The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings (Four-LP Box Set, 180-g vinyl)

Concord Music Group Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Session with Four-LP Box Set

Exactly 40 years ago, popular music’s top song stylist, Tony Bennett, joined together with the legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans for two albums of sublime duets. Venerated as gorgeous gems of jazz grace, the two LPs, along with numerous alternate takes and bonus tracks, are combined on this 4-LP, 180-g vinyl boxed set, The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings. Included is a collectible lithograph, as well as a deluxe, 12-page booklet featuring rare photos and extensive liner notes by Will Friedwald (co-author of Tony Bennett‘s autobiography, The Good Life).

Blogcritics
As far as the music itself, Evans can’t make a mediocre album, and Bennett in the Seventies is at his best, so put me in the great expectations met camp. Their alternate takes would have been gems for other artists. And it is interesting to hear and try to compare rejected takes with those used on the album. […]

Elmore Magazine
Indeed, Bennett described their semi-spontaneous approach to recording these albums: “I would name a tune, and Bill would say, ‘That’s good, let’s do that.’ We’d find a key and then the two of us would work it out.” […]

Musoscribe: Bill Kopp’s Music Blog
Those who bought the CD set won’t find anything new on this 2015 4LP release, other than the restored warmth of analog. But then that’s something, especially on an organic recording that features only a man’s voice and a piano. […]

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