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I Left My Heart in San Francisco

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Tony Bennett 10/25/1990

Review

Along with his producer, Ernest Altschuler, and his arranger/pianist, Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett had been searching for a repertoire and a musical approach beyond his long-gone pop work with Mitch Miller of the early '50s and his artistically pleasing but commercially dicey jazz work of the mid- to late '50s. It seemed to be a combination of Broadway songs and other contemporary material, carefully selected and arranged to show off Bennett's now-burnished vocals, which, as he approached the end of his thirties, were starting to be located in a more comfortable range closer to a baritone than a tenor. With this album, they found the key, not only by happening across a signature song in the title track, but also in the approach to songs like "Once Upon a Time," a gem from the flop musical All American, and Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's "The Best Is Yet to Come," which Bennett helped make a standard. (Frank Sinatra didn't do it until two years later.) From here on until the world changed again toward the late '60s, Bennett would not have to feel that he had to compromise his art for popularity, making up-tempo singles in an attempt to meet the marketplace while longing to do ballads and swing material instead. I Left My Heart In San Francisco, a gold-selling Top Ten hit that stayed in the charts almost three years, demonstrated that he could have it all. (Tony Bennett won two 1962 Grammy Awards for the title song: Record of the Year and Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male.) ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I Left My Heart in San Francisco Tony Bennett 2:51
  3. 2 Once Upon a Time [From All American] Tony Bennett 2:57
  4. 3 Tender Is the Night [From Tender Is the Night] Tony Bennett 2:37
  5. 4 Smile Tony Bennett 2:48
  6. 5 Love for Sale Tony Bennett 3:6
  7. 6 Taking a Chance on Love Tony Bennett 1:52
  8. 7 Candy Kisses Tony Bennett 2:22
  9. 8 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Tony Bennett 2:37
  10. 9 Rules of the Road Tony Bennett 2:32
  11. 10 Marry Young Tony Bennett 2:20
  12. 11 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows Tony Bennett 2:39
  13. 12 The Best Is Yet to Come Tony Bennett 2:25

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