Forty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett [Shortbox]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
When this impressive box set was first released in 1991, 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 traces 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 leaps 11 years ahead to contemplate Bennett's unlikely resurrection as an ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
When this impressive box set was first released in 1991, 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 traces 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 leaps 11 years ahead to contemplate Bennett's unlikely resurrection as an icon of the cynical young. 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: 10/14/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646541227
  • Catalog Number: 65412

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2:58)
  2. 2 Because of You (2:59)
  3. 3 Cold, Cold Heart (2:40)
  4. 4 Blue Velvet (3:02)
  5. 5 Rags to Riches (2:51)
  6. 6 Stranger in Paradise (3:06)
  7. 7 While the Music Plays On (4:36)
  8. 8 May I Never Love Again (3:10)
  9. 9 Sing You Sinners (2:17)
  10. 10 Just in Time (2:36)
  11. 11 Lazy Afternoon (2:21)
  12. 12 Ça C'est l'Amour (2:48)
  13. 13 I Get a Kick out of You (3:08)
  14. 14 It Amazes Me (3:26)
  15. 15 Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) (6:15)
  16. 16 Lost in the Stars (4:33)
  17. 17 Lullaby of Broadway (3:14)
  18. 18 Firefly (1:40)
  19. 19 A Sleepin' Bee (3:28)
  20. 20 The Man That Got Away (3:57)
  21. 21 Skylark (2:39)
  22. 22 September Song (3:54)
  23. 23 Till (2:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Begin the Beguine (3:26)
  2. 2 Put on a Happy Face (2:40)
  3. 3 The Best Is Yet to Come (2:35)
  4. 4 This Time the Dream's on Me (3:13)
  5. 5 Close Your Eyes (2:21)
  6. 6 Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye (1:54)
  7. 7 Dancing in the Dark (2:32)
  8. 8 Stella by Starlight (2:29)
  9. 9 Tender Is the Night (2:41)
  10. 10 Once upon a Time (3:01)
  11. 11 I Left My Heart in San Francisco (2:54)
  12. 12 Until I Met You (2:54)
  13. 13 If I Love Again (3:21)
  14. 14 I Wanna Be Around (2:13)
  15. 15 The Good Life (2:17)
  16. 16 It Was Me (3:07)
  17. 17 Spring in Manhattan (2:36)
  18. 18 The Moment of Truth (2:16)
  19. 19 This Is All I Ask (3:17)
  20. 20 A Taste of Honey (2:55)
  21. 21 When Joanna Loved Me (3:08)
  22. 22 I'll Be Around (3:07)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Nobody Else But Me (2:59)
  2. 2 It Had to Be You (3:18)
  3. 3 I've Got Just About Everything (6:11)
  4. 4 Who Can I Turn to (When Nobody Needs Me) (2:58)
  5. 5 Waltz for Debby (3:39)
  6. 6 I Walk a Little Faster (4:25)
  7. 7 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) (3:11)
  8. 8 If I Ruled the World (3:02)
  9. 9 Fly Me to the Moon (4:14)
  10. 10 Love Scene (2:37)
  11. 11 Sweet Lorraine (3:42)
  12. 12 The Shadow of Your Smile (3:39)
  13. 13 I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her (3:07)
  14. 14 Baby, Dream Your Dream (2:07)
  15. 15 Smile (3:34)
  16. 16 Maybe September (4:05)
  17. 17 Emily (3:23)
  18. 18 The Very Thought of You (4:32)
  19. 19 A Time for Love (3:22)
  20. 20 Country Girl (3:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Days of Love (2:24)
  2. 2 Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble's a Bubble) (3:06)
  3. 3 For Once in My Life (3:24)
  4. 4 Who Cares? (2:11)
  5. 5 Hi-Ho! (4:43)
  6. 6 Baby, Don't You Quit Now (2:51)
  7. 7 Something (3:23)
  8. 8 I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You (3:29)
  9. 9 Old Devil Moon - London Philharmonic Orchestra (3:23)
  10. 10 Remind Me (3:55)
  11. 11 Maybe This Time (4:09)
  12. 12 Some Other Time (4:44)
  13. 13 My Foolish Heart (4:51)
  14. 14 But Beautiful (3:39)
  15. 15 How Do You Keep the Music Playing? - The Ralph Sharon Trio (4:21)
  16. 16 What Are You Afraid Of? (3:02)
  17. 17 Why Do People Fall in Love?/People (4:05)
  18. 18 I Got Lost in Her Arms (4:28)
  19. 19 When I Lost You (1:14)
  20. 20 Shaking the Blues Away (1:48)
