Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Astoria is both Tony Bennett's mature look back at the very young man pictured on its cover and his affirmation that the values he and his Queens, New York, community forged midcentury are still relevant ones. In a mix of ... more »
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Astoria is both Tony Bennett's mature look back at the very young man pictured on its cover and his affirmation that the values he and his Queens, New York, community forged midcentury are still relevant ones. In a mix of trio and orchestra recordings, Bennett sings a trenchantly chosen stack of classics dealing with longing ("The Girl I Love"), contentedness ("The Folks That Live on the Hill"), and aching ("The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," which he originally cut as his first single for Columbia in 1950, and "When Do the Bells Ring for Me"). A couple of new numbers provide a sort of continuity, but even without them Astoria is one man's testament--filled with a universality much bigger than the trendiness that occasionally attended Bennett's commercial rebirth in the '90s. --Rickey Wright
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Mark Hoover | Lansing, MI USA | 06/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a Tony Bennett album, in every sense of the word. First, as a record album, it is a well-produced, impeccably recorded (triple-digital), and sensitively compiled collection of songs that will delight you if you are a Tony Bennett fan already, and surprise you if you're not. Second, as a personal album, it expresses Bennett's need to show the continuity of what matters across the expanse of his own life, to remember the people and places that are worth remembering, and savor their lasting influence. Everyone is from somewhere, and this album takes you to where Bennett is from. You will like the territory. Certainly, you'll enjoy listening to this by yourself, and will probably think about your own roots as you do, but you'll enjoy it even more if you are lucky enough to have a sophisticated uptown woman accept your invitation to come over for a highball. Put this album on, smoky and low, and then focus on more important things....Bennett's been called the last of the saloon singers, a high compliment and an apt one. Like the subjects of his musical portraits here, Bennett has delivered the goods over the long run. Classic American music."
Tony Bennett Is A Singer's Singer
Jay R. Adler | Massapequa,NY | 05/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll never forget when Frank Sinatra when asked to describe Tony Bennett called him a "singer's singer". This CD, Astoria: Portrait of the Artist brings us back to a different time, when there were singing waiters (Tony was one in Astoria, Queens) and he even goes back to being an infantry man in WWll. But these songs depict the smoothest and the best in crooning, something we don't usually come across in our American Idol mentality today.There are two selections on this CD that I must refer to as absolutely outstanding and they are "The Folks That Live On The Hill" and "Where Did The Magic Go". These songs reap nostalgic memories from all of us who are mature enough to appreciate a gentler time with negligible anxiety and no web to constantly bannish us to. This is top notch, classy fare and the CD brings out the masterful style of Tony Bennett and his cherished history.
Jay Adler, Massapequa, New York"
marshall blondy | northville, mi United States | 07/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i found this cd on a shelf at home. i played it in the car and i am delighted each time i listen to it. what a great way to go to work and even better coming home from work. many of the songs are a bit obscure but still wonderful.i have loved his music for the past forty years.he truly is a wonderful entertainer."