CD Young Tony (CD 1146340), Audio Other
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Young Tony

  • 1. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    2. I Wanna Be Loved
    3. I Cant Give You Anything But Love
    4. Our Lady of Fatima
    5. Just Say I Love Her
    6. Sing You Sinners
    7. Kiss You
    8. One Lie Leads to Another
    9. Don't Cry Baby
    10. Once There Lived a Fool
    11. Beautiful Madness
    12. Valentino Tango
    13. I Won't Cry Anymore
    14. Because of You
    15. While We're Young
    16. Cold, Cold, Heart
    17. Since My Love Has Gone
    18. Please, My Love
    19. Blue Velvet
    20. Solitaire
    21. Silly Dreamer
    22. Sleepless
    23. Somewhere Along the Way
    24. I'm Lost Again
    25. Have a Good Time
    26. Here in My Heart
    27. Roses of Yesterday
    28. You Could Make the Smile Again
    29. Congratulations to Someone
    30. Anywhere I Wander
    31. Staywhere You Are
    32. Take Me
    33. No One Will Ever Know
    34. (I'm) The King of Broken Hearts
    35. I'll Go
    36. Rags to Riches
    37. Here Comes That Heartache Again
    38. Someone Turned the Moon Upside Down
    39. Stranger in Paradise
    40. Why Does It Have to Be Me
    41. Until Yesterday (Non E la Pioggia)
    42. Please Driver (Once Around the Park Again)
    43. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
    44. My Heart Won't Say Goodbye
    45. Take Me Back Again
    46. Madonna, Madonna
    47. Not as a Stranger
    48. Cinnamon Sinner
    49. Old Devil Moon
    50. Fall in Love Too Easily
    51. While the Music Plays On
    52. Love Letters
    53. My Reverie
    54. Darn That Dream
    55. Funny Thing
    56. My Pretty Shoo-Gah
    57. Give Me the Simple Life
    58. My Baby Just Cares For Me
    59. My Heart Tells Me
    60. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
    61. Lost in the Stars
    62. Taking a Chance on Love
    63. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
    64. It Had to Be You
    65. You Can Depend on Me
    66. Love Walked In
    67. These Foolish Things
    68. I'll Be Seeing You
    69. Without a Song
    70. Always
    71. Just in Time
    72. In the Middle of an Island
    73. Life Is a Song
    74. Chicago
    75. Are You Having Any Fun ?
    76. Jeepers Creepers
    77. Poor Little Rich Girl
    78. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
    79. Anything Goes
    80. Growing Pains
    81. Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans
    82. With Plenty of Money and You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 121

  • Credits

    Twenty-three-year-old Tony Bennett recorded and released his first single for Columbia Records, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (with its B-side, "I Wanna Be Loved"), in April 1950. From then until the end of 1956, he recorded 87 tracks released contemporaneously on 35 Columbia singles and two LPs, Cloud 7 (February 7, 1955) and Tony (January 14, 1957), not counting compilations. On January 1, 2007, Bennett's 1956 recordings joined those from previous years in entering the public domain in Europe, where copyright extends only 50 years. The British label Proper Records took advantage of that to release Young Tony, a four-CD box set largely devoted to Bennett's 1950-1956 recordings, containing 82 selections with a running time of about three hours and 54 minutes, a length that might have been contained (though just barely) on three discs. The collection, arranged chronologically by recording date, includes all of Bennett's Columbia recordings from April 17, 1950, to September 24, 1954, except "Let's Make Love," from that first recording session. But having featured nearly all of Bennett's first 26 singles, the set then excludes most of his 45s from 1955 and 1956, employing only the A-side of the last of them, "Just in Time," the song from the Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing that reached number 46 in the Billboard singles chart. That means other chart entries "Can You Find It in Your Heart," "From the Candy Store on the Corner to the Chapel on the Hill," "Happiness Street (Corner Sunshine Square)," and "The Autumn Waltz" are missing. All the tracks from Cloud 7 and Tony are included, however, as are three tracks, "While the Music Plays On," "Darn That Dream," and "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," that were recorded in 1954 but not issued until years later. Proper concludes the set by adding in some non-Columbia material: a low-fidelity version of "In the Middle of an Island" (a Bennett hit in 1957) with special lyrics sung on television on The Nat King Cole Show in December 1956 and the contents of the frequently licensed Roulette Records LP Strike Up the Band, a collaboration with Count Basie & His Orchestra recorded in November 1958.
    The chronological formatting and the elimination of the mid-'50s singles emphasizes Bennett's musical development during his late twenties. He begins bellowing in a sub-operatic tone on his early records and bowing to producer Mitch Miller's taste for novelty material, working largely with arranger/conductor Percy Faith. While this approach produces hits ("Because of You," "Cold, Cold Heart") and occasional artistic triumphs, such as the big-band swing version of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," there is also plenty of mediocrity. But by the middle of the third disc, as Bennett records tracks for Cloud 7 in August 1954 using only three horns and a rhythm section and covering standards, he has begun to sound like the mature Tony Bennett more familiar to later listeners. He can still rev up to that operatic level for effect, as he does, for instance in "Without a Song," cut in September 1956 and used as the final track on Tony. But he has become a much subtler singer than he was at the start. While it is not a perfect representation of Bennett's early years, Young Tony should be welcomed by Bennett fans seeking material Columbia has been loath to release on CD, especially since it comes at a modest price allowed by the out-of-copyright status of most of the tracks. ~ William Ruhlmann

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