Tony Bennett Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1

Tony Bennett Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1

by Tony BennettTony Bennett


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886971532029
catalogNumber: 715320
Rank: 7032

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,Audio Production
Frank deVol   Arranger
Ernie Altschuler   Producer,Audio Production
Danny Bennett   Producer,Audio Production
André Fischer   Producer,Audio Production
David Kahne   Producer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Ham   Producer,Audio Production
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Howard A. Roberts   Audio Production

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