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For some reason, I think "Duets" often gets a bad rap. Many people did not like this album. I found this a very enjoyable album. It contains 13 tracks (actually 15 songs becuse " two songs are medleys of two songs). All of these tracks are classic Frank Sinatra tunes. On each track, Frank is "paired" with a Contemporary Music Artist that will sing a duet with Frank. With some clever production work from producer Phil Ramone, the end result is a great product. However, there are two reasons I can see where some of the protest comes from this album: First up, this was one of the last albums that Frank would make (it was released in 1993). Clearly, one this collection, Frank is well past his peak - and you can hear it in his voice.Read more ›
I am so unbelievably sick and tired of these alleged Sinatra "fans" pouring forth their venom upon an album which, you know what folks, really is not all that bad. Shock of shocks, if you really LISTEN to the album without analyzing every note and musical substructure, it is actually quite a pleasure.
No, this is not the Frank Sinatra of the continually fawned over Capitol years or even that of his early Reprise careers. That Sinatra was technically flawless on virtually everything he recorded, while at the same time being able to inject his music with emotional power.
The Sinatra of Duets and Duets II is not as technically perfect as the man of decades (yes, DECADES) past, but what he lacked in 1993 in form and phrasing is more than made up for in wisdom and emotion.
Why is it that Sinatra in particular is always attacked for getting older and for not being the singer he was 30-40 years earlier. Other performers don't suffer that same fate. Tony Bennett was and is a superb singer, but have you listened to the man lately, he is not exactly the same one who made I Left My Heart in San Francisco a hit 40 years ago. However, how often is he criticized or attacked for the ravages time has inflicted on his voice, rarely. Instead, the critics chirp about how great his new more fully jazz style is. No such reprive for Frank Sinatra.
Those Sinatra fans who can not appreciate the full scope of Sinatra's career have missed the boat.Read more ›
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one of the greatest various artists collections ever made.. I saw the track list on Amazon, and was shocked how good the selections were, but there were no copies available.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ho Chi Minh
I've always liked this album. Great duets with Barbra Streisand, Anita Baker, and so on. I think this first one is much better than the second, but that's probably to each his or... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Neil Delaney
Even at 79, Frank was nothing less than great, and still going strong. The duets complement his voice, and add a few more songs to his eternal legacy.Published 14 months ago by Nancy Franklin
FRANK AND FRIENDS DECIDED TO GO AND HANG OUT IN THE STUDIO AND LAY DOWN SO STANDARDS FROM HIS TIME. IM GLAD THEY DID, IT WAS A SMASH AND IT WAS PRODUCED BY QUINCY JONES. Read morePublished 15 months ago by charles jones