Tony Bennett - The Ultimate American Songbook Vol 1

Now entering his 84th year Tony Bennett, has trawled his back catalogue to present a personal selection of classics from the American canon. The collection, released to coincide with a UK tour and BBC Radio 2 documentary, features twenty one classic tracks from ‘Begin the Beguine’ through to ‘Take a Chance On Love’ and comes with a unique ‘Ultimate Access Pass’ which allows fans to access a wealth of online extras including a further seven downloadable tracks. As you might expect when bringing together a living legend and a cast of songwriting greats including Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Fats Waller the results are sublime, Bennett’s honey tones breathing new life into these omnipotent classics. He’s no Frank Sinatra but he’s never less than engaging, particularly on more recent work such as the delightful Unplugged rendition of ‘Moonglow’ with k.d. lang. Now’s your chance to engage with the inimitable Mr Bennett, catch a 60th anniversary live show and appreciate the genius of one of the last living links to the great age of variety. They don’t make them like this anymore.

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