Bing Crosby

Everything I Have Is Yours

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Misleading packaging would suggest this is material from a mature Bing Crosby; in actuality, Everything I Have Is Yours is simply another raiding of the Crosby radio vaults from the '30s and '40s. There are a number of repackages that draw from the same well (Collection of Classics, High Profile), none of which provide essential snapshots of the singer. The problem doesn't stem from the songs themselves, but rather the compromised quality of the recordings. Some labels have taken it upon themselves to draw from the original tape masters and clean up these tunes, which is the best way to hear them. True, even muddy versions of "I Got the Sun in the Morning" and "Now That I Need You" are not without charm, yet the loss of the high and low end makes this disc sound like a cassette that's baked in the sun for a while. The disc has other shortcomings -- a meager run time (under a half-hour) and no liner notes -- all of which contribute to its low price (about half of what you'd pay for a regular CD). Listeners can hope that these recordings are better preserved somewhere, since Crosby's versions of "Lady of Spain," "You Go to My Head," and "Everything I Have Is Yours" are great (the arrangements, by comparison, are dated). Also included here is "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," which manages to succeed despite its sonic limitations. Even at a low price, Everything I Have Is Yours isn't worth having, since you could put the money toward a disc that sounds twice as good and runs twice as long.

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