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.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann