Saturday, December 24, 2016

UPDATED LINKS AND ADDITIONAL TRACKS POSTED!!

In honor of Tony Bennett's 90th birthday, all links will be updated along with some surprises! Two additional, previously unknown (to me) tracks will be added. We will also have 4 improved tracks (previously derived from inferior sources).

NEW LINKS ADDED FOR VOLUME 3, 4 & 5!!!!

SEE BELOW

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The "Complete" Tony Bennett Collection

In 2011, Columbia/Sony finally issued a large boxed set dedicated to arguably today's greatest active vocalist (as of this writing), released after many years of disappointing mishandling of Tony Bennett's vast catalog. Haphazard would be the kindest term I could use when describing the poor planning behind most of the CD's in the TONY BENNETT MASTER SERIES, a colossal botch job, disorganized and feeble in its attempts to bringing this great music to market. The aborted series, in reality, brought only a meager percentage of the singer's output to digital form, leaving most of it unavailable to music buyers.

Then, along comes the "complete" set, which although VERY welcome, is FAR from complete. It actually and deliberately omits dozens of tracks, every one of them previously issued at one time, on commercial releases by Columbia Records and other labels.

WF: The biggest criticism of the Complete set I can offer is that it isn't completely complete. A Bennett collector has compiled a list of 67 tracks that should be in the box but are somehow missing. Some of these are very early singles of rather dreadful outings that could only have been foisted on Bennett by producer Mitch Miller. One can hardly blame Mr. Bennett for being embarrassed by such grisly numbers like "Our Lady of Fatima" and "Madonna, Madonna." Still, when Sony advertises this box as "complete," they ought to mean complete. (Inadvertently, I may be part of the reason why "Fatima" isn't included -- about 12 years ago I played it for Mr. Bennett, who hadn't heard it since 1950, and watched him cringe.) Those awkward baby steps, taped before Bennett had truly found his voice, may be one thing (and, as I've said elsewhere, Bennett is one of those great artists who has something to teach us even in his rare missteps) but there's no explaining why the producers left off one of Bennett's loveliest ballads, "All That Love Went to Waste" from 1973. It's a rare track, and no one probably had a master for it, but it ought to have been accounted for in some fashion. (There are also two discs that are totally wasted -- the albums Mr. Broadway and Sunrise, Sunset should have been left out, since they are merely retreads of material that was previously issued at the time, and every track is duplicated elsewhere in the box.)

The purpose of this blog is to remedy this situation and bring these repressed recordings to light. I have painstakingly collected all the suppressed material and I will post each of the 67 tracks in four separate collections. For those that purchased the new box, this is your chance to complete your Bennett collection.

If you have a good color printer and the correct materials, the posts below have all you need to burn CD's and print the complete artwork for these four volumes. Just burn, print, and pop them into your box to have the REALLY complete Bennett!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE VOLUMES DO NOT INCLUDE ANY PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS: MY OBJECTIVE WAS MERELY TO COLLECT, IN ONE PLACE, COMMERCIAL RECORDS MADE BY TONY BENNETT BUT LEFT OFF THIS BOX. ALL OF THE TRACKS ON THE FOUR VOLUMES HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE BEFORE, EITHER ON VINYL OR CD AND WERE ALL SOLD PUBLICLY... ALTHOUGH MANY OF THEM ARE NOW RARE AND HARD TO FIND.

Feel free to leave your observations and opinions on the Bennett box and this collection in the "comments" section! The "comments" section of each of the below posts is where you will also find the download links to each volume.

DESPITE THE MISSING TRACKS, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE PURCHASE OF THIS BOX AS IT DOES INCLUDE THE VAST MAJORITY OF TONY BENNETT'S RECORDED OUTPUT:
http://music.barnesandnoble.com/Tony-Bennett-The-Complete-Collection/Tony-Bennett/e/886978746023

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tony Bennett - Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 3


NEW LINK ADDED 24 DEC 2016 + TWO NEW TRACKS!

Determined to remedy the set’s voluminous oversights and deliberate omissions, I have assembled the first of four “bonus” discs, intended to continue the series that comprises the boxed set’s first two discs: RARITIES, OUTTAKES, & OTHER DELIGHTS, VOL. 1 & 2.

This is the way it should have been in the set, so I have gone to great lengths to create the illusion that these come from the box. With the help of  Morris, who designed all the graphics on these including the fabulous cover art mimicking the first two “rarities” discs  (you can see the rest of his work in the scans included with the post), I present to you the “missing” third volume (covering the years 1950-1973), which will be followed shortly by volumes 4, 5, and 6!

As mentioned repeatedly throughout the last eleven months in my notes accompanying posts of THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, the set is FAR from complete. My last count tallies 67 tracks that have been commercially released in one form or another, but are NOT included ANYWHERE in the box, nor are they mentioned in the box’s lengthy book annotation. These four additional volumes will bring you ALL of those tracks.

The first nine selections are by the young Bennett from the early 1950’s, recordings which obviously embarrass the singer sufficiently to bury them completely out of sight. I understand he specifically requested the exclusion of these tracks. The omission of “Sing You Sinners” from 1950 is probably an oversight. The new box lists this 1950 recording as being on disc #3, track #5. However, it is really the 12/15/55 very different recording, which is repeated again on the new box as disc #6, track #8. Someone probably goofed when they pulled the recordings from the vault. No worries, though! Here I bring you the elusive version. The same thing happened on "Firefly." The boxed set includes the song on disc#5, track#12, but it is the Basie version from four months later instead of the Ray Ellis-arranged record released as a single. Another careless mistake...

The 1952 version of "We Mustn't Say Goodbye" is a track previously thought unreleased (per the TB online discography). It was recently pointed out to me that it WAS indeed released as the flip side of "Close Your Eyes." I luckily tracked down the vintage 45 in good condition and include it here. Bennett recorded the same song seven years with Frank DeVol for TO MY WONDERFUL ONE. The rare 1952 recording is "included" in the recent CELEBRATES 90 collection (the label shows it), but another record company goof leaves it replaced by another, commonly available track.

"Taking A Chance On Love" is an oddity, released as part of an LP entitled Columbia House Party, issued in 1955. Bennett is coaxed to sing the song by Mitch Miller, acting as sort of host with TB as guest. The singer, apparently unprepared, begins to scat (quite well, actually) when he forgets the lyrics.

“Friend’s Blues” is an oddity: it’s a track from a 1958 Ralph Sharon jazz LP entitled RALPH SHARON QUARTET AND FRIEND on which Bennett doesn’t even sing, but he scats! “I Only Have Eyes For You” sports piano-only accompaniment (Sharon again) and is an outtake from the glorious BENNETT SINGS FOR TWO album.

For some reason, Columbia recorded and released (as a 45RPM 7” single #4-43141) an alternate Bennett version of “Waltz For Debby” with a COMPLETELY different George Siravo arrangement from the performance found on the WHO CAN I TURN TO? album. The online TB discography would have you believe that the 45 single is the same version from the album, but it is NOT SO!!!! I have posted this before but is included here for completion sake.

The next four tracks (#14-17) are outtakes from my favorite Bennett album, WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW. The first three of them were issued as bonus tracks on a Sony reissue of this classic just a few years ago. Why they were left of the box is beyond logic!

“What Child Is This” is from a recent Bennett Christmas compilation and could have found a comfortable home on any of the various holiday-themed discs already included in the big box. “I, Yes Me, That’s Who!” and “Fred” are both unused recordings from the early 70’s that appeared years later on Columbia House’s GREAT AMERICAN COMPOSERS series (quite a few of these “missing” tracks come from that series).

Next we come to the two most egregious omissions, a purposeful sabotage of the MGM/Verve albums Bennett cut in the early 1970’s. The tragedy of the deliberate elimination of "O’ Sole Mio" is mind-boggling! This was a staple in Tony's act for many years after this LP was released and it always got rave applause. “If I Could Go Back,” is not Bennett at his best but it’s not too bad either.

This collection concludes with a wonderful rare single issued in 1973, “All That Love Went To Waste,” (flip side “Some Of These Days”) featuring the Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet with string orchestra arranged and conducted by Torrie Zito.

1. Let’s Make Love (rec. April 17, 1950) and taken from original 78rpm source
2. Our Lady of Fatima (rec. July 14, 1950)
3. Sing You Sinners (rec. July 20, 1950)
4. Kiss You (rec. August 23, 1950)
5. Beautiful Madness (rec. January 17, 1951)
6. We Mustn't Say Goodbye (rec. April 24 or 30, 1952) NEW TRACK
7. Madonna, Madonna (rec. May 11, 1954)
8. Taking a Chance on Love (rec. 1955) from Mitch Miller's Columbia House Party NEW TRACK
9. Kisses I'll Never Forget (rec. Sept 24, 1954) taken from original 78rpm source
10. Friend’s Blues (rec. June 3, 1958) taken from vinyl source
11. Firefly (rec. Aug 1, 1958) set mistakenly uses 12/22/58 Basie version instead of version actually released as single 4-41237
12. I Only Have Eyes For You (rec. October 28, 1959)
13. Waltz For Debby (rec. 1964) George Siravo, alt arrangement (totally different from LP version) Columbia Single 4-41341
14. How Long Has This Been Going On? (rec. February 26, 1964)
15. All Of You (rec. February 26, 1964)
16. We’ll Be Together Again (rec. February 26, 1964)
17. You Can’t Love ‘Em All (rec. February 26, 1964)
18. What Child Is This (rec. September 1, 1967)
19. I, Yes Me, That’s Who! (rec. January 20, 1970)
20. Fred (rec. May 21, 1971)
21. O Sole Mio (rec. September 9, 1972) from original vinyl source
22. If I Could Go Back (rec. September 20, 1972) from original vinyl source
23. All That Love Went To Waste (rec. November, 1973) from original vinyl 45 rpm source
24. Some of these Days (rec. November, 1973) from original vinyl 45 rpm source

Unless otherwise indicated, all above ripped lossless from CD sources
Arrangers: Marty Manning (#1,3,4,5), Percy Faith (#2,6,7 & 9), Ralph Sharon (#10 ,12,14-17), Ray Ellis (#11), George Siravo (#13), Marion Evans (#18), Peter Matz (#19), Torrie Zito (#20-24)




Tony Bennett - Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 4


NEW LINK (24 DEC 2016) IN COMMENTS SECTION; TWO TRACKS WITH VASTLY IMPROVED SOUND

The first volume of this series covered the years 1950 thru 1973. The next volume begins in 1976 with a very rare big band version of "I Wish I Were In Love Again" arranged by Torrie Zito. The online TB discography shows this single to be the one Bennett made with Ruby Braff, but that information is false: the discography doesn't even mention this recording. Sometime in 1977, Bennett appeared on an Alec Wilder radio program where he sang 25 songs accompanied by the Loonis McGlohan Trio, among them Wilder's own "The Lady Sings The Blues." That track was later issued on a compilation LP entitled THE SONGS OF ALEC WILDER, so rare a 33rpm vinyl that I have never even seen the cover.

In April of 1977, Bennett recorded two cuts (#3&4) for an all-star Ellington tribute album on Concord Jazz. Woody Herman, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney also appeared on the album, though not in collaboration with Bennett, each contributing separate tracks. Bennett had no recording contract at that time so it’s nice to have these examples of his singing at the time of good songs with high production value, accompanied only by jazz pianist Nat Pierce.

Tony Bennett collaborated with the great Henry Mancini for a superb, but sadly unreleased recording of Mancini's own "Life In A Looking Glass" done for the soundtrack of the 1986 Blake Edwards film "THAT'S LIFE." Although all the recordings on these volumes are previously released, this is the one exception. The excellence of this rare track demanded its inclusion.

In 1990, Bennett was invited to provide his voice for an animated version of himself on the popular THE SIMPSONS television show and he sang a parody of "New York, New York" entitled "Capitol City." This short recording was released on a CD featuring music from that and other SIMPSONS programs.

Next we have two collaborations from the early 90's with Bennett appearing as a guest on the albums of other artists. Trumpeter Doc Severinson released a big band album in 1991 called ONCE MORE WITH FEELING on which Bennett sings "I Can't Get Started" with Severinson solos. The following year, Bennett performed "The Christmas Song" with Manhattan Transfer for a holiday album put out by the jazz vocal group.

Tracks #9, 11, and 18 were recorded by Bennett specifically for use in movies and were taken from the soundtrack CD's of the films IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, ONE FINE DAY, and DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD, all of which were issued by Columbia Records and all of them ironically missing from this "complete" Columbia Records boxed set!

This volume includes a few more Christmas songs besides the Manhattan Transfer collaboration. "Christmas In Herald Square" is a song that appears on 1998's THE PLAYGROUND. However, although not mentioned in the TB online discography, Bennett first recorded the song three years earlier and that performance appears on a Columbia compilation originally sold though the Avon cosmetics company, CHRISTMAS WITH THE STARS. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" is from the  soundtrack of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS, an animated made-for-television film first broadcast in 2001. Another Christmas song is "Jingle Bells," originally appearing on a holiday CD sold at Bloomingdales department stores and also inserted as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Bennett's A SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS.

There are four outtakes (tracks #12-15) recorded for the ELLINGTON: COOL & HOT project released as bonus tracks for various retailer special editions in the USA.

Bennett guested again on two 2002 albums: "I Get Along Without You Very Well" was done with  Bill Charlap's trio for the pianist's tribute album to Hoagy Carmichael. "Colors Of My Life" was recorded for a Cy Coleman album of his own songs, the composer himself accompanying the singer on piano and directing the orchestra. "Lovers After All" is a Johnny Mandel song and was recorded for the ART OF ROMANCE album but was issued only on a promotional edition of that disc.

01. I Wish I Were In Love Again (rec. 1976) from original vinyl 45 rpm source
02. The Lady Sings The Blues (rec. 1977) from original vinyl source
03. I'm Just A Lucky So and So (rec. April 15, 1977)
04. Prelude to a Kiss (rec. April 15, 1977)
05. Life In A Looking Glass (rec. 1986, from unreleased soundtrack of "THAT'S LIFE")
06. Capitol City (rec. Nov 1990)
07. I Can't Get Started with Doc Severinson, trumpet (rec. 1991)
08. Christmas Song with Manhattan Transfer (rec. 1992)
09. Always (rec. 1994)
10. Christmas In Herald Square (rec. 1995)
11. What a Difference a Day Made (rec. 1996)
12. I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart  (rec. May 1999)
13. Something To Live For  (rec. May 1999)
14. All Too Soon (rec. May 1999) IMPROVED SOUND SOURCE
15. I Didn't Know About You (rec. May 1999) IMPROVED SOUND SOURCE
16. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (rec. 2001)
17. I Get Along Without You Very Well w/ Bill Charlap, piano (rec. Sep 2001)
18. If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow (rec. 2002)
19. Colors of My Life (rec. 2002)
20. Lovers After All (rec. 2004)
21. Jingle Bells (rec. 2008)

All above ripped from CD sources unless otherwise indicated. Tracks in red recently added
Arrangers: Torrie Zito (#1), Loonis McGlohan Trio (#2), Nat Pierce piano on #3,4, Henry Mancini (#5), Brad Dechter (#6 (with Hummie Mann) & 19), Walt Levinsky & John Bambridge (#7), Johnny Mandel (#8,9,20), Ralph Sharon Trio/Quartet (#10,16,18), Jorge Calandrelli (#11,14,15), Ralph Burns (#12,13), Bill Charlap Trio (#17), Lee Musiker Trio/Quartet (#21).




Tony Bennett - Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 5 (Missing Alternate Takes)


NEW LINK - 24 DEC 2016

Volume 5 focuses on alternate takes to previously issued commercial recordings found on the boxed set. All of these have been already issued on LP or CD but are often hard to find and most haven’t ever been officially identified by the record companies as alternates. In fact, there may be more of these out there, undetected… I’ll keep hunting!

The collection begins with “Sold To The Man With A Broken Heart,” a late-50’s single that can be found on disc #6 of the big box. However, another version was found with a slightly different arrangement without “auctioneer” accompaniment. Listen to the original released recording and you will understand. To me, it’s actually a big improvement over the annoying auctioneer barking!

“Taking A Chance On Love” was recorded with Count Basie Orchestra for the IN PERSON! fake-live in Philadelphia album actually recorded in a New York studio. The recording was used on the famous I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANSISCO compilation album. An alternate take was discovered by an alert Bennett fan on the monophonic pressing of the LP, sporting a very different vocal from the stereo version.

Next we have two songs from the Ralph Sharon piano solo collaboration album TONY SINGS FOR TWO.  “Skylark” was recorded for that great 1959 LP but not used and was issued for the very first time on the FORTY YEARS: ARTISTRY box set, the first major Bennett retrospective, released in 1991.The song appears in the big boxed set as a bonus track added to the original 12-track song sequence but this version is a different take that can be found on the first CD edition of SINGS FOR TWO from the early 90’s. The annotation for that CD indicates that the recording was previously released on the FORTY YEARS box but that is false. It is a completely different alternate take.

An alternate take of “The Man That Got Away,” from the same album, was discovered on that same FORTY YEARS: ARTISTRY boxed set. This track, like the version of “Skylark,” has NEVER been identified by Columbia as an alternate take on any of these releases. It is unknown whether they were issued on purpose or if somebody erred when pulling the recordings from the Columbia vaults.

“The Rules of the Road” with the Ralph Sharon Trio is an alternate take different from version issued on WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW. This take comes from the ESSENTIAL TONY BENNETT CD, issued in 2002. “Who Cares?” was recorded for but not included on the original FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE album from 1967. The box adds it as the 11th (bonus) track. A slightly different version was discovered on a CD called GREAT AMERICAN COMPOSERS: GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN and it starts with a previously absent big band opening which was obviously eliminated on the finished record, first released on the FORTY YEARS box.

“Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)” apparently has more than one alternate take floating around. The song, as released, can be found in the box on disc #47 GREATEST HITS VOLUME 7. This here version has an alternate vocal and was ripped from THE BEST OF TONY BENNETT CD on Curb records. It’s a real "stick out" because Tony sings the culturally insensitive "...and that's why Chinks do it... Japs do it.” I have recently learned that the vinyl LP issue of GREATEST HITS VOLUME 7 has a third vocal take of “Let‘s Do It”! Supposedly the last chorus is the usual "Shallow Shoals... English souls" and eliminates the politically incorrect words and he ends on a pleasant, smooth note instead of the strained high note ending on the other two versions.Unfortunately, I have not yet found that recording so it is not included here. That would make three different versions of the recording. All are 2:11 in length which makes one believe that the orchestra track was pre-recorded and Tony did his thing over it. [new info: I have finally listened to the vinyl version mentioned above and it it NOT another take... it is the same one found on the CD boxed set. Therefore, only one alternate take was released.]

“There’s Always Tomorrow” has a different vocal than the released version and was issued on an Improv 45rpm single. The music was composed by Torrie Zito (lyrics by Sammy Cahn) and was Tony's "theme" for a year in 1976 and was the 1976 theme song for The United Way charity on TV spots starring Bennett. This version is a different take than the one found on the box, concluding with the singer’s signature "big voice" ending. On the CD it is a much more reserved closing.

Tracks #9-13 are alternate takes from second Bill Evans album, TOGETHER AGAIN, issued on the Concord Jazz CD COMPLETE TB/BILL EVANS RECORDINGS. The box contains all the issued alternate takes from the first Bennett/Evans album, but not the second.

The final three selections (#14-16) were recorded for THE ART OF EXCELLENCE, Tony’s comeback album in 1986. It is an interesting anomaly that these three takes were issued only on the original CD release of this album. Subsequent reissues include alternate versions of these three tracks, even this box. “Everybody Has The Blues“ is a duet with Ray Charles and the original differs greatly on the vocals. “How Do You Keep The Music Playing?” sports a somewhat different vocal. “The Day You Leave Me” is an alternate vocal with different orchestral elements including an alternate sax solo.Again, the original takes are ONLY available on the initial 1986 CD issue of ART OF EXCELLENCE.

1. Sold To The Man With A Broken Heart (rec. January 19, 1957)
2. Taking A Chance On Love (rec. December 30, 1958) from vinyl source
3. Skylark (rec October 28, 1959)
4. The Man That Got Away (rec October 28, 1959)
5. The Rules of the Road  (rec. February 26, 1964
6. Who Cares? (rec. July 18, 1967)
7. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (re. June 19, 1973)
8. There's Always Tomorrow (rec. 1976) from 45rpm vinyl source
9. A Child Is Born  (take #2) rec. September, 1976
10. You Don't Know What Love Is (take #16) September, 1976
11. Maybe September (take #8) September, 1976
12. You Must Believe In Spring (take #1) September, 1976
13. Who Can I Turn To (take #6) September, 1976
14. Everybody Has The Blues (rec. 1985)
15. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? (rec. January, 1986)
16. The Day You Leave Me (rec. January, 1986)

All above ripped from CD sources unless otherwise indicated
Arrangers: Percy Faith (#1), Ralph Sharon (#2,3,4) and Ralph Sharon Trio (#5), John Bunch (#6), Torrie Zito (#7,8), Bill Evans (#9-13),  Jorge Calandrelli (#14-16)


Tony Bennett - Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 6 (Missing Duets)


NEW LINK (ADDED 24 DEC 2016) + 2 TRACKS WITH VASTLY IMPROVED SOUND!

The final volume in this series provides us with the Bennett duets that have been commercially issued but are missing from the "complete" box. I am not a big fan of Bennett's duets projects, but I have to admit that they're all pleasant. However, despite the commercial success of such recordings, too few of them are of any lasting musical value. This volume does NOT include anything from the new VIVA DUETS album as that falls out of the purview of the boxed set.

Anyway, the first track is a 1963 duet with Judy Garland of "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" from Judy's TV show and was issued by Columbia on the Target-exclusive edition of the first Bennett Duets CD. A video of this performance can be view HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpwQ5RzwC00

The boxed set includes a duet with Frank Sinatra of New York, New York that was recorded for Sinatra's first duets disc in 1993.  From 1988 we have here another duet, missing from the set, "The Lady Is A Tramp," recorded live at Bally's Atlantic City and taken from the same Target exclusive. Two more bonus tracks from the same edition are "I've Got the World on a String" with Diana Krall and "Steppin' Out with My Baby” with Michael BublĂ©, both recorded 2006, the Kral captured live at the Tanglewood Music Festival.

Two editions of Bennett’s DUETS: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC released outside the United States included exclusive bonus tracks unavailable anywhere else. The Asian release added a “If I Ruled the World” duet with Taiwanese vocalist Leehom Wang. The Australian edition included yet another version of  "Steppin' Out with My Baby,” this time with Aussie singer Delta Goodrem.

The arrangement used on “If I Ruled The World” sounds identical to the one on the Celine Dion duet which was part of the first DUETS album. The time duration is the same on each as well. The same can be said of “Steppin’ Out,” leading me to believe that Bennett and partner sang over a pre-recorded instrumental track. Unlike most of these duets, Bennett may not have even been in the same room as Ms. Goodrem or Mr. Wang.

