The Bing Crosby Archive
Bing in Dixieland
This new 23-song collection features Bing Crosby with a series of small Dixieland combos. The core of the album is a 14-song session from 1956 with Buddy Cole and His Dixieland Orchestra, recorded for Bing’s daily CBS radio show. These tracks were part of the acclaimed 160-song 2009 Mosaic Records limited edition collection, The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954 – 56. (“These are a master’s lucid readings of the American songbook.” – TIME magazine) Here they’re augmented by two previously unissued selections from that daily radio show featuring Buddy Cole and His Trio. Seven additional bonus tracks, mostly recorded for Bing’s 1950s radio shows for Chesterfield and General Electric, feature Bing accompanied by The Firehouse Five Plus Two and John Scott Trotter’s Dixieland Group. Ella Fitzgerald makes a guest appearance on “Memphis Blues” and another very special bonus track features Bing with Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars. Bing and Satchmo’s legendary performance of Cole Porter’s “Now You Has Jazz” from the 1957 Edsel television special has been transferred from a newly discovered audio master reel for inclusion in this collection.
Bing in Dixieland includes classic Dixieland favorites as well as a few standards done in the Dixieland style: “At the Jazz Band Ball”, “Sometimes I’m Happy”, “Muskrat Ramble”, “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans”, “Strike Up the Band”, “That’s A-Plenty”, “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, “I’d Climb the Highest Mountain”, “Smiles”, “Just Around the Corner”, “The Banjo’s Back in Town”, “When My Baby Smiles at Me”, “The Object of My Affection”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Margie”, “Yes Sir! That’s My Baby”, “Oh, How I Laugh When I Think How I Cried About You”, “Everybody Loves My Baby”, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”, “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”, “The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me”, “Memphis Blues” and “Now You Has Jazz”. The digital version of the album, available on iTunes, includes the video of “Now You Has Jazz.”
Seasons (Deluxe Edition)
Bing’s final album, originally released in 1977, available on CD for the first time with 13 bonus tracks!! This new deluxe edition features the original twelve tracks plus Bing’s very last recordings, made at a BBC session three days before his death, and five poems recorded for fan clubs but never distributed. Includes from the original release: Seasons; On the Very First Day of the Year; June in January; Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year; April Showers; June Is Bustin’ Out All Over; In the Good Old Summertime; Summer Wind; Autumn in New York; September Song; Sleigh Ride, and Yesterday When I Was Young, plus the bonus poems Around the Corner; If; The Singers; Lucy Gray (Solitude), and The Slaves Dream, and the BBC recordings Feels Good, Feels Right; Nevertheless; The Only Way to Go; Summer Wind; The Night Is Young and You’re So Beautiful; There’s Nothing I Haven’t Sung About; As Time Goes By, and Once in a While!
Return to Paradise Islands (Deluxe Edition)
Bing’s collection of Hawaiian favorites was recorded in 1963 by Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label and is available on CD for the first time. And for this edition a new stereo mix has been created from the original session tapes. Bing is accompanied by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra on Keep Your Eyes on the Hands; Forevermore; Love and Aloha; Beautiful Kahana; The Hukilau Song; The Old Plantation; Lovely Hula Hands; Frangipani Blossom; Farewell My Kane; Adventures in Paradise; Return to Paradise, and Home in Hawaii. Six bonus tracks include a brief session outtake of Return to Paradise and five previously unissued Hawaiian tracks recorded in 1961 featuring My Little Grass Shack (in Kealakakua, Hawaii); The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai; Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Ukulele Lady, and King’s Serenade.
