On January 25th 2011, Collectors’ Choice Music releases the latest CDs in the acclaimed Bing Crosby Archive series:Bing & Rosie: The Crosby – Clooney Radio Sessions (2-CD Set), Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook, Bing Crosby: A Southern Memoir (Deluxe Edition). All three titles also make their debut on iTunes.
Also on January 25th, HLC Properties, Ltd, in association with Beach Road Music, LLC releases the first two exclusively digital Bing Crosby Archive albums through iTunes: With All My Heart and Shall We Dance?
The latest additions to the critically acclaimed Bing Crosby Archive series showcase Bing with his frequent duet partner and dear friend Rosemary Clooney, as heard on recordings made for radio broadcasts in the 1950s; Bing’s interpretations of songs associated with the most famous of the crooners who came after him, Frank Sinatra; and the first American release in any format of Crosby’s 1975 album, A Southern Memoir. The two new digital compilations of unreleased Crosby recordings feature the legendary crooner singing classic songs of love and romance by some of the foremost contributors to the Great American Songbook, including Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Bacharach & David, Irving Berlin, Dorothy Fields and Duke Ellington.
BING CROSBY & ROSEMARY CLOONEY- Bing & Rosie: The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions
This two-CD set presents 59 unreleased tracks taken from the original master tapes of their 1952 -1961 radio sessions (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, The Ford Road Show andthe Crosby – Clooney Show), complete with some charming studio chatter and fidelity that rivals their commercial recordings. Includes duets on The Merry-Go-Run-Around; Takes Two to Tango; Chicago Style (two versions); Open Up Your Heart (with Bob Hope); South Rampart Street Parade; Something to Remember You By (three versions); You’re Just in Love (two versions); It’s Only a Paper Moon; Easter Parade (two versions); People Will Say We’re in Love (two versions); Only Forever; a medley featuring These Foolish Things Remind Me of You/We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye/You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (complete with flub and pickup take and versions of all three songs by themselves); That’s Amore; The Little Brown Jug; Sweet Genevieve; Shine on Harvest Moon (two versions); Buckle Down Winsocki; Indian Summer; Man (Uh-Huh) and Woman (Uh-Huh); and Lily of Laguna, all with accompaniment from The John Scott Trotter Orchestra.
For a different sound, Bing and Rosie are also accompanied by Buddy Cole and His Trio on a couple of Ford jingles; Will You Still Be Mine; another version of We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye; I May Be Wrong; Would You Like to Take a Walk; They Can’t Take That Away from Me; another version of You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To; Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off; Ain’t We Got Fun; Isn’t This a Lovely Day; Let’s Put Out the Lights and Go to Sleep; They Say It’s Wonderful; Let’s Take a Walk Around the Block; Don’t Worry (About Tomorrow); Hey, Look Me Over; Anything You Can Do; What Takes My Fancy; Summertime; True Love; It’s Been a Long, Long Time/Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries/Gimme a Little Kiss; Moon over Miami/Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland/There’s a Long, Long Trail; Goodnight My Someone; September Song/As Time Goes By/Till We Meet Again; Any Town Is Paris When You’re Young/Paris in the Spring/April in Paris/The Last Time I Saw Paris; Singin’ in the Rain; a rare promo record for Eastern Products; and the only two solo tracks on the set: Rosie’s You’re in Kentucky Sure as You’re Born and Bing’s This Ole House. Martin McQuade’s notes tell the tale of this legendary team.
BING CROSBY – Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook
This 18-track CD collection of showcases Bing singing songs that Sinatra made famous, the majority of them previously unreleased! Among the rarities, the Crosby-Sinatra duet on the medley of Among My Souvenirs/September Song/As Time Goes By; Young at Heart; April in Paris; Imagination; Witchcraft; Where or When; All the Way; You Go to My Head; It Happened in Monterey; and a 2010 remix of Summer Wind, plus High Hopes, an alternate take from the Thoroughly Modern Bing album session; the CD debut of South of the Border from the Songs I Love album; The Lady Is a Tramp; Too Marvelous for Words; I Get a Kick Out of You; Chicago; The Tender Trap, and Love and Marriage. Liner notes by Michael Feinstein. The exclusive iTunes digital release includes a bonus video performance of Young at Heart from 1954.
BING CROSBY – A Southern Memoir (Deluxe Edition)
This 1975 album of songs inspired by the South, making both its CD and American debuts, is among the rarest items in the Crosby canon, as it was only released in Britain. Bonus tracks add alternate versions of On the Alamo; Alabamy Bound; Stars Fell on Alabama; Swanee; andSleepy Time Down South, and the unedited version of Georgia on My Mind to the versions that appear on the original album, which also include Where the Morning Glories Grow; Carolina in the Morning; Way Down Yonder in New Orleans; Cryin’ for the Carolines; She Is the Sunshine of Virginia; and Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay. Appearing for the first time ever is “Bing’s South Texas Quail Hunting Medley,” a private recording from the album sessions on which he substitutes some special lyrics for Galway Bay/Mack the Knife/The Surrey with the Fringe on Top/The Pleasure of Your Company that lampoon, in that ever-so-gentle Crosby way, friends like Phil Harris! Liner notes by Arne Fogel.
BING CROSBY – With All My Heart
Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this digital collection of 15 rare, unreleased love songs from the original session master tapes for Bing Crosby’s 1950s radio shows. (The Bing Crosby Show for Chesterfield, The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, The Bing Crosby Show, The Ford Road Show and The Crosby – Clooney Show) There’s also a track recorded for an early Crosby television special. Includes Magic Moments, Secret Love, I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart, Chances Are, Catch A Falling Star, Night and Day, Hello Young Lovers, With All My Heart, Born To Be With You, Some Enchanted Evening, How High The Moon, Misty, I Love Paris, And the Angels Sing and P.S. I Love You. This unique digital package, available exclusively through iTunes, also includes a bonus 1954 video performance of I Love Paris.
BING CROSBY – Shall We Dance?
his digital release collects 15 songsof dance and romance – 14 of them previously unreleased – taken from the original session master tapes for Bing’s 1950s radio shows (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric and The Ford Road Show), a rare track from the 1968 album, The Songs I Love and a track from a 1962 television special. Includes Begin The Beguine, Puttin’ On the Ritz, Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, It’s Not For Me to Say, Dark Moon, Changing Partners, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, Zing Went the Strings of My Heart, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, Keep it Gay, The Gypsy in My Soul, Granada, Lady of Spain and (the strange but incredibly swingin’) Doin’ the Bing. The exclusive iTunes digital album also features a 1962 bonus video performance of Doin’ the Bing.
About Bing Crosby:
Bing Crosby (1903 – 1977) remains the most recorded performer in history. He made over 2000 commercial recordings including White Christmas, the best selling record of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records reports worldwide sales for Crosby’s recording of the song at over 100 million copies. White Christmas has entered the American pop charts twenty separate times.
To date, Bing Crosby has sold close to one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world. He may be the best selling recording artist of all time. Only The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson can rival his sales figures. He scored 41 number one records – more than The Beatles (24) and Elvis Presley (18). His recordings reached the charts 396 times – more than Frank Sinatra (209) and Elvis Presley (149) combined.
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