The Ultimate Tony Bennett Original recording remastered
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, October 3, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
However you look at it, this is undeniably the essential Tony Bennett hits over some 40 years. Many of them were produced by Mitch Miller. And many come from the classic compsers such as Julie Styne, Cole Porter, Jonny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and such.
This is basically 50's and 60's nostalgia with a nod at Tony's more recent work, and so is obviously for those who prefer the older and most familiar music. And for those listeners, it's definite four star material.
This may be the best single disc compilation of Tony's work available. It has just about every popular song he has ever recorded. Leaving aside the ubiquitous "San Francisco (a classic of all time, it goes without saying), this disc has so much more to offer. "I Want to be Around (to pick up the pieces)", "Tender is the Night", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", and on and on and on. Each song here is better than the next. His voice is a treasure. "Steppin' out with my Baby" is as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Thanks to MTV "unplugged", a whole new generation of fans got to hear this marvelous singer. As importantly, millions who had heard him before and somehow forgotten how fine his work were able to re-discovered his brilliance.
Do yourself a favor.
The album starts off with Tony singing the single version of "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." This is one of Tony's signature songs and it's not hard to understand why. Tony's ability to convey the emotions in every subtle nuance of the lyrics to this ballad strikes me as incredibly wonderful. Tony sings with excellent diction; and the piano arrangement lacks nothing--it's THAT good.
"Rags To Riches" features Tony's vocals squarely in the spotlight; and the lush musical arrangement enhances the natural beauty of this number. Tony sings this so well I am sure you will enjoy this song if you haven't heard it before. Moreover, "Stranger In Paradise" places Tony in the spotlight; he sings "Stranger In Paradise" to perfection and the backup vocalists support Tony very well. "I Wanna Be Around" is a romantic, emotional love song that couldn't sound any better if anyone even tried to perform this one. Tony sings this with great sensitivity at the same time that his voice is strong and full of warmth. Great!
"The Good Life" is utterly charming when Tony sings it; and listen also for Tony's fine rendition of "Smile." Tony delivers "Smile" with panache and I always enjoy this ballad. "Night And Day" is a romantic ballad and Tony swings slowly to perform this with an elegant style all his own.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The audio quality seems to be lacking even though this seemed to be a friendly Factory packaged CD. But for my mom she was disappointed immediately. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
You have to listen to this album with an eye -- or, better, an ear -- to appreciating Tony Bennett's contributions to pop music over five decades of singing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Phillip E Wilson
What can I say? If you're a Tony Bennett lover, this is good - I bought it for my niece for her birthday - she was thrilled.Published 10 months ago by writerinwv
The cd case was cracked when I opened package. CD wrapping did not look original.Published 10 months ago by Beachbum
This is his older music and we did not like it nearly as much as his newer albums. We like both of his duet albums very much. I would recommend them instead.Published 12 months ago by m Gary