Bing Crosby

Sing and Swing With Bing [TIM]

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Sing and Swing With Bing [TIM] Review

by William Ruhlmann

The idea of this German compilation, which takes advantage of the 50-year European copyright limitation to press up various Bing Crosby recordings without having to pay for their use, is to present Crosby duet recordings. So, tracks featuring him with such vocal partners of the 1930s and '40s as the Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Connee Boswell, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Al Jolson, Peggy Lee, Mary Martin, Johnny Mercer, the Mills Brothers, and Jane Wyman are included. Actually, the unnamed compilers start to run short of vocal counterparts after the first disc, and the second one suddenly finds the backup orchestras and vocal groups credited as if they were worthy of co-billing with Crosby (even though their presence was not listed on the first disc). Thus, for example, it's noted that "San Fernando Valley" features John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, the group that backed Crosby on most of his radio shows and many of this records and that plays on other tracks on the disc without being credited. Oddly enough, the annotations become more detailed for the second disc, with recording dates frequently listed. Most of the tracks were purloined from Decca studio recordings, though there are occasional airchecks. The sound quality is generally good, but variable. There are brief, generic liner notes in German and English that mix fact with rumor. The sloppy presentation is typical of the flood of public-domain releases coming out of Europe in the 1990s, and the package can be recommended only to Crosby completists on the one hand, or those whose interest is so casual they can enjoy the performances without demanding scholarship or coherence. Certainly, there are many wonderful performances here by Crosby and his contemporaries, as long as one doesn't expect a high-quality compilation.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bing Crosby feat: Eddie Cantor / The Boswell Sisters 03:06 Amazon
2 Bing Crosby feat: Fred Astaire 02:19 Amazon
3 Bing Crosby feat: Louis Armstrong 02:30 Amazon
4 Bing Crosby feat: Peggy Lee 02:53 Amazon
5 Bing Crosby feat: Al Jolson 03:13 Amazon
6 Bing Crosby feat: Jane Wyman 03:35 Amazon
7 Bing Crosby feat: Bob Hope 02:23 Amazon
8 Bing Crosby feat: The Andrews Sisters 02:44 Amazon
9 Bing Crosby feat: The Mills Brothers / The Boswell Sisters 02:38 Amazon
10 Bing Crosby feat: Johnny Mercer 02:50 Amazon
11 Bing Crosby feat: Judy Garland 03:15 Amazon
12 Bing Crosby feat: Dixie Lee Crosby 03:02 Amazon
13 Bing Crosby feat: Johnny Mercer 03:04 Amazon
14 Bing Crosby feat: The Mills Brothers 03:00 Amazon
15 Bing Crosby feat: The Mills Brothers 03:09 Amazon
16 Bing Crosby feat: The Andrews Sisters 03:00 Amazon
17 Bing Crosby feat: Mary Martin / Jack Teagarden 03:09 Amazon
18 Bing Crosby feat: The Andrews Sisters 02:39 Amazon
19 Bing Crosby feat: Bob Hope 02:36 Amazon
20 Bing Crosby feat: Louis Armstrong / Frances Langford 04:19 Amazon
21 Bing Crosby feat: Victor Young & His Orchestra 03:01 Amazon
22 Bing Crosby feat: Woody Herman's Woodchoppers 03:02 Amazon
23 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:52 Amazon
24 Bing Crosby feat: Joe Venuti & His Orchestra / The Andrews Sisters 02:55 Amazon
25 Bing Crosby 02:26 Amazon
26 Bing Crosby feat: Fred Astaire / Bob Crosby / Margaret Lenhardt 02:24 Amazon
27 Bing Crosby feat: Bob Cats / Bob Crosby / The Merry Macs 03:09 Amazon
28 Bing Crosby feat: Bob Hope 02:33 Amazon
29 Bing Crosby feat: Joe Venuti & His Orchestra / The Andrews Sisters 03:00 Amazon
30 Bing Crosby feat: Woody Herman's Woodchoppers 02:42 Amazon
31 Bing Crosby 03:08 Amazon
32 Bing Crosby feat: Jack Teagarden 03:14 Amazon
33 Bing Crosby feat: Ken Darby 02:35 Amazon
34 Bing Crosby feat: Vic Schoen / The Andrews Sisters 03:05 Amazon
35 Bing Crosby feat: Judy Garland 02:42 Amazon
36 Bing Crosby feat: Vic Schoen / The Andrews Sisters 02:56 Amazon
37 Bing Crosby feat: Judy Garland 03:09 Amazon
38 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 03:13 Amazon
39 Bing Crosby feat: Vic Schoen / The Andrews Sisters 02:49 Amazon
40 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:31 Amazon
41 Bing Crosby feat: Rosemary Clooney 03:31 Amazon
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