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Fifty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett (5CD) Box set, Original recording remastered

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Editorial Reviews

Who knew that 1991's Forty Years boxed set would quickly become outdated? That's because the '90s saw a spectacular resurgence for Tony, who became an unlikely MTV fave and the winner of many more Grammys. This brings Forty Years up to speed with Tony's triumphs of the past decade; you get Cold, Cold Heart; Because of You; Rags to Riches; I Left My Heart in San Francisco; I Wanna Be Around; The Good Life; New York, New York, Mood Indigo; Day Dream; Azure 110 tracks from Tony's entire career plus annotations by the man himself!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  2. Because of You
  3. Cold, Cold Heart
  4. Blue Velvet
  5. Rags to Riches
  6. Stranger in Paradise
  7. While the Music Plays On
  8. May I Never Love Again
  9. Sing You Sinners
  10. Just in Time
  11. Lazy Afternoon
  12. Ca, C'est L'amour
  13. I Get a Kick out of You
  14. It Amazes Me
  15. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)
  16. Lost in the Stars
  17. Lullaby of Broadway
  18. Firefly - Tony Bennett with Count Basie & His Orchestra
  19. A Sleepin' Bee
  20. The Man That Got Away
  21. Skylark
  22. September Song
  23. Till

Disc: 2

  1. Begin the Beguine
  2. Put on a Happy Face
  3. The Best Is Yet to Come
  4. This Time the Dream's on Me
  5. Close Your Eyes
  6. Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Good-Bye)
  7. Dancing in the Dark
  8. Stella by Starlight
  9. Tender Is the Night
  10. Once Upon a Time
  11. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  12. Until I Met You
  13. If I Love Again
  14. I Wanna Be Around
  15. The Good Life
  16. It Was Me
  17. Spring in Manhattan
  18. The Moment of Truth
  19. This Is All I Ask
  20. A Taste of Honey
  21. When Joanna Loved Me
  22. I'll Be Around

Disc: 3

  1. Nobody Else But Me
  2. It Had to Be You
  3. I've Got Just About Everything
  4. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
  5. Waltz for Debby
  6. I Walk a Little Faster
  7. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  8. If I Ruled the World
  9. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
  10. Love Scene
  11. Sweet Lorraine
  12. The Shadow of Your Smile
  13. I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her
  14. Baby, Dream Your Dream
  15. Smile
  16. Song from "The Oscar" (Maybe September)
  17. Emily
  18. The Very Thought of You
  19. A Time for Love
  20. Country Girl
  21. Days of Love

Disc: 4

  1. Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble's a Bubble)
  2. For Once in My Life
  3. Who Cares (So Long As You Care for Me)
  4. Hi-Ho
  5. Baby Don't You Quit Now
  6. Something
  7. Cold, Cold Heart
  8. I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You
  9. Old Devil Moon
  10. Remind Me
  11. Maybe This Time
  12. Some Other Time
  13. My Foolish Heart
  14. But Beautiful
  15. How Do You Keep the Music Playing - Tony Bennett with The Ralph Sharon Trio
  16. What Are You Afraid Of
  17. Why Do People Fall in Love? / People
  18. I Got Lost in Her Arms
  19. When I Lost You
  20. Shakin' the Blues Away
  21. Antonia
  22. When Do the Bells Ring for Me - Tony Bennett with The Ralph Sharon Trio

Disc: 5

  1. East of the Sun (West of the Moon)
  2. New York, New York - Frank Sinatra with Tony Bennett
  3. Steppin' out with My Baby
  4. They All Laughed
  5. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  6. Speak Low
  7. Solitude
  8. I Wished on the Moon
  9. When a Woman Loves a Man
  10. That Ole Devil Called Love
  11. The Way You Look Tonight
  12. AC-Cen-T-Chu-Ate the Positive
  13. Bein' Green
  14. Mood Indigo
  15. Day Dream
  16. Azure
  17. Sophisticated Lady
  18. Alright, Okay, You Win - Tony Bennett duet with Diana Krall
  19. Let the Good Times Roll - Tony Bennett with B.B. King
  20. Evenin' - Tony Bennett with Ray Charles
  21. La Vie En Rose - Tony Bennett & k.d. lang
  22. What a Wonderful World - Tony Bennett & k.d. lang


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 357 minutes
  • ASIN: B00049QNXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Aside from Frank Sinata, no greater singer has carved a niche in the collective soul of American popular music than Tony Bennett. For over 50 years, the man who entered this world as Anthony Benedetto has given us some of the best and most beloved recordings of timeless songs that to this day help define our deepest emotions and most important moments in our lives.

