Cloud 7

Released on February 7,1955
Label Columbia
Release Number CL 621
Format 12″ LP Monaural

Cloud 7 was Tony Bennett’s first full-length studio album. Having signed with Columbia Records in 1950, he had turned out a number of hit singles including Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Sing You Sinners, Cold, Cold Heart and Because of You, Cloud 7 was the album that he had wanted to make–a solid jazz long-playing album with a solid group of jazz musicians. Jazz critic  Thom Jurek said that  “The mood is nocturnal, elegant, amorous, hip.”  As a first album by a young singer (Bennett was not even 30 when he made Cloud 7), it’s a remarkable album that defined Bennett not only as vastly popular singer, but a jazz artist with impeccable taste and true vision of his own artistry.

Songs

Side One Side Two
I Fall In Love Too Easily 2:50 My Reverie 2:17
My Baby Just Cares For Me 2:21 Give Me The Simple Life 4:13
My Heart Tells Me 4:54 While The Music Plays On 4:35
Old Devil Moon 2:55 I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me 3:09
Love Letters 2:33 Darn That Dream 3:18
Click a title for detailed information about that song

Primary Musical Personnel

Vocals Tony Bennett
Arranger Chuck Wayne
Tenor Sax  Al Cohn, Caesar DiMauro
Alto Sax Dave Schildkraut
Trumpet Charles Panely
Piano Gene DiNovi, Harvey Leonard
Guitar Chuck Wayne
Bass Clyde Lombardi
Drums Sonny Igoe, Ed Shaughnessy
See individual sessions for listings of all musicians for each recording

Sessions

Cloud 7 was recorded in New York over three sessions in August and December 1954.

August 6, 1954

August 11, 1954

December 22, 1954

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Production Personnel

1955 PRODUCTION NOTES
Producer Mitch Miller
Liner Notes Tony Bennett
2004 PRODUCTION NOTES
Executive Producer Danny Bennett
A&R Steven Berkowitz
Tape Research Lisa Buckler
Reissue Producers Didier C. Deutsch, Darcy Proper
Artist Coordination Patti Metheny, Darren Salmieri
Additional Liner Notes Jonathan Schwartz

Additional Releases

  • 1955: Released in the UK as Philips BBR8089 (excludes My Reverie)
  • 1994: Re-released in Japan
  • 2004: Reissued by Columbia on CD (CD 85806-2)
  • 2011: Disc #9 in the Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK9)

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