Classic Duets

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Frank Sinatra's Duets and Duets II albums were artistic disasters, a tattered way to end a long, distinguished recording career -- and the third CD of duets, Classic Duets, is an obvious attempt to latch onto their undeniable financial success, right down to the similar pastel cover art. But this collection is the real thing -- real duets sung in real time, taken from Sinatra's short-lived ABC television show from 1957 and four subsequent one-hours specials through 1960. This is a series of snapshots of big-league showbiz in the 1950s, set well apart from the timeless concept albums that Sinatra was recording at Capitol at the time. Here, side by side with some of the...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Frank Sinatra's Duets and Duets II albums were artistic disasters, a tattered way to end a long, distinguished recording career -- and the third CD of duets, Classic Duets, is an obvious attempt to latch onto their undeniable financial success, right down to the similar pastel cover art. But this collection is the real thing -- real duets sung in real time, taken from Sinatra's short-lived ABC television show from 1957 and four subsequent one-hours specials through 1960. This is a series of snapshots of big-league showbiz in the 1950s, set well apart from the timeless concept albums that Sinatra was recording at Capitol at the time. Here, side by side with some of the biggest singing stars of the time, Sinatra interacts easily, wisecracking at his partners, rarely missing a beat, the consummate pro making it sound easy. Some of the duets are quite brief -- the number with Louis Prima lasts only a minute -- and lyrics are changed constantly to reflect something that may have been topical or personal at the time. The sound is not unexpectedly variable from track to track -- mono of course, but always listenable. Not all of the pairings strike fire; the "If I Loved You" duet with Shirley Jones -- the original matchup for the film Carousel Sinatra walked out early in the production -- is a mismatch of styles. The teenaged Nancy Sinatra can be heard in her pre-"Boots" manner, trying to stay afloat in Dad's big-band idiom. Yet Sinatra does manage to interact with Ethel Merman, who always keeps going one way like a Sherman tank. It's always a treat to hear Sinatra kidding around with Dean Martin, or cracking up Dinah Shore in the middle of a seamlessly linked medley. The highlight for many collectors and curiosity-seekers is the first official release on an audio CD of the historic Sinatra/Presley duet made shortly after Elvis got out of the Army; the King briefly forgets the words to "Witchcraft" while Frank impeccably swings "Love Me Tender." For jazz fans, the high points are three separate duets with Ella Fitzgerald, providing a taste of what a Frank/Ella album -- talked about but never undertaken -- might have been like. Hearing the frustratingly brief "Put Your Dreams Away" with Sinatra and Fitzgerald, which fades out after 43 seconds, points out the fragility of these kinescopic alliances, how special they were, and how distant they seem from 21st century culture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724354277122
  • Catalog Number: 42771

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Birth of the Blues - Louis Armstrong (3:23)
  2. 2 I'll Never Smile Again - The Hi-Lo's (2:10)
  3. 3 Can't We Be Friends? - Ella Fitzgerald (3:04)
  4. 4 Medley: You Make Me Feel So Young/Them There Eyes/A Foggy Day/I've Got (5:50)
  5. 5 Nice Work If You Can Get It (2:31)
  6. 6 Side by Side - Tri-Tones (2:14)
  7. 7 Something's Gotta Give - The McGuire Sisters (2:16)
  8. 8 If I Loved You - Carmell Jones (3:26)
  9. 9 Together (3:44)
  10. 10 High Hopes - Kids (2:43)
  11. 11 Medley: Sunday, Monday or Always/On a Slow Boat to China/Saturday ... (4:49)
  12. 12 Me and My Shadow - Sammy Davis Jr. (2:38)
  13. 13 September Song (1:57)
  14. 14 You're the Top (1:39)
  15. 15 I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me - Keely Smith (1:05)
  16. 16 Harold Arlen Medley: As Long as I Live/It's Only a Paper Moon/One ... - Lena Horne (3:59)
  17. 17 You Make Me Feel So Young (Old) - Nancy Sinatra (1:55)
  18. 18 Witchcraft/Love Me Tender + Reprise - Elvis Presley (2:15)
  19. 19 Our Love Is Here to Stay (2:22)
  20. 20 Moonlight in Vermont/I May Be Wrong - Ella Fitzgerald (4:33)
  21. 21 Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day) - Ella Fitzgerald (0:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist
Kids Track Performer
Technical Credits
Paul James Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Nancy Sinatra Liner Notes
Josef Myrow Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Paul Mann Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Frank Sinatra Jr. Liner Notes
Andy Engel Illustrations
Frank Collura Producer
Kay Swift Composer
Bryan Kelley Producer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
John Blackburn Composer
Dave Dreyer Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Ruth Lowe Composer
Vera Matson Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Charles Pignone Producer, Liner Notes
Tina Sinatra Liner Notes
Barrie Smithers Producer
Shannon Ward Producer
Billy Rose Composer
Robert Finkelstein Executive Producer
LeRoy Neiman Cover Painting
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