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Tony Bennett Duets II

September 21, 2011

I have long been a Tony Bennett fan.  Several years ago I picked up a two disc “greatest hits” package and I was sold.  I like his voice more than Sinatra and he just has a sense of cool – a guy you would truly enjoy having a glass of wine or cocktail with (somehow Tony does not seem like a beer guy).  The fact that he is a visual artist is a cherry on top.

I picked up Duets from Target (they have a special edition with two more songs) mainly on the hype of Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse as duet partners.  I have a fondness for Gaga (which I feel odd about given I am a 52-year-old straight male) and I just knew in my heart she would nail a duet with Tony – and she does.

The production is wonderfully over the top on the whole album – lots of orchestration.  This is a great way to introduce yourself to Tony if you are not already a fan.  And if you are fan you will enjoy Tony the gracious host – he makes every duet partner fit like the finely tailored suits Tony wears.

In summary this release is the definition of pop grace and class.  Add as for Gaga – see below how much Tony classes her up!


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One Comment
  1. I’ll start here. Your site is pretty overwhelming but lots of stuff that caught my interest. Looking for good takes plus thoughts on newer and older recordings I don’t have. I have a Tony and Bill Evans recording I really dig. With you on the Frank comparison. Johnny Hartman really does it for me in this style. I’ll keep my eyes open for this one. Later. CB

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