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Sings Rodgers & Hart Songs

  • 1. This Can't Be Love
    2. Blue Moon
    3. Lady Is a Tramp, The
    4. Lover
    5. Manhattan
    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)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2243

  • Credits
    ProducerNick Phillips; Patrick Milligan (Compilation)
    EngineerFrank Laico; Frank Laico

    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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