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The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

Tony Bennett - Bill Evans

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Having completed his relatively brief sojourn with MGM/Verve with 1973's Listen Easy, Tony Bennett was in the midst of forming his own label, Improv Records, when he made a deal with jazz pianist Bill Evans to cut two LPs: The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and Together Again. (The first would be for Evans' label, Fantasy Records, the second to follow on Improv.) The singer and his collaborator -- "accompanist" does not adequately describe Evans' contribution, and in any case he received co-billing -- got together in a recording studio over four days in June 1975 with no one other than the producer, Helen Keane and an engineer present, and quickly recorded two of the best albums of either's career. For Bennett, it was a dream project; for years (decades, actually), he had been balancing the demands of commerciality with his own inclinations toward jazz and affection for the songs of Broadway masters and of the Great American Songbook. Left to himself with a jazz partner, he naturally gravitated toward both interests. There were songs here that he had already recorded, but never in so unadorned and yet fully realized a fashion. Evans was an excellent accompanist, using his steady left hand to keep his singer centered, but ready, whenever the vocals were finished, to go off into his characteristically lyrical playing. Bennett could seem a bit earthbound when he came back in (he still wasn't really a jazz singer), but his obvious enthusiasm for the project, coupled with his mastery of phrasing in songs he understood perfectly made him an equal in the partnership. As far as the major-label record business was concerned, the 46-year-old singer might have been over the hill and indulging himself, but in fact he was in his prime and finally able to pursue his ambitions unfettered, and that would prove itself a major boost to his career over time. For the moment, he'd made an excellent jazz-pop hybrid in which both musicians were shown off to advantage. [Of the 20 alternate takes and two bonus tracks included in this complete package, nine are previously unreleased except on the Bennett box set, The Complete Improv Recordings. Not surprisingly, they are more interesting for Evans' different improvisations than for anything else. But they also demonstrate that he and Bennett tried different approaches to the tunes. "Young and Foolish," the lead-off track on their first album, begins with both Bennett and Evans on the refrain, but the alternate take starts with Evans alone, followed by Bennett singing the song's introductory verse instead; the version runs a minute longer. The alternate take of "The Touch of Your Lips," on the other hand, is at a faster tempo and a minute shorter. None of the alternate takes actually improves on the originally released ones, but they show how well considered the album was.]
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Young And Foolish Album Version
00:03:54

Albert Hague, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist - Arnold B. Horwitt, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

2
The Touch Of Your Lips
00:03:56

Ray Noble, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer, Recording Producer - Bill Evans, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Bennett, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kirk Felton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Fantasy Records, Distributed by Concord.

3
Some Other Time
00:04:42

Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer, Recording Producer - Bill Evans, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Adolph Green, ComposerLyricist - Betty Comden, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kirk Felton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Fantasy Records, Distributed by Concord.

4
When In Rome Album Version
00:02:55

HELEN KEANE, Producer - CY COLEMAN, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - CAROLYN LEIGH, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

5
We'll Be Together Again Album Version
00:04:38

Carl Fischer, ComposerLyricist - Frankie Laine, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

6
My Foolish Heart
00:04:51

Victor Young, ComposerLyricist - Ned Washington, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer, Recording Producer - Bill Evans, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Bennett, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer, Executive Producer - Kirk Felton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Fantasy Records, Distributed by Concord.

7
Waltz For Debby Album Version
00:04:04

Gene Lees, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

8
But Beautiful
00:03:36

HELEN KEANE, Producer, Recording Producer - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer, Executive Producer - Kirk Felton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Fantasy Records, Distributed by Concord.

9
Days Of Wine And Roses Album Version
00:02:23

Henry Mancini, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1989 Concord Records, Distributed by Concord.

10
The Bad And The Beautiful Album Version
00:02:18

Dory Langdon, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - David Raksin, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

11
Lucky To Be Me Album Version
00:03:45

Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Adolph Green, ComposerLyricist - Betty Comden, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

12
Make Someone Happy Album Version
00:03:53

Jule Styne, Composer - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Adolph Green, Composer - Betty Comden, Composer - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

13
You're Nearer Album Version
00:02:23

Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

14
A Child Is Born Album Version
00:03:17

Thad Jones, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - ALEC WILDER, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

15
The Two Lonely People Album Version
00:04:27

HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Carol Hall, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

16
You Don't Know What Love Is
00:03:27

HELEN KEANE, Producer, Recording Producer - Bill Evans, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gene De Paul, ComposerLyricist - Don Raye, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Cody, Producer, Recording Producer - Kirk Felton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Concord Records, Distributed by Concord.

17
Maybe September Album Version
00:03:55

Jay Livingston, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Ray Evans, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist - Percy Faith, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

18
Lonely Girl Album Version
00:02:49

Jay Livingston, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Ray Evans, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist - Neil Hefti, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

19
You Must Believe In Spring Album Version
00:05:51

Michel Legrand, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Marilyn Bergman, ComposerLyricist - Alan Bergman, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Concord Records, Inc.

20
Who Can I Turn To? Album Version
00:02:28

Anthony Newley, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Bricusse, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

21
Dream Dancing Album Version
00:03:46

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1977 ToBill Entertainment Corp.

