Recent perusals through charity shops have enabled me to find some great vinyl albums by Bing Crosby. One of the most popular singers of the 20th century, its not surprising that there is much in the way of recorded matter by the legendary star. I've probably been seriously looking for Bing recordings for over a year now and what surprises me is how few certain recordings rarely appear on current compilations.
The High Society soundtrack (above) featuring Bing with Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly was a nice find in Carmarthen recently, with fabulous cover art!
The same time I found High Society I also found this 1962 Warner Brothers recording of Bing's Christmas LP I Wish You A Merry Christmas - another great cover!
The Very Best of Bing is a 1973 box set produced by the World Record Club featuring highlights from Bing's early years. The copy I found a few months back featured a facsimile letter from Bing Crosby introducing the collection and a few pages from a 1977 Daily Mail announcing his death. I really liked this set featuring a selection of familiar and not so familiar tracks, all in original mono format!
Wrap Up Your Troubles In Dreams was another 1970s retrospective looking at Bing's 1930s output, nicely packaged with detailed sleeve notes.