Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

by Tony BennettTony Bennett


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Tony Bennett's half-century career, celebrated on this majestic five-disc set, is a wonder of consistency and vocal excellence. Bennett began his tenure at Columbia in the early 1950s with an impressively powerful and emotive voice that, over the years, richened into a gorgeous instrument capable of the most penetrating expressiveness. Decades after his initial hit-making days -- all documented here --Bennett continued evolving as an artist. Just listen to his more recent work from the past decade to hear how much deeper this vocal genius has taken his song readings. If the soaring notes of his youth aren't as audible anymore, Bennett's moving sensitivity to a lyric, superb phrasing, and unvarnished swing more than makes up for any technical failings. But the mature years are only a segment of this radiant retrospective; the majority of the set centers on the classics that established and fortified Bennett's fame, including such signature performances as "I Wanna Be Around," "Stranger in Paradise," "Once Upon a Time," and, of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Yet those who are most familiar with Bennett's theme songs will also be blown away by his soaring interpretations of songs associated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, and others that were originally found in Bennett's highly acclaimed tribute albums. Sinatra may reign as America's numero uno popular singer, but, as this glorious collection proves, Bennett has been, and remains, his only true heir.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969278420
catalogNumber: 92784


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

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
  21. Days of Love

Disc 4

  1. Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble's a Bubble)
  2. For Once in My Life
  3. Who Cares?
  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
  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

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
  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-Cent-Tchu-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 Wonderfurl World

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Percy Faith   Conductor
John Bunch   Piano,Conductor
Cy Coleman   Conductor
Eddie Costa   Vibes,Soloist
Bill Evans   Piano
Grey   Trombone
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
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Corky Hale   Harp
Peter Matz   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
George Siravo   Conductor
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Allen   Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer   Rhythm Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Don Costa   Conductor
Marian Evans   Conductor
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Paul Langosch   Bass
Jesse Levy   Conductor
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Marty Manning   Conductor
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Lee Musiker   Piano
Glenn Osser   Conductor
David Rose   Conductor
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Zoot Sims   Saxophone,Soloist
Joel Smirnoff   Violin,Soloist
Joe Soldo   Flute
Torrie Zito   Conductor
Ron Anthony   Guitar
Gregg Field   Drums
Doug Richeson   Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Alexander Borodin   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Percy Faith   Arranger,Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Author
Judy Garland   Author
Frank Sinatra   Author
Barbra Streisand   Author
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ray Charles   Duet
George Harrison   Composer
Tony Bennett   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Creation
John Bunch   Arranger
Cy Coleman   Composer
Bob Dorough   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer,Author
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Dizzy Gillespie   Author
Freddie Green   Composer
Bobby Hackett   Author
Dick Hyman   Arranger
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Buddy Rich   Author
Jimmy Rowles   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Sacha Distel   Composer
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Gene Lees   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Ralph Sharon   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Creation
Chuck Wayne   Arranger
Johnny Keating   Arranger
Jonathan Schwartz   Liner Notes
Larry Wilcox   Arranger
Alec Wilder   Composer,Author
Harold Arlen   Composer,Author
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer,Author
Edith Piaf   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Brown   Engineer
Peter Matz   Arranger
Frank deVol   Arranger
George Siravo   Arranger
Willis Conover   Author
Jimmy Wisner   Producer
Ettore Stratta   Producer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
John Kander   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Cohn   Arranger
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Louis Armstrong   Author
Harry Barris   Composer
Dae Bennett   Engineer
Danny Bennett   Producer,Executive Producer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Don Cody   Engineer
Betty Comden   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer,Author
Gil Evans   Author
Marian Evans   Arranger
Ray Evans   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Robert Farnon   Arranger,Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
André Fischer   Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Wally Gold   Producer
Keith Grant   Engineer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Author
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Helen Keane   Producer
Matthew Kelly   Tape Research
Larry Keyes   Engineer
B.B. King   Duet
Frank Laico   Engineer,Author
Dennis Lambert   Composer
k.d. lang   Duet
Burton Lane   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Jack Lattig   Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Merrill   Engineer
Billy Moll   Composer
Jerome Moross   Composer
Cliff Morris   Engineer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Paul Mufson   Engineer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Glenn Osser   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
John Richards   Engineer
Pete Romano   Engineer
David Rose   Arranger,Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Frank Scott   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Allen Stanton   Producer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Sadie Vimmerstadt   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Diana Krall   Duet
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Mitch Maketansky   Engineer
Ron Miller   Composer
Will Jason   Composer
Jack Murray   Composer
Stan Weiss   Engineer
Martin Charnin   Composer
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Bob Merrill   Composer
Truman Capote   Composer
Robert Waller   Engineer
Harry White   Composer
Ham   Producer
Lee Morris   Composer
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Mark Burdett   Art Direction
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Harold Chapman   Engineer
Ted Brosnan   Engineer
Jack Erickson   Composer
Louis Bellock   Engineer
Omar Carrasquilla   Tape Research
Fred Ebb   Composer
Tony Janack   Engineer
Everett Raymound Kinstler   Portrait Photography
Mike Kull   Tape Research
Marcel Louiguy   Composer
Seymour Mednick   Cover Photo
Tony Ramburello   Musical Supervision
Tex Satterwhite   Composer
Joe Vallelonga   Engineer
Woody Woodruff   Engineer
Howard Roberts   Producer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Ben Oakland   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Sano Marco   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
Anthony Scibetta   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Dudley Wilkinson   Composer
Val Burton   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Charles Danvers   Composer
Charles DeForest   Composer
Ernie Erdman   Composer
Lupin Fein   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
Don Wolf   Composer
G. Forrest   Composer
Harold Nicholson   Engineer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Eddie Heim   Composer
Lee Adams   Composer
W. Frank Harling   Composer
A. Judson Green   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
Cyril Ornadel   Composer
Marshall Barer   Composer
Robert A. K. King   Composer
Ben Rizzi   Engineer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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