Not on any of the “duets” albums but most certainly falling into this category is Bennett’s 1994 collaboration with Shawn Colvin from the soundtrack of IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, issued by Columbia themselves yet missing from the big box nonetheless. Together they perform a rather delightful version of “Young At Heart.”

Taken off Billy Joel’s 2008 LIVE AT SHEA STADIUM recording is “New York State of Mind,” with Bennett and Joel shouting it out to more than 60,000 of their fellow New Yorkers. Bennett sounds enthusiastic, Joel sounds bored… it’s a good song though!

Moving on to DUETS II, Target Stores (USA retail chain) again put out an expanded version  with two extra “bonus” tracks that cannot be found on the big boxed set. “When You Wish Upon a Star“ pairs Bennett with child performer Jackie Evancho while country singer Brad Paisley duets  on “They Can't Take That Away From Me.“

Wrapping it up is an excerpt from another concert, this time from Andrea Bocelli’s CONCERTO, ONE NIGHT IN CENTRAL PARK on which  the opera singer shares “New York, New York” with Bennett.

1. I Left My Heart In San Francisco -with Judy Garland (rec. live July 30, 1963 TV performance)
2. The Lady Is A Tramp -with Frank Sinatra (rec. live at Bally’s September 3, 1988)
3. Young At Heart -with Shawn Colvin (rec. 1994)
4. I've Got the World on a String -with Diana Krall (rec. 2006 live at Tanglewood, MA)
5. Steppin' Out With My Baby -with Michael Bublé (rec. June 17, 2006)
6. If I Ruled the World  -with Leehom Wang (rec. 2006) IMPROVED SOUND
7. Steppin' Out With My Baby  -with Delta Goodrum (rec. 2006) IMPROVED SOUND
8. New York State of Mind -with Billy Joel (rec. 2008 live from Shea Stadium, NYC)
9. When You Wish Upon a Star -with Jackie Evancho (rec. 2011)
10. They Can't Take That Away From Me -with Brad Paisley (rec. 2011)
11. New York, New York -with Andrea Bocelli  (rec. live 2011 from Central Park, NYC)

All above ripped from CD sources unless otherwise indicated
Arrangers: Billy Byers (#2), Johnny Mandel (#3), John Oddo (#4), Lee Muskier (#5 & 7), Jorge Calandrelli (#6, 9, 10), Billy Joel (#8), unknown on #1 & 11.



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tony Bennett - Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 7 (Missing LIve Recordings)



NEW LINK IN COMMENTS (24 DEC 2016)


These are all previously released live concert recordings mostly included as bonus tracks on special retailer-exclusive versions of Bennett's CD's.


01. Love Me Tender (1994 ELVIS: NOW OR NEVER TV show)
02. Me, Myself and I (Are All in Love with You) (rec. Feb 3, 1997 at Apollo Theater NYC)
03. All of Me (rec. Feb 3, 1997 at Apollo Theater NYC)
04. They All Laughed (rec. December, 1998 LIVE BY REQUEST TV show, NYC)
05. Steppin' Out With My Baby (rec 2002 in San Francisco)
06. The Good Life (rec 2002 in San Francisco)
07. I Left My Heart In San Francisco (rec 2002 in San Francisco)
08. The Best Is Yet To Come (rec. July 2, 2010 at iTunes Festival, London)
09. Maybe This Time (rec. July 2, 2010 at iTunes Festival, London)
10. Sing You Sinners (rec. July 2, 2010 at iTunes Festival, London)
11. Smile (rec. July 2, 2010 at iTunes Festival, London)
12. Who Cares (So Long As You Care For Me) (rec. July 2, 2010 at iTunes Festival, London)
13. For Once In My Life (rec. July 2, 2010 at iTunes Festival, London)
14. Maybe This Time (rec. Oct 23, 2011 at Bridge School Benefit, Mountain View CA)