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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 22, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • ASIN: B008RMFJQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,047 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
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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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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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Tony Bennett used to frequent my neighbor in the Bronx when I was a teenager over fifty years ago and I never forgot what a nice approachable man he was. He was friends with the owner of our neighborhood dry cleaners. I purchased His first duet album which I loved so it was natural for me to be curious about this Latin version. He and the artists he collaborated with are terrific!
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It has been quite some time since I ordered this CD from Amazon, but I never grow tired of listening to it Tony is my favorite singer and even though he is over eighty year old, his voice is still as melodic as ever.

We need more music of this type on the radios and television. Tony says in his latest book, he would never stoop to sing less than a top notch song. I applaud his standing up for the Great America Songbook songs in this CD.
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I was disappointed with this collection - and I have all the duets albums. It felt like the great featured latin artists were singing with previously recorded songs. I was hoping for new arrangements.
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Mr. Bennett is the best and he is so super to come alongside today's talent and sing timeless duets with them. What amazing sounds come from him and his guests!! Fun to watch the DVD that they filmed during the taping of his duets album!! He's amazing!
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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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