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Tony Bennett ~ Tony Bennett On Holiday

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For those of us who have long loved Tony Bennett, the singer's new album, "Tony Bennett on Holiday: A Tribute to Billie Holiday," is a sad affair. The 70-year-old crooner's voice now creaks where it once glided; it misses notes it once nailed to the wall. On this outing, his high spirits are as contagious as ever, but his elegant musicality is gone. Even in Bennett's best years, a tribute to Holiday would have been a dubious proposition, for it's hard to imagine two more different singers. He's a brassy bugle call of ringing declarations; she was a muted trumpet solo of sighs, hints, and whispers. This is especially obvious on the album's version of "God Bless the Child," which electronically combines Holiday's original track with Bennett's new one to create one of those hokey timewarp duets with the dead. But even on the 18 other songs associated with Holiday, one can hear how ill-suited Bennett's maximalism is for Holiday's minimalist arrangements. Even if he could still hit all the notes. --Geoffrey Himes

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listen  1. SolitudeTony Bennett 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. All Of MeTony Bennett 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. When A Woman Loves A ManTony Bennett 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Me, Myself And I (Are All In Love With You)Tony Bennett 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. She's Funny That Way (I Got A Woman Crazy For Me)Tony Bennett 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)Tony Bennett 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Willow Weep For MeTony Bennett 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Laughing At LifeTony Bennett 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Wished On The MoonTony Bennett 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. What A Little Moonlight Can DoTony Bennett 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. My Old FlameTony Bennett 2:54$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen12. That Ole Devil Called LoveTony Bennett 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)Tony Bennett 3:04$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)Tony Bennett 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Some Other SpringTony Bennett 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Crazy She Calls MeTony Bennett 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Good Morning, HeartacheTony Bennett 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Trav'lin' LightTony Bennett 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. God Bless The ChildTony Bennett duet with Billie Holiday 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BP0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This very artisticly rewarding CD places Tony Bennett in the able hands of The Ralph Sharon Trio(with occasional strings). This CD is excellent, Bennet never sounded better, and he truly feels the songs of Billie Holiday. The only down side is the creepy duet with Billie Holiday(wouldn't it have made more sense for him to duet with fellow Billie Holiday idolizer Anita O'Day, who's still an active singer). Anyhow this CD is recommedned and is very jazz oriented, also don't forget to pick up his latest "Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool" and a couple of classic recommemded Bennett re-issues on CD are "Tony Bennett/Bill Evans-Together Again" and "The Beat Of My Heart" are both very jazz priented, and highly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Bean on January 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although not one of Tony's greatest albums, this still makes for good listening. The songs of course, are all wonderful, and even though Tony's voice is a little off at times, a little raspy or slightly off-key, well, we must remember, that Billie's voice wasn't always at it's best either. The arrangements are well done, some with just Ralph Sharon on piano, and some with orchestra. Tony doesn't try to imitate Billie, he uses his own styling and phrasing, and for the most part, I think he's done a good job. 19 beautiful songs .. a fitting tribute to Lady Day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
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Bennett's voice is ageless, in fact he sounds more meaningful at 70, then he did in the 1950's, when he was a nervous young performer pernouncing Darn That Dream is Darn That Drum. Anyway this tribute is very nice, although it would have been better without the duet with Holiday and the srings, A trio setting thoughout would have been perfect, however this album is worth picking up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
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I've heard enough bad, misguided, exploitive Billie Holiday "tributes" to know better than to pick one up by a male singer standing in front of an image of a stern, jut-jawed black woman who barely resembles Billie Holiday and with a program including a Phil Ramone-produced duet between the featured artist and the deceased. But curiosity won out over my better judgment, leading to the discovery of a simply magnificent album. The project is at once a heartfelt and touching performance by Bennett, a remarkably empathetic and supportive one by his pianist (Ralph Sharon), and above all the most convincing, respectful tribute to, and evocation of, the music of Billie Holiday that I have ever heard.

Ignore the last track, if you prefer (though the similarity in the voices is telling). This album is as generous in song selection (19 tunes altogether) as it is in spirit. Bennett frequently strikes me as somewhat of an "overachiever," trying to attain a gravitas or grandeur that really is more Sinatra's domain than his. Lady Day's art, on the other hand, calls for a singer who can hold his own in spare, lean and intimate settings. Although the album indeed does employ strings, it's always Ralph Sharon's stride-style piano that, like Teddy Wilson's in the case of Billie, is in the foreground, often supplying a tune's only accompaniment. What a refreshing change not to hear Bennett smothered by strings, his voice doctored by excessive reverb. The absence, moreover, of a booming walking bass works to evoke the historical musical context in which these songs first took flight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By faybelle on January 5, 2011
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What could be a better combination than Tony Bennett and Billie Holiday?

The lyrics are so poignant and his singing gets out every last emotion that's meant to be there. This is the perfect example of why most of today's music is so forgettable:

A. Either there are no lyrics, or the lyrics are pornographic.
B. The melodies are not memorable.
C. The themes are not universal and timeless.
D. The cds are so electronically enhanced, that you really can't tell if the singer has got "the stuff."
E. Will anyone be playing Lady Gaga in 30 years?; I think not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Tibbetts on October 10, 2006
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I agree with the reviewer who enjoyed the maturity in Bennett's voice. I'm not a HUGE Bennett fan -- I listen widely to jazz singers, and there are others I like better -- but I was moved by several of the renditions here, particularly "Willow Weep for Me," "Good Morning Heartache," and "Some Other Spring."

Now, I think that Billie Holiday OWNS these songs -- particularly the latter two -- but the age in Bennett's still-strong voice made these versions seem rich to me, especially given the exceptional way he phrases the lyrics.

I too like trio settings, but the string accompaniments here are tasteful.
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