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Tony Bennett
"Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett"

© Columbia/Legacy Records

Year of Release: 1991

track listing
Disc One:
  • The Boulevard Of
    Broken Dreams
  • Because Of You
  • Cold Cold Heart
  • Blue Velvet
  • Rags To Riches
  • Stranger In Paradise
  • While The Music
    Plays On
  • May I Never Love Again
  • Sing You Sinners
  • Just In Time
  • Lazy Afternoon
  • Ca C'est L'Amour
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • It Amazes Me
  • Penthouse Serenade
    (When We're Alone)
  • Lost In The Stars
  • Lullaby Of Broadway
  • Firefly
  • A Sleepin' Bee
  • The Man That Got Away
  • Skylark
  • September Song
  • Till

    Disc Two:
  • Begin The Beguine
  • Put On A Happy Face
  • The Best Is Yet To Come
  • This Time The
    Dream's On Me
  • Close Your Eyes
  • Toot Toot Tootsie
  • Dancing In The Dark
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Tender Is The Night
  • Once Upon A Time
  • I Left My Heart
    In San Francisco
  • Until I Met You
  • If I Love Again
  • I Wanna Be Around
  • The Good Life
  • It Was Me
  • Sprimg In Manhattan
  • The Moment Of Truth
  • This Is All I Ask
  • A Taste Of Honey
  • When Joanna Loved Me
  • I'll Be Around

    Disc Three:
  • Nobody Else But Me
  • It Had To Be You
  • I've Got Just About
  • Who Can I Turn To
    (When Nobody
    Needs Me)
  • Waltz For Debbie
  • I Walk A Little Faster
  • Wrap Your Blues
    In Dreams
    And Dream Your
    Troubles Awa
  • If I Ruled The World
  • Fly Me To The Moon
    (In Other Words)
  • Love Scene
  • Sweet Lorrainne
  • The Shadow Of
    Your Smile
  • I'll Only Miss Her
    When I Think Of Her
  • Baby Dream Your Dream
  • Smile
  • Song From The Oscar
    (Maybe September)
  • Emily
  • The Very Thought Of You
  • A Time For Love
  • Country Girl

    Disc Four:
  • Days Of Love
  • Keep Smiling At Trouble
    (Trouble's A Bubble)
  • For Once In My Life
  • Who Cares
    (So Long As
    You Care For Me)
  • Hi-Ho
  • Baby Don't You Quit Now
  • Something
  • I Do Not Know A Day
    I Did Not Love You
  • Old Devil Moon
  • Remind Me
  • Maybe This Time
  • Some Other Time
  • My Foolish Heart
  • But Beautiful
  • How Do You Keep
    The Music Playing
  • What Are You Afraid Of
  • Why Do People
    Fall In Love/People
  • I Got Lost In Her Arms
  • When I Lost You
  • Shakin' The Blues Away
  • Antonia
  • When Do The Bells
    Ring For Me

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    A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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    Tony Bennett
    "Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett"

    It's amazing to see that Tony Bennett's box set, Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennet captures 40 years of music throughout his career, and more amazing is that he is still performing and recording. His most recent release is a duets cd, featuring himself and duets with well-known other singers. Listening to this box set, it is just superbly excellent. All his main hits are here, as he only acheived 3 #1 songs: "Because Of You," "Cold Cold Heart," and "Rags To Riches." His signature song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" SHOULD have reached #1, this song is probably best remembered. Listening to his music span throughout the 4 decades, towards the end, it's easily heard that his voice is aging, buy yet the music and his style continues to shine.

    4 discs shine brightly from this box set, as the first disc covers his career from 1950 to 1959. His voice sounds so young on the first song from 1950, "The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"; a new star was on the rise at the time. The next two tracks were his first two #1s (1951): "Because Of You," and "Cold Cold Heart." "Blue Velvet" (1951) is next, as it was more popular by Bobby Vinton, yet Bennett's version has a more Italian feel. His last #1 (kinda hard saying that, as he is still alive...), "Rags To Riches" is the next song, from 1953. Another favorite was his 1953 hit, "Stranger In Paradise," as Tony showcases his Adult Contemporary romantic style.

    Now comes the treat in listening to the "not so well remembered" songs of Tony Bennett. I'm sure for some, they may have remembered these songs, and most likely they are some of their favorites too: The year is 1954, and Bennett displays a truly good singing jazz style on "While The Music Plays On." He continues his great style with the 1955 song, "May I Never Love Again." 1955's "Sing You Sinners" has am upbeat jazz'd style, 1956's "Just In Time" has a Frank Sinatra style.

    1957 has 3 songs: A bit moody, yet a true Bennett singing style is heard on "Lazy Afternoon," likewise his his singing style is exceptional on "Ca C'est L'Amour." An upbeat Sinatra styled "I Get A Kick Out Of You" is from this year, as most may remember this song by Sinatra himself.

