Tony Bennett Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett (5-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released: October 12, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Sony

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  • 2.Because Of You
  • 3.Cold, Cold Heart
  • 4.Blue Velvet
  • 5.Rags To Riches
  • 6.Stranger In Paradise
  • 7.While The Music Plays On
  • 8.May I Never Love Again
  • 9.Sing You Sinners
  • 10.Just In Time
  • 11.Lazy Afternoon
  • 12.Ca, C'Est L'Amour
  • 13.I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • 14.It Amazes Me
  • 15.Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)
  • 16.Lost In The Stars
  • 17.Lullaby Of Broadway
  • 18.Firefly
  • 19.A Sleepin' Bee
  • 20.The Man That Got Away
  • 21.Skylark
  • 22.September Song
  • 23.Till

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Begin The Beguine
  • 2.Put On A Happy Face
  • 3.The Best Is Yet To Come
  • 4.This Time The Dream's On Me
  • 5.Close Your Eyes
  • 6.Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Good-Bye)
  • 7.Dancing In The Dark
  • 8.Stella By Starlight
  • 9.Tender Is The Night
  • 10.Once Upon A Time
  • 11.I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  • 12.Until I Met You
  • 13.If I Love Again
  • 14.I Wanna Be Around
  • 15.The Good Life
  • 16.It Was Me
  • 17.Spring In Manhattan
  • 18.The Moment Of Truth
  • 19.This Is All I Ask
  • 20.A Taste Of Honey
  • 21.When Joanna Loved Me
  • 22.I'll Be Around

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Nobody Else But Me
  • 2.It Had To Be You
  • 3.I've Got Just About Everything
  • 4.Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  • 5.Waltz For Debby
  • 6.I Walk A Little Faster
  • 7.Wrap your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  • 8.If I Ruled The World
  • 9.Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
  • 10.Love Scene
  • 11.Sweet Lorraine
  • 12.The Shadow Of Your Smile
  • 13.I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her
  • 14.Baby, Dream Your Dream
  • 15.Smile
  • 16.Song From 'The Oscar' (Maybe September)
  • 17.Emily
  • 18.The Very Thought Of You
  • 19.A Time For Love
  • 20.Country Girl
  • 21.Days Of Love

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Keep Smiling At Trouble (Trouble's A Bubble)
  • 2.For Once In My Life
  • 3.Who Cares (So Long As You Care For Me)
  • 4.Hi-Ho
  • 5.Baby Don't You Quit Now
  • 6.Something
  • 7.Cold, Cold Heart
  • 8.I Do Not Know A Day I Did Not Love You
  • 9.Old Devil Moon (Live)
  • 10.Remind Me
  • 11.Maybe This Time
  • 12.Some Other Time
  • 13.My Foolish Heart
  • 14.But Beautiful
  • 15.How Do You Keep The Music Playing
  • 16.What Are You Afraid Of
  • 17.Why Do People Fall In Love?/People
  • 18.I Got Lost In Her Arms
  • 19.When I Lost You
  • 20.Shakin' The Blues Away
  • 21.Antonia
  • 22.When Do The Bells Ring For Me

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
  • 2.New York, New York
  • 3.Steppin' Out With My Baby
  • 4.They All Laughed
  • 5.They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • 6.Speak Low (Live)
  • 7.Solitude
  • 8.I Wished On The Moon
  • 9.When A Woman Loves A Man
  • 10.That Ole Devil Called Love
  • 11.The Way You Look Tonight
  • 12.Ac-Cen-T-Chu-Ate The Positive
  • 13.Bein' Green
  • 14.Mood Indigo
  • 15.Day Dream
  • 16.Azure
  • 17.Sophisticated Lady
  • 18.Alright, Okay, You Win
  • 19.Let The Good Times Roll
  • 20.Evenin'
  • 21.La Vie En Rose
  • 22.What A Wonderful World

Product Description:

Personnel: Tony Bennett (vocals); Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, k.d. lang, Kermit the Frog, B.B. King (vocals); George Van Eps (guitar); Corky Hale (harp); Bobby Hackett (ukulele, cornet); Joe Soldo (flute); Joe Marsala (clarinet); Al Cohn, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Rowles, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Dick Hyman (organ); Art Blakey (drums); Ralph Sharon (piano); Count Basie & His Orchestra, Ralph Sharon Trio, The Ray Charles Singers.
Liner Note Authors: Tony Bennett; Anthony DeCurtis.
Arrangers: Ralph Sharon; Dick Hyman; Al Cohn; Marty Manning; Percy Faith; Chuck Wayne; Neal Hefti; Don Costa; Torrie Zito; Frank DeVol; Johnny Mandel; Johnny Keating; Robert Farnon ; Jorge Calandrelli; Peter Matz.
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 na?vely 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. ~ Richard S. Ginell

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