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The Essential Tony Bennett [Columbia/Legacy]

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Tony Bennett 7/23/2002

Review

Like most entries in Sony/Legacy's Essential series, 2002's The Essential Tony Bennett is an excellent, exhaustive retrospective of a lengthy, hit-filled career at Columbia. Although Bennett spent time at other labels -- particularly in the '70s -- he made his best-known and greatest recordings for Columbia, from the late '50s through the '90s, which is what provides the bulk of the material here. Though this skips through the '70s material, it does provide what amounts to Bennett at his best, whether it's on "Rags to Riches" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in the '60s, or on latter-day classics like "Steppin' out with My Baby." Bennett surely recorded more great material than can fit on a two-disc, 40-track collection, but this contains the cream of the crop and it's hard to imagine a collection like this being executed better than this. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Because of You [Previously Unreleased] Tony Bennett 2:55
  3. 2 Cold, Cold Heart [Previously Unreleased] Tony Bennett 2:37
  4. 3 Blue Velvet [Previously Unreleased] Tony Bennett 2:59
  5. 4 Rags to Riches [Previously Unreleased] Tony Bennett 2:48
  6. 5 Stranger in Paradise [Previously Unreleased] Percy Faith 3:4
  7. 6 Sing You Sinners [Previously Unreleased] Tony Bennett 2:14
  8. 7 The Boulevard of Broken Dreams [Previously Unreleased] Tony Bennett 2:29
  9. 8 Just in Time [Previously Unreleased] Tony Bennett 2:32
  10. 9 It Amazes Me Tony Bennett 3:21
  11. 10 Love, Look Away Tony Bennett 2:45
  12. 11 Firefly Tony Bennett 1:37
  13. 12 Put on a Happy Face Tony Bennett 2:37
  14. 13 The Best Is Yet to Come Tony Bennett 2:32
  15. 14 Tender Is the Night Tony Bennett 2:39
  16. 15 Once Upon a Time Tony Bennett 2:56
  17. 16 I Left My Heart in San Francisco Tony Bennett 2:49
  18. 17 I Wanna Be Around Tony Bennett 2:10
  19. 18 The Good Life Tony Bennett 2:14
  20. 19 This Is All I Ask Tony Bennett 3:13
  21. 20 When Joanna Loved Me Tony Bennett 3:3
  22. 21 The Rules of the Road Tony Bennett 2:21
  23. 1 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) Bill Evans 2:56
  24. 2 If I Ruled the World Tony Bennett 3:0
  25. 3 Fly Me to the Moon Tony Bennett 4:11
  26. 4 The Shadow of Your Smile Tony Bennett 3:36
  27. 5 Smile Tony Bennett 3:31
  28. 6 The Very Thought of You Tony Bennett 4:30
  29. 7 For Once in My Life Tony Bennett 3:21
  30. 8 Yesterday I Heard the Rain Tony Bennett 3:40
  31. 9 My Favorite Things Tony Bennett 3:18
  32. 10 I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You Tony Bennett 3:27
  33. 11 How Do You Keep the Music Playing? Tony Bennett 4:20
  34. 12 When Do the Bells Ring for Me Tony Bennett 2:54
  35. 13 Night and Day Tony Bennett 3:34
  36. 14 Last Night When We Were Young Tony Bennett 2:24
  37. 15 Steppin' Out with My Baby Tony Bennett 2:52
  38. 16 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Tony Bennett 3:4
  39. 17 Mood Indigo Tony Bennett 4:32
  40. 18 Keep the Faith, Baby Tony Bennett 3:51

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