Essential Tony Bennett

Essential Tony Bennett

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by Tony Bennett
     
 

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What an amazing career Tony Bennett has had! From his days as a young crooner to his glory years in the spotlight as Sinatra’s hit-making heir apparent to his amazing comeback in the 1990s, Bennett has always represented the best in American popular singing. The Essential brings together his signature tunes and amends this treasure trove with select tracksSee more details below

Overview

What an amazing career Tony Bennett has had! From his days as a young crooner to his glory years in the spotlight as Sinatra’s hit-making heir apparent to his amazing comeback in the 1990s, Bennett has always represented the best in American popular singing. The Essential brings together his signature tunes and amends this treasure trove with select tracks from his more recent albums. Bennett could always put his own spin on any kind of material; here we find him spinning vocal gold with everything from Hank Williams’s “Cold, Cold Heart,” to Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,” Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life” to Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo.” The secret of Bennett’s success quickly becomes clear as we hear him bringing the same kind of quality and conviction to each and every song. The set concludes with Bennett’s rousing duet with k. d. lang, “Keep the Faith Baby,” a sentiment that could stand as Bennett’s motto. He stayed true to the music, and the music ultimately paid him back in full.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like most entries in Sony/Legacy's Essential series, 2002's The Essential Tony Bennett is an excellent, exhaustive retrospective of a lengthy, hit-filled career at Columbia. Although Bennett spent time at other labels -- particularly in the '70s -- he made his best-known and greatest recordings for Columbia, from the late '50s through the '90s, which is what provides the bulk of the material here. Though this skips through the '70s material, it does provide what amounts to Bennett at his best, whether it's on "Rags to Riches" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in the '60s, or on latter-day classics like "Steppin' out with My Baby." Bennett surely recorded more great material than can fit on a two-disc, 40-track collection, but this contains the cream of the crop and it's hard to imagine a collection like this being executed better than this.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998663428
catalogNumber:
86634

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Because of You
  2. Cold, Cold Heart
  3. Blue Velvet
  4. Rags to Riches
  5. Stranger in Paradise
  6. Sing You Sinners
  7. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  8. Just in Time
  9. It Amazes Me
  10. Love Look Away
  11. Firefly
  12. Put on a Happy Face
  13. The Best Is Yet to Come
  14. Tender Is the Night
  15. Once Upon a Time
  16. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  17. I Wanna Be Around
  18. For the Good Life
  19. This Is All I Ask
  20. When Joanna Loved Me
  21. The Rules of the Road

Disc 2

  1. Who Can I Turn to?
  2. If I Ruled the World
  3. Fly Me to the Moon
  4. The Shadow of Your Smile
  5. Smile
  6. The Very Thought of You
  7. For Once in My Life
  8. Yesterday I Heard the Rain
  9. My Favorite Things
  10. I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You
  11. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
  12. When Do the Bells Ring for Me?
  13. Night and Day
  14. Last Night When We Were Young
  15. Steppin' Out With My Baby
  16. It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
  17. Mood Indigo
  18. New York State of Mind

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Ray Conniff   Conductor
Percy Faith   Conductor
Cy Coleman   Conductor
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Johnny Keating   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
George Siravo   Conductor
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Don Costa   Conductor
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Paul Langosch   Bass
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Marty Manning   Conductor
Glenn Osser   Conductor
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Torrie Zito   Conductor

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Ray Conniff   Arranger
Percy Faith   Arranger
Irving Berlin   Composer
Tony Bennett   Producer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Bobby Hackett   Contributor
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Sacha Distel   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ralph Sharon   Arranger
Johnny Keating   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank deVol   Arranger
George Siravo   Arranger
Ettore Stratta   Producer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Danny Bennett   Producer,Executive Producer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Luchi de Jesus   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Robert Farnon   Arranger
André Fischer   Producer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Anthony Newley   Composer
Glenn Osser   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Allen Stanton   Producer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Hank Williams   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Ron Miller   Composer
Martin Charnin   Composer
Ham   Producer
Lee Morris   Composer
Herman Leonard   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Howard Roberts   Producer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Charles DeForest   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
Seth Foster   Mastering
Mark Unterberger   Packaging Manager
Lee Adams   Composer
W. Frank Harling   Composer
Lila Lerner   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
Cyril Ornadel   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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