    1958: Great orchestration makes the amazing factor high on "It Amazes Me," likewise Bennett's vocals are extremely well. The romantics in all of us will enjoy many songs from this box set: "Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)," "Lost In The Stars." "Lullaby Of Broadway" has the upbeat jazz'd style, likewise "Firefly."

    The romantic style returns wit the year 1959 and "A Sleepin' Bee." Another song from that year is a song that most may remember recorded by Sinatra, "The Man That Got Away," as Bennett keeps the romanitc jazz alive. Other romantic tunes are "Skylark," and "September Song," where this song I remember well by Willie Nelson. Bennett shines once again on "Till," ending the first disc.

    Disc two starts with 1960, and another classic, "Begin The Beguine," as many artists recorded this song before, during and after the heydays of Rock n Roll. "Put On A Happy Face" is another classic, and another song most will remember by Sinatra, "The Best Is Yet To Come." I don't remember "This Time The Dream's On Me," yet it is another good song.

    Many songs I don't recall, yet they are all enjoyable: (1961) : "Close Your Eyes" has the Sinatra style, likewise "Stella By Starlight." The romantic style is heard on "Tender Is The Night," "Once Upon A Time." Two songs that I do remember from 1961, is "Toot Toot Tootsie (Good-Bye)," the Al Jolson classic, and a song that was an instrumental for Artie Shaw, "Dancing In The Dark." 1962 begins with his signature song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

    1962 continues with "Until I Met You," as I may not remember this song well, it does have a Sinatra / Harry Connick Jr. style. Another not-so-well-remembered somg is "If I Love Again," another romantic number. "I Wanna Be Around" should be a song everyone should remember, it's another Bennett classic. Likewise, a personal favorite of mine, "The Good Life."

    The remaining tracks on disc two is from the year 1963. Most have the romantic style: "It Was Me," "Spring In Manhattan," "This Is All I Ask," "When Joanna Loved Me," and "I'll Be Around." Even the classic "A Taste Of Honey" is well-done by Bennett, and "The Moment Of Truth" has an upbeat, snappy jazz sound.

    Disc three has some snappy jazz and upbeat tunes from 1964 and 1965: "Nobody Else But Me," and "I've Got Just About Everything," "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)," "Love Scene," "Sweet Lorraine," and "Baby Dream Your Dream." "It Had To Be You" may best be remembered by Sinatra, and more specifically Harry Connick Jr., from the movie When Harry Met Sally. However, Bennett's version of this song is much slower and more romantic. Speaking of romantic, the romantic style stands out for Bennett on many songs, from 1964 and 1965: "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)," "Waltz For Debbie," "If I Ruled The World," "I Walk A Little Faster," "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her," "Smile," "Song From [The Oscar] (Maybe September)," "Emily," "The Very Thought of You," "A Time For Love" and "Country Girl." There are some classic Tony Bennett songs on this disc as well: "Fly Me To The Moon," (where most remember this song by Sinatra), "The Shadow Of Your Smile" I'm sure was covered by many; Bennett's style is just one word: CLASSIC.

    The last disc tells how as the decades came upon us, some of the songs he has on this last disc does show some signs of aging, but that doesn't dampen the quality of his music. Starting with songs from 1967 to 1968, his voice is just as good as he started. "Days Of Love" has the romance style, upbeat jazz is heard on the songs "Keep Smiling At Trouble (Trouble's A Bubble)" and "Who Cares (So Long As You Care For Me)." Classic Tony Bennett songs from 1967 includes Stevie Wonder's "For Once In My Life" (which Bennett's most recent Duets CD includes a duet with Stevie, as they appeared in the audience of the 2007 Grammy Awards). Two songs from 1968 are the Sinatra-tinged "Hi-Ho," and the upbeat jazz number, "Baby Don't You Quit Now."

    Only one song from 1969 is the George Harrison classic "Something," yet Bennett's version may not be as good as others who had recorded this particular song. On that note, Bennett's voice does sound like it's aging, but that doesn't spoil the output of each song as much, with 1970's "I Do Not Know A Day I Did Not Love You." 1971 sees a live recording of "Old Devil Moon," an upbeat number. "Remind Me" is a nice, pleasant recording.

    Nice with age are 1972's "Maybe This Time," and moving to 1975 with "Some Other Time," "My Foolish Heart" and "But Beautiful." The rest of the tracks on disc four are equally nice: "How Do You Keep The Music Playing" (1986), "What Are You Afraid Of" (1986), Why Do People Fall In Love/People" (1986), "I Got Lost In Your Arms" (1986), the mostly accapella "When I Lost You" (1987), the scat-type jazz "Shakin' The Blues Away" (1987), "Antonia" (1989), and lastly, "When Do The Bells Ring For Me" (1989).

    Forty years is quite a lot, and this box set is extremely a great chronicle of music of the life of Tony Bennett. Of course, after 1989, Bennett still is performing and recording, so age never slows him down. Tony Bennett proved that he is a legend, before during and after the peak of Rock n Roll, and will always be loved by young and older generations.

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