Bing Crosby

Don't Fence Me In [Pulse]

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Counting "Three Little Words," a record Bing Crosby recorded as a member of the Rhythm Boys with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, chart researcher Joel Whitburn lists a remarkable 39 number one hits for the singer between 1930 and 1948 in his book Pop Memories. This British budget compilation includes 22 of those recordings. Judging by the mediocre sound quality, they have been mastered from original vinyl pressings; they are sequenced haphazardly, affording no sense of Crosby's evolution as a singer; and there's no noticeable pattern to what has been included and what's left out. But since this material is spread across three major record labels (BMG, Universal, and Sony) in the U.S., one would be unlikely to find a similar compilation domestically, and the disc lives up to its subtitles ("22 Number One Hits" and "Original Hit Recordings"). So, this isn't a bad way to get more than half of Crosby's biggest hits on one CD, as long as you're not expecting much in terms of sound or scholarship.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:32 Amazon
2 03:10 Amazon
3 02:55 Amazon
4 03:14 Amazon
5 03:18 Amazon
6 02:55 Amazon
7 02:37 Amazon
8 02:57 Amazon
9 02:51 Amazon
10 03:04 Amazon
11 03:12 Amazon
12 02:38 Amazon
13 03:13 Amazon
14 02:58 Amazon
15 03:06 Amazon
16 03:04 Amazon
17 03:13 Amazon
18 03:05 Amazon
19 02:51 Amazon
20 02:56 Amazon
21 03:10 Amazon
22 03:02 Amazon
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