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Sorry, Tony--no dice !!!
on October 30, 2007
Unfortunately, this CD of just some of Tony's hits gets some mighty deceptive packaging--like many other people, I initially thought these were new recordings for a new CD! Not so, I'm afraid. Although Tony is at his best for these songs, the CD merely is a compilation of songs recorded on CD and LP many times over the years.
The CD has several highlights, if you do wish to buy it--but just please understand that these are old recordings packaged in such a way as to lead people to believe that they're buying a CD of Tony's new recordings.
One clear highlight of this CD is "The Very Thought Of You." Tony sings his best; he never misses a note and his voice is full of energy and masculine warmth. The trumpet sounds great to make "The Very Thought Of You" a fine number.
In addition, listen for "The Way You Look Tonight;" this number has a great musical arrangement with percussion and piano; Tony sings this soulfully with all his heart. "That Old Black Magic" again features Tony at his best with the percussion and a jazzy musical arrangement to make this number shine!
"I'll Be Seeing You" showcases Tony's lyrics as he sings this with great sensitivity; and the piano works wonders for this number. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" has a great horn arrangement to complement Tony's strong vocals; and "Taking A Chance On Love" gets the royal treatment from Tony as he belts this out so fine.
The artwork of the liner notes, sadly, gives anyone with eyes the impression that this is a completely new CD. Buyers beware! This is a CD of recordings merely re-hashed for an extra few bucks in Tony's pocket. I am very disappointed.
If you're new to Tony Bennett and want to get to know his artistry better, then buy this as a type of lukewarm retrospective or compilation CD. Tony Bennett fans will be disappointed and hopefully not fooled by this tricky artwork and packaging. "True Blue" Tony Bennett fans should save their money and enjoy the CDs they already own with these very same recordings and more.
Sorry, Tony! No dice!
Two and one-half stars.