Sunday, February 19, 2012

CD Review: Tony Bennett's "Romantic" Voice Shines On New Release

The latest compilation from the legendary Tony Bennett is all about romance. The Concord Music Group gathered 15 of Bennett’s most romantic standards from the 1970s and titled this new album “Isn't It Romantic?” Bennett lends his timeless voice to well-known classics from Rogers & Hart, Cole Porter and Henry Mancini amongst others. Each of these songs was remastered by Joe Tarantino just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Tony Bennett’s voice is so smooth and timeless that these songs could have been recorded yesterday instead of almost 40 years ago. Songs like “Make Someone Happy,” “My Foolish Heart” and “Dream Dancing” seem the most heartfelt as Bennett sings along to only a piano melody provided by Bill Evans. The album flows between the full sound of a big band with songs like “As Time Go By” and “Life Is Beautiful” to the simplicity of only a piano in “But Beautiful” and “Lucky To Be Me.” The song "Lover" places you in a cafe, sitting across from the one you love with your own personal performance from Bennett. The one constant feature in each song is Bennett’s vocal delivery that could only be matched by the late-great Frank Sinatra. It’s amazing at how good these recordings sound and is almost guaranteed to put love in the air.

For more information on this release, as well as other great released from the Concord Music Group, please visit their website at

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