On the Sentimental Side (Deluxe Edition)
Recorded in 1962 and never released, this collection of popular songs, many dating back to Bing’s boyhood, has been long rumored to exist by Crosby fans, and is now available on CD with five bonus tracks! The original album is all medleys: My Bonnie/The Band Played On; Always/Wishing; Remember/Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet; All Alone/In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree; How Can I Leave Thee/A Bird In a Gilded Cage/The Sidewalks of New York; If I Didn’t Care/Blueberry Hill; Beautiful Dreamer/The Last Rose of Summer; Roll On Silver Moon/Now the Day Is Over; Tom Dooley/The Old Gray Mare; Together/What’ll I Do; Look For the Silver Lining/Say It With Music, and Did You Ever See a Dream Walking/A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody. The bonus tracks hail from Bing’s 1950s CBS radio shows with Buddy Cole; they include Because; Love’s Old Sweet Song; Smilin’ Through; Whither Thou Goest, and a 1960 take of Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral!
Bing on Broadway
When it came to interpreting show tunes, Bing had few peers. This new compilation features him singing selections from such legendary Broadway musicals as South Pacific, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Can-Can, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady and many others, accompanied by Buddy Cole & His Trio on 17 tracks and John Scott Trotter on two tracks. Includes: Swanee; Carolina in the Morning; Mandy; How Long Has This Been Going On?; My Heart Stood Still; Crazy Rhythm; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Fine and Dandy; But Not for Me; New Sun in the Sky; Taking a Chance on Love; It’s Only a Paper Moon; All Through the Night; Come Rain or Come Shine; A Cockeyed Optimist; It’s All Right with Me; Hey There; Heart, and Get Me to the Church on Time. Two tracks are previously unreleased while the remaining 17 tracks made their debut in 2009 on the acclaimed Mosaic Records 7-CD boxed set, The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56.
El Senor Bing (Deluxe Edition)
Bing loved Spanish music, and for this 1960 collection, recorded for his own Project label, he was accompanied by none other than the Billy May Orchestra. On CD for the first time, this deluxe edition includes, from the original album: Ramona/Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy); Marta/The Rose in Her Hair; Again/Allez-Vous-En (Go Away); In the Still of the Night/I Could Have Danced All Night; Pagan Love Song/Cuban Love Song; Down Argentine Way/What a Difference a Day Made; Heavenly Night (Cielito Lindo)/My Shawl; Malaguena (at the Crossroads)/Andalucia (The Breeze and I); How High the Moon/Old Devil Moon, and C’est Magnifique/Taking a Chance on Love. There are six Spanish-flavored bonus tracks from Bing’s 1950s CBS radio sessions with Buddy Cole & His Trio including Papa Loves Mambo; Floras Negras; Solamente Una Vez; No Te Importe Saber (Let Me Love You Tonight); La Borrichita, and In A Little Spanish Town, plus the markedly different mono mix of the original album.
So Rare: Treasures from the Crosby Archive (2-CD set)
This career-spanning collection of rare and unusual recordings from Bing Crosby’s personal archive includes his first solo radio performance from 1931, some rare private recordings and unknown outtakes as well as the first album appearances of several rare single tracks – many of which are mixed in stereo for the first time! Includes: Just One More Chance and I’m Through with Love from Fifteen Minutes with Bing Crosby; Buckin’ the Wind from a Spanish radio promo disc; Where the Turf Meets the Surf, Del Mar race track’s theme song; Kraft Music Hall performances of Over the Rainbow, As Time Goes By; and Why Don’t You Fall in Love with Me, I’ll Be Seeing You from an August 31,1944 British broadcast; You’re the Gem State Wonder, Idaho; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, a 1954 recording for Shriner’s Hospital; My Old Kentucky Home, recorded for the Kentucky Junior Derby; radio performances of What Do You Mean, You Lost Your Dog?; We’re in the Money (The Golddigger’s Song); I Hear Music; I Can’t Get Started; Pledging My Love; Because, and The Yellow Rose of Texas; So Rare from The Ford Road Show; the Columbia singles Straight Down the Middle and Tomorrow’s My Lucky Day; first-time stereo appearances of the MGM single The Second Time Around and Incurably Romantic; a 1960 private recording of Anthem of the Clams; a stereo TV outtake of Pennies from Heaven; the Reprise singles Far From Home; How Green Was My Valley; Step to the Rear, and What Do We Do with This World; Reprise outtakes of Live a Little and Don’t Let a Good Thing Get Away; unreleased versions of Take a Longer Look and The Human Race from the TV special Goldilocks, and That’s What Life Is All About live from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 17, 1976. 34 tracks, 26 previously unreleased!
