This listing is for Bing Crosby - Old Masters 3xLP Vinyl Record Albums Box Set DX-152.
Label: Decca – DX-152
Format: 3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Box Set
Genre: Jazz, Pop
Condition: Jacket: Fair (box cover has some damage/issues) Vinyl: Good
A1 Someday, Sweetheart
A2 Would You
A3 Remember Me?
A4 Shoe Shine Boy
A5 Dear Old Girl
A6 You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
B1 It's The Dreamer In Me
B2 My Reverie (Based On Debussy's "Reverie")
B3 Old Folks
B4 Don't Be That Way
B5 Mr. Crosby And Mr. Mercer
B6 The Moon Of Manakoora
C2 It's The Talk Of The Town
C3 What's New
C4 If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)
C5 My Buddy
C6 I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)
D1 Mister Meadowlark
D3 A Gal In Calico
D4 But Beautiful
D5 And The Angels Sing
D6 On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe
E2 These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
E3 On Behalf Of The Visiting Firemen
E4 One Sweet Letter From You
E5 I Want My Mama (Mama Yo Quiero)
E6 So In Love
F1 Sweet Lorraine
F2 The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)
F3 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
F4 Who's Sorry Now?
F5 How Soon (Will I Be Seeing You)
F6 I'll See You In My Dreams
Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.
Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures, radio, and audio recording. He was also known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962.
Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies. He then convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, and co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.
I base the condition of each of my Records off of Ebay's Grading System.
• MINT (M) Looks new and unplayed. Very high vinyl luster and no noticeable label defects. Sounds new. With 45rpm records, this does not always mean there is no surface noise at all.
• NEAR MINT (NM) Looks almost new, but has some minor flaws such as a drill hole; unobtrusive writing on label (e.g., an X on a promo copy); minor scuffing on vinyl; minor color flaking on label, or other insignificant flaws that only slightly detract from visual appeal. May have some minor surface noise, but nothing distracting.
• VERY GOOD (VG) There may be light scuffing and some of the original vinyl luster may be lost. The vinyl and label may appear used, but well cared for. Records may have some more obvious flaws that are not visually degrading such as a sticker on the label; more noticeable writing on the label; scuffing and minor scratches on the vinyl; or minor discoloration of the label. There may be very minor warping of the vinyl. There may be a slight scratch not affecting play.
• GOOD (G) Record has visible signs of handling and playing, such as loss of vinyl luster, minor surface scratches, groove wear, and audible surface noise. Appears well used but not abused. May have a few major flaws, such as scratches, label tears, or stickers, and/or writing.
• FAIR (F) Appears well used and somewhat abused. Audio is not great due to surface noise and scratches. The record may have a stick or a skip. Records in this condition are those you might purchase to fill a hole in your collection until a better copy comes along.
• POOR (P) Well played with little luster and significant surface noise, but still not cracked or broken. Record likely skips and/or sticks. Typically so bad looking that a true “collector” would just toss it out. More useful as a Frisbee. I try not to sell records in this condition.
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