Classics CD (2014)

Artist: Tony Bennett

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Label Legacy/sony
SKU 260256477
UPC 888430264823
UPC 14 00888430264823
Format CD
Release Date 1/28/2014
Author Tony Bennett
Associated Artist/Work Basie, Count
Associated Artist/Work Brubeck, Dave
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat "King"
Associated Artist/Work Gaga, Lady
Associated Artist/Work Goulet, Robert
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Jack
Associated Artist/Work Krupa, Gene
Associated Artist/Work Lang, K.D.
Associated Artist/Work Sinatra, Frank
Associated Artist/Work The Smooth Jazz All Stars
Associated Artist/Work Torme, Mel
Technical Info
Producer Didier C. Deutsch (Compilation)
CatalogID 88843026482
Lable Name Legacy
Released 01/28/2014
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 65m : 9s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00888430264823
Musical Guests
Ralph Sharon Trio
Frank Sinatra
Ray Charles
K.D. Lang
Barbra Streisand
Diana Krall
Stevie Wonder
John Mayer
Michael Buble
Lady Gaga
Amy Winehouse
Christina Aguilera
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Tony Bennett .
Photographers: Steve Banks ; Don Hunstein; Mark Seliger; Josh Cheuse; Kelsey Bennett.
After a successful singing career in the 1950s, Tony Bennett, like many of the jazz-based crooners of his era, had a bit of a commercial falloff with the advent of rock & roll in the early '60s. Bennett, for his part, moved even closer to jazz in his stage shows, and then saw his popularity spike when his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," became a big pop hit in 1962. It was Bennett at his best, working to the pop side of jazz, and as the '60s progressed, Bennett became firmly established as an iconic singer and entertainer, his singing always warm, graceful, and full of an easy and offhand elegance. He picked his material carefully, avoiding novelty and trendy songs, and he built an impressive catalog of classic songs, many of which are firmly established as part of the ever shifting American Songbook. This two-disc set is interesting because the selections were made by Bennett himself, with the first disc, easily the best of the two, given over to Bennett as a solo singer, while the second is drawn largely from his two Duets albums and features Bennett performing with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and others. But it's the solo performances that really capture him at his best. Bennett has noted that he started with the song itself in making the selections here, and then looked for what he thought was the best performance and presentation of it, and since he's released nearly 70 albums in his long career, and many of those were live shows, he had a lot of performances to choose from. There are wonderful versions here of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "I Wanna Be Around," and his other signature songs, all of which come off as emotionally warm and compelling, with an easy and lightly swinging jazz feel. The duets disc has the same warm vibe, and Bennett is a gracious and generous duet vocalist, but to hear him take a great song and broaden it and build it vocally into a perfectly balanced emotional piece of art, well, he doesn't need to share the stage with anybody to do that. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Because of You
2 Just in Time
3 I Left My Heart in San Francisco
4 I Wanna Be Around
5 Good Life, The
6 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
7 How Do You Keep the Music Playing
8 When Do the Bells Ring for Me
9 New York, New York
10 Evenin'
11 What a Wonderful World
12 Smile
13 Shadow of Your Smile, The
14 Best Is Yet to Come, The
15 For Once in My Life
16 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
17 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
18 Lady Is a Tramp, The
19 Body and Soul
20 Steppin' Out with My Baby
Product Attributes
Artist Bennett,Tony

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