Viva Duets
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
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.
At his highest point, nobody bought his stuff, and now, at his lowest - and with help from his sons, Danny, his manager, and Dae, the sound engineer of his latest outings - he goes on top of Billboard charts...
But in all honesty, I agree with what Kurt B. Reighley writes: "More so than its predecessors, the third installment in Bennett's "Duets" franchise seems like an exercise in commerce, not art.
The 86 year-old jazz icon teams with a dozen Latin crossover stars, but rather than explore material that might follow this conceit to a logical -- and interesting -- conclusion, the program mostly rehashes songs and arrangements previously showcased on the first two "Duets" sets.
There's no bandoneon, no "Bésame Mucho."
The vocal performances display the chemistry fans expect -- when Marc Anthony turns up the heat on "For Once in My Life," Bennett follows suit -- but otherwise "Viva Duets" feels lifeless".
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
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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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
We were a little disappointed with this purchase. We had hoped for more Tony Bennet and less other singers. Should have read a little closer and found a CD of classics instead.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
I'm not really sure why there are some negative reviews on this CD. These are great Bennett classics mixed with some of the best Latin Music artists around right now. I'm not sure if people were expecting them to sing it all in English, or what, what but this CD is AWESOME! My two favorite tracks are his songs he did with Thalia and Juan Luis Guerra. (JLG is one of my favorite Latin artists of all time!)

I encourage those who are reading these reviews, and are sitting on the fence about this CD, to slide off of it, and just get it! If you truly like Tony Bennett you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
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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