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A Wonderful World

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The son of a grocer and Italian-born immigrant, Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he nurtured his dual passions, singing and painting. His boyhood idols included Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, both big influences on Bennett’s easy, natural singing style. ... Read more in Amazon's Tony Bennett Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00007KG70
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Exactly Like You
2. La Vie en Rose
3. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
4. You Can Depend on Me
5. What a Wonderful World
6. That's My Home
7. A Kiss to Build a Dream On
8. I Wonder
9. Dream a Little Dream of Me
10. You Can't Lose a Broken Heart
11. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
12. If We never Meet Again

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Tony Bennett & K.d.lang - A Wonderful World Cd> Popular Musiccd > Popular Music > JazzCD > POPULAR MUSIC > JAZZ

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Never mind the project's odd couple, "He's got a girlfriend; so does she" marketing shuck. A Wonderful World is a musical love affair in all its splendour. Produced by the seemingly chameleonic producer T Bone Burnett (who previously revived traditional bluegrass with spectacular success on O Brother, Where Art Thou?), the septuagenarian legend Tony Bennett and his unlikely contemporary foil KD Lang affectionately court a dozen songs from the Louis Armstrong repertoire with the warmth and natural grace that have been a deceptively effortless Bennett trademark for 50-plus years.

The pair kick proceedings off with a playful, irony-free "Exactly Like You", then perform a tender vocal waltz across both the ages and the masterful, sympathetic orchestrations of the late Peter Matz, one of Bennett's longtime collaborators. But it's on the more melancholy performances, like "If We Never Meet Again", "I'm Confessin'" and the Armstrong perennials "Wonderful World" and "Lucky Old Sun" that the pair tap into something akin to timeless musical telepathy. Her own talents hardly in need of burnishing, Lang invests the project with some gratifying new smokiness and is rewarded with a postgraduate course in saloon singing for the ages. It's an album that begs the best kind of question: when do we get an encore? --Jerry McCulley

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By G. Ormrod VINE VOICE on 6 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
The album may have a very well produced feel to it with all tracks having similar instrumentation, yet it is masterfully done to create a beautiful album that is a joy to listen to.
Bennett & lang may be an unliklely coupling, but their voices do compliment each other very well over some smooth music.
This is a great album to lay back in your lounge to and relax with. It's nothing ground breaking, but the cover versions of Louis Armstrong classics do the tracks great justiceand make you realise how amazong the jazz star was.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jeevinesh on 17 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Lang's silky voice lubricates Bennett's huskiness to produce this masterpiece. This album stands in a league of its own, it is more than just a collaboration between two artists. The sound production is exceptional and the track selection is heavenly. Add it to your collection if you are a jazz lover - trust me, you won't regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Is there an aural equivalent of the blissful feeling we get from smooth chocolate? This album of Armstrong standards, with the velvet tones of Bennett and the unmistakable voice of Lang works a treat. Bennett takes the lead here in terms of vocal space, which may upset the Lang fans that buy this, but they should be happy enough because of the sheer quality on offer here. Lang really does complement Bennett and vice versa. The production [as you'd expect of big bucks name like Bennett] is flawless, and the overall sound is smooth cocktail rather than Armstrong's bluesy jazz. A minor masterpiece, which would have benefitted from more Lang in the mix. This album is one that will go on fairly heavy rotation when first bought, and then will become an old friend, never to part:) Definitely 5/5
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Baz on 1 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
K D Lang has to be one of, if not THE most, underrated vocal talents ever. If you like the American song book you'll love this. Presented with sumptious arrangements by the combination of the master and his apprentice this album is simply gorgeous. A fabulous recording to boot. Buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Heron on 7 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Both of these great artists were born to sing and when you listen to this album you will be convinced they were born to sing together. Tony brings his marvellous voice and a lifetime's experience singing the great American song book. Kd brings an amazing voice and a wonderful freshness. Together they give us an album that is timeless, I have listened to this album over and over again and it never fails to move me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
"A Wonderful World,"(2002), a collection of duets by Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang, to songs inspired by the legendary New Orleans trumpeter Louis Armstrong, included "What a Wonderful World," "Exactly Like You," and "You Can Depend on Me." It was produced by the near-legendary T Bone Burnett, and includes trumpet work by Scott Hamilton. Of course, in 2002, the New York-born crooner was 76 years old; and his voice was not what it once was: but still, the embers of it, with its liquidity, smoothness, intonation and phrasing are enough to cast his light upon the world. Critic Howard Garwood wrote of him, "He has the face you'd want on your neighborhood bar owner - seamed, rumpled, and infinitely kind.... It's the face of a man who has seen life and triumphed, and who proclaims his joy of living through one of the best sets of pipes in the business."

And as for K.D. Lang's voice, 2002 found it still in top form. It's a thing of unearthly, silken beauty, a voice that comes along only once in a generation: in her case, from Alberta, Canada. I remember seeing her once on late night television, early in her career, wearing the silliest cowgirl outfit and hopping up and down, and wishing I could tell her that with her voice, she didn't need to hop, she could leave that to Herman's Hermits. Of course, I couldn't, but she seems to have figured it out, anyway.

The title song, as done by this pair, boasts all the colors of the rainbow. And some of the quieter ballads are still waters running deep, indeed. Just listen, to say, "La Vie En Rose," or "If We Never Meet Again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Flynn on 18 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
.....and it certainly is with artists like Tony Bennett taking the youngsters of today under his wing and showing us all how good they can be together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SD99 on 4 Feb. 2013
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Very mooth, and the voices compliment each other. Would like to hear a similar project where they tackle another subject.
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