Thursday, 26 September 2013

DVD Review: Legends In Concert - Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby: Legends In Concert
Without a doubt, Bing Crosby changed the face of popular music in the 20th Century. His influence filtered down to  many of the greats including Sinatra, Elvis and even The Beatles (John Lennon famously inspired by the double meaning of the similar sounding Plea’s and Please in Bing’s song Please for Please Please Me).

This DVD released by Merlin Highway in 2010 gathers 15 performances from Bing’s career between the 30s and 50s, (the cover erroneously states 16 clips although one is by Rosemary Clooney).

Unfortunately it’s not as great as it might first appear; there are several glitches in the archive footage (including fuzzy and rolling pictures).

None of the clips are actually taken from a concert (as the title describes) they are culled from film clips and what looks like a third generation copy mid 50s TV special (The Edsel Show, apparently) which also featured Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.

Sadly although the clips are in quantity the title doesn’t deliver in quality. Bing fans do get a glimpse of their hero performing some fun duets with Sinatra and Louis Armstrong but  it is likely you will find better quality clips on other DVD releases or YouTube.

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