  21. 21 Antonia - The Ralph Sharon Trio (3:07)
  22. 22 When Do the Bells Ring for Me (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist, Vocals
Percy Faith Conductor
John Bunch Conductor
Cy Coleman Conductor
Eddie Costa Vibes
Bill Evans Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
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
Corky Hale Harp
Peter Matz Conductor
Frank deVol Conductor
George Siravo Conductor
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Art Blakey Drums
The Will Bronson Chorus Background Vocals
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Don Costa Conductor
Marian Evans Conductor
Robert Farnon Conductor
Johnny Mandel Conductor
Marty Manning Conductor
Glenn Osser Conductor
David Rose Conductor
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Joe Soldo Flute
Torrie Zito Conductor
Ray Charles Background Vocals
Joe Craig Jones Drums
Technical Credits
Alexander Borodin Composer
Percy Faith Arranger
Judy Garland Contributor
Al Hibbler Contributor
Liza Minnelli Contributor
Frank Sinatra Contributor
Luiz Bonfá Contributor
Count Basie Contributor
Tony Bennett Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
John Bunch Arranger
Cy Coleman Composer
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Dick Hyman Arranger
Al Jolson Composer
Joe Newman Contributor
Ralph Burns Arranger
Neal Hefti Arranger
Ralph Sharon Arranger, Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes
Chuck Wayne Arranger
Johnny Keating Arranger
Jonathan Schwartz Liner Notes
Larry Wilcox Arranger
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Mitch Miller Producer
Maurice Chevalier Contributor
Al Brown Engineer
Peter Matz Arranger
Frank deVol Arranger
George Siravo Arranger
Jimmy Wisner Producer
Ettore Stratta Producer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Al Cohn Arranger
Ernie Altschuler Producer
Harry Barris Composer
Dae Bennett Engineer, Remixing
Danny Bennett Producer, Executive Producer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Kenny Burrell Contributor
Jorge Calandrelli Orchestration
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Don Cody Engineer
Don Costa Arranger
Sammy Davis Jr. Contributor
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Duke Ellington Contributor
Marian Evans Arranger
Billy Exner Contributor
Robert Farnon Arranger
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Barry Galbraith Contributor
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Wally Gold Producer
Keith Grant Engineer
Sol Gubin Contributor
Wally Heider Engineer
Howard Roberts Producer
Helen Keane Producer
Larry Keyes Engineer
Frank Laico Engineer
Jack Lattig Engineer
Goddard Lieberson Contributor
London Philharmonic Orchestra Contributor
Teo Macero Producer
Johnny Mandel Arranger, Composer
Marty Manning Arranger
David Merrill Engineer
Billy Moll Composer
Cliff Morris Engineer
Paul Mufson Engineer
Glenn Osser Arranger
Fred Plaut Engineer
John Richards Engineer
Pete Romano Engineer
David Rose Arranger
Carl Sigman Composer
Allen Stanton Producer
Charles Strouse Composer
The U.K. Orchestra Ltd. Contributor
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Mark Wilder Remixing
Torrie Zito Arranger
Cary Grant Contributor
Will Jason Composer
Stan Weiss Engineer
Robert Waller Engineer
Al Ham Producer
Geoff Parsons Composer
John Turner Composer
Mark Burdett Art Direction
Joel Whitburn Chart Information
Martin Luther King Jr. Contributor
Harold Chapman Engineer
Ted Brosnan Engineer
Louis Bellock Engineer
Louise Fili Contributor, Cover Design
David Hockney Collage
Tony Janack Engineer
Everett Raymound Kinstler Artwork
Joe Vallelonga Engineer
Howard Roberts Producer
Felix Thompson Engineer
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
George Forrest Composer
Val Burton Composer
Charles Danvers Composer
Charles DeForest Composer
Lewis Gensler Composer
Bob Kennedy Contributor
Harold Nicholson Engineer
Lee Adams Composer
W. Frank Harling Composer
Chris Holcombe Engineer
Bart Howard Composer
Robert Wright Composer
Cyril Ornadel Composer
Marshall Barer Composer
Ben Rizzi Engineer
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