Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1 [B&N Exclusive Version]

Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1 [B&N Exclusive Version]

by Tony Bennett

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Fifteen cuts, personally selected by Tony Bennett, not only speak volumes about the art of songcraft in America at a certain point in time but also illuminate Bennett's own interpretive artistry. Starting with a rousing take on Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" from his 1962 Live at Carnegie Hall album, Bennett proceeds to demonstrate how well suited his muscular tenor voice is for whatever the song demands. On "Anything Goes," he belts out the lyric with brio and swings it mightily; 35 years later, in 1997, he caresses the tender lyric of "The Way You Look Tonight" with riveting restraint, halting between phrases as if reflecting on words he's writing at that moment. The recordings cover Bennett's career from the '50s through the '90s, minus any tracks representing the '80s; but rather than the most familiar hits, Bennett has clearly made the performance the thing. So if there's no "Rags to Riches" from the '50s, there is a cool, swaggering "You'll Never Get Away from Me," from 1959, produced by Mitch Miller and featuring a jaunty horn chart punctuating a mid-tempo, small-band shuffle. And it may be a reflection of Bennett's own perception of his growth that six of the tracks are from his '90s renaissance, including three cuts from his wonderful Frank Sinatra tribute album, Perfectly Frank; notable among these is the haunting "A Foggy Day," with Bennett singing just above a whisper as the Ralph Sharon Trio adds the appropriate nocturnal, smoky atmosphere, and a winsome, saloon-style meditation on "I'll Be Seeing You." This is quite a portrait Bennett has offered of himself, and at that a good, single-disc overview of his prodigious, challenging artistry. The Barnes & Noble Exclusive version of the album includes the bonus tracks "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" and "Down in the Depths."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886971536928
catalogNumber: 715369

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

Ralph Sharon   Arranger
Mitch Miller   Producer
Frank deVol   Arranger
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Danny Bennett   Producer
André Fischer   Producer
David Kahne   Producer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Ham   Producer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction

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