DISC 2

1
Young And Foolish Take 4
00:04:45

Albert Hague, Composer - Arnold Horwitt, Author - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
The Touch Of Your Lips Take 1
00:02:54

Ray Noble, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Some Other Time Take 7
00:04:56

Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Adolph Green, ComposerLyricist - Betty Comden, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
When In Rome Take 11
00:02:57

HELEN KEANE, Producer - CY COLEMAN, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - CAROLYN LEIGH, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
Waltz For Debby Take 8
00:03:50

Gene Lees, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
The Bad and The Beautiful Alternate Take 1
00:02:12

HELEN KEANE, Producer - David Raksin, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

7
The Bad And The Beautiful Alternate Take 2
00:02:09

Dory Langdon, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - David Raksin, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Concord Jazz, Inc.

8
Make Someone Happy Alternate Take 5
00:03:54

Jule Styne, Composer - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Adolph Green, Composer - Betty Comden, Composer - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Concord Jazz, Inc.

9
You're Nearer Alternate Take 9
00:02:58

Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, Author - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

10
A Child Is Born Alternate Take 2
00:03:26

Thad Jones, Composer - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - ALEC WILDER, Author - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

11
A Child Is Born Alternate Take 7
00:03:12

Thad Jones, Composer - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - ALEC WILDER, Composer - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

12
The Two Lonely People Alternate Take 5
00:04:43

HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, Composer, MainArtist - Carol Hall, Composer - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

13
You Don't Know What Love Is Alternate Take 16
00:03:33

HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Gene De Paul, Composer - Don Raye, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

14
You Don't Know What Love Is Alternate Take 18
00:03:37

HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Gene De Paul, ComposerLyricist - Don Raye, ComposerLyricist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Concord Jazz, Inc.

15
Maybe September Alternate Take 5
00:04:37

Jay Livingston, Composer - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Ray Evans, Composer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist - Percy Faith, Composer

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

16
Maybe September Album Version / Alternate Take 8
00:04:31

Jay Livingston, Composer - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Ray Evans, Composer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist - Percy Faith, Composer

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

17
Lonely Girl Alternate Take 1
00:02:57

Jay Livingston, Composer - Neal Hefti, Composer - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Ray Evans, Composer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

18
You Must Believe in Spring Alternate Take 1
00:06:01

Michel Legrand, Composer - Jacques Demy, Composer - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Marilyn Bergman, Composer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

19
You Must Believe In Spring Alternate Take 4
00:05:36

Michel Legrand, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Marilyn Bergman, ComposerLyricist - Alan Bergman, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 1999 Concord Jazz, Inc.

20
Who Can I Turn To Alternate Take 6
00:02:29

Lesley Bricusse, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Newley, ComposerLyricist - HELEN KEANE, Producer - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Tony Bennett, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Fantasy, Inc.

Album Description

Having completed his relatively brief sojourn with MGM/Verve with 1973's Listen Easy, Tony Bennett was in the midst of forming his own label, Improv Records, when he made a deal with jazz pianist Bill Evans to cut two LPs: The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and Together Again. (The first would be for Evans' label, Fantasy Records, the second to follow on Improv.) The singer and his collaborator -- "accompanist" does not adequately describe Evans' contribution, and in any case he received co-billing -- got together in a recording studio over four days in June 1975 with no one other than the producer, Helen Keane and an engineer present, and quickly recorded two of the best albums of either's career. For Bennett, it was a dream project; for years (decades, actually), he had been balancing the demands of commerciality with his own inclinations toward jazz and affection for the songs of Broadway masters and of the Great American Songbook. Left to himself with a jazz partner, he naturally gravitated toward both interests. There were songs here that he had already recorded, but never in so unadorned and yet fully realized a fashion. Evans was an excellent accompanist, using his steady left hand to keep his singer centered, but ready, whenever the vocals were finished, to go off into his characteristically lyrical playing. Bennett could seem a bit earthbound when he came back in (he still wasn't really a jazz singer), but his obvious enthusiasm for the project, coupled with his mastery of phrasing in songs he understood perfectly made him an equal in the partnership. As far as the major-label record business was concerned, the 46-year-old singer might have been over the hill and indulging himself, but in fact he was in his prime and finally able to pursue his ambitions unfettered, and that would prove itself a major boost to his career over time. For the moment, he'd made an excellent jazz-pop hybrid in which both musicians were shown off to advantage. [Of the 20 alternate takes and two bonus tracks included in this complete package, nine are previously unreleased except on the Bennett box set, The Complete Improv Recordings. Not surprisingly, they are more interesting for Evans' different improvisations than for anything else. But they also demonstrate that he and Bennett tried different approaches to the tunes. "Young and Foolish," the lead-off track on their first album, begins with both Bennett and Evans on the refrain, but the alternate take starts with Evans alone, followed by Bennett singing the song's introductory verse instead; the version runs a minute longer. The alternate take of "The Touch of Your Lips," on the other hand, is at a faster tempo and a minute shorter. None of the alternate takes actually improves on the originally released ones, but they show how well considered the album was.]
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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