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Cloud 7
     

Cloud 7

by Tony Bennett
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0888837330022
catalogNumber:
373300
Rank:
45619

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Larry Clinton   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Lupin Fein   Composer
Eddie Heim   Composer
Reuben Bloom   Composer

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