Young Tony

Young Tony

by Tony BennettTony Bennett


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Twenty-three-year-old Tony Bennett recorded and released his first single for Columbia Records, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (with its B-side, "I Wanna Be Loved"), in April 1950. From then until the end of 1956, he recorded 87 tracks released contemporaneously on 35 Columbia singles and two LPs, Cloud 7 (February 7, 1955) and Tony (January 14, 1957), not counting compilations. On January 1, 2007, Bennett's 1956 recordings joined those from previous years in entering the public domain in Europe, where copyright extends only 50 years. The British label Proper Records took advantage of that to release Young Tony, a four-CD box set largely devoted to Bennett's 1950-1956 recordings, containing 82 selections with a running time of about three hours and 54 minutes, a length that might have been contained (though just barely) on three discs. The collection, arranged chronologically by recording date, includes all of Bennett's Columbia recordings from April 17, 1950, to September 24, 1954, except "Let's Make Love," from that first recording session. But having featured nearly all of Bennett's first 26 singles, the set then excludes most of his 45s from 1955 and 1956, employing only the A-side of the last of them, "Just in Time," the song from the Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing that reached number 46 in the Billboard singles chart. That means other chart entries "Can You Find It in Your Heart," "From the Candy Store on the Corner to the Chapel on the Hill," "Happiness Street (Corner Sunshine Square)," and "The Autumn Waltz" are missing. All the tracks from Cloud 7 and Tony are included, however, as are three tracks, "While the Music Plays On," "Darn That Dream," and "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," that were recorded in 1954 but not issued until years later. Proper concludes the set by adding in some non-Columbia material: a low-fidelity version of "In the Middle of an Island" (a Bennett hit in 1957) with special lyrics sung on television on The Nat King Cole Show in December 1956 and the contents of the frequently licensed Roulette Records LP Strike Up the Band, a collaboration with Count Basie & His Orchestra recorded in November 1958. The chronological formatting and the elimination of the mid-'50s singles emphasizes Bennett's musical development during his late twenties. He begins bellowing in a sub-operatic tone on his early records and bowing to producer Mitch Miller's taste for novelty material, working largely with arranger/conductor Percy Faith. While this approach produces hits ("Because of You," "Cold, Cold Heart") and occasional artistic triumphs, such as the big-band swing version of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," there is also plenty of mediocrity. But by the middle of the third disc, as Bennett records tracks for Cloud 7 in August 1954 using only three horns and a rhythm section and covering standards, he has begun to sound like the mature Tony Bennett more familiar to later listeners. He can still rev up to that operatic level for effect, as he does, for instance in "Without a Song," cut in September 1956 and used as the final track on Tony. But he has become a much subtler singer than he was at the start. While it is not a perfect representation of Bennett's early years, Young Tony should be welcomed by Bennett fans seeking material Columbia has been loath to release on CD, especially since it comes at a modest price allowed by the out-of-copyright status of most of the tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2007
Label: Proper Box Uk
UPC: 0805520021210
catalogNumber: 121
Rank: 110709


Disc 1

  1. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  2. I Wanna Be Loved
  3. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  4. Our Lady of Fatima
  5. Just Say I Love Her
  6. Sing You Sinners
  7. Kiss You
  8. One Lie Leads to Another
  9. Don't Cry, Baby
  10. Once There Lived a Fool
  11. Beautiful Madness
  12. The Valentino Tango
  13. I Won't Cry Anymore
  14. Because of You
  15. While We're Young
  16. Cold, Cold Heart
  17. Since My Love Has Gone
  18. Please, My Love
  19. Blue Velvet
  20. Solitaire
  21. Silly Dreamer
  22. Sleepless
  23. Somewhere Along the Way
  24. I'm Lost Again
  25. Have a Good Time
  26. Here in My Heart
  27. Roses of Yesterday
  28. You Could Make the Smile Again
  29. Congratulations to Someone
  30. Anywhere I Wander
  31. Staywhere You Are
  32. Take Me
  33. No One Will Ever Know
  34. (I'm) The King of Broken Hearts
  35. I'll Go
  36. Rags to Riches
  37. Here Comes That Heartache Again
  38. Someone Turned the Moon Upside Down
  39. Stranger in Paradise
  40. Why Does It Have to Be Me
  41. Until Yesterday (Non E la Pioggia)
  42. Please Driver (Once Around the Park Again)
  43. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
  44. My Heart Won't Say Goodbye
  45. Take Me Back Again
  46. Madonna, Madonna
  47. Not as a Stranger
  48. Cinnamon Sinner
  49. Old Devil Moon
  50. Fall in Love Too Easily
  51. While the Music Plays On
  52. Love Letters
  53. My Reverie
  54. Darn That Dream
  55. Funny Thing
  56. My Pretty Shoo-Gah
  57. Give Me the Simple Life
  58. My Baby Just Cares For Me
  59. My Heart Tells Me
  60. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  61. Lost in the Stars
  62. Taking a Chance on Love
  63. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
  64. It Had to Be You
  65. You Can Depend on Me
  66. Love Walked In
  67. These Foolish Things
  68. I'll Be Seeing You
  69. Without a Song
  70. Always
  71. Just in Time
  72. In the Middle of an Island
  73. Life Is a Song
  74. Chicago
  75. Are You Having Any Fun ?
  76. Jeepers Creepers
  77. Poor Little Rich Girl
  78. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  79. Anything Goes
  80. Growing Pains
  81. Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans
  82. With Plenty of Money and You

Disc 2

  1. Silly Dreamer
  2. Sleepless
  3. Somewhere Along the Way
  4. I'm Lost Again
  5. Have a Good Time
  6. Here in My Heart
  7. Roses of Yesterday
  8. You Could Make Me Smile Again
  9. Congratulations to Someone
  10. Anywhere I Wander
  11. Stay Where You Are
  12. Take Me
  13. No One Will Ever Know
  14. I'm the King of Broken Hearts
  15. I'll Go
  16. Rags to Riches
  17. Here Comes That Heartache Again
  18. Someone Turned the Moon Upside Down
  19. Stranger in Paradise
  20. Why Does It Have to Be Me?

Disc 3

  1. Until Yesterday (Non è la Pioggia)
  2. Please Driver, Once Around the Park Again
  3. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
  4. My Heart Won't Say Goodbye
  5. Take Me Back Again
  6. Madonna, Madonna
  7. Not as a Stranger
  8. Cinnamon Sinner
  9. Old Devil Moon
  10. I Fall in Love Too Easily
  11. While the Music Plays On
  12. Love Letters
  13. My Reverie
  14. Darn That Dream
  15. Funny Thing
  16. My Pretty Shoo-Gah
  17. Give Me the Simple Life
  18. My Baby Just Cares for Me
  19. My Heart Tells Me
  20. I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me

Disc 4

  1. Lost in the Stars
  2. Taking a Chance on Love
  3. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
  4. It Had to Be You
  5. You Can Depend on Me
  6. Love Walked In
  7. These Foolish Things
  8. I'll Be Seeing You
  9. Without a Song
  10. Always
  11. Just in Time
  12. In the Middle of an Island
  13. Life Is a Song
  14. Chicago
  15. Are You Having Any Fun?
  16. Jeepers Creepers
  17. Poor Little Rich Girl
  18. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  19. Anything Goes
  20. Growing Pains
  21. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans
  22. With Plenty of Money and You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Ray Conniff   Conductor
Count Basie   Conductor
Phil Bodner   Reeds
Will Bradley   Trombone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Grey   Trombone
Dick Hyman   Piano
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Bob Haggart   Bass
Klink   Reeds
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Lou Stein   Piano
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Caiola   Guitar
George Van Eps   Guitar
Stan Freeman   Piano
Harvey Leonard   Piano
Mitch Miller   Conductor
Buddy Cole   Piano
Billy Mure   Guitar
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Paul Nero   Violin
Ron Odrich   Reeds
Stan Webb   Reeds
Jimmy Abato   Reeds
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Seymour Barab   Cello
Cy Bernard   Cello
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Sam Clayton   Violin
Henry Coker   Trombone
Alex Cores   Violin
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Gene DiNovi   Piano
Richard Dickler   Viola
Billy Exner   Drums
Cecil Figelski   Viola
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Emanuel Green   Violin
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Julius Held   Violin
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Armand Karpoff   Cello
George Kast   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Harry Klee   Reeds
Phil Kraus   Drums
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Harry Lawson   Reeds
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Marty Manning   Conductor
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Reeds
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
George Ockner   Violin
Gene Orloff   Violin
Sonny Payne   Drums
Danny Perri   Guitar
Benny Powell   Trombone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Samuel Rand   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Julius Schachter   Violin
Hymie Schertzer   Reeds
Dave Schildkraut   Alto Saxophone
Doc Severinsen   Trumpet
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Lou Singer   Drums
Terry Snyder   Drums
Marshall Sosson   Violin
David Soyer   Cello
Fred Stulce   Reeds
Nicholas Tagg   Organ
Frank Wess   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Milt Yaner   Reeds
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Paul Ricci   Reeds
Julius Brand   Violin
Murray Kellner   Violin
Sally Sweetland   Background Vocals
Pete Pumiglio   Reeds
W. Brown   Reeds
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Larry Alpeter   Trombone
Harry Azen   Violin
Russell Banzer   Reeds
Sidney Brecher   Viola
Samuel Carmell   Violin
Freistadt   Reeds
Bernard Greenhouse   Cello
Leonard Hartman   Reeds
Sonny Igoe   Drums
Bernard Kaufman   Reeds
Milton Lomask   Violin
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Sam Middleman   Violin
J. Palmer   Reeds
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Billy Rauch   Trombone
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
William Versaci   Reeds
Eddie Jones   Bass
Lou Oles   Trumpet
Harold Furmansky   Viola
David Grupp   Drums
M. Gusikoff   Violin
J. Milozzo   Trumpet
Laura Newell   Harp
Ray Charles Singers   Background Vocals
Dennis Vaughan   Piano
C. Green   Violin
E. Powell   Reeds
J.C. Carroll   Trumpet
Mike Stewart Singers   Background Vocals
Sylvan Schulman   Violin
Ivor Lloyd   Trumpet
John Fell Ryan   Bass
Frank Miller   Cello

Technical Credits

Ray Conniff   Arranger,Direction
Gordon Jenkins   Direction
Larry Clinton   Composer
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Ralph Sharon   Arranger
Chuck Wayne   Arranger
Mitch Miller   Direction
Guion   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Claude Debussy   Composer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Sammy Fain   Composer
Mel Foree   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Norman Leyden   Direction
Marty Manning   Arranger,Direction
Billy Rose   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Jimmy Dale   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Morty Palitz   Composer
Sam Ward   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Heinz Roemheld   Composer
Kurt Adams   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Joe Csida   Composer
Jean-Loup Dabadie   Composer
Rodolfo Falvo   Composer
Frisch   Composer
Jack Val   Composer
Ted Varnick   Composer
Joop Visser   Producer
Martin Kalmanoff   Composer
Carl Nutter   Composer
Gladys Gollahon   Composer

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