Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

by Tony Bennett
     
 

Tony Bennett's half-century career, celebrated on this majestic five-disc set, is a wonder of consistency and vocal excellence. Bennett began his tenure at Columbia in the early 1950s with an impressively powerful and emotive voice that, over the years, richened into a gorgeous instrument capable of the most penetrating expressiveness. Decades after his initial… See more details below

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Tony Bennett's half-century career, celebrated on this majestic five-disc set, is a wonder of consistency and vocal excellence. Bennett began his tenure at Columbia in the early 1950s with an impressively powerful and emotive voice that, over the years, richened into a gorgeous instrument capable of the most penetrating expressiveness. Decades after his initial hit-making days -- all documented here --Bennett continued evolving as an artist. Just listen to his more recent work from the past decade to hear how much deeper this vocal genius has taken his song readings. If the soaring notes of his youth aren't as audible anymore, Bennett's moving sensitivity to a lyric, superb phrasing, and unvarnished swing more than makes up for any technical failings. But the mature years are only a segment of this radiant retrospective; the majority of the set centers on the classics that established and fortified Bennett's fame, including such signature performances as "I Wanna Be Around," "Stranger in Paradise," "Once Upon a Time," and, of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Yet those who are most familiar with Bennett's theme songs will also be blown away by his soaring interpretations of songs associated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, and others that were originally found in Bennett's highly acclaimed tribute albums. Sinatra may reign as America's numero uno popular singer, but, as this glorious collection proves, Bennett has been, and remains, his only true heir.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
When the first version of this impressive box set was originally released in 1991 (as Forty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett), it put the capstone upon Tony Bennett's remarkable return to prominence by looking back at a legacy that had been overshadowed by that of the colossus Sinatra. The collection methodically traced his career from his first Columbia record, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," in 1950, through the hit singles and key or capriciously selected album tracks up until 1972. Then, after borrowing three tracks from Fantasy's 1975 Tony Bennett/Bill Evans project (including an exquisite "Some Other Time" with a "Peace Piece" introduction from Evans), the box leapt ahead 11 years to contemplate Bennett's unlikely resurrection as an icon of the cynical young. From there, Fifty Years departs from its predecessor by adding a fifth disc which, at 23 tracks, boosts the total from 87 to 110 tracks. Bennett's unlikely popular success during the '90s and 2000s is surveyed with a parade of Grammy winners, including selections from 1993's Perfectly Frank, 1994's Steppin' Out and MTV Unplugged, 1999's Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot and Cool, and 2002's A Wonderful World (among others). Bennett's early records are almost operatic in feeling, a honey-smooth Italian tenor building toward histrionic climaxes, but the voice eventually busts loose into an outgoing, life-celebrating baritone, and, by the 1980s, reemerges as a darker, softer, even somewhat raspy replica of itself. There isn't much for the jazz listener here other than an occasional session with Count Basie (dig their ebullient "Lullaby of Broadway" together), a few cameos by jazz names, the Evans tracks, or some upbeat charts by Ralph Sharon, Ralph Burns, and a few others. Ultimately, the most striking difference between Bennett's records and Sinatra's is the sheer, unbeatably high quality of arrangements that Sinatra was able to get. Yet despite the abundance of period MOR treacle, many of these records are more interesting than memory recalls; for example, it's difficult to resist such a naïvely joyous track as Frank DeVol's rendering of "Put on a Happy Face" that has the Mitch Miller era written all over it. There is no better Tony Bennett retrospective at any price, although jazz specialists might be better served by the Jazz compilation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969278420
catalogNumber:
92784
Rank:
142635

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams  - Tony Bennett
  2. Because of You  - Tony Bennett
  3. Cold, Cold Heart  - Tony Bennett
  4. Blue Velvet  - Tony Bennett
  5. Rags to Riches  - Tony Bennett
  6. Stranger in Paradise  -  Ray Charles Singers
  7. While the Music Plays On  - Tony Bennett
  8. May I Never Love Again  - Tony Bennett
  9. Sing You Sinners  - Tony Bennett
  10. Just in Time  - Tony Bennett
  11. Lazy Afternoon  - Tony Bennett
  12. Ca, C'est l'Amour  - Tony Bennett
  13. I Get a Kick Out of You  - Art Blakey
  14. It Amazes Me  - George Van Eps
  15. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)  - Tony Bennett
  16. Lost in the Stars  -  Count Basie Orchestra
  17. Lullaby of Broadway  - Tony Bennett
  18. Firefly  - Tony Bennett
  19. A Sleepin' Bee  - Ralph Sharon
  20. The Man That Got Away  - Tony Bennett
  21. Skylark  - Tony Bennett
  22. September Song  - Tony Bennett
  23. Till  - Tony Bennett

