Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett 5-CD Box Set
Not many artists possess the staying power of Tony Bennett—from the day he was signed to Columbia Records in 1950 to his collaborations with modern pop icons today, Bennett’s smoky baritone has proven itself time and again through his more than half-century career. This box set, an expansion of the 1991 Forty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett, lets the singer’s fans trace his artistic journey through 110 tracks, each individually chosen by Bennett himself. The experience begins with “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” the tune that jump-started his career, then moves on to audience favorites such as “Stranger in Paradise” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” He steps outside the role of pop star in performances with preeminent jazz musicians such as Bill Evans and Art Blakey, then finally plants his flag firmly in the modern day in duets with B.B. King, Diana Krall, and the Muppets. The set includes an exhaustive 72-page booklet replete with photos, track-by-track annotations written by Tony Bennett, and five essays penned by authors close to Bennett’s career, including accompanist and arranger Ralph Sharon and Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis.
- 110 tracks on five CDs
- Click here for a track listing.
- Encompasses Bennett’s career from 1950 to 2002
- Hits such as “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”
- Collaborations with jazz musicians including Bill Evans and Art Blakey
- Duets with modern artists such as B.B. King and the Muppets
- 72-page booklet with photos, annotations, and five essays