The Vintage Years – Bing Crosby

The Vintage Years - Bing Crosby Artist: Bing Crosby
Album: The Vintage Years
Release Date: May 15, 2007
Duration: 04:59:54
Genre: Vocal, Jazz
Styles: Tin Pan Alley Pop, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, American Popular Song, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Swing
Recording Date: August 7, 1932 – October 18, 1950

For decades, Bing Crosby was the most popular vocalist in all of show business — more successful even than Chick Bullock. JSP’s four-CD, 106-track anthology The Vintage Years is an affordable and entertaining overview of Crosby’s career from 1932 to 1950 that mingles studio recordings with live radio broadcasts. “Der Bingle” is heard at first backed by the Paramount Studio Orchestra, then for a while by Jimmy Dorsey’s orchestra, but by and large the vast majority of the performances reproduced here find him backed by John Scott Trotter’s orchestra (and, at times, chorus). The Crosby/Trotter collaboration was lasting and lucrative. Guest performers on this set include Constance Bennett, Gertrude Niesen, Dick Haymes, a delightfully well-adjusted Judy Garland and the impossible-to-contain Jimmy Durante. There are just enough examples of Crosby the romantic crooner, a good many upbeat pleasantries (such as Hoagy Carmichael’s “Old Buttermilk Sky”) and quite a load of vaudeville-styled entertainment, particularly on the fourth disc, which is almost entirely devoted to the scripted Crosby/Durante comedy act, here playing to studio audiences who laugh loudly at every punch line.

The Crosby/Garland team comes across wonderfully, particularly when tossing off old-fashioned melodies like “Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie,” “For Me and My Gal” and “Embraceable You.”

Title/Composer Performer Time
Please Bing Crosby feat: Paramount Studio Orchestra 4:08
Here Lies Love Bing Crosby feat: Paramount Studio Orchestra 3:14
Some of These Days Bing Crosby feat: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra 2:31
With All My Heart Bing Crosby feat: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra 3:14
One, Two Button Your Shoe Bing Crosby feat: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra 2:41
And So Do I Bing Crosby feat: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra 3:36
Let’s Call a Heart a Heart Bing Crosby feat: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra 3:34
On the Beach at Waikiki Bing Crosby feat: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra 2:13
Smiles Bing Crosby 2:09
Remember Me Bing Crosby 2:46
Smarty Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 2:44
Can I Forget You Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 2:38
Where or When Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 1:49
Have You Got Any Castles Baby Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 1:25
Sweet Little You Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 1:52
The Moon Got in My Eyes Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 3:01
Whispers in the Dark Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 3:00
Josephine Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 1:30
Marie Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 2:04
The Folks Who Live on the Hill Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 2:59
When You Wore a Tulip Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 2:11
If It’s the Last Thing I Do Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 3:01
The Moon Got in My Eyes Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 3:14
I Don’t Want to Get Well Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 1:48
There’s a Girl in the Heart of Maryland Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 1:54
Can I Forget You Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 2:47
I Still Love to Kiss You Goodnight Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 2:43
When You Dream About Hawaii Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 3:17

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