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Tony Bennett/Bill Evans The Completed Tony Bennett/Bill Evans

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Tony Bennett and Bill Evans The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings on Limited Edition 180g 4LP Box Set

Jazz at Its Most Natural: The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings Vinyl 4LP Box Set Includes Tandem's Remarkable 1975 and 1976 Albums, Plus Alternate Takes and Bonus Tracks

Remastered By Nick Phillips, Delightful-Sounding Box Provides Endless Enchantment: Pianist and Vocalist Recorded Every Note Together, Not in Isolation Booths

Citing his collaborations with Bill Evans as among the works he holds dearest to his heart, Tony Bennett sounds absolutely sublime and completely in sync with the revered pianist on this enchanting box set. This sonically astute and dead-quiet 4LP collection includes the two albums--The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and Together Again--the duo made in the mid-70s and adds alternate takes and bonus tracks from both sessions. Remastered by Nick Phillips, and featuring liner notes by Bennett autobiographer Will Friedwald, The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings is jazz at its most natural.

Originally released in 1975 on Fantasy, The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album, the first meeting of the vocalist and pianist, presents the pair performing standards as well as a moving rendition of the pianist's classic tune "Waltz for Debby." Other standards include "But Beautiful," "The Days of Wine and Roses," "Young and Foolish" and "The Touch of Your Lips." Bennett recalls that the pair didn't even discuss song choices before the session: "I would name a tune, and Bill would say, 'That's good, let's do that.' We'd find a key and then the two of us would work it out. For about 45 minutes, we'd work out the arrangement, he'd say, 'Do you wanna modulate here? How many choruses do you want?' And then we would play it through and work out all the changes and all that."

In 1976, Bennett and Evans returned to the studio for Together Again for Improv Records. It's another low-lights, high-improv date of standards that opens with an Evans solo rendition of "The Bad and the Beautiful" and continues with moving readings of "Lucky to Be Me," "You're Nearer," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Lonely Girl," "You Must Believe in Spring," and another Evans original, "The Two Lonely People." Both sessions - recorded together, not in isolation booths - yielded several fine alternate takes that are included here, as well as two bonus tracks from the second date, including a superb version of Cole Porter's "Dream Dancing."

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Tony Bennett/Bill Evans The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings Box Set Contents:

LP1
1.  Young and Foolish
2.  The Touch of Your Lips
3.  Some Other Time
4.  When In Rome
5.  We'll Be Together Again
6.  My Foolish Heart
7.  Waltz For Debby
8.  But Beautiful
9.  Days of Wine and Roses

LP2
1.  The Bad and The Beautiful
2.  Lucky To Be Me
3.  Make Someone Happy
4.  You're Nearer
5.  A Child Is Born
6.  The two Lonely People
7.  You Don't Know What Love Is
8.  Maybe September
9.  Lonely Girl
10. You Must Believe in Spring

LP3
1.  Who Can I Turn To?
2.  Dream Dancing
3.  Young and Foolish (alternate, Take 4)
4.  The Touch Of Your Lips (alternate, Take 1)
5.  Some Other Time (alternate, Take 7)
6.  When In Rome (alternate, Take 11)
7.  Waltz For Debby (alternate, take 8)
8.  The Bad and The Beautiful (alternate, Take 1)
9.  The Bad and The Beautiful (alternate, Take 2)
10. Make Someone Happy (alternate, Take 5)
11. You're Nearer (alternate, Take 9)
12. A Child Is Born (alternate, Take 2)
13. A Child Is Born (alternate, Take 7)

LP4
1.  The Two Lonely People (alternate, Take 5)
2.  You Don't Know What Love Is (alternate, Take 16)
3.  You Don't Know What Love Is (alternate, Take 18)
4.  Maybe September (alternate, Take 5)
5.  Maybe September (alternate, Take 8)
6.  Lonely Girl (alternate, Take 1)
7.  You Must Believe In Spring (alternate, Take 1)
8.  You Must Believe In Spring (alternate, Take 4)
9.  Who Can I Turn To? (alternate, Take 6)

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