Tony Bennett Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - John Bush
A different sort of Tony Bennett compilation than the usual, Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1 packages 15 performances, spanning five decades, that comprise, from Bennett's brief notes, "A revolution in popular music that will never be topped." (He's speaking, of course, about the American songbook and not his performing career.) While listeners won't find "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" or even "Cold, Cold Heart," the names of the composers -- Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Mercer -- are familiar, as are the song titles. Still, compiler Didier C. Deutsch chose some very obscure performances to illustrate Bennett's take on the Great American Songbook, including a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
A different sort of Tony Bennett compilation than the usual, Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1 packages 15 performances, spanning five decades, that comprise, from Bennett's brief notes, "A revolution in popular music that will never be topped." (He's speaking, of course, about the American songbook and not his performing career.) While listeners won't find "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" or even "Cold, Cold Heart," the names of the composers -- Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Mercer -- are familiar, as are the song titles. Still, compiler Didier C. Deutsch chose some very obscure performances to illustrate Bennett's take on the Great American Songbook, including a ghostly "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" from 1958, "Ain't Misbehavin'" from 1964, and a 1971 version of "That Old Black Magic" with help from Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond (the first two make their wide CD debut here). Of course, there are plenty of familiar items as well, including "The Way You Look Tonight" (from the 1997 film My Best Friend's Wedding); two songs from his 1993 Sinatra tribute Perfectly Frank; and "Anything Goes," although this version comes from a 1962 live album. The happy result is a compilation that can be enjoyed equally by long-time devotees as well as first-time fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886971532029
  • Catalog Number: 715320
  • Sales rank: 23,158

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anything Goes (1:34)
  2. 2 The Very Thought of You (4:33)
  3. 3 The Way You Look Tonight (3:24)
  4. 4 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Pfrom Seven Lively Arts] (3:11)
  5. 5 That Old Black Magic (3:21)
  6. 6 A Foggy Day - The Ralph Sharon Trio (2:13)
  7. 7 I'll Be Seeing You - The Ralph Sharon Trio (2:58)
  8. 8 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:44)
  9. 9 It Had to Be You - The Ralph Sharon Trio (3:17)
  10. 10 Moonglow - The Ralph Sharon Trio (4:16)
  11. 11 She's Funny That Way (4:20)
  12. 12 You Go to My Head - The Ralph Sharon Trio (3:47)
  13. 13 They Can't Take That Away from Me (2:47)
  14. 14 You'll Never Get Away from Me (2:05)
  15. 15 Taking a Chance on Love - Count Basie Orchestra (1:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist
Dave Brubeck Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Bobby Hackett Cornet
Joe Morello Drums
Ralph Sharon Piano, Conductor
Frank deVol Conductor
Eugene Wright Bass
Clayton Cameron Drums
Joe La Barbera Drums
Paul Langosch Bass
Torrie Zito Conductor
Doug Richeson Bass
Cyril Ornadel Conductor
Technical Credits
Tony Bennett Producer, Author
Ralph Sharon Arranger
Mitch Miller Producer
Frank deVol Arranger
Ernie Altschuler Producer
Danny Bennett Producer
André Fischer Producer
David Kahne Producer
Torrie Zito Arranger
Al Ham Producer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Daegal Bennett Mastering
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