Lady Gaga e Tony Bennett they return to sing together for the second and last time in the new album Love for Sale. This tribute to Cole Porter is in fact the last record of the career of the great crooner who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016. In harmony, excited, there is the sweetness in the moved eyes of an artist who sees next to her a master met ten years earlier at a charity event. It was 2011 in New York, the city of both, when he joined her backstage: “Would you like to sing a song with me?”.
Lady Gaga immediately answered yes and that was the beginning of it all. As far as Love for sale celebrating this ten-year union.
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York the disc is a set of 10 jazz songs (twelve in the delux version) recorded both with orchestral arrangements and in ensemble jazz and shows the complicity of two artists who in these ten years of friendship have learned to love each other but above all to blend their voices perfectly. It leaves room for the care, for the instruments played by an orchestra that fills the spaces, for the protagonist piano, in an elegance of the perfectly curated sound on which two voices are supported so different but perfectly compatible that they exchange Porter’s words in a dialogue that at times it seems to speak of that stainless bond that unites them. In fact, here is a piece like So in love from a declaration of love it turns into a heartfelt dedication by Bennett to the friend at his side. The warmth of the great American crooner alternates with the fluidity of the chameleon artist always at ease with this classicism, to join in emotional harmonies that give the listener a record that will be the soundtrack for this autumn, bringing to light the nuances of historical passages such as I’ve Got you Under My Skin O Let’s Do It of the great American composer.
Two generations, 35 and 95, two worlds that come together: on the one hand Lady Gaga, for him only “Lady”, his lady, who rediscovers her origins and her great love for jazz, on the other an artist who through her manages to reach new generations, leading to I listen to historical songs that come back to life to stay.
The idea of finding themselves in a second job was born at the end of their first album Cheek to cheek in 2014, then the following year winner of the Grammy for best traditional pop album. “Let’s go record it before I finish birthdays,” Bennett tells her just before her 92nd. Three years later the result arrives at everyone’s disposal, to settle down as an indelible sign of their eternal friendship and esteem.
It will air on CBS on November 28 One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, a one-hour special featuring images of the two concert events at Radio City Music Hall in New York on August 3 and 5, 2021, in the last two public appearances of Bennett who turned 95 on August 3.
Love for Sale – la tracklist
Night and Day
Love for Sale
Do I love You
I Concentrate On You
I Get a Kick Out of You
So in Love
Let’s Do it
Just One of This Things
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Deluxe Version)
You’re The Top (Deluxe Version)