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The Definitive Collection [Geffen]

  • 1. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
    2. Stardust
    3. Blue Hawaii
    4. Pennies From Heaven
    5. Sweet Leilani
    6. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
    7. Home on the Range
    8. White Christmas
    9. Sunday, Monday or Always
    10. Swinging on a Star
    11. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
    12. Don't Fence Me In - (featuring The Andrews Sisters)
    13. Road to Morocco - (featuring Bob Hope)
    14. It's Been a Long, Long Time - (featuring Les Paul)
    15. MacNamara's Band
    16. Alexander's Ragtime Band - (featuring Al Jolson)
    17. Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
    18. Dear Hearts and Gentle People
    19. Play a Simple Melody
    20. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening - (featuring Jane Wyman)
    21. Ol' Man River
    22. Around the World (In Eighty Days)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0004637

  • Credits
    ProducerAndy McKaie (Compilation)

    More useful as a primer than as a comprehensive overview of Bing Crosby's 50-year career, Geffen's THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION still packs in 22 superb cuts from the crooner's massive discography. Beginning with the early 1930s and continuing up through the '40s and into the mid '50s, the set covers traditional songs ("Home on the Range"), standards ("Stardust"), show tunes ("Ol' Man River"), and songs from his movies ("Road to Morocco").
    Naturally, "White Christmas" is here (the song will forever be associated with Crosby), while "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby)" sounds like it was written expressly for Crosby. Despite the sometimes dated production and arrangements on some of these tracks, the artist's warm, pure baritone and jazz-tinged approach is so compelling that the performances have lost not one iota of their charm and appeal even decades and decades down the line.

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