Saturday, February 5, 2011
A Record a Week: Tony Bennett - The Good Things in Life
THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE
O SOLE MIO
THE END OF A LOVE AFFAIR
OH, LADY BE GOOD
BLUES FOR BREAKFAST
SOMEONE TO LIGHT UP MY LIFE
IT WAS YOU
LONDON BY NIGHT
THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE (Closing)
Ah, Tony Bennett. Long before the surprising career of Michael Buble, crooning was incredibly popular. This record was released at the latter part of his 'first career' (he did very little between the mid-70s to the mid-80s. He was another victim of the music-industry colonic that was disco). In fact, it is quite possible that Buble would not have had the ability to have the success he has without the resurgence of Bennett's career throughout the 80's, 90's and onward.
Bennett is a singer of Jazz and Standards, which is a similar style to Sinatra, as well as countless others. Backed by Jazz trios, quartets and big bands alike, the style is focused on a smooth, sultry style of singing over top of smooth jazz or pop music. Along with Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., Bennett was part of the earlier success of the crooning style. To try to remain relevant, Bennett partook in more Jazz music and eventually tried his hand at acting. After failing at acting, he took a hiatus and restarted his career with the help of his son as manager.
When it comes to this style of music, I am not a big fan of the slower, drawn-out songs. I do enjoy the tone of voice in his voice and very much like the 'snap your fingers' songs. 'London By Night' is my favourite song on this album, although 'Cute' and ''Mimi' are also good.