This budget-priced British compilation ranges through most of Bing Crosby's tenure with Decca Records to select 15 standards, from a 1935 performance of "Red Sails in the Sunset" with the Victor Young Orchestra to a 1957 treatment of "Georgia on My Mind" with the Buddy Cole Trio. In between, songs by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Harry Warren are aired out, usually with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra in support, though the Andrews Sisters and their orchestra conducted by Vic Schoen turn up for "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" and Dick Haymes joins that assemblage for "There's No Business Like Show Business." Crosby's voice is deeper on the later tracks, but mixing up the chronology does no great disservice to his work, since it changes little, stylistically, over time. The album has no other unifying principle beyond having a great voice sing great songs, and that's fine.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann