Tony Bennett

I Left My Heart in San Francisco/I Wanna Be Around

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Along with his producer, Ernest Altschuler, and his arranger/pianist Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett had been searching for a repertoire and a musical approach beyond his long-gone pop work with Mitch Miller of the early 1950s and his artistically pleasing but commercially dicey jazz work of the mid- to late '50s. It seemed to be a combination of Broadway songs and other contemporary material, carefully selected and arranged to show off Bennett's now-burnished vocals. With this album, they found the key, not only by happening across a signature song in the title track, but also in the approach to songs like "Once Upon a Time" and "The Best Is Yet to Come," which Bennett helped make a standard. I Wanna Be Around, also on this two-fer, had a lot to live up to, but since San Francisco was a culmination of Bennett's development, not a fluke, I Wanna Be Around turned out to be almost on a par with its predecessor. "The Good Life" and "I Wanna Be Around" became Top 20 hits, showing that Bennett had somehow found a line into good new pop material. A worthy successor.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:54 Amazon
2 3:00 Amazon
3 2:41 Amazon
4 2:52 Amazon
5 3:10 Amazon
6 1:56 Amazon
7 2:27 Amazon
8 2:42 Amazon
9 2:37 Amazon
10 2:23 Amazon
11 2:43 Amazon
12 2:30 Amazon
13 2:18 Amazon
14 3:22 Amazon
15 2:12 Amazon
16 2:47 Amazon
17 2:54 Amazon
feat: Ralph Sharon
2:49 Amazon
19 2:02 Amazon
20 2:16 Amazon
21 2:31 Amazon
2:01 Amazon
23 3:07 Amazon
24 3:11 Amazon
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