Forty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

Forty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

by Tony Bennett


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646541227
catalogNumber: 65412


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. Ça 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

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, Goodbye
  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

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
  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. Maybe September
  17. Emily
  18. The Very Thought of You
  19. A Time for Love
  20. Country Girl

Disc 4

  1. Days of Love
  2. Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble's a Bubble)
  3. For Once in My Life
  4. Who Cares?
  5. Hi-Ho!
  6. Baby, Don't You Quit Now
  7. Something
  8. I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You
  9. Old Devil Moon
  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. Shaking the Blues Away
  21. Antonia
  22. When Do the Bells Ring for Me

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
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Art Blakey   Drums
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
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
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
Brown   Engineer
Peter Matz   Arranger
Frank deVol   Arranger
George Siravo   Arranger
Jimmy Wisner   Producer
Ettore Stratta   Producer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
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   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
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
Ham   Producer
John Turner   Composer
Mark Burdett   Art Direction
Joel Whitburn   Chart Information
Martin Luther King   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
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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