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on 8 August 2009
Tony Bennett / Bill Evans remains one of the greatest albums ever released and it's a joy to see it finally getting the re-issue treatment it so richly deserves .
You also get the pairs second release (Together Again) and a full disc of alternate takes but , for me , the real stuff comes from that original classic ( Disc 1 tracks 1-9 of this release.)
What i love about it most is getting to hear Tonys voice in that stripped down , late-night setting , so rich , powerful and full of emotion. These are some of the very best tracks he's ever put out and are a joy to listen to , time and time again .
In a review of an earlier version of this album i had to confess that i knew little about his sparring partner here , Bill Evans , however this new release also comes with an absolutely perfect 18 page essay by Will Friedwald which has gone some way to addressing that situation . Very informative and helping me appreciate this sublime music even more , it was almost worth the money just for the sleevenotes and photos , i had always wanted to know more about this album , now i do ! It was especially good to read about Bills last phone call to Tony when he told him to forget all the other stuff and focus on "the truth and the beauty " , well they certainly had done that very thing 6 years earlier that's for sure.
A perfect re-issue both for newcomers and long term admirers , fresh perspective on an all time legendary album .
Great work by all concerned .
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on 31 December 2014
This is a really great double album by, in my opinion, two of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Tony Bennett has a unique purity of tone who is without fail pitch-perfect. His treatment of this wonderful collection of standards shows off his superb phrasing and extensive range, and he never fails to bring both admiration and joy in equal measure to this listener.

Bill Evans is a true master of his instrument and his understated playing always allows Tony centre stage, except when taking a solo, when his command of jazz piano comes through with inventive and sometimes humerous improvisations.

All in all this album is both simple and compact in sound, but also a beautifully balanced and fully satisfying whole. A masterpiece!
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on 11 October 2009
This record set, from the mid-'70's, brings together two of the very best exponents of modern-jazz "easy-listening" ever recorded. An extraordinary combination of singing and playing very much more like two instrumental soloists than a singer with piano accompaniment. And we are treated to a splendid selection of tunes, each given an interpretation that is original, tasteful and exhibits impeccable musicianship and musicality. A rare treat - not to be missed. If you like quality singing and the very best of piano jazz this is for you.
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on 28 March 2015
An inspired pairing. One of the best. Bennett'e voice is loud, free and unrestrained - and yet delicate. Total control of his material and sits so snugly inside each of his songs. Bill Evans - 'Masterclass' - not simply along for the ride - not just backing musician. He's subtle when required in support of Bennett, but when let loose in between he's strong, forceful and dynamic. An absolutr JOY!
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on 8 January 2018
This is a wonder cd, both for listening and emulating (fat chance!).
Tony Bennett is positively not a one-song singer!!
Bill Evans breathtaking, as always.
Very good compilation for my taste.
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on 12 October 2017
An excellent set of two amazingly talented artists who are flawless in their performances. As close to perfection as you can get. I can't stop playing this album on my radio show but have had to rein in my enthusiasm as I don't want to annoy my listener. I think everyone should have a copy of this album by law
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on 26 June 2014
I think this is one of the best albums for any Tony Bennett fan. Not only does the track listing include many of his best recordings but the arrangements are superb.
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on 3 December 2009
I used to own the LP recording of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans and it was wonderful to have it. Imagine my suprise when I found there was a lot more on two CD's. As you can see I purchased two copies, one for a lady friend of mine who actually saw Bill Evans in New York, this lady (no names) had a leading part in the film "A passage to India" we are both overjoyed to own this wonderful recording, and for those who want quality this is an absolute must.
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on 8 January 2015
Two great artists and it shows in the recording
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on 30 January 2015
Bennett in his prime, with Bill Evans, superb.
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