Disc 2

  1. Begin the Beguine  - Tony Bennett
  2. Put on a Happy Face  - Tony Bennett
  3. The Best Is Yet to Come  - Tony Bennett
  4. This Time the Dream's on Me  - Tony Bennett
  5. Close Your Eyes  - Tony Bennett
  6. Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye  - Tony Bennett
  7. Dancing in the Dark  - Tony Bennett
  8. Stella by Starlight  - Tony Bennett
  9. Tender Is the Night  - Tony Bennett
  10. Once Upon a Time  - Tony Bennett
  11. I Left My Heart in San Francisco  - Tony Bennett
  12. Until I Met You  - Jo Jones
  13. If I Love Again  - Tony Bennett
  14. I Wanna Be Around  - Tony Bennett
  15. The Good Life  - Tony Bennett
  16. It Was Me  - Tony Bennett
  17. Spring in Manhattan  -  Will Bronson Singers
  18. The Moment of Truth  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  19. This Is All I Ask  - Tony Bennett
  20. A Taste of Honey  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  21. When Joanna Loved Me  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  22. I'll Be Around  -  Ralph Sharon Trio

Disc 3

  1. Nobody Else But Me  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  2. It Had to Be You  - Tony Bennett
  3. I've Got Just About Everything  - Tony Bennett
  4. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  5. Waltz for Debby  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  6. I Walk a Little Faster  - Tony Bennett
  7. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)  - Tony Bennett
  8. If I Ruled the World  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  9. Fly Me to the Moon  - Al Cohn Quintet
  10. Love Scene  - Tony Bennett
  11. Sweet Lorraine  - Joe Marsala
  12. The Shadow of Your Smile  - Jimmy Rowles
  13. I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her  - Tony Bennett
  14. Baby, Dream Your Dream  - Tony Bennett
  15. Smile  - Tommy Flanagan
  16. Maybe September  - Tony Bennett
  17. Emily  - Tony Bennett
  18. The Very Thought of You  - Bobby Hackett
  19. A Time for Love  - Tony Bennett
  20. Country Girl  - Joe Soldo
  21. Days of Love  - Tony Bennett

Disc 4

  1. Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble's a Bubble)  - Tony Bennett
  2. For Once in My Life  - Tony Bennett
  3. Who Cares?  - Tony Bennett
  4. Hi-Ho!  - Tony Bennett
  5. Baby Don't You Quit Now  - Tony Bennett
  6. Something  - Tony Bennett
  7. Cold, Cold Heart  - John Bunch
  8. I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You  - Tony Bennett
  9. Old Devil Moon  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  10. Remind Me  - Tony Bennett
  11. Maybe This Time  - Tony Bennett
  12. Some Other Time  - Bill Evans
  13. My Foolish Heart  - Tony Bennett
  14. But Beautiful  - Tony Bennett
  15. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  16. What Are You Afraid Of  - Tony Bennett
  17. Why Do People Fall in Love?/People  - Tony Bennett
  18. I Got Lost in Her Arms  - Tony Bennett
  19. When I Lost You  - Tony Bennett
  20. Shakin' the Blues Away  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  21. Antonia  - Tony Bennett
  22. When Do the Bells Ring for Me  - Tony Bennett

Disc 5

  1. East of the Sun (West of the Moon)  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  2. New York, New York  - Gregg Field
  3. Steppin' Out With My Baby  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  4. They All Laughed  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  5. They Can't Take That Away from Me  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  6. Speak Low  -  Ralph Sharon Trio
  7. Solitude  - Ralph Sharon
  8. I Wished on the Moon  - Ralph Sharon
  9. When a Woman Loves a Man  - Ralph Sharon
  10. That Ole Devil Called Love  - Ralph Sharon
  11. The Way You Look Tonight  - Tony Bennett
  12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive  - Tony Bennett
  13. Bein' Green  -  Muppets
  14. Mood Indigo  - Tony Bennett
  15. Day Dream  - Tony Bennett
  16. Azure  - Tony Bennett
  17. Sophisticated Lady  - Tony Bennett
  18. Alright, Okay, You Win  - Diana Krall
  19. Let the Good Times Roll  - B.B. King
  20. Evenin'  - Tony Bennett
  21. La Vie en Rose  - Gray Sargent
  22. What a Wonderfurl World  - Gray Sargent

