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Ultimate Tony Bennett
     

The Ultimate Tony Bennett

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by Tony Bennett
 

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Tony Bennett, our premier popular vocalist, knows a good song when he comes upon it. This single-disc collection, culled from Bennett's 40-plus-year career at Columbia Records, is stocked with first-rate tunes, many of which Bennett helped make standards: "The Good Life," "I Wanna Be Around," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Stranger in Paradise," and, of course, "I Left

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Tony Bennett, our premier popular vocalist, knows a good song when he comes upon it. This single-disc collection, culled from Bennett's 40-plus-year career at Columbia Records, is stocked with first-rate tunes, many of which Bennett helped make standards: "The Good Life," "I Wanna Be Around," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Stranger in Paradise," and, of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Yet hear how he puts his own mark on all manner of preexisting material including "Smile," "Night and Day," "Blue Velvet," and "Put on a Happy Face," even daring to venture into Sinatra territory with "The Best Is Yet to Come." What Bennett brings to it all is an irrepressible, optimistic spirit; a warming glow that's impossible not to respond to. His voice has mellowed beautifully over the years. Today Bennett brings a lifetime of experience to a song, for a heartening effect. (His 1999 rendition of Ellington's "Mood Indigo" is exceptional proof of his maturing artistry.) In short, this collection helps to support the claim that Bennett is the best we've got and has been a major artist for decades.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The 20 tracks on this anthology cover Bennett's entire career at Columbia, from his 1951 number one single "Because of You" to "Mood Indigo" from 1999's Hot and Cool: Bennett Sings Ellington. Note, however, that "entire career at Columbia" is not synonymous with Bennett's entire career, as there's nothing representing the span between the mid-'60s and the mid-'80s. Since the best Bennett is from the 1950s and early '60s, anyway, that doesn't signify any great loss, particularly as the track selection is considerably weighted toward that era, with 15 of the 20 songs dating from 1951-1965. A 20-song compilation isn't an adequate overview of a singer who has recorded so much material, even in commercial terms; not one of his eight Top 40 singles from 1956 is here, for instance. For those who really want to dig deep into his repertoire, some other compilations, such as the box set 40 Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett and Jazz, might serve some fans better. For the casual fan, though, this might be the best choice, as it does include the songs listeners are most likely to be familiar with: "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "Because of You," "Rags to Riches," "I Wanna Be Around," and well-selected non-hits like "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Gigolo and Gigolette)" and "Put on a Happy Face."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646357026
catalogNumber:
63570

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Conniff   Conductor
Percy Faith   Conductor
Cy Coleman   Conductor
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Frank deVol   Conductor
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Don Costa   Conductor
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Marty Manning   Conductor

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Ray Conniff   Arranger
Percy Faith   Arranger
Frank Sinatra   Liner Notes
Tony Bennett   Producer,Liner Notes
Sacha Distel   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Frank deVol   Arranger
Ettore Stratta   Producer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Cohn   Arranger
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Danny Bennett   Producer,Executive Producer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
André Fischer   Producer
Adolph Green   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Allen Stanton   Producer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Sadie Vimmerstadt   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Ham   Producer
Lee Morris   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Herman Leonard   Tray Card
Arnold Levine   Art Direction
Mark Seliger   Cover Photo
George Forrest   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Charles DeForest   Composer
Stacey Boyle   Tape Research
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Harn   Producer
Lee Adams   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
Cyril Ornadel   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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The Ultimate Tony Bennett 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I bought this for my mother and she has played it every day since. She loves Tony Bennett and says this CD is the best!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not heard this album, but I have heard most, if not all, of these songs on other Tony Bennett albums over the years. I'm so happy that I can now own this compilation of great-sounding music sung by a multi-talented gentleman. When I was 19 years old, I was dating someone, and the two of would go to a very small, dark, intimate place called The Paddock. It was in Cheltenham, Pa., right outside Philadelphia. It was nothing fancy, but they had the most fantastic records on the jukebox. This was where I was introduced to the romantic sounds of Tony Bennett. ''When Joanna Left Me'', ''If I Ruled the World'', ''Because of You'', and ''Stranger in Paradise'' were some of the songs that we played that I had never heard before (you have to remember that the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys had been my musical diet up until that point). This music was totally different and woke up a part of me that (thankfully) has continued until now--appreciating truly romantic music. My husband and I have birthdays that are less than a week apart and, about two years ago, we celebrated our birthdays by seeing Tony Bennett perform in Atlantic City. We were mesmerized to see his talent in person. Thank you, Tony! (Love you, Gene!!)
Chuji More than 1 year ago
It might be far fetched to use a Grateful Dead comparison to Tony Bennett but he is not the best at what he does, he is the only one at what he does. The man is simply in a class all of his own. No in his eighties his voice has not weakened at all over the ages. I recently saw him concert and he sang "Fly me to the Moon" with no mic and you could hear him in the last row of the venue. It was amazing. These songs feature arrangements that take you back to the Count Basie days that compliment Mr. Bennett's voice perfectly.He is truly a taolent that has transcended the ages. Whether you are a new found fan or a life long follower, I am sure that you be happy that you've added this album to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rich and melodious. One of the best. Songs remastered are as good as if recorded today. A must for any music lover.
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