Cheek to Cheek [Box Set]

Cheek to Cheek [Box Set]

by Tony Bennett

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD / with Bonus 7")

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Overview

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett sang before 2014's Cheek to Cheek -- she popped up on his 2011 collection Duets II -- so this standards album isn't exactly out of the blue. Furthermore, the two aren't such an odd pair. Bennett naturally has a long track record not just in regards to the Great American Songbook, but in presenting it to modern audiences, freshening it up for an MTV Unplugged in 1994 and cutting a full album with k.d. lang in 2002, while Gaga is grounded in music theater and cabaret, a background that is perhaps too apparent on Cheek to Cheek even when it serves her well. She has the chops to sing these warhorses but she sometimes seems unsure of her skills, relying on sheer power when she'd be better off easing into a lyric. Gaga also is occasionally betrayed by her taste for camp -- it's fetching when she's re-creating the splendor of 1976 within the album art but when she begins throwing out flirty asides on "Goody Goody" ("I'm no goodie, I'm a baddie"), she slips on the thin ice she's skating upon. Comparatively, Bennett takes things perhaps a shade too casually, relying on charm as much as skill. This isn't entirely a bad thing. His ease provides a welcome tonic to Gaga's eager glee club theatrics and there are some sparks that arise from this contrast. Also, Cheek to Cheek benefits from sharp arrangements and production that draw upon anything from boisterous, full-bore big bands to swinging, intimate cabaret. Such variety helps spice up a pretty predictable set of songs -- it's a familiar parade of Porter, Berlin, Ellington, Kern, with Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh's "Firefly" being the least-familiar tune (although Bennett has recorded it numerous times since the late '50s) -- but Cheek to Cheek is a record where the music and even the songs take a backseat to the personalities. Gaga and Bennett intended to put on a razzle-dazzle show here and that's exactly what they did. Whether you like it or not depends entirely on how much you dig the way they swing.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2015
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602547130259
catalogNumber: 002241902
Rank: 136427

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Anything Goes
  2. Cheeck To Cheek
  3. Don't Wait Too Long
  4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  5. Nature Boy
  6. Goody Goody
  7. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  8. Firefly
  9. I Won't Dance
  10. They All Laughed
  11. Lush Life
  12. Sophisticated Lady
  13. Let's Face the Music and Dance
  14. But Beautiful
  15. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

Disc 2

  1. Anything Goes
  2. Cheek To Cheek
  3. They All Laughed
  4. Lady's In Love With You
  5. Nature Boy
  6. Goody Goody
  7. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
  8. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
  9. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  10. Firefly
  11. I Won't Dance
  12. Don't Wait Too Long
  13. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  14. Lush Life
  15. Sophisticated Lady
  16. Let's Face the Music and Dance
  17. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  18. But Beautiful
  19. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

Disc 3

  1. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  2. Cheek To Cheek

Disc 4

  1. Anything Goes
  2. Cheeck To Cheek
  3. Nature Boy
  4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  5. I Won't Dance
  6. Firefly
  7. Lush Life
  8. Sophisticated Lady
  9. Let's Face the Music and Dance
  10. But Beautiful
  11. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist,Soloist
Paul Horn   Flute,Soloist
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Bob Carlisle   French Horn
Diane Barere   Celli
Elena Barere   Violin,Concert Master
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Stephanie Cummins   Celli
Larry Farrell   Tenor Trombone
Lawrence Feldman   Alto Saxophone
Paul Francis   Drums
Ronald Janelli   Baritone Saxophone
Susan Jolles   Harp
Harold Jones   Drums
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Celli
Lou Marini   Alto Saxophone
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Keith O'Quinn   Tenor Trombone
John Owens   Trumpet
George Rabbai   Trumpet,Soloist
Tom Ranier   Piano
Mike Renzi   Piano
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Sebu Sirinian   Violin
Pamela Sklar   Flute
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Wood   Bass
Laura Frautschi   Violin
Diane Lesser   English Horn,Oboe
Martha Mooke   Viola
Sarah Adams   Viola
Eric Wyrick   Violin
Katherine Anderson   Viola
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Dave Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Laura McGinnis   Violin
Nancy Wu   Violin
Brian Newman   Trumpet
Alex Sharpe   Violin
George Flynn   Bass Trombone
Lisa Tipton   Violin
Katherine Fink   Flute
Jorge Avila   Violin
Sean Carney   Violin
Todd Low   Viola
Nancy Billman   French Horn
Scott Ritchie   Bass
Lady Gaga   Soloist
Tone   Violin
Mike Davis   Tenor Trombone
Yoon Kwon   Violin
Alissa Smith   Viola
Catherine Sim   Violin
Budd Burridge   Trumpet
Vincent Lionti   Viola
Robert Zubrycki   Violin
Pavel Vinnitsky   Clarinet
Theo Primis   French Horn
Barbara Allen   Harp
Nancy McAlhaney   Violin
Xiao-Dong Wang   Violin
Sæumm Þorsteinsdóttir   Celli
Alex Smith   Piano
Mike Atkinson   French Horn
Ellen Westermann   Celli
Steve Kortyka   Saxophone
Sanguen Han   Violin
Laura Bald   Violin
Kristina Musser Gitterman   Violin
Kimberly Foster Wallace   Viola
Barbara Danilow   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Dae Bennett   Producer,Engineer
Danny Bennett   Executive Producer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Sonny Bono   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Orchestration
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Lee Musiker   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Music Direction
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Mike Renzi   Music Direction
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Brian Newman   Arranger
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Marion Evans   Arranger,Brass Arrangment,Brass Conductor
Alessandro Perrotta   Pro-Tools
Alex Smith   Arranger
Steve Kortyka   Arranger

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