Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
What becomes a legend most? In Tony Bennett’s case, it’s a 131-track anthology that touches on both the celebrated peaks and the lesser-known corners of the singer’s phenomenal career. Anyone who knows Bennett from his signature tunes will be pleased to find them all in this chronologically organized collection. Those who want to fully appreciate his artistic growth will be particularly rewarded. Hearing the operatic grandeur of his 1951 breakthrough hit “Because of You” give way to the emotive nuance of “Stranger in Paradise” and the jazzy vigor of “Sing You Sinners” is especially revelatory. The richness of Bennett’s ‘60s period is well represented by neglected gems like “A Sleepin’ Bee,” as well as his more famous songs; the easy mastery of his latter-day work finds expression in everything from “I Wished on the Moon” to “Bein’ Green.” A selection of Tony’s duets with everyone from k.d. lang to Lady Gaga rounds out yet another side of his complex profile as an artist. Exploring the length and breadth of Bennett’s 60 years of recording is a rare pleasure, one savored slowly and with relish over the course of this lovingly selected set.