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Duets [2 LP/2 CD/DVD][20th Annversary Edition]
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- Duets and Duets II, newly-remastered, and for the very first time on 180-gram vinyl in a gatefold LP jacket
- Duets and Duets II, expanded and newly-remastered on 2 CDs with rare and unreleased tracks including two never-before-released recordings: 'One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)' featuring Tom Scott and 'Embraceable You' with Tanya Tucker plus the rare bonus tracks 'Fly Me to the Moon' with George Strait and two versions of 'My Way' one recorded with Luciano Pavarotti and the other with Willie Nelson.
- A standard DVD featuring new interviews, the official Duets EPK and a promo video for the I've Got You Under My Skin duet with Bono.
- A 20-page LP-sized booklet with rare photos and both the original and brand new liner notes.
- Plus an exclusive, stamped lithograph.
This special edition comes complete in an elegant 12 inch square box featuring a brand new cover with a gold foil-stamped title.
Referred to as 'The Recording Event of the Decade,' the certified 3x-platinum Duets brought together an array of global superstars including Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand and Luther Vandross for an album of standards including many songs instantly associated with the 'Chairman of the Board.' Duets made history for its cutting-edge recording techniques, its renowned stars and for being one of the top selling albums of 1993 putting the then 77-year-old Sinatra at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts between Pearl Jam's Vs. and Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell II.
The highly successful follow-up, Duets II, was released the following year. Duets II includes Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Lena Horne, Chrissie Hynde, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight. Once again, Sinatra celebrated a top ten record with Duets II charting at No. 9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 11 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 15 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 16 months ago by Nancy Franklin