Bing Crosby’s deep tones take on Broadway with the aptly titled Bing On Broadway, issued beautifully by Collectors’ Choice. The record is actually a brand new collection of rare material and is yet another gift of Bing-a-ling goodness for collectors and fans.
Broadway, up until the 70s, was a sort of heartland for affordable theatre entertainment. Many of America’s most popular standards were actually written for Broadway, too, so it stands to reason that Crosby would be a perfect fit to tackle some of these tunes.
Collectors’ Choice has gathered 19 of Bing’s renditions of Broadway classics, each of which were originally selected for his radio shows by the man himself.
Bing On Broadway carries with it a light, intimate bounce that really draws these tracks close to home. Crosby appears to be really enjoying himself, lending each piece tons of sway and swagger. Backed by a small jazz quartet, he’s in his element and one can envision him singing and swinging with a big grin on his face.
Most of the tracks run around the two minute mark, making for a host of quick and snappy arrangements. The transitions are natural and easy, owing to Collectors’ Choice’s arrangement of the tracks in perfect order. It feels like a real album, put together lovingly by people who truly care about Bing Crosby’s legacy.
Crosby begins with “Swanee,” George Gershwin’s first hit. His rendition pops and sways lightly and is perfectly designed for finger-snapping and toe-tapping.
Bing tackles Gershwin again a few times, including on the lovely and haunting “How Long Has This Been Going On?” and “But Not For Me.”
Cole Porter tracks are represented well, too. Crosby’s take on “All Through the Night” is elegant and deep. Laced with beautiful low notes and Buddy Cole’s playing, the piece is a glowing example of Bing’s perfect fit on Broadway.
Singing selections from My Fair Lady, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, and countless other Broadway productions, Crosby smoothly flows through some of the greatest pieces in Mazda Lane history.
Bing Crosby’s take on the work of the legends of Broadway is well worth several repeat spins. His love and care is clear during every single performance, making Bing On Broadway one of the most special and most flat-out entertaining entries of the Collectors’ Choice Bing Crosby releases.