Bing Crosby

Moonlight Becomes You

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There is no apparent selection criterion to this compilation of 20 recordings made by Bing Crosby for Decca Records between 1934 and 1943, although the songs often seem to have been chosen in pairs. The first two tracks, "Moonlight Becomes You" and "Sunday, Monday or Always," were both numbers Crosby introduced in movies in the early '40s that became major hits for him. There are two songs, "The Touch of Your Lips" and "The Very Thought of You," that were written and introduced by bandleader Ray Noble. There are two songs, "Summertime" and "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'" (incorrectly rendered on the back cover as "I Got Plenty for You"), from the Gershwin opera Porgy & Bess. And there are two songs, "And the Angels Sing" and "Don't Be That Way," that were swing hits for Benny Goodman. Beyond this curious pattern, however, the album simply seems to be a miscellaneous collection, randomly chosen and sequenced. It offers evidence that any collection of 20 Crosby performances is bound to be good, but there is little to recommend this album over any of the seemingly countless other European CDs that draw indiscriminately and without authorization from the Brunswick and Decca catalogs.