I must confess that I was not enthusiastic about reviewing this Compact
Disc of 1930's Bing Crosby recordings. Now, it is not because I do not like
the Old Groaner. Every Christmas as a boy I used to unwrap my presents to
the strains of his voice singing Joy to the World and O Little
Town of Bethlehem. And I remember my late father arriving home one evening
with a box full of 78's and early stereophonic recordings he had borrowed
from a colleague - all of Bing.
So what the heck! Listening to this music I could ease myself back in time
to an era before the last war and just after the Depression. To a time when
the American Dream perhaps seemed a reality. Washing machines, fridges,
the private car and even television were becoming a reality for many folk
across the United States. There seemed to be a clean-cut image about people
and not only on the Yankees home ground.
Now this present CD continues the theme from Volume 1. Lots more hits - old and new; forgotten and remembered. Of course not every number is a standard or perhaps even deserves to be recalled as a song. Yet lovers of Bing will be grateful for any and every new reworking of the old magic. Here we have renditions of Sweet Georgia Brown, Good Night Sweetheart, Lets Put out the Lights, Stardust and Brother Can You Spare a Dime. Hits even I know well!
The other artists featured on this album are legion - Victor Young and his
Orchestra; Jimmy Grier with his; Harry Barris on the piano, and Lennie Hylton
and his band.
This is a fine CD that all lovers of Bing Crosby will have to own. Now I know that there is so much available on the market. But this is a beautifully produced offering that combined excellent songs with fine re-mastering. And the Old Groaner is in top form!
One last the thing: the sleeve notes are excellent - better than many classical
CDs. Tells me all I need to know.