Bing Crosby was easily the most popular personality in radio history. These 57 radio performances begin, fittingly, with Crosby's career-defining rendition of Swinging on a Star on the Kraft Music Hall show in 1944, and include such dream finds for Crosby collectors as Bing's performance of It's Magic , his only version of the song ever released, and renditions of My Foolish Heart and For You, For Me, Forever More . Then there are the duets-33 of them, including numerous tandems with Nat King Cole ( Sam's Song ), the Andrews Sisters ( Don't Fence Me In ), Louis Armstrong ( Blueberry Hill ) and other luminaries, plus instrumental accompaniment from the likes of Joe Venuti, Red Nichols and Les Paul. Essential American pop culture.
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This is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive look at Bing Crosby's radio work that has ever been produced. And there was no better man to tackle the job of compiling it all than Ken Barnes. Ken's production values and attention to detail are extraordinary. If Ken's involved with a project, you can be assured the results will always be outstanding and top notch. It's a pity that Bing Crosby never made a commercial recording with the great Ella Fitzgerald, whom Bing cited on numerous occasions as his favorite singer. But we're fortunate Bing had her as a guest on his radio shows often, and that Ken has painstakingly assembled all of their extant duets together for this album. Not only that, but you also can revel in classic live performances pairing Bing with Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, the Andrews Sisters, the Mills Bros. and more. If you want to hear the ultimate crooner, live and in his prime, this is the one CD set with which to begin your journey into the realm of...
Shout Factory people and Sony Music presents "Swingin' with Bing: Bing Crosby's Lost Radio Performances", perfectly re-mastered from the vaults original recordings that have the who's who in the Music Department during those Golden Days of Crosby on the airwaves...Ken Barnes did a bang up job producing and writing the informative liner notes...each track has never seen the light of day on any other label.
Besides Bing we have Buddy Cole (piano), Ziggy Elman (trumpet), Red Nichols (cornet), Les Paul (guitar), Uan Rasey (trumpet), Billy Taylor (trombone) and Joe Venuti (violin), John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra...this is just the tip of the iceberg...many were great friends of Bing and it shows during those radio years.
On the first disc...we have one of the great jazz trios in the business Nat King Cole performing with Bing "SAM'S SONG (THE HAPPY TUNE)", big hit for Bing and his son Gary, but listen to this classic performance by Nat and Bing..."DON'T FENCE ME...
It's a doggone shame, if I may use that term, the way in which musicians' work has been re-issued by companies, including the work of Bing Crosby, a great musician of the 20th Century. Only two CD's are comparable to the SWINGIN WITH BING and both were done by Robert Parker of Australia and issued as CLASSIC CROSBY 1931-1938 and Bing CROSBY 1927-1934 both in digital stereo. It's as if those who listen to popular music are somehow less deserving of the care and attention that is paid to so called "classical" music. Don't get me wrong. I love good music period, regardless of genre, but there has it seems to me been a pretty cavalier attitude to the likes of Mr Crosby. MOSAIC have done a wonderful job on issuing the TRANSCRIPTIONS of Miss Peggy Lee and Miss June Christy and I thought they would have done the same for Mr Crosby. In SWINGIN WITH BING the glorious restoration was done the PETER REYNOLDS MASTERING Studio in Colchester England. In addition, the producer has done a...
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