Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the January 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Sonic Clarity and Presence Will Blow Your Mind!
Tony Bennett I Left My Heart In San Francisco on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity. A Performance for the Ages: Landmark 1962 Vocal Pop Set Established Bennett’s Career. Bennett Has Never Sounded Better on Any Record!
Can there really be a definitive album from a singer whose voice is one of the
most immediately recognized and internationally cherished, and whose command of
songs is akin to the manner in which an able-bodied masseuse handles delicate
muscle tissues? If so, then I Left My Heart In San Francisco is that record, the
1962 effort a turning point for the great Tony Bennett and an all-time pop
standard. Winner of two Grammy Awards, the record contains Bennett’s signature
track as well as eleven other indelible classics.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition 180g LP presents Bennett in the finest sound he’s ever enjoyed.
Amazingly, this landmark recording has lavished in the vaults over the years and
longed for the restoration that meticulous engineering can bring. Gone is the
veiled haze that hung over the orchestrations, artificial ceiling that held back
the highs, and cloudiness that obscured the entire range of Bennett’s vocals.
Previously unheard levels of warmth, expressiveness, and detailing are just some
of the hallmarks of this terrific audiophile delight.
At the time of the album’s sessions, Bennett found himself caught between the
need to sing thin up-tempo numbers in order to appease the marketplace and the
desire to move beyond the jazzier material he tackled in the late '50s.
Unwilling to compromise his will to sing ballads and swing, Bennett, along with
producer Ernest Altschuler and arranger/pianist Ralph Sharon, found the perfect
combination on I Left My Heart In San Francisco, replete with expansive
orchestration, period echo, anthemic ballads, and lush pop arrangements that
still leave plenty of room for intimacy and delicacy.
There’s little left to say about the timeless title track, amidst the most
definitive songs ever recorded. Similarly, the closing “The Best Is Yet to Come”
ranks equally high, with Bennett’s rendition coming a full two years before
Frank Sinatra’s version. It’s no wonder why The Voice deemed Bennett his
favorite singer. The proof is everywhere, whether on the brassy “Rules of the
Road,” big-band bossa nova send-up of Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale,” tender
“Have I Told You Lately?,” or the white-gloves treatment of the Broadway tune
“Once Upon a Time.” Bennett’s charismatic personality and refined singing ring
true throughout, his burnished baritone as clear as spring water.
Now, hear this triumphant performance as if Bennett is singing to you on a
private stage. Witness every breath, and experience the thrill of the singer
holding a note for what seems like eternity on “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”
without flinching. Seldom, if ever, has a vocalist’s singing sounded so
effortlessly natural and innate. Mobile Fidelity’s 180g LP is simply unmatched
in terms of sonics, spaciousness, and sensation.
One of the five-best vocal albums ever made. Order your collector’s copy today!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
2. Once Upon A Time
3. Tender Is The Night
5. Love For Sale
6. Taking A Chance On Love
1. Candy Kisses
2. Have I Told You Lately?
3. Rules Of The Road
4. Marry Young
5. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
6. The Best Is Yet To Come