nice comfortable setting for Bing's vocalizing. His sense of time absolutely blows me away.

His Over The Rainbow with full orchestra was even better than I'd hoped it would be. And his takes on the two numbers from How Now, Dow Jones? (one of my favorite obscure scores) are just wonderful. Those, along with the rarities and novelties included here, and a really well written set of liner notes, make this a package well worth owning.

I'm looking forward to more releases from Crosby's private archive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations! 7 Jan 2014
By DeDo - Published on
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Excellent quality recordings of Bing Crosby including some of his earliest. Many of these songs I had never heard before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Things I've never heard 31 Dec 2013
By Reverend Skull - Published on
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There are plenty of recordings I 'd never heard here. But I was hoping for better sound quality. Not that it's bad or unlistenable. Just didn't rock me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem from Bing Crosby Enterprises 12 Aug 2013
By Ken Winters - Published on
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This Unique compilation of recordings comes directly from Bing's Own Collection, maintained in the basement of his home in Hillsborough, CA. His widow, Katherine and their children have searched through those archives for unique items. I am fortunate enough to have a few of the originals (including the quite rare 45 rpm issue of "Straight Down the Middle/Tomorrow's My Lucky Day," with Bing singing of his beloved golf. But many of these are issued for the first time. My favorite of these 1st time releases is the last one, Bing singing his song (which became a moderate hit--especially in England, Australia and Japan), "That's What Life is All About," accompanied by the fabulous Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra. I personally like Bing's vocal on his "Live at the London Palladium" album better, but this is a different read on it, more reflective. IN London he really hit the last high note and held it. ON this album he follows the original arrangement, dropping off the high note to repeat softly, "That's What Life is All About." Still, loved every bit of this (did I mention unique) album!
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