Bing Crosby Rediscovered: The Soundtrack

by: Bing Crosby

Emmy-winning director Robert Trachtenberg's documentary Bing Crosby Rediscovered aired in December 2014 on PBS's American Masters series. Through unprecedented access to archival footage and interviews, the film offers an engrossing and in-depth look at the man who was arguably the most popular entertainer of the 20th century. Crosby recorded nearly 400 hit singles in his career and his best-known work has been well-covered, yet the the bulk of the film's soundtrack consists of previously unreleased recordings. Some of the unearthed highlights are the Judy Garland duet "You're Just in Love," the Les Paul-assisted "It's Been a Long, Long Time," and "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho," a collaboration with his three sons. The consummate performer, Crosby's voice radiated confidence and charm, sounding perfectly at ease even on rough rehearsal tracks. A handful of his signature recordings like "White Christmas" and "Swingin' on a Star" are also included, but the appeal in both the film and its soundtrack is in the rarer material. ~ Timothy Monger

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