Cloud 7

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Released in 1955, when Tony Bennett was only 30 years old, Cloud 7 was the record he fought and earned the right to make. He'd already had a string of hits for the label and was regarded as a major talent. In 1951 alone he charted seven times. Bennett was looking to the then new long-playing 33-rpm format LP to bring a record to the public that showcased his voice in a more intimate, mood-setting environment. The cover says it all: it features a slightly out of focus black-and-white photograph of a woman, eyes closed, head thrown back, snapping her fingers with the words "Cloud 7" cursively written in hot pink to frame her face. Produced by Mitch Miller, Bennett surrounded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Released in 1955, when Tony Bennett was only 30 years old, Cloud 7 was the record he fought and earned the right to make. He'd already had a string of hits for the label and was regarded as a major talent. In 1951 alone he charted seven times. Bennett was looking to the then new long-playing 33-rpm format LP to bring a record to the public that showcased his voice in a more intimate, mood-setting environment. The cover says it all: it features a slightly out of focus black-and-white photograph of a woman, eyes closed, head thrown back, snapping her fingers with the words "Cloud 7" cursively written in hot pink to frame her face. Produced by Mitch Miller, Bennett surrounded himself with a smallish jazz group and recorded ten standards. The mood is nocturnal, elegant, amorous, hip. The opener is "I Fall in Love Too Easily." Arranged by Chuck Wayne, it was originally used in the soundtrack to the MGM film Anchors Aweigh. A spare, ghostly guitar ushers in Bennett's hum of the intro before the band enters slowly and when that slippery, smoky tenor enters in full, the entire night opens into oblivion. When he ups it a bit for the swinging "My Baby Just Cares for Me," with its muted yet finger-popping guitar swing, the seduction is complete. There is genuine emotion in Bennett's voice as he sings "My Heart Tells Me Should I Believe My Heart?," the sultry "Old Devil Moon," "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me," and the incredible closer, "Darn That Dream." His delivery throughout is unhurried, focused, purposeful. The music found here is more akin to that of Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours than it is to lounge mood music -- though that may have been the desired intent of the marketing department at Columbia at the time. Cloud 7 is the album on which Bennett himself realized the full potential of his gift; the album elevated him from being a great pop singer to a bona fide artist. This disc -- part of The Tony Bennett Master Series on Legacy -- may be short, but it is devastatingly beautiful and loses none of its effect nearly 50 years after its original issue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998580626
  • Catalog Number: 85806

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Fall in Love Too Easily
  2. 2 My Baby Just Cares for Me
  3. 3 My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)
  4. 4 Old Devil Moon
  5. 5 Love Letters
  6. 6 My Reverie
  7. 7 Give Me the Simple Life
  8. 8 While the Music Plays On
  9. 9 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
  10. 10 Darn That Dream
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist, Vocals
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Harvey Leonard Piano
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Caesar DiMauro Tenor Saxophone
Gene DiNovi Piano
Clyde Lombardi Bass
Charles Panely Trumpet
Dave Schildkraut Alto Saxophone
Sonny Igoe Drums
Technical Credits
Tony Bennett Liner Notes
Larry Clinton Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Chuck Wayne Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Jonathan Schwartz Liner Notes
Mitch Miller Producer, Audio Production
Steven Berkowitz Executive Producer
Danny Bennett Executive Producer
Rube Bloom Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Charles Panely Arranger
Harry Ruby Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Victor Young Composer
Darcy Proper Reissue Producer, Mastering
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Lupin Fein Composer
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Eddie Heim Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tinny Echo, Spoils Golden Talent

    This re-release has an annoying "Tinny" echo,especially noticible on the band track, that spoils an otherwise admirable outing. This is also the same problem with the "Basie Swings/Bennett Sings" CD. Hard to believe that modern recording savvy can't take this flaw out of re-issues. You may be a bigger Bennett fan then I (hard to believe) and be willing to wade through this major distraction. If so, have at it. As for me I'll be picking up "The Art of Romance", by Tony, instead, and regret the loss of a listenable "Cloud 7".

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