Best of Duets [20th Anniversay]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Accompanying the 2013 Deluxe Edition reissue of Frank Sinatra's Duets is The Best of Duets, a 14-track compilation that rounds up highlights from that 1993 album and its 1994 sequel, adding his duet with Luciano Pavarotti on "My Way," a cut previously unreleased in the U.S. (but available on various international editions of the first Duets). As these two albums are cut from the same cloth -- they were assembled from the same long-distance sessions helmed by Phil Ramone -- they compile nicely, and this collection also benefits by emphasizing vocalists familiar with the Great American Songbook over pop
ock novelties. To be sure,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Accompanying the 2013 Deluxe Edition reissue of Frank Sinatra's Duets is The Best of Duets, a 14-track compilation that rounds up highlights from that 1993 album and its 1994 sequel, adding his duet with Luciano Pavarotti on "My Way," a cut previously unreleased in the U.S. (but available on various international editions of the first Duets). As these two albums are cut from the same cloth -- they were assembled from the same long-distance sessions helmed by Phil Ramone -- they compile nicely, and this collection also benefits by emphasizing vocalists familiar with the Great American Songbook over pop
ock novelties. To be sure, such attention-grabbers as Bono and Chrissie Hynde are here (the latter providing one of the liveliest cuts), but this focuses on Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, and Frank Sinatra, Jr, which does mean this music doesn't seem quite as desperate to please all demographics as it did on the original album. Nothing changes how the Duets project remains a not-entirely essential coda to Sinatra's career, but anybody wanting to sample this swan song would do as well listening to this compilation as they would listening to the actual albums. [A 20th Anniversary Edition was released in 2013.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 602537544936
  • Catalog Number: 001943602
  • Sales rank: 7,583

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet, Soloist
Stevie Wonder Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Barbra Streisand Duet
Gloria Estefan Duet
Aretha Franklin Duet
Gladys Knight Duet
Linda Ronstadt Duet
Luther Vandross Duet
Kenny G Duet
Tony Bennett Duet
Lena Horne Duet
Billy May Arranger
Patrick Williams Arranger
Harold Arlen Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Luciano Pavarotti Duet
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Foster Producer
Kander Composer
Frank Loesser Composer, Lyricist
Luis Miguel Duet
Bono Duet
Billy Byers Arranger
Sammy Cahn Composer, Lyricist
Don Costa Arranger
Pierre Delanoé Composer, Lyricist
Ira Gershwin Composer, Lyricist
Lorenz Hart Composer, Lyricist
Chrissie Hynde Duet
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Jay Landers Executive Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer, Lyricist
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Cole Porter Composer, Lyricist
Phil Ramone Producer
Don Rubin Executive Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Stevie Wonder Duet
Hank Cattaneo Producer
Larry Walsh Mastering
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Frank Sinatra Jr. Duet
Eliot Weisman Executive Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Andy Engel Illustrations
Kiko Cibrian Vocal Producer
Fred Ebb Composer, Lyricist
John Blackburn Composer, Lyricist
Orlando Murden Composer
Jacques Revaux Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Claude François Composer, Lyricist
Gilles Thibault Composer, Lyricist
Charles Pignone Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
LeRoy Neiman Cover Painting
Jose Quintana Vocal Producer
Ronald Miller Composer, Lyricist
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