This 1957 record by Tony Bennett is an unlikely record to have inspired the Laughing Clowns and their quest for brilliance, but with its array of drummers - Art Blakey, 'Philly' Joe Jones, Chico Hamilton and Billy Exiner; it's little wonder that after a close listen, you begin to hear the influences. For my crooner dollar, it's hard to beat Sinatra's In The Wee Small Hours, though this baby comes pretty close.
This title was released on CD in 1997 as a part of Columbia's Best Value series and Bennett's own Master Series alike. Naturally, it's out of print on the convenient format.
- Side one
- "Let's Begin" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) - 2:00
- "Lullaby of Broadway" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) - 2:24
- "Let There Be Love" (Ian Grant, Lionel Rand) - 2:03
- "Love for Sale" (Cole Porter) - 3:08
- "Crazy Rhythm" (Irving Caesar, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Joseph Meyer) - 2:07
- "The Beat of My Heart" (Johnny Burke, Harold Spina) - 2:24
- Side two
- "So Beats My Heart for You" (Pat Ballard, Charles Henderson, Tom Waring) - 2:49
- "Blues in the Night" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) - 2:50
- "Lazy Afternoon" (John Latouche, Jerome Moross) - 2:21
- "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (Irving Berlin) - 2:47
- "Just One of Those Things" (Porter) - 2:03