Duets: An American Classic

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In celebration of his 80th birthday, Tony Bennett performs 18 of his hits and favorite numbers with famous duet partners including Sting, Bono, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Tim McGraw -- all live in the studio with the master.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Tony Bennett has so many adoring celebrity fans it should come as no surprise that when a major duets album is planned, he's able to draw a roster of the biggest recording stars from the rock and vocal worlds, plus a pair of country music wildcards. This despite the fact that he recorded an album with several duets in 2001, and a full-album collaboration one year later with k.d. lang. One...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
In celebration of his 80th birthday, Tony Bennett performs 18 of his hits and favorite numbers with famous duet partners including Sting, Bono, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Tim McGraw -- all live in the studio with the master.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Tony Bennett has so many adoring celebrity fans it should come as no surprise that when a major duets album is planned, he's able to draw a roster of the biggest recording stars from the rock and vocal worlds, plus a pair of country music wildcards. This despite the fact that he recorded an album with several duets in 2001, and a full-album collaboration one year later with k.d. lang. One surprise is how well producer Phil Ramone paired Bennett with both duet partners and fitting standards -- among them Barbra Streisand on the optimist's anthem "Smile," Dixie Chicks for the flapper standard "Lullaby of Broadway," Bono on the wickedly spiteful "I Wanna Be Around," Tim McGraw on "Cold, Cold Heart" the Hank Williams song that was Bennett's biggest country crossover hit, Stevie Wonder on his own "For Once in My Life," Juanes for "The Shadow of Your Smile" which was a hit first for the Brazilian Astrud Gilberto, and Sting on the torch song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Even the title of "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" seems fit for George Michael to sing. Each performance was recorded with Bennett and his duet partner live in the studio -- it could be no different for such an old-school vocalist -- and the setup allows for maximum warmth and congeniality. Yet, aside from the novelty of the billings, Duets: An American Classic doesn't thrill like Bennett's solo recordings of the previous ten years. The arrangements of Jorge Calandrelli are heavy on serene strings that wrap the melodies in layers of soft gauze, and few concessions are made to the needs of the material; virtually every song is either a soft vocal pop number or a finger-snapping swinger. As befits an all-star affair, every edge is polished to a fine sheen and, more than a few times, the feelings his duet partners attempt to summon sound quite superficial. Of course, every vocal interpreter in the business sounds a little forced when compared to Tony Bennett.
Rolling Stone - James Hunter
1/2 Nobody inhabits a song with more casual fire than Tony Bennett, and on this collection of duets, the guest stars follow his heroic lead..... On Duets, nobody loses.
Toronto Star - Geoff Chapman
Backed by his touring quartet and, often, massed orchestral strings, he's in fine fettle throughout.

1/2 Nobody inhabits a song with more casual fire than Tony Bennett, and on this collection of duets, the guest stars follow his heroic lead..... On Duets, nobody loses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768097922
  • Catalog Number: 80979
  • Sales rank: 2,798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lullaby of Broadway - Dixie Chicks (3:03)
  2. 2 Smile (4:41)
  3. 3 Put on a Happy Face (3:15)
  4. 4 The Very Thought of You (4:01)
  5. 5 The Shadow of Your Smile - Juanes (4:34)
  6. 6 Rags to Riches (2:40)
  7. 7 The Good Life (3:20)
  8. 8 Cold, Cold Heart - Tim McGraw (3:17)
  9. 9 If I Ruled the World (2:56)
  10. 10 The Best Is Yet to Come - Diana Krall (3:39)
  11. 11 For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder (3:24)
  12. 12 Are You Havin' Any Fun (2:45)
  13. 13 Because of You - k.d. lang (4:04)
  14. 14 Just in Time - Michael Bublé (2:17)
  15. 15 The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (3:23)
  16. 16 I Wanna Be Around - Bono (3:01)
  17. 17 Sing, You Sinners - John Legend (2:18)
  18. 18 I Left My Heart in San Francisco (3:55)
  19. 19 How Do You Keep the Music Playing? (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist, Vocals
Barbra Streisand Vocals
Elvis Costello Vocals
Celine Dion Vocals
Billy Joel Vocals
Elton John Vocals
Paul McCartney Vocