From the Wires
Tony Bennett's Entire Columbia Records Catalog Available Now On iTunes
37 Newly Added Titles Complete Digital Discography of Legendary Artist
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 19, 2012 11:00 AM
NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/RPM Records announce the recent addition of thirty-seven deep catalog album titles to the online discography of legendary recording artist Tony Bennett. Available now on iTunes: Tony Bennett's entire Columbia Records catalog including his Columbia Records singles, outtakes, rarities and more.
The newly remastered and digitized Tony Bennett album collection spans the entire career of the great American pop vocalist as documented in the albums and singles he's made for Columbia Records (beginning in 1952 through the present).
In addition to all of Tony's original albums, each with its original jacket design and original sequencing and, in many cases, bonus material, fans have access to newly curated collections -- "Rarities, Outtakes and Other Delights" (2 volumes) and "The Columbia Singles" (6 volumes).
"The Columbia Singles" brings together for the first time all of the singles Bennett recorded for Columbia Records, the label he signed with in 1950. Most of them recorded in the early 1950s, "The Columbia Singles" includes the a-sides and b-sides that were not included on individual albums.
"Rarities, Outtakes and Other Delights" collects rare tracks, previously unreleased outtakes, guest appearances on other artist's albums, soundtrack songs and more beginning with the recently discovered 1946 V-Disc recording of "St. James Infirmary Blues" that "effervescent delight," which was Tony's very first known recording. Nestled among the "Rarities" are two tracks from another fabled concert Bennett gave at the Latin Casino in Philadelphia with the Count Basie Orchestra, which was recorded and never released.
Tony Bennett fans will rejoice at the first digitization of On The Glory Road, a mythic session recorded in June 1962, at the height of his early 1960s career. A lost Tony Bennett masterpiece, On The Glory Road had been recorded, assigned a catalog number and assembled, only to be left on the shelf when Tony's "(I Left My Heart In) San Francisco" (originally the b-side to "Once Upon A Time") became a national hit and a compilation album of the same name was released instead. A smattering of tracks from Glory Road have been released but this allows fans to hear the whole album presented in its originally intended form.
Tony's latest album, the critically-acclaimed Viva Duets is available on iTunes, a one-stop spot to shop for all things Tony Bennett this holiday season.
Alongside the digital editions of the complete Tony Bennett album collection, iTunes offers ebook and enhanced ebook editions of Tony's memoir "Life Is A Gift" and "The Zen of Bennett," the feature length documentary conceived and created by Danny Bennett, Tony's son and longtime manager.
When Tony Bennett - The Complete Collection was made available in a limited edition box set a year ago, Nate Chinen, reviewing the set for the New York Times (November 23, 2011), observed, "We aren't likely to see a recording career like this again."
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Tony Bennett - The Complete Columbia Records Digital Collection
SOURCE Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/RPM Records
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