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    2005

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    All Music Guide Review

    As he had been in 1943 and 1944, Bing Crosby was the most successful recording artist of 1945 in the U.S., but that ranking was due largely to discs cut prior to the ones included on this collection, such as the number one hits "It's Been a Long Long Time" and "I Can't Begin to Tell You." The 15 different selections spread across 22 tracks and recorded at eight sessions over three and a half months (actually, seven of them occurred within one month, August 21 to September 14, 1945, with the eighth coming on December 4) are a collection of odds and ends. The four-part "The Happy Prince" is really a 12-minute dramatic rendition of a short story written by Oscar Wilde and narrated by Orson Welles, with relatively minor participation by Crosby. "In the Land of Beginning Again," "Aren't You Glad You're You?," and "The Bells of St. Mary's" are studio versions of songs featured in Crosby's upcoming film, The Bells of St. Mary's, a sequel to his Academy Award-winning Going My Way. Of these, only the lively "Aren't You Glad You're You?" was newly written, and it clearly was intended to do for the film what "Swinging on a Star" had done for Going My Way, an intention that was not fulfilled despite a best-song Oscar nomination and a chart peak at number eight. Elsewhere, Crosby offered his cover versions of recent hits like Freddy Martin's "Symphony" and Frank Sinatra's "Day by Day," the former achieving a number three placing, making it the biggest hit here, the latter boasting vocal accompaniment from Mel Tormé & His Mel-Tones. Among the other guests is the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, heard on "Give Me the Simple Life" from the non-Crosby film Wake Up and Dream, a track that deserved to be a bigger hit and might have been without competition from Benny Goodman. Although the records were not hits at the time, in retrospect some of the best music of this period is found in Crosby's revivals of vintage standards like "Who's Sorry Now?" (copyright 1923), "It's the Talk of the Town" (1933), and "Sweet Lorraine" (1934). As usual, this 40th volume in Jonzo Records' chronological series includes alternate takes, most of which are really just safeties, virtually indistinguishable from the master takes, although the extended arrangement of "Mighty Lak' a Rose" that closes the disc is an exception. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

    The Chronological Bing Crosby, Vol. 40: 1945 Track Listing

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  • Orson Welles
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  • Give Me the Simple Life - A
  • Dorsey, Jimmy and His Orchestra
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  • Mel Tormé
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  • Prove It by the Things You Do
  • Dorsey, Jimmy and His Orchestra
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  • Sound Clip for Prove It by the Things You Do from The Chronological Bing Crosby, Vol. 40: 1945

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  • Mighty Lak' a Rose (WX73214-A)
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  • The Song Spinners
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  • Ethel Smith
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  • Bing Crosby
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  • Credits of The Chronological Bing Crosby, Vol. 40: 1945

    • Art Wood
    • Artwork, Design, Photo Production


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