Bing Sings the Great American Songbook
This 20-track collection of Bing singing the standards had previously been available exclusively as part of a public broadcasting pledge drive. The high-fidelity recordings hail from Bing’s 1954-1957 CBS radio sessions with Buddy Cole & His Trio, who provide an intimate jazz setting ideally suited for these songs and the incomparable Crosby. Includes: I Want to Be Happy; Manhattan; ‘S Wonderful; Ol’ Man River; You Took Advantage of Me; Button up Your Overcoat; I’ve Got a Crush on You; You Do Something to Me; I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan; Get Happy; Please Don’t Talk about Me When I’m Gone; Anything Goes; What Is There to Say; I Feel a Song Comin’ On; Cheek to Cheek; The Nearness of You; How About You?; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; That Old Black Magic; and Almost Like Being in Love. Four tracks are previously unreleased while the remaining 16 tracks made their debut in 2009 on the acclaimed Mosaic Records 7-CD boxed set, The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56.
The Crosby Christmas Sessions
A new compilation of Crosby holiday favorites and rarities includes: White Christmas; It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas; Jingle Bells (slow and fast versions); Deck the Halls/Away in a Manger/O Little Town of Bethlehem/The First Noel; Adeste Fidelis/O Come All Ye Faithful; Here Comes Santa Claus (with Peggy Lee); The Christmas Song; Sleigh Ride; and Silent Night; Bing’s legendary duet with David Bowie on The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth; duets with Frank Sinatra on We Wish You the Merriest and Go Tell It on the Mountain (both from the 12 Songs of Christmas album); duets with Ella Fitzgerald on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Silver Bells; the Columbia single Just What I Wanted for Christmas and the Secret of Christmas; the Reprise single White World of Winter, and It’s Christmas Time Again.
Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook
This 18-track collection features Bing singing songs usually associated with his greatest disciple, Frank Sinatra. Among the rarities, a Crosby-Sinatra duet on the medley of Among My Souvenirs/September Song/As Time Goes By; Young at Heart; April in Paris; Imagination; Witchcraft; Where or When; All the Way; You Go to My Head; It Happened in Monterey; and a 2010 remix of Summer Wind, plus High Hopes, an alternate take from the Thoroughly Modern Bing album session; the CD debut of South of the Border from the Songs I Love album; The Lady Is a Tramp; Too Marvelous for Words; I Get a Kick Out of You; Chicago; The Tender Trap, and Love and Marriage. Liner notes by Michael Feinstein.
A Southern Memoir (Deluxe Edition)
This 1975 album of songs inspired by the South was among the rarest items in the Crosby canon, as it was only released in Great Britain. Bonus tracks include alternate versions of On the Alamo; Alabamy Bound; Stars Fell on Alabama; Swanee; and Sleepy Time down South; as well as the unedited version of Georgia on My Mind. Those tracks also appear in their original album versions along with Where the Morning Glories Grow; Carolina in the Morning; Way Down Yonder in New Orleans; Cryin’ for the Carolines; She Is the Sunshine of Virginia; and Sailing down the Chesapeake Bay. Appearing for the first time ever is Bing’s South Texas Quail Hunting Medley, a private recording from the album sessions on which he substitutes some special lyrics for Galway Bay/Mack the Knife/The Surrey with the Fringe on Top/The Pleasure of Your Company that lampoon, in that ever-so-gentle Crosby way, friends like Phil Harris! Liner notes by Arne Fogel.
