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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000266Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been playng this CD for years ! I love it.Modern and innovative.
I just happen to listen to the latest from Regina Belle,'Lazy Afternoon'.
I got the very same feelings and the first words which came to my mind were: :new,very contemporay,risky(too adventurous for very well estabished performers !!!),creative...and wonderful !!
I enjoy them both..immensely.
It's because the songs are so beautiful,but also because who sings
those songs must be a ...genius..
'What are you afraid of'....'Why do people fall in love'..
How can you forget those tunes and those fantastic singers ??
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In my opinion, the review by Mr. Hibbert is lousy! He should get another job, how can he degrade this album! It's one of my very favorites. Tony's rendition of "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" is fantastic. I can close my eyes and hear him singing this song as he usually does when closing a show. And, Tony, never sings it the same twice! The song, "What Are You Afraid Of" is a favorite of both my mom and I, it's about the sexiest rendition of that song I've ever heard. Talk about bridging the generation gap! City of the Angels, Lost in Her Arms, all are fantastic.
Please disregard Mr. Hibbert's review and buy this one as his fans are the best judge of Mr. Bennett. I have a couple of this album, in the car, by my cassette radio to play and in the home unit.
Listen and Judge for Yourself! We luv Tony Bennett! Always.
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My all time favorite Tony Bennett album. This marked Tony's comeback in the early 1980's and I think a lot of thought and effort went into the making of this album both in terms of the quality of the arrangements, orchestrations and the song choices themselves. Some songs from the selections have become part of the standard repertoire like "How do you keep the music playing", but others are gems you may not have ever heard and likely will not unless from this recording.
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Bennett is in fine voice here for a man of approx. 65. The songs are all pleasant and enjoyable, and the arrangements, while sometimes showing a certain amount of sameness, are well done. A bit more variation on the disc might have boosted my rating to 5 stars, but this is still a very good program by a first-class singer who is still going strong and has a voice at, what, 89?
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Five Big Stars!!!!! SUPERB Bennet performances in a totally captivating set of carefully selected songwriting jewels. Spinning MESMERIZING performances, one after another, this is clearly one of Tony Bennet's best recordings and therefore an ESSENTIAL RECORDING for any fan of ballads, blues, and esoteric pop songs. Tony has a flair for finding little known tasteful songs that deserve more respect from singers and listeners. All songs are done up in fascinating Jorge Calandrelli arrangements played by a huge string laden orchestra which Jorge conducts. And yes, Ralph Sharon's amazing pianism and trio are here. Perfect!!

The beautiful opening song, "Why Do People Fall In Love?", is a soaring, lush triumph with a special surprise hidden at the end. Besides Tony, only Sarah Vaughn had the guts to sincerely tackle "So Many Stars", which got it's definitive reading from Lani Hall & Sergio Mendes, but Tony finds another wonderful slant on this cult classic. "Everybody Gets The Blues" is a 'Meeting of Titans' as Bennett and 'Brother' Ray Charles have a barrel of fun singing some very slick, humorous lyrics. "Moments Like This" is classic Bennett with Ralph Sharon's fabulous piano swinging lightly and so hard at the same time. "Moments.." had to bring a wide smile of admiration from Sinatra when he first heard it. "What Are You Afraid Of?" is after-dinner lushness of the highest order. Fred Astaire's "City of the Angels" gets the definitive reading of some clever lyrics by the great dancer. It's fun to drive around LA while listening to this very hip song. Fred (and Tony) nailed the experience! And don't forget "Forget the Woman" a towering, memorable performance with its searing relationship 'punchline': it's one of those songs tailor made for Tony's believable, heartfelt voice and style.
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Five Big Stars!!!!! SUPERB Bennet performances in a totally captivating set of carefully selected songwriting jewels. Spinning MESMERIZING performances, one after another, this is clearly one of Tony Bennet's best recordings and therefore an ESSENTIAL RECORDING for any fan of ballads, blues, and esoteric pop songs. Tony has a flair for finding little known tasteful songs that deserve more respect from singers and listeners. All songs are done up in fascinating Jorge Calandrelli arrangements played by a huge string laden orchestra which Jorge conducts. And yes, Ralph Sharon's amazing pianism and trio are here. Perfect!!

The beautiful opening song, "Why Do People Fall In Love?", is a soaring, lush triumph with a special surprise hidden at the end. Besides Tony, only Sarah Vaughn had the guts to sincerely tackle "So Many Stars", which got it's definitive reading from Lani Hall & Sergio Mendes, but Tony finds another wonderful slant on this cult classic. "Everybody Gets The Blues" is a 'Meeting of Titans' as Bennett and 'Brother' Ray Charles have a barrel of fun singing some very slick, humorous lyrics. "Moments Like This" is classic Bennett with Ralph Sharon's fabulous piano swinging lightly and so hard at the same time. "Moments.." had to bring a wide smile of admiration from Sinatra when he first heard it. "What Are You Afraid Of?" is after-dinner lushness of the highest order. Fred Astaire's "City of the Angels" gets the definitive reading of some clever lyrics by the great dancer. It's fun to drive around LA while listening to this very hip song. Fred (and Tony) nailed the experience!
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