Bing Crosby

Seasons: The Closing Chapter

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It was appropriate for Bing Crosby to make a record of reflective material in late 1977. Earlier in the year, he had celebrated his 50th anniversary in music with a special taped for CBS, then undergone an extended stay in the hospital after falling off a stage at the same show. And, ironically, these September sessions in London also proved to be his last -- he collapsed on a golf course just one month later. Crosby had recorded several albums in England during his late-career renaissance of the mid-'70s. Arranged as usual by Ken Barnes, Bing relaxes over a conceptual set of seasonal songs, including mostly age-old standards ("June in January," "In the Good Old Summertime") as well as a new one, "Seasons," a French song by Gilbert Bécaud given English lyrics especially for Bing. The arrangements and production are typical of the period, given a high gloss anchored by electric bass but otherwise incorporating all the hallmarks of vocal pop from the previous three or four decades. Bing's voice is hardy and strong for a 74-year old, but it's clear he doesn't possess the same strength and gravitas of even his recordings of the '60s. For every late-period gem like "Summer Wind," there's a "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," which is anchored by a saccharine studio vocal group similar to the Singers Unlimited.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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5 2:28 Amazon
6 3:17 Amazon
7 2:45 Amazon
8 3:50 Amazon
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12 3:23 Amazon
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16 3:23 Amazon
17 2:02 Amazon
18 2:36 Amazon
19 2:56 Amazon
20 2:56 Amazon
21 4:15 Amazon
22 3:49 Amazon
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24 3:11 Amazon
25 2:53 Amazon
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