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Sings Rodgers & Hart Songs
1. This Can't Be Love
2. Blue Moon
3. Lady Is a Tramp, The
6. Spring Is Here
7. Have You Met Miss Jones?
8. Isn't It Romantic?
9. Wait Till You See Her
10. I Could Write a Book
11. Thou Swell
12. Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The
13. There's a Small Hotel
14. I've Got Five Dollars
15. You Took Advantage of Me
16. I Wish I Were in Love Again
17. This Funny World
18. My Heart Stood Still
19. My Romance
20. Mountain Greenery
21. This Can't Be Love - (alternate take, Alternate Take #1)
22. I Could Write a Book - (alternate take, Alternate Take #2)
23. Thou Swell - (alternate take, Alternate Take #2)
24. Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The - (alternate take, Alternate Take #4)
25. I Wish I Were in Love Again - (alternate take, Alternate Take #1)
26. This Funny World - (alternate take, Alternate Take #3)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2243
Nick Phillips; Patrick Milligan (Compilation)
Frank Laico; Frank Laico
2 LPs on 1 CD: TONY BENNET SINGS 10 RODGERS & HART SONGS (1976)/TONY BENNET SINGS MORE GREAT RODGERS & HART (1977).
Personnel: Tony Bennett (vocals); Ruby Braff (cornet); George Barnes, Wayne Wright (guitar); John Giuffrida (bass).
Recorded from September 28-30, 1973. Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald and Ruby Braff.
Digitally remastered by Dan Hersch & Bill Inglot (DigiPrep).
Personnel: Tony Bennett (vocals); Tony Bennett; John Giuffrida (bass instrument); George Barnes, Wayne Wright (guitar); Ruby Braff (cornet).
Audio Remasterer: Seth Presant.
Audio Remixer: Seth Presant.
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Recording information: CBS Recording Studios, New York, NY (07/12/1973/07/16/1973).
Ensemble: Ruby Braff - George Barnes Quartet.
Photographer: Tommy Vano.
Soon after he left Columbia Records, Tony Bennett recorded a 20-song Rodgers & Hart set in 1973, superbly accompanied by supper-club favorites the Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, and eventually released on two albums through the private Improv label in 1976 and 1977, respectively. This was a both an act of defiance and a statement of purpose on Bennett's part, for there was perhaps no more dispiriting time for singers of the great standards.
Still, Bennett chose his ammunition well, for Rodgers & Hart's breezy yet indelible romanticism had always suited this singer and also couldn't have been more out of sync with the times. Our time is a different matter however, and Rhino has seen fit to reissue the original 20-song session in fine remastered sound on one CD. The musical mood here is both tender and jaunty, as especially befits the lyrics of Lorenz Hart, for which Bennett has a particular affinity, so much so that he sings little-known extra verses of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" to nearly epic effect. "Jaunty" also describes the masterly trumpet interjections of the impish Braff, while the quiet swinging pulse of Barnes' guitar lends the whole project an appropriately informal air.
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