Monday, October 18, 2010

Tony Bennett - MTV Unplugged

Of course, Tony Bennett never was "plugged in," so the concept here is redundant, but what the hell. It's been a while since a Tony Bennett live album, and he's always terrific in concert. Certainly, he is here, singing 20 standards, including many of his hits and many other songs he's made his own. Elvis Costello and k.d. lang drop by, but they're feeding off Bennett's energy and star power, not the other way around. The album may be part of a successful marketing plan, but forget that and revel in the singing of a masterful song interpreter still, after 40 years, at the top of his game. - by William Ruhlmann, AMG

Artist: Tony Bennett
Album: MTV Unplugged
Year: 1994
Label: Columbia (2003)
Total time: 63:01

Tracks:
1.  Old Devil Moon (E.Y. "Yip" Harburg/Burton Lane) 2:28
2.  Speak Low (Ogden Nash/Kurt Weill) 3:09
3.  It Had Be You (Gus Kahn/Isham Jones) 3:14
4.  I Love a Piano (Irving Berlin) 1:56
5.  It Amazes Me (Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh) 2:56
6.  The Girl I Love (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 4:10
7.  Fly Me To The Moon (Bart Howard) 2:58
8.  You're All The World To Me (Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner) 2:16
9.  Rags To Riches (Richard Adler/Jerry Ross) 1:26
10.  When Joanna Loved Me (Jack Segal/Robert Wells) 3:12
11.  The Good Life/I Wanna Be Around (Sacha Distel/Johnny Mercer/Jack Reardon/Sadie Vimmerstadt) 3:20
12.  I Left My Heart In San Francisco (George Cory/Douglass Cross) 2:28
13.  Steppin' Out With My Baby (Irving Berlin) 3:18
14.  Moonglow (Eddie DeLange/Will Hudson/Irving Mills) 4:27
15.  They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 3:33
16.  A Foggy Day (George Gershwin/Ira Gerswin) 2:14
17.  All Of You (Cole Porter) 2:35
18.  Body And Soul (Edward Heyman/Robert Sour/Frank Eyton/Johnny Green) 3:56
19.  I Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (Duke Ellington/Irving Mills) 3:36
20.  Autumn Leaves /Indian Summer (Al Dubin/Victor Herbert/Joseph Kosma/Johnny Mercer/Jacques Prévert) 5:40

Personnel:
Tony Bennett (Vocals)
Ralph Sharon (Piano)
Doug Richeson (Double Bass)
Clayton Cameron (Drums)
K.D.Lang (Vocals) - 14
Elvis Costello (Vocals) - 15

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