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Viva Duets

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VIVA DUETS is the third duets-themed project from 17-time Grammy winner Tony Bennett, following the platinum selling and critically praised DUETS and DUETS II CDs. Featuring many top names in the Latin recording industry, VIVA DUETS finds Bennett performing his greatest hits with a celebrated roster of artists including Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera, Ricardo Arjona, Chayanne, Franco De Vita, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Juan Luis Guerra, Dani Martín, Romeo Santos, Thalía and Vicentico.  A truly international endeavor, VIVA DUETS, features performances in English and Spanish, with artists representing nine countries and three continents.  

 Tony Bennett is known for recording duets live and VIVA DUETS was no exception, with sessions recorded in Ft. Lauderdale, New York, and in the case of famed Mexican performer Vicente Fernández, on his 400 acre ranch in Guadalajara. All of the tracks are from Bennett’s extensive hit catalog, with the exception of the duet with Vicente Fernández, which features an English/Spanish version of the song, "Return To Me," originally recorded by Dean Martin. VIVA DUETS presents Bennett's classic songs with an international flavor that will generate widespread appeal for this unique multi-lingual presentation. Working with this unprecedented list of Latin artist, many of whom he met for the first time in the recording studio, Bennett commented, “Each of these artists were so warm and welcoming that there was an instant rapport. Latin music has always been about melody and harmony and a lot of soul, so there was a very close artistic connection with each duet guest.  I am absolutely thrilled about the record.”

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  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B008RMFJQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mr Anthony Dominic Benedetto has just released "another duets " collection.
While the previous two installments clocked above one hour, this is above half an hour of much of the same, in English and Spanish, the language of his occasional partners.
Overall, I'm not sure what to make of this album.
Bennett's voice shows increasing signs of age here, even if his interpretive skills are good throughout: nevertheless his voice "doesn't always blend that well with, say, the breathy R&B-inflected tenor of Romeo Santos, the gravelly Ricardo Arjona or the hammy delivery of Vincente Fernandez, who joins him on a ranchero-flavoured version of the Dean Martin hit Return To Me".F. Shepherd.
Some duets work, others don't, and I can't help but feel that many guests simply aren't suited to Tony Bennett's musical backing and the way he does his songs.
The track list shows no novelty: we have been hearing those songs from Tony over and over again, even on his previous Duets.
I have no idea who would listen to this.
The overall feeling is that there is "no feeling" at all, it's a sterile, useless re-hash in the current marketing fad.
Mr Bennett has done much better than that.
This, actually, is the lowest point of his bizarre career.
I keep enjoying his The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings, Art of Excellence, Art of Romance and Perfectly Frank.
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I'm not sure why, but Tony Bennett seems to be stuck in this rut of duets. In fact, Columbia Records seems to be too. The label seems to be insisting on these, and Columbia is making Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis do duets albums.

But here we are, another duets album, following two others, and a duets blues album and a duets album with kd lang. How I wish Columbia or Danny Bennett would allow him to make one of his classic concept albums.

With this present disc, at age 85, 86, Bennett sounds wonderful and in good voice, for the new tracks. Some of these "new" tracks sound identical to some of the tracks on Duets I and II, with the same vocals and instrumentation. So it appears as if some tracks were recycled with new duet partners.

Perhaps this will introduce Mr. Bennett to more in the Latino world, which isn't a bad thing. But let's hope that this is the conclusion of this duets fad, so we can get some more "real" Tony Bennett records, like "The Art of Romance."
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First, let me say that Mr. Mitnick's review here almost turned me off from the cd. Who knew so much politics could be wedged into a cd of old standards. The presidential debate seems to be pushed into every nook someone can find....now I have to think of that everytime I listen to these great songs. I don't really care about Tony's politics, and I care even less about some random music reviewer's political perspective.

Now, on to the music itself. All well done in Tony's normal great style, with a good selection of singers to join him. I just wish he would broaden his selection of songs. They are of course all great standards, but so many seem to be just lifted off previous cd's of his. There are lots of great standards out there that I wish he would add to the mix.
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I think it's time for Tony Bennett to cut these Duet albums.
Though I don't prefer Spanish singing, some songs are nicely done.

But my main complaint about this album is that more than half the songs on this album were already used on his previous 2 Duets albums.
With all the great classic songs to pick, why recycle the same songs? I don't get it.
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By Maria on January 14, 2013
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I love Tony Bennet but I don't like the translation of the songs, why they do this?. He is amazing in the way he sings in his language. I don't agree with the selection
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I did not read properly and did not realize it is Latino duets. A gift for a non- spanish speaking 85 year old...My mistake
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By BruceG on December 26, 2012
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I was hoping for more than just Latino artists singing American tunes. More Latin flavor. But hey, it IS Tony Bennett.
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Following the success of Duets: An American Classic and Duets II, Tony Bennett is back with a third collection of duets, this time with Latin stars. I did not buy this disc from Amazon; I purchased the Target version with four bonus tracks. Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony (his ex J. Lo was probably too busy), and Christina Aguilera sing their parts entirely in English; the rest sing in Spanish, but join Tony for a couple of English lines. Tony's singing is entirely in English. Not all of the recordings are new; some of them are the backing tracks from DUETS: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC and DUETS II, with new vocals dubbed in.

All in all, a nice effort, although I hope Tony picks some different songs for his next DUETS project.
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I just hope this is the end of the duets. Tony used to be about honesty and integrity with his recordings. These duets albums are nothing about that, but about being cash cows. Sure, his concept albums didn't sell like these things did, but we need some true Tony Bennett albums. Time to make some... Read More
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