Learn to Croon (John Gill and His Sentimental Serenaders Remember Bing Crosby)
John Gill and His Sentimental Serenaders
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Neither New Nor Improved
I've been listening to Bing Crosby's vocals from the early 1930s since I was a teen-ager in the early 60s. Those recordings constitute some of the treasures of American popular music, on a par with Billie Holiday in the late 30s and early 40s and Frank Sinatra in the mid and late 50s. To my ear, Mr. Gill's arrangements copy the ones that Crosby used, but his band is not up to the caliber of Crosby's musicians: Eddie Land, Joe Venuti and Bunny Berigan among them. Mr. Gill's singing voice is simply no match for Crosby's. I'm left wondering why this recording was even undertaken. When I started listening to Crosby, I had to hunt around for an occasional LP collection. Now, thanks to modern technology, all of Crosby's vocal work is readily available. Listen to it, and pass on this album