Bing & Rosie: The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions (2-CD set)
This two-CD set presents 59 unreleased tracks taken from Bing’s radio sessions with Rosemary Clooney (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, The Ford Road Show and The Crosby – Clooney Show), complete with some charming studio chatter and fidelity that rivals their commercial recordings. Includes their duets on The Merry-Go-Run-Around; Takes Two to Tango; Chicago Style (two versions); Open up Your Heart (with Bob Hope); South Rampart Street Parade; Something to Remember You By (three versions); You’re Just in Love (two versions); It’s Only a Paper Moon; Easter Parade (two versions); People Will Say We’re in Love (two versions); Only Forever; a medley featuring These Foolish Things Remind Me of You/We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye/You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (complete with flub and pickup take and versions of all three songs by themselves); That’s Amore; The Little Brown Jug; Sweet Genevieve; Shine on Harvest Moon (two versions); Buckle Down Winsocki; Indian Summer; Man (Uh-Huh) and Woman (Uh-Huh); Lily of Laguna – all with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra providing the backing. Buddy Cole’s quartet provides accompaniment for a couple of Ford jingles; Will You Still Be Mine; another version of We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye; I May Be Wrong; Would You Like to Take a Walk; They Can’t Take That Away from Me; another version of You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To; Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off; Ain’t We Got Fun; Isn’t This a Lovely Day; Let’s Put Out the Lights and Go to Sleep; They Say It’s Wonderful; Let’s Take a Walk Around the Block; Don’t Worry (About Tomorrow); Hey, Look Me Over; Anything You Can Do; What Takes My Fancy; Summertime; True Love; It’s Been a Long, Long Time/Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries/Gimme a Little Kiss; Moon over Miami/Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland/There’s a Long, Long Trail; Goodnight My Someone; September Song/As Time Goes By/Till We Meet Again; Any Town Is Paris When You’re Young/Paris in the Spring/April in Paris/The Last Time I Saw Paris; Singin’ in the Rain; a rare promo record for Eastern Products; and the only two solo tracks on the set: Rosie’s You’re in Kentucky Sure as You’re Born and Bing’s This Ole House. Martin McQuade’s notes tell the tale of this legendary team.
The Bing Crosby CBS Recordings 1954-56 (7-CD Limited Edition Set)
A Treasure Discovered!
Bing Crosby changed singing forever. He was fortunate to introduce his artistry to singing as one element of a perfect storm that included significant advancements in microphone and recording technology. Singers could perform more intimately, more conversationally, with greater latitude for the singer to incorporate subtle nuances.
He became the world’s first “king of all media” (when “all” meant recordings, radio and movies) and the vast popularity of his records rivals those by Elvis and the Beatles.
Radio Masters – Never Before On Record
Yet, despite reissue after reissue, and numerous greatest hits compilations, one entire treasure trove of his musical output has remained almost completely forgotten, until now. The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56 presents, for the first time complete, 160 masters recorded with Buddy Cole for Bing’s daily CBS radio show from 1954 to 1956. Aside from 16 tracks that found their way onto LP, the vast majority of the tracks have been locked in Crosby’s vault for more than 50 years.
An added bonus is that, relieved of the need to create music that could lead to identifiable hit records, Bing could select any song he chose to sing. After all, it was “just for the radio.” The result is that the collection is a virtual catalog of the Great American Songbook, featuring numbers from Broadway, film, Tin Pan Alley, the blues, and well-known jazz standards.
Loose and Hip
For listeners more familiar with Bing the pop artist, these are not lush, orchestrated easy-listening affairs. Stripped down to a jazz quartet, these songs sound loose and hip, more like the Bing that thrilled earlier Jazz Era fans who were blown away not only by his vocal abilities but also by his concept of the vocalist’s role in interpreting music.
With big bands out of fashion, Bing’s interest in recording in front of a small combo helped these songs achieve a more modern feel, with swinging interplay between singer and band more evident than on many of his commercial recordings. There may be no better way to appreciate how many components of singing he controlled – his breathing, how he created resonance, how he could switch from hitting hard to whispering, his command of slurring and enunciation, and his hip approach to comedy and novelty.
