Feels Good, Feels Right

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Feels Good, Feels Right
Feels Good, Feels Right (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Bing Crosby
Released 1976
Recorded July 20-22, August 17, 1976
Genre Vocal
Length 37:16
Label Decca Records (SKL 5261)
Producer Kevin Daly
Bing Crosby chronology
Bing Crosby Live at the London Palladium
(1976)
Feels Good, Feels Right
(1976)
Beautiful Memories
(1976)

Feels Good, Feels Right is a 1976 vinyl album recorded by Bing Crosby for Decca Records during four morning sessions in 1976[1] at Decca Studio No.3, Broadhurst Gardens, London. He was accompanied by Alan Cohen and his Orchestra. Cohen also did all the orchestral arrangements. [2]

All of the tracks recorded in July were issued on the LP with the addition of "What’s New?" recorded on August 17.[3] The other three tracks recorded on August 17 were issued for the first time on a Decca double album called “Bing – 1931” and “Bing – 1975-76”[4]

The expanded album was first issued on CD by London Records in 1988 as No. 820 586-2.

Reception[edit]

Billboard was not impressed saying: “The spirit’s willing, but Bing’s tired pipes aren’t what they once were despite his choice of nine splendid standards and three more recent tunes recorded last summer in London. One must overlook faulty intonation, an inability to sustain notes and an overall feeling of fatigue in this program produced by Kevin Daly and with orchestra conducted by Alan Cohen. For Crosby filberts, however, the LP will hit the mark."[5]

Bert Bishop, writing for BING magazine felt that the album was "...a superb surprise bonus that keeps us reeling in amazement at the resurgence of our new, top-form, Bing. Yes, let's not lose sight of the fact that Bing is singing better than he was, and this LP is as good an example as any to prove the point". Bishop described the orchestrations as "...mostly traditional without losing sight of the contemporary big band sound and there’s no doubt that the modern recording techniques do full justice to every member of the orchestra", and concluded by writing that "In several recent recordings Bing has given us verses which must be quite new to many listeners and happily, that’s a prominent feature of the presentation of the ballads to which Bing brings his unique vocal nuances on this LP."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side One

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Feels Good, Feels Right"Ken Welch, Mitzi Welch3:26
2."Once in a While"Michael Edwards, Bud Green3:02
3."As Time Goes By"Herman Hupfeld3:22
4."Old Fashioned Love"James P. Johnson, Cecil Mack2:22
5."Time on My Hands"Vincent Youmans, Mack Gordon, Harold Adamson3:21
6."The Way We Were"Marvin Hamlisch, Alan and Marilyn Bergman3:01

Side Two

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."There's Nothing That I Haven't Sung About"Lyn Duddy, Jerry Bresler3:46
8."The Night Is Young and You're So Beautiful"Dana Suesse, Irving Kahal, Billy Rose3:03
9."Nevertheless"Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar3:20
10."The Rose in Her Hair"Harry Warren, Al Dubin3:55
11."What’s New?"Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke4:22
12."When I Leave the World Behind"Irving Berlin2:51

Additional tracks on Decca double album

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."That Old Black Magic"Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer2:36
14."I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"George Bassman, Ned Washington2:59
15."At Last"Harry Warren, Mack Gordon4:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Fred. The Crosby Collection 1926-1977 (Part Five: 1961-1977 ed.). John Joyce. pp. 214–223. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic". Allmusic.com. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Fred. The Crosby Collection 1926-1977 (Part Five: 1961-1977 ed.). John Joyce. pp. 214–223. 
  5. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. January 29, 1977. 
  6. ^ Bishop, Bert (1976). "BING magazine". BING magazine (#44).