Good & Rare Volume 2
Volume 2 features 26 tracks on CD for the first time, chosen by Malcolm MacFarlane, editor of Bing Magazine, a publication of The International Club Crosby.
The first volume of this set (on SEPIA 1071) was met with rapturous reviews by the prestigious BING magazine published by the International Club Crosby. The reviewer, Ken Crossland, stated:
This CD is an absolute gem. All 27 of these tracks appear on an official CD release for the first time and the quality is excellent. You must buy this one! It would be great to have a Volume 2 so please support this issue.
Well, the issue was indeed supported and so we have this second volume which uses the same criteria of only including songs by Bing which have never been issued in a digital form before. Good and Rare is the title and thats what weve got!
The songs on this album date from 1949 to 1955 when Bing was recording a wide variety of material and employing different types of accompaniment right across the musical spectrum from the Latin-American Bando Da Lua through Russ Morgan to the big band of Tommy Dorsey. Bing demonstrates his amazing versatility as he copes with all the challenges presented to him in his usual rich melodious tones.
We have songs from two of Bings movies Mr. Music and Here Comes The Groom. From Broadway you will hear ditties from the short lived Texas, Lil Darlin, Lost In The Stars, Guys And Dolls and Pipe Dream. Several of the songs on the CD are duets. The partnership with his son, Gary, works well and Donald OConnor combines smoothly with Bing in a manner which suggested that they could have been a regular team.
Two songs which particularly require comment are The Iowa Indian Song and an old barrack room ballad called Old Soldiers Never Die. The first named song was written by the renowned Meredith Willson and is best described as a song for a rain dance. It must be one of the most unusual songs ever recorded by Bing. Old Soldiers Never Die was inserted into Bings radio show in April 1951 at the last minute as a tribute to General MacArthur who had just been recalled from Korea by President Truman. It was later mastered for commercial release.
Here you have the opportunity to hear him in his mellow period when he was no longer chasing chart successes and before concept-type albums became the norm. Its like a reunion with an old friend warm, nostalgic and somehow reassuring.
1. THE BIG MOVIE SHOW IN THE SKY 3:02
2. STAY WELL 2:58
3. THE LITTLE GREY HOUSE 3:03
4. THIS COULD BE FOREVER (with Louanne Hogan) 3:13
5. THE IOWA INDIAN SONG 3:14
6. WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN 3:11
7. THE FRIENDLY ISLANDS 2:53
8. A PERFECT DAY 2:58
9. ONCE MORE THE BLUE AND WHITE 1:57
10. WOULDN'T IT BE FUNNY? 2:46
11. YOU GOTTA SHOW ME 2:48
12. MORE I CANNOT WISH YOU 3:12
13. COPACABANA 2:46
14. MARIA BONITA 2:54
15. LET ME LOOK AT YOU 2:39
16. OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE 2:06
17. BONNE NUIT 3:14
18. FATHERLY ADVICE (with Gary Crosby) 3:03
19. MADEMOISELLE DE PARIS 3:08
20. LA SEINE 2:36
21. IF THERES ANYBODY HERE (with Donald OConnor) 2:42
22. BACK IN THE OLD ROUTINE (with Donald OConnor) 2:59
23. CORNBELT SYMPHONY (with Gary Crosby) 2:57
24. THE CALL OF THE SOUTH (with Gary Crosby) 2:53
25. LIZA 3:09
26. THE NEXT TIME IT HAPPENS 2:58