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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Joan Records

BING CROSBY

PORTRAIT

BLUE CLASSIC LINE saban Crescendo7274

 

  1. The Birth of the Blues
  2. The Waiter & the Porter and the Upstairs Maid
  3. Ain’t Got Nobody
  4. Deep In the Heart of Texas
  5. I’ll Capture Your Heart
  6. Lazy
  7. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
  8. Ain’t Got a Dime to My Name
  9. Mine
  10. Put It There Pal
  11. There’s A Fella Waiting in Poughkeepsie
  12. You Made Me Love You
  13. Now It Can Be Told
  14. Stardust
  15. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  16. Ciribiribin
  17. It Must be true
  18. Yodelin’ Drive
  19. Yes Indeed
  20. Birds of a Feather

Many would not regard Bing as a jazz singer, but he came from a jazz background and was the brother of Bob Crosby, whose band is to be heard on several tracks on this CD. As well as having a very pleasant voice, I am convinced that it was the association with the jazz scene in his early days that gave Bing his wonderful timing.

There is not a lot to say about Bing that has not already been said, as well as a very popular singer, he was an actor of some note and appeared in many Hollywood films, the most famous of which is probably High Society. This selection comes from the period 1939 to 1944, the period of the Second World War of course. He often worked with jazz outfits at that time and there is a good selection of famous jazzmen here. The Bob Crosby band includes jazz luminaries as Yank Lawson, Eddie Miller, Muggsy Spanier and Jess Stacey. There are also guest artists, The Andrews Sisters, Margaret Leonhardt, Judy Garland and Bob Hope,

This album will be popular with the fans of ‘Der Bingle’ but will also be popular with anyone who likes nice straightforward well-produced music.

Don Mather

 



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