Music: The Bells Ring Now, Tony

The Bells Ring Now, Tony

Here in one neat -- not to say lovely -- package is the essence of why CD boxed sets are a blessing. FORTY YEARS: THE ARTISTRY OF TONY BENNETT (Columbia/Legacy) is a four-disc retrospective of one of the world's best song stylists. Not an act of autohagiography, like the current Barbra Streisand set, this 87-tune panorama showcases a singer who is as gracious with a melody as he is generous with his collaborators. Sinatra may supply more drama, Cole may have been cooler, but no one can get to the quick of a lyric with the easy emotion of Bennett. The...

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