Bing Crosby

The Chronological Bing Crosby, Vol. 13: 1933

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The three-and-a-half-month period in Bing Crosby's recording career, June to September 1933, covered by the thirteenth volume of British label Jonzo's chronological disc series saw significant changes. When he completed his previous recording session in March 1933, Crosby was a resident of New York City best known as a radio personality. When he held the first of the recording sessions heard here, he had moved permanently to Los Angeles and, temporarily off the air, had turned to movie-making as his primary occupation. Indeed, this album contains studio versions of songs written for three films he made during the year: College Humor (among them the self-mocking hit "Learn to Croon"), Going Hollywood, and Too Much Harmony (including the hit "The Day You Came Along"). Crosby also found time to follow up his success in recording Harry Warren-Al Dubin songs from the popular movie musical 42nd Street with two from Gold Diggers of 1933, the best-seller "Shadow Waltz" and "I've Got to Sing a Torch Song." He also recorded his first Western or cowboy (or country) sides, the hit "The Last Round-Up" and "Home on the Range." If Crosby wasn't quite as hot a recording star as he had been in 1932 or would be in 1934, he still was arguably the hottest one in the business at this time. The album contains 24 recordings of 18 songs, featuring alternate and rejected takes. Sound quality is excellent, which is typical of the series.