Bing Crosby

Going Hollywood, Vol. 4: 1944-1949

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The fourth volume of British reissue label Jasmine's Going Hollywood series of Bing Crosby albums, like its predecessors, traces Crosby's appearances in films by assembling a combination of actual soundtrack excerpts of his song performances and studio recordings (originally issued by Decca) of songs featured in the pictures. (Generally, Crosby would go into the recording studio shortly before the release of one of his movies and cut versions of most of the songs he sang in it.) Compilation producer Geoff Milne does not offer explanations for why he chose to use a studio or soundtrack recording (of the 54 selections, 29 are soundtrack versions, 24 are studio versions, and one is a radio aircheck), but in some cases the decision is obvious; 11 tracks feature songs for which Crosby never made a commercial studio recording. In other cases, Milne may have opted for a studio recording when a soundtrack performance was incomplete or partially obscured by dialogue, but sometimes he retains a dialogue-ridden selection such as "That Old Black Magic" from Here Come the Waves. (There was really no choice here, however. Crosby's only commercial recording of the song was not made until 1976.) Milne manages to include selections from 11 films on two packed CDs by occasional editing and omissions. Lead-off track "Moonlight Becomes You," which ought to run over three minutes, is clipped to 1:48, and a few minor songs are missing. But he also adds some interesting material, including four performances recorded for but deleted from the films and the aforementioned aircheck, "For What?," an amusing duet with Bob Hope intended for Road to Rio. The result is another excellent distillation of Crosby's film-associated musical performances that should delight collectors.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 01:52 Amazon
2 Bing Crosby 02:56 Amazon
3 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:44 Amazon
4 Bing Crosby feat: Sonny Tufts 04:36 Amazon
5 Bing Crosby feat: Betty Hutton 04:39 Amazon
6 Bing Crosby 02:43 Amazon
7 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:51 Amazon
8 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:44 Amazon
9 Bing Crosby feat: Robert Benchley / Cass Daley / Billy DeWolfe / Betty Hutton / Dorothy Lamour / Diana Lynn 05:00 Amazon
10 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:53 Amazon
11 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 03:11 Amazon
12
Bing Crosby 01:15 Amazon
13 Bing Crosby 01:37 Amazon
14 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 03:06 Amazon
15 Bing Crosby feat: Billy DeWolfe 03:08 Amazon
16 Bing Crosby 00:52 Amazon
17 Bing Crosby feat: Betty Russell 02:08 Amazon
18 Bing Crosby feat: Olga San Juan 02:58 Amazon
19 Bing Crosby feat: Fred Astaire / John Scott Trotter 02:19 Amazon
20 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:51 Amazon
21 Bing Crosby 01:37 Amazon
22 Bing Crosby 03:05 Amazon
23 Bing Crosby 01:45 Amazon
24 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:28 Amazon
25 Bing Crosby 01:48 Amazon
26 Bing Crosby 01:34 Amazon
27 Bing Crosby 02:02 Amazon
28 Bing Crosby 02:11 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:45 Amazon
2 Bing Crosby feat: The Calico Kids / John Scott Trotter 03:15 Amazon
3 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:37 Amazon
4 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 03:14 Amazon
5 Bing Crosby feat: Bob Hope 02:03 Amazon
6 Bing Crosby 05:11 Amazon
7 Bing Crosby 02:22 Amazon
8 Bing Crosby feat: Victor Young & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
9 Bing Crosby 01:07 Amazon
10 Bing Crosby feat: Victor Young & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
11
Bing Crosby 00:53 Amazon
12
Bing Crosby feat: Bob Hope 04:05 Amazon
13 Bing Crosby feat: Victor Young & His Orchestra 02:45 Amazon
14 Bing Crosby feat: Vic Schoen & His Orchestra / The Andrews Sisters 03:02 Amazon
15 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:07 Amazon
16 Bing Crosby 01:24 Amazon
17 Bing Crosby 02:50 Amazon
18 Bing Crosby feat: Rhonda Fleming 03:13 Amazon
19 Bing Crosby feat: William Bendix / Cedric Hardwicke / Victor Young & His Orchestra 03:06 Amazon
20 Bing Crosby feat: Victor Young & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
21 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:57 Amazon
22 Bing Crosby 02:02 Amazon
23 Bing Crosby feat: Ann Blyth / Billy DeWolfe 02:24 Amazon
24 Bing Crosby feat: Victor Young & His Orchestra 02:41 Amazon
25
Bing Crosby 03:26 Amazon
26 Bing Crosby 01:42 Amazon
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