The Definitive Collection: Bing Crosby

The Definitive Collection: Bing Crosby

Released in 2006, The Definitive Collection takes on the difficult feat of surveying Bing Crosby’s recording catalog in a 22-song collection. Though one might quibble over individual song choices, the album succeeds at touching on the highlights of his prime recording years from the '30s through the ‘50s. Early hits like “Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day” (the theme of his popular radio show), “Stardust,” and “Pennies from Heaven” capture the gentle suavity that first made Crosby a star. His easygoing way with Western songs is represented by “Home on the Range” and “Don’t Fence Me In,” while “Blue Hawaii” and “Sweet Leilani” offer a taste of his love for tropical tunes. “Road to Morocco” (a duet with Bob Hope), “Swinging on a Star,” and the immortal “White Christmas” recall Crosby’s numerous roles on screen. From misty-eyed Celtic numbers like “Too-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)” to smoothly crooned ballads like “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” and jazzy excursions like “Ol’ Man River,” the full range of Der Bingle’s legendary career is reflected here.

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