Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald & Peggy Lee

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Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald & Peggy Lee Featuring Fred Astaire is a two-disc import release from Avid. The set is an excellent pairing of four legendary performers. A total of 61 songs make up the duet collection, including a ton of famous material like the seasonal hits "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas," as well as standards like "For Sentimental Reasons" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." The first disc is completely Bing and Ella, while the second disc (unmarked on early versions) is largely Bing and Peggy Lee, with Fred Astaire guesting on 11 of the songs. Disc one has a heavy does of Christmas songs, which is great if that is what you expect. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a hilarious gem. Any collection that offers this many quality tracks (some are live radio performances) is appreciated. Some may debate that one disc is better than the other (or that Ella duets better with Bing than Peggy) or that there are too many holiday tunes here. But a record that can inspire opinionated response is valuable. Some may even argue that adding Astaire (without any dance steps) to an album is like adding, well, not a lot. Those tracks, however, are actually fun comedic songs, including a cover of "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" from Top Hat and a breathtaking "Kamehameha Day." Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald & Peggy Lee is both a definitive collection of these joint performances and a spring board to other releases. Who could ask for anything more?

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:57 Amazon
2 02:52 Amazon
3 02:36 Amazon
4 02:42 Amazon
5 03:09 Amazon
6 02:48 Amazon
7 02:25 Amazon
8 00:40 Amazon
9 01:28 Amazon
10 00:41 Amazon
11 01:25 Amazon
12 01:00 Amazon
13 02:56 Amazon
14 02:12 Amazon
15 02:40 Amazon
16 02:13 Amazon
17 02:51 Amazon
18
02:06 Amazon
19 01:03 Amazon
20
01:09 Amazon
21 02:07 Amazon
22 02:54 Amazon
23 02:18 Amazon
24 01:53 Amazon
25
02:22 Amazon
26 02:11 Amazon
27 01:17 Amazon
28 02:17 Amazon
29 02:53 Amazon
30 01:40 Amazon
31 01:33 Amazon
32 02:46 Amazon
33 Amazon
34 02:58 Amazon
35 03:14 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:39 Amazon
2 01:20 Amazon
3 01:15 Amazon
4 01:07 Amazon
5 02:06 Amazon
6 02:15 Amazon
7 01:55 Amazon
8 02:01 Amazon
9 02:23 Amazon
10 01:30 Amazon
11 02:15 Amazon
12 02:49 Amazon
13 01:14 Amazon
14 02:18 Amazon
15 02:00 Amazon
16 01:50 Amazon
17 01:38 Amazon
18 03:32 Amazon
19 01:30 Amazon
20 01:34 Amazon
21 02:50 Amazon
22 01:36 Amazon
23 02:10 Amazon
24 03:22 Amazon
25 03:13 Amazon
26 01:28 Amazon
27 01:32 Amazon
28 01:48 Amazon
29 02:24 Amazon
30 02:24 Amazon
31 00:52 Amazon
32 03:02 Amazon
33
01:48 Amazon
34 01:38 Amazon
35
03:57 Amazon
36 02:01 Amazon
37 01:26 Amazon
38 01:15 Amazon
39
00:18 Amazon
40 00:46 Amazon
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