Life Is Beautiful (Tony Bennett album)

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Life Is Beautiful
Studio album by Tony Bennett
Released 1975
Genre Vocal jazz, traditional pop
Label Improv
Tony Bennett chronology
The Rodgers and Hart Songbook
(1973)
Life Is Beautiful
(1975)
The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
(1975)

Life Is Beautiful is an album released by Tony Bennett in 1975. It was named after the song written by Fred Astaire. The album was the first project of Bennett's own Improv label.[1] The album was Bennett's tribute to the American songbook featuring songs of Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, Irving Berlin and others. The pianist, Torrie Zito, wrote new arrangements for Bennett's large session orchestra.[2] The album was reissued by Concorde with the addition of a separately recorded 13-minute Cole Porter medley.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]

In a review of the album on AllMusic, John Bush believes Bennett "ten intriguing selections for his material...reflecting his 25 years of investigation into the American songbook." He calls Bennett's cover of Duke Ellington's "Reflections" the best track on the album in a "sweetly remembered, world-weary, yet majestic performance". Bush also commends Bennett on the songs "I Used to Be Color Blind" by Irving Berlin and "Experiment" by Cole Porter as "great versions of rare songs by top-drawer composers". He warns though that Bennett's voice "isn't always in top condition here; he strains for a few notes, and several times attempts to power through lines that would've been improved by clever phrasing."[4]

In a separate review on AllMusic, William Ruhlmann explains "the result was a record that had nothing to do with pop music trends in 1975, which was exactly the way that Bennett wanted it. Decades later, it sounds fresher than many of his late '60s/early '70s attempts to be contemporary."[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Life Is Beautiful" (Fred Astaire)
  2. "All Mine" (Jay Livingston and Ray Evans)
  3. "Bridges" (Portuguese: Travessia), with English lyrics by Gene Lees
  4. "Reflections" (Duke Ellington)
  5. "Experiment" (Cole Porter)
  6. "This Funny World" (Rodgers and Hart)
  7. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld)
  8. "I Used to Be Colour Blind" (Irving Berlin)
  9. "Lost in the Stars" (Kurt Weill)
  10. "There'll Be Some Changes Made" (Benton Overstreet)
  11. Cole Porter Medley (on Concorde reissue only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Tony (1998). The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 1416573666. We launched the new label with a bang with Life Is Beautiful named after a song written by Fred Astaire. 
  2. ^ Evanier, David (2011). All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett. p. 229. ISBN 9780470520659. 
  3. ^ "Musicweb International Review". Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Bush, John. Tony Bennett – Life Is Beautiful: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Tony Bennett Sings..."Life is Beautiful": Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2013.