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Percy Faith   Conductor
John Bunch   Piano,Conductor
Cy Coleman   Conductor
Eddie Costa   Vibes,Soloist
Bill Evans   Piano
Grey   Trombone
Bobby Hackett   Cornet,Ukulele
Dick Hyman   Organ,Conductor
Jo Jones   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Neal Hefti   Conductor
Joe Marsala   Clarinet
Ralph Sharon   Piano,Conductor
Chuck Wayne   Conductor
George Van Eps   Guitar
Johnny Keating   Conductor
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Corky Hale   Harp
Peter Matz   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
George Siravo   Conductor
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Allen   Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer   Rhythm Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Don Costa   Conductor
Marian Evans   Conductor
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Paul Langosch   Bass
Jesse Levy   Conductor
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Marty Manning   Conductor
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Lee Musiker   Piano
Glenn Osser   Conductor
David Rose   Conductor
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Zoot Sims   Saxophone,Soloist
Joel Smirnoff   Violin,Soloist
Joe Soldo   Flute
Torrie Zito   Conductor
Ron Anthony   Guitar
Gregg Field   Drums
Doug Richeson   Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Alexander Borodin   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Percy Faith   Arranger,Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Author
Judy Garland   Author
Frank Sinatra   Author
Barbra Streisand   Author
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ray Charles   Duet
George Harrison   Composer
Tony Bennett   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Creation
John Bunch   Arranger
Cy Coleman   Composer
Bob Dorough   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer,Author
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Dizzy Gillespie   Author
Freddie Green   Composer
Bobby Hackett   Author
Dick Hyman   Arranger
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Buddy Rich   Author
Jimmy Rowles   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Sacha Distel   Composer
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Gene Lees   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Ralph Sharon   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Creation
Chuck Wayne   Arranger
Johnny Keating   Arranger
Jonathan Schwartz   Liner Notes
Larry Wilcox   Arranger
Alec Wilder   Composer,Author
Harold Arlen   Composer,Author
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer,Author
Edith Piaf   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Brown   Engineer
Peter Matz   Arranger
Frank deVol   Arranger
George Siravo   Arranger
Willis Conover   Author
Jimmy Wisner   Producer
Ettore Stratta   Producer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
John Kander   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Cohn   Arranger
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Louis Armstrong   Author
Harry Barris   Composer
Dae Bennett   Engineer
Danny Bennett   Producer,Executive Producer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Don Cody   Engineer
Betty Comden   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer,Author
Gil Evans   Author
Marian Evans   Arranger
Ray Evans   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Robert Farnon   Arranger,Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
André Fischer   Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Wally Gold   Producer
Keith Grant   Engineer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Author
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Helen Keane   Producer
Matthew Kelly   Tape Research
Larry Keyes   Engineer
B.B. King   Duet
Frank Laico   Engineer,Author
Dennis Lambert   Composer
k.d. lang   Duet
Burton Lane   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Jack Lattig   Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Merrill   Engineer
Billy Moll   Composer
Jerome Moross   Composer
Cliff Morris   Engineer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Paul Mufson   Engineer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Glenn Osser   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
John Richards   Engineer
Pete Romano   Engineer
David Rose   Arranger,Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Frank Scott   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Allen Stanton   Producer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Sadie Vimmerstadt   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Hank Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Diana Krall   Duet
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Mitch Maketansky   Engineer
Ron Miller   Composer
Will Jason   Composer
Jack Murray   Composer
Stan Weiss   Engineer
Martin Charnin   Composer
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Bob Merrill   Composer
Truman Capote   Composer
Robert Waller   Engineer
Harry White   Composer
Ham   Producer
Lee Morris   Composer
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Mark Burdett   Art Direction
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Harold Chapman   Engineer
Ted Brosnan   Engineer
Jack Erickson   Composer
Louis Bellock   Engineer
Omar Carrasquilla   Tape Research
Fred Ebb   Composer
Tony Janack   Engineer
Everett Raymound Kinstler   Portrait Photography
Mike Kull   Tape Research
Marcel Louiguy   Composer
Seymour Mednick   Cover Photo
Tony Ramburello   Musical Supervision
Tex Satterwhite   Composer
Joe Vallelonga   Engineer
Woody Woodruff   Engineer
Howard Roberts   Producer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Ben Oakland   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Sano Marco   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
Anthony Scibetta   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Dudley Wilkinson   Composer
Val Burton   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Charles Danvers   Composer
Charles DeForest   Composer
Ernie Erdman   Composer
Lupin Fein   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
Don Wolf   Composer
G. Forrest   Composer
Harold Nicholson   Engineer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Eddie Heim   Composer
Woody Pornpitaksuk   Mastering
Lee Adams   Composer
W. Frank Harling   Composer
A. Judson Green   Composer
Maria Triana   Mastering
Bart Howard   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
Cyril Ornadel   Composer
Marshall Barer   Composer
Robert A. K. King   Composer
Ben Rizzi   Engineer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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