This 5 disc collection is a magnificent introduction into the world of Tony Bennett, containing some of the most beautifully interpretted renditions of our most cherished standards by great writers such as The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and other legends of the craft.

Discs 1 and 2 chronicle Bennett's rise to stardom in the early 1950s' to mid 1960s'. Tony proved to be a force of nature right from his first single release, "The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," which still sounds as fresh and soulful as it did 54 years ago. Throughout the rest of the 1950s', Tony scored a string of hit singles that went on to become defining numbers in the Great American Songbook, including "Because Of You," (a wedding perennial), "Cold, Cold Heart" (a country hit for Hank Williams that Tony helped introduce to the pop world), "Blue Velvey," the timeless "Rags To Riches," "Sing You Sinners" and many other classic hits that he still does to this day.

Also from this classic era are lesser known but eqqually excellent albums such as "While The Music Plays On," the splendid "Ca, C'est Amour," the gorgeous "Lazy Sunday," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," (perhaps the only version that rivals Sinatra's defintive 1953 rendition), a magnificent "September Song" and a swingin' "Lullabye Of Broadway" with Count Basie.
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Essentially, this IS the "Forty Years" offering plus an extra CD for the past decade. Considering the plethora of gems, especially live music, that must (please God) still be available in the archives, this set is a disappointment to owners of "Forty Years". Of course, its still Tony Bennett, arguably the greatest interpreter of American popular standards, there's lots of music, and the selections are generally solid. However, the sound quality is a bit uneven at times and grossly under-represents his live contributions (shockingly, Carnegie Hall 1962 is still the only all-live generally available recording from his first three decades of output). Still, this collection is the definitive take on Mr. Bennett's musical life work to date. Tony Bennett...long may he live.
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This boxset is a great start for someone just discovering or long-time fan who wants a great overview of Tony's career on CD, what I love about this set is that features songs that showcase Tony as the Jazz singer, it does feature alot of pop standards but Tony swings on those too! and the ballads are just beautiful!

and the sound quality of this boxset is awesome!
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By Woseiay on December 10, 2012
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No complaints with the qulity of the recordings. The first CD in the set is really wonderful, because I love crooners. After that, his style was changed a great deal by what I think of as popular competition with other rock singers and I don't care for the singing nearly as much. Having said that, this is just my personal taste, so other people might be very pleased with the whole set.
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This is his definitive work. Put in a disc, sit back, and relax with a master of the trade. It's tough to decide whom I like most; Mr Bennett, or Mr Sinatra. I'll give it almost a tie, with a very slim edge going to Bennett.
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If you love Tony Bennet's soothing voice, and the beautiful orchestrations featuring some of the lovliest songs ever written, you will soon choose a song favorite to yourself evoking some very special memories, or making some new ones as you listen. One of the most beautiful songs he has ever recorded is "A Time for Love." arranged by Johnny Mandel which features a broad variety of instruments including the romantic harmonies of trombones...my very favorite!
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His phrasing is unique. No one can caress the lyrics of a song better than Tony Bennett. Another outstanding feature of these discs is the accompaniment. Each of the musicians is a marvelous artist and they all het a chance to take their riffs without in any way upstaging Tony.
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I like Tony Bennett, though I only had a few of his CDs. I friend of mine took me to see him at the 930 Club (the new one) in DC about two decades ago. As one would expect at 930, there were a lot of young people and few older people. We waited for him to leave, and he autographed a CD liner for me. He signed until everyone was satisfied. Nice guy.

This collection really fills out my Tony Bennett collection. The CDs don't have that stupid encoding that prevents one from ripping them for iPod use. One Bennett CD had that. i returned it, and sent an e-mail to Bennett. His publicist phoned me, and sent me a free replacement. It was also "secure," but free. She told me Tony would never allow that again.
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