Bing Crosby

Too Marvellous for Words: The Top Fifty of His Many Greatest Hits [2002]

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The two-disc, 50-track collection Too Marvellous for Words boasts virtually all of Der Bingle's massive hits of the 1930s and '40s, beginning in 1931 (his first chart-topper, "Out of Nowhere") and ending in 1948 (his last, "Now Is the Hour"). And though producer Geoff Milne ignores the usual standby for compilation track listings (straight chronological order), his grouping of songs by themes works very well; late on the first disc comes a series of Crosby's later out-West gems, that period when he swung lightly and seemingly without a care ("San Fernando Valley," "I'm an Old Cowhand," "Swinging on a Star," "Don't Fence Me In," "Alexander's Ragtime Band"). His crooner lyrics appear throughout the second disc: "Sunday, Monday or Always," "Love in Bloom," "It's Easy to Remember," "Soon," "Moonlight Becomes You." The sound is solid as well, though the notes and accompanying information are far too brusque for the weight of Crosby's career.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:40 Amazon
2 03:11 Amazon
3 03:02 Amazon
4 03:13 Amazon
5 03:13 Amazon
6 03:06 Amazon
7 03:14 Amazon
8 02:51 Amazon
9 03:10 Amazon
10 02:39 Amazon
11 03:07 Amazon
12 03:10 Amazon
13 03:14 Amazon
14 02:54 Amazon
15 02:55 Amazon
16 02:50 Amazon
17 03:09 Amazon
18 02:42 Amazon
19 03:09 Amazon
20 03:08 Amazon
21 03:12 Amazon
22 02:31 Amazon
23 03:06 Amazon
24 02:51 Amazon
25 03:17 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:01 Amazon
2 03:11 Amazon
3 02:37 Amazon
4 02:35 Amazon
5 03:15 Amazon
6 03:05 Amazon
7 03:21 Amazon
8 02:54 Amazon
9 03:24 Amazon
10 03:16 Amazon
11 02:57 Amazon
12 02:59 Amazon
13 02:55 Amazon
14 03:03 Amazon
15 03:09 Amazon
16 03:30 Amazon
17 02:57 Amazon
18 03:02 Amazon
19 03:10 Amazon
20 02:37 Amazon
21 03:12 Amazon
22 03:18 Amazon
23 03:02 Amazon
24 02:45 Amazon
25 03:08 Amazon
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