Crosby himself reigned supreme for more than half a century. By the time of these performances, he held enough power that he could demand the opportunity to record his 15-minute radio show, even though the networks and sponsors would have preferred a live broadcast. The joke was that Bing could record twenty shows in a week and spend the rest of the month on the golf course, but by pre-recording the show he and Buddy Cole had the opportunity to perfect the recordings in the studio. Their process was to lay down a number of tracks quickly – sometimes four, six, or as many as 20, keeping them loose, relaxed, jazz-inflected and spontaneous.
For his part, Buddy Cole, who shared Bing’s interest in working with new technology, contributed arrangements that are a big part of why this collection will communicate with jazz listeners. His partners on these dates were Vince Terri on guitar, Don Whitaker on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums, and they were adept at every style Bing wanted to conquer. Most of these songs were not otherwise recorded by Crosby. They include The Lady is a Tramp, I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face, My Baby Just Cares for Me and too many others to mention.
For Mosaic’s release, the recordings have been meticulously restored from the original tape sources. This deluxe box set includes an exclusive booklet, with a new essay and track-by-track appreciation by Gary Giddins, many photos form Bing’s career, and all that swinging music.
From the liner notes by Gary Giddins:
“Like buried treasure reclaimed from the past, this remarkable set is like no other Bing Crosby collection ever released. Here is the great crooner and a quartet led by his longtime accompanist Buddy Cole, occasionally augmented by a few wind instruments, in a thesaurus of 160 songs recorded in the most informal of circumstances at 15 sessions, during a period (1954-56) when Bing was in exceptionally good voice.
Most of these performances haven’t been heard on records at all, except by ardent collectors; many tracks will be new even to them—the audio quality will be a happy surprise to all. The masters have been safely kept these many years in the majestic Crosby home in Hillsborough, CA, by Bing’s widow, Kathryn Crosby, and are now collected for the first time by Mosaic in participation with the Bing Crosby Estate. It is a bounty to be savored.
Here in full flower is the tensile suppleness, the canny informality of the Crosby voice, which Louis Armstrong memorably described as “a mellow quality … like gold being poured out of a cup.” Freely roaming through an anthology of mostly first-class tunes, he shapes and finesses the melodies, detailing each phrase, finding import in each lyric. You can hear the pleasure he takes in his vocal equipment, in low notes that shimmer like deep waters, in his occasional use of the upper mordent—a technique of turning a note on its heel that Crosby had made his signature in the early 1930s, and then largely abandoned in the intervening years. One reason he felt so comfortable is that his accompanists suited him to a golf tee. Some backings are so tight and responsive they sound as though they had been rehearsed over many days.
For many of us, Bing’s jazz-themed albums of the 1950s have long stood out as defining moments in an outstanding window of time when Bing seemed on the verge of luminous renewal as a recording artist…This set increases the mid-50s Crosby trove exponentially. More than half a century has passed, but this is an inheritance that was well worth waiting for.”
– Gary Giddins, edited from liner notes (Gary Giddins is the author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams)
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With All My Heart
This digital collection of 15 rare, unreleased love songs from the original session master tapes for Bing Crosby’s 1950s radio shows (The Bing Crosby Show for Chesterfield, The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, The Bing Crosby Show, The Ford Road Show and The Crosby-Clooney Show). There’s also a track recorded for an early Crosby television special. Includes Magic Moments, Secret Love, I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart, Chances Are, Catch a Falling Star, Night and Day, Hello Young Lovers, With All My Heart, Born To Be With You, Some Enchanted Evening, How High the Moon, Misty, I Love Paris, And the Angels Sing, and P.S. I Love You. This unique digital package, available exclusively through iTunes, also includes a bonus 1954 video performance of I Love Paris.
Shall We Dance?
This digital release collects 15 songs of dance and romance – 14 of them previously unreleased – taken from the original session master tapes for Bing’s 1950s radio shows (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric and The Ford Road Show), a rare track from the 1968 album, The Songs I Love and a track from a 1962 television special. Includes Begin the Beguine, Puttin’ On the Ritz, Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, It’s Not For Me to Say, Dark Moon, Changing Partners, Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me, Zing Went the Strings of My Heart, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, Keep it Gay, The Gypsy in My Soul, Granada, Lady of Spain and (the strange but incredibly swingin’) Doin’ the Bing. The exclusive iTunes digital album also features a 1962 bonus video performance of Doin’ the Bing.
The Night Before Christmas
Considering that he’s known all over the world as the “Voice of Christmas”, it has remained a curiosity that Bing Crosby never got around to recording Clement Clarke Moore’s enduring poem, “The Night Before Christmas”, also known as “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” As it turns out, Bing did record the poem in 1968 for an overseas Voice of America radio program. The master tape was recently discovered in the Crosby Archive and is now being made available for the first time in this limited edition colored vinyl single. The flip side contains two more Crosby Christmas chestnuts: “Adeste Fidelis / O Come All Ye Faithful” (a 1952 radio recording taken from the 2010 Bing Crosby Archive CD The Crosby Christmas Sessions) and a previously unissued 1960 duet with Kathryn Crosby on “Away In a Manger” recorded for Crosby’s annual radio special, “A Christmas Sing With Bing.” Last year’s Bing Crosby Archive limited edition Christmas single, featuring Crosby’s duet with David Bowie on “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth” sold out quickly.Shop Now
The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
Having sold hundreds of millions of records in the pre-MP3 era, it’s only natural that Bing Crosby return with a record release. A 7” red-vinyl single of the Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth backed with a 1953 Bing Crosby/Ella Fitzgerald duet of White Christmas was issued in a limited edition by The Bing Crosby Archive for the 2010 holiday season.
The Legendary Bing Crosby
This DVD presents many of the entertainer’s best performances from his classic network specials, which aired from 1954 to 1977, including recently discovered, digitally restored footage and clips that have not been seen since their original broadcast. The program seamlessly blends full-song performances and duets with enlightening interviews from his wife Kathryn, daughter Mary, film critic Leonard Maltin, television personality Regis Philbin, music legend Andy Williams, and performer/musicologist Michael Feinstein. Performing with Bing in the show are Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, David Bowie, Carol Burnett, Jose Feliciano, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams. Thirty-five minutes of bonus material, not seen in the broadcast, includes additional interview segments and Crosby solos, as well as performances with Maurice Chevalier, Andy Williams and The Crosby Boys.
BING CROSBY: THE TELEVISION SPECIALS – Volume One
From 1954 to 1977, Bing starred in 30 eagerly anticipated, highly rated television specials. Often the highlight of the entire season, the programs showcased him in the company of the top stars of the day. Included in this two-disc collection are Bing’s debut special from January 3, 1954, featuring Jack Benny; the landmark September 29, 1959 show for Oldsmobile, with Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong; the May 14, 1962 special, with Road comedies co-star Bob Hope, Edie Adams, Gary Crosby and the Smothers Brothers; and the April 13, 1970 show, Cooling It, with Dean Martin, Bernadette Peters and Flip Wilson. These treasured programs have been meticulously restored from the original film and videotape sources, and are presented with all the original performances intact. Bonus material includes the 1952 inspirational film, Faith, Hope and Hogan featuring Bing, Bob Hope, Phil Harris and golfer Ben Hogan from The Christophers television series; Bing’s first color television appearance from 1954 with golfer Jimmy Demaret, a rare 1962 local TV interview from Hawaii, a 1964 commercial for the Thermo-Fax copier and a recently discovered 1967 Australian TV interview.
BING CROSBY: THE TELEVISION SPECIALS – Volume Two: The Christmas Specials
Included in this four-hour-plus, two-disc collection are Bing’s first holiday special from 1961; his first color special from 1962; Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas from 1971; and his final special, taped just five weeks before his death in 1977, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, which features the iconic duet of The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth with David Bowie. All four specials are presented in their original uncut form. Bonus material includes: Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank, the 1957 color Christmas episode of The Frank Sinatra Show; out-takes from the 1962 Bing Crosby Christmas special; a rare Toys for Tots PSA; and the 1976 tourism film, Bing’s Britain.