Tony Bennett I Wanna Be Around... Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Bennett Sounds As If He's Onstage Feet Away!
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Tony Bennett I Wanna Be Around on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity. 1963 Vocal Set Is Trademark Bennett: Calm, Cool, Collected, Charming. Brims With Mellow Ballads, Softly Swinging Pop, and Memorable Arrangements.
Recorded during his peak era, Tony Bennett’s I Wanna Be Around continues the
crooner’s upward trajectory as he nestles into a superb batch of heartfelt
ballads, softly swinging pop, and frisky bossa nova with the kind of charm,
control, and coolness reserved for a legend. The follow-up to the singer’s
breakthrough I Left My Heart In San Francisco (also available from Mobile
Fidelity on 180g LP MFSL 1-358), this 1963 set is every bit its predecessor’s
equal. Read: A bonafide vocal classic.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition 180g LP presents Bennett in to-die-for sound. 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. And we’re not
just talking about the inferior digital editions. Previously unheard degrees of
warmth, expressiveness, and detailing are just some of the newly uncovered
aspects of this majestic recording.
Pairing again with producer Ernie Altschuler and pianist Ralph Sharon, and
adding the skills of expert arranger Marty Manning, Bennett navigates his way
through heavenly pop territory, turning phrases that bridge myriad moods and
feelings—wistful, romantic, sentimental, longing, happy, autumnal—while making
listeners feel each and every word that seemingly tumble out of his mouth.
Bennett fully invests himself in the performances. And part of the appeal is
just how relaxed he remains, a trait that helped him propel both the title track
and “The Good Life” into Top 20 hits.
Decades before he’d join the likes of Bono for a Duets album that reprised some
of the classic material found here, Bennett perfected on I Wanna Be Around a
traditional vocal pop sound that is best described as the touch of velvet. His
mellow singing spans from conversational to soaring, his timbre sensational and
note-perfect. Bennett inhabits the lyrics as if every song were expressly
written for his voice. What’s more, the arrangements remain sympathetic, neither
over- nor underdone, resulting in a superb combination of color, style,
sophistication, and suaveness.
Mobile Fidelity’s collectible 180g LP resonates with standard-setting
transparency, imaging, projection, smoothness, and dimensionality. Capturing a
human voice remains the most difficult recording task. Suffice it to say that
this LP will join the ranks of the very best recordings you own. And of course,
the music is on the same elevated level as the sound.
• 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. The Good Life
2. If I Love Again
3. I Wanna Be Around...
4. I've Got Your Number
5. Until I Met You
6. Let's Face The Music And Dance
1. Once Upon A Summertime
2. If You Were Mine
3. I Will Live My Life For You
4. Someone To Love
5. It Was Me
6. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars