Bing Crosby

Come Share the Wine

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In 1974-1976, Bing Crosby recorded material for four studio albums released by United Artists Records: That's What Life Is All About, At My Time of Life, Beautiful Memories, and A Couple of Song and Dance Men (a duet disc with Fred Astaire). He also recorded one extra song not released at that time, a German drinking tune called "Come Share the Wine," that probably wasn't used because he didn't feel he'd gotten a good take of it. But after he died in 1977, United Artists assembled this compilation LP using the one unissued song as the title track and padding out the disc with 11 previously released numbers. Crosby fans, thus, were forced to buy an entire album to get the one new song. It's an entertaining, if uncharacteristic song, but the compilers didn't even pick the best of Crosby's other United Artists recordings, opting for such strange numbers as the French import "A Little Love and Understanding" and two songs probably included because producer Ken Barnes' name was on them as a songwriter, "Mr. Keyboard Man -- The Entertainer" and "The Good Old Times." The songs work better as part of the albums on which they originally appeared, and only Crosby completists will be able to avoid the sense of having been cheated.

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