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Ambient/New Age - Released November 22, 2019 | Decca (UMO) (Classics)

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 1993 | Geffen*

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Ambient/New Age - Released September 30, 2015 | Geffen

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Ambient/New Age - Released January 1, 2006 | Capitol Records

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Ambient/New Age - Released October 6, 1998 | Geffen

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Ambient/New Age - Released January 1, 1945 | Geffen

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Pop - Released September 25, 2012 | TPX

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Pop - Released November 24, 2014 | Bing Crosby P&D

Emmy-winning director Robert Trachtenberg's documentary Bing Crosby Rediscovered aired in December 2014 on PBS's American Masters series. Through unprecedented access to archival footage and interviews, the film offers an engrossing and in-depth look at the man who was arguably the most popular entertainer of the 20th century. Crosby recorded nearly 400 hit singles in his career and his best-known work has been well-covered, yet the the bulk of the film's soundtrack consists of previously unreleased recordings. Some of the unearthed highlights are the Judy Garland duet "You're Just in Love," the Les Paul-assisted "It's Been a Long, Long Time," and "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho," a collaboration with his three sons. The consummate performer, Crosby's voice radiated confidence and charm, sounding perfectly at ease even on rough rehearsal tracks. A handful of his signature recordings like "White Christmas" and "Swingin' on a Star" are also included, but the appeal in both the film and its soundtrack is in the rarer material. ~ Timothy Monger

Pop - Released January 1, 2000 | Geffen*

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Working closely with the International Crosby Circle and particularly with its American representative F.B. (Wig) Wiggins, MCA Records has issued some excellent Bing Crosby compilations: Their Complete Recordings Together (Crosby and the Andrews Sisters), Bing's Gold Records, and The Voice of Christmas. Academy Award Winners & Nominees: 1934-1960 can be added to this list, compiled and annotated by Wiggins, who co-produced with MCA's Andy McKaie. The idea of compiling an album of Crosby's performances of Oscar-nominated songs is a good one, since he also doubled as a movie star and, as Wiggins points out, introduced more nominees and winners than any other singer. In all, 14 of the songs he sang in his movies earned nominations, and four -- "Sweet Leilani," "White Christmas," "Swinging on a Star," and "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" -- won statuettes. The only one missing is "True Love," Crosby's duet with Grace Kelly from High Society and his last major hit, which was released by Capitol Records. Filling out the album are other nominees and winners that Crosby covered but did not sing in the films with which they were associated, and these are some of the most interesting performances on the disc. Of course, the bulk of the album consists of standards that Crosby owned; his intelligent, playful, and reassuring screen persona was underlined by songs custom-tailored for him. Some of the best of them are found here on a collection that also traces the history of Hollywood from just after the dawn of the sound era to the breakup of the studio system, a period when movies were family entertainment and Bing Crosby was the country's biggest musical star. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Ambient/New Age - Released November 15, 2019 | Decca (UMO) (Classics)

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 1991 | Geffen*

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Ambient/New Age - Released March 9, 1999 | Geffen

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Jazz - Released June 7, 2003 | Naxos

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Ambient/New Age - Released February 1, 2000 | Geffen

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Ambient/New Age - Released November 20, 2019 | RevOla

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Jazz - Released September 23, 2019 | RevOla

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Ambient/New Age - Released November 1, 1986 | Geffen

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Pop - Released April 8, 2003 | Geffen

Bing Crosby recorded exclusively for Decca Records from 1934-1955 and non-exclusively for a couple of years after that, and Decca purchased some of the masters he recorded for Brunswick prior to his Decca contract, so parent company MCA (a part of Universal) owns the bulk of his studio recordings. The European copyright limit of 50 years on recordings has put many of those recordings in the public domain overseas, leading to a flood of low-quality compilations, many of which turn up in the U.S. To combat them, MCA/Decca has embarked on its own Crosby reissue campaign, using the original masters, of course, enlisting the long-lived fan club the British-based International Crosby Circle, and specifically its North American representative, Wig Wiggins, to compile the albums. The result has been a series of excellent collections, and this is another one. To mark the centenary of Crosby's birth, Wiggins has assembled a thematically arranged 50-track, two-disc compilation that surveys a group of major trends in the singer's work. The compiler has come up with 11 such subheadings, each of which is worthy of its own album -- "Early Hits," "Country and Western," "Songs of the Islands," "Irish Favorites," "Bing's Duets," "Swing With Bing," "Film Favorites," "Bing and the Instrumentalists," "Americana," "The Voice of Christmas," and "Around the World." (Actually, some of these topics have been used to compile whole albums.) It's fair to say that listeners may not be able to distinguish each theme while listening to the discs, but they provide an organizing principal to give the album a good flow. Some critics have faulted Crosby's willingness to record everything from Hawaiian songs to early country tunes, but Wiggins, by choosing and sequencing carefully, justifies his eclecticism. There's a little bit of everything here, and all of it is very good. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Christmas Music - Released November 24, 2016 | GBMUSIC

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Ambient/New Age - Released November 1, 2019 | Decca (UMO) (Classics)