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It's Easy to Remember [Box]

    1. I've Got the Girl
    2. Muddy Water
    3. Side by Side
    4. From Monday On
    5. Mississippi Mud
    6. 'Tain't So Honey, 'Tain't So
    7. If I Had You
    8. Can't We Be Friends?
    9. Happy Feet
    10. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
    11. Three Little Words
    12. I Surrender, Dear
    13. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
    14. Just a Gigolo
    15. Out of Nowhere
    16. Just One More Chance
    17. I'm Thru With Love
    18. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five-&-Ten Cent Store)
    19. Dancing in the Dark
    20. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
    21. Dinah
    22. St. Louis Blues
    23. Sweet Georgia Brown
    24. Please
    25. Ghost of a Chance (With You), (I Don't Stand)
    1. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
    2. You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
    3. I've Got the World on a String
    4. Last Round-Up, The
    5. Love in Bloom
    6. June in January
    7. Soon
    8. It's Easy to Remember
    9. Red Sails in the Sunset
    10. Silent Night, Holy Night
    11. Moonburn
    12. Touch of Your Lips, The
    13. Pennies From Heaven
    14. Shoe Shine Boy
    15. Way You Look Tonight, The
    16. Sweet Leilani
    17. Too Marvellous For Words
    18. Moon Got in My Eyes, The
    19. Remember Me?
    20. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
    21. Don't Be That Way
    22. I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
    23. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
    24. If I Had My Way
    25. Apple For the Teacher, An
    1. Sierra Sue
    2. Mister Meadowlark
    3. Trade Winds
    4. Only Forever
    5. Along the Santa Fe Trail
    6. Tea For Two
    7. Yes, Indeed!
    8. San Antonio Rose
    9. Waiter & The Porter and the Upstairs Maid, The
    10. Birth of the Blues, The
    11. You Are My Sunshine
    12. Deep in the Heart of Texas
    13. Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie
    14. White Christmas
    15. Moonlight Becomes You
    16. Sunday, Monday or Always
    17. People Will Say We're in Love
    18. San Fernando Valley
    19. Swinging on a Star
    20. I Love You
    21. Night & Day
    22. I'll Be Seeing You
    23. There'll Be Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
    24. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral
    25. Don't Fence Me In
    1. Mine
    2. AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
    3. Put It There, Pal
    4. Baia
    5. You Belong to My Heart (Or Solamente una Vez)
    6. If I Loved You
    7. Close as Pages in a Book
    8. Along the Navajo Trail
    9. It's Been a Long Long Time
    10. I Can't Begin to Tell You
    11. Day by Day
    12. Sioux City Sue
    13. After You've Gone
    14. South America, Take It Away
    15. Couple of Song-&-Dance Men, A
    16. I Still Suits Me
    17. Alexander's Ragtime Band
    18. Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
    19. Embraceable You
    20. But Beautiful
    21. Sam's Song
    22. Autumn Leaves
    23. I've Never Been in Love Before
    24. If I Were a Bell
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 34

  • Credits

    Includes a 36 page booklet.
    The European copyright law on recordings, which cuts off after only 50 years, is responsible for many shoddy compilations of the work of vintage artists, scratchy 78s from someone's collection transferred to disc and put out with little or no concern for quality. But it also allows for more respectable efforts, such as the series of four-CD box sets assembled by England's Proper Records. Raiding the catalogs of Sony, BMG, and Universal (i.e., remastering old records now in the vaults of these majors), Proper has assembled this five-hour, 99-track survey of Bing Crosby's recording career that stretches from his first waxing in 1926 to a couple of covers of songs from Guys and Dolls in 1950. That career was less than half over at this legally mandated cutoff point, but Crosby was really at his peak in the '30s and '40s, and his '20s recordings, with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra and others, are interesting juvenilia. Included here are 32 of the record-setting 36 number one singles credited to Crosby by Billboard chart researcher Joel Whitburn (plus one with Duke Ellington and two with the Andrews Sisters), along with 39 other chart records and 25 well-chosen non-chart songs that include compositions by Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Walter Donaldson, Frank Loesser, George & Ira Gershwin, W.C. Handy, Jerome Kern, and Vincent Youmans and duets with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Mary Martin, and Lee Wiley, among others, all in chronological order. The sound isn't as good as it probably would have been if the original masters had been used, but it isn't bad, and the set is well-annotated with a reasonable essay by compiler Stan Britt and a discography. As a result, It's Easy to Remember bears comparison with the "official" Crosby box sets and exceeds them in some respects. ~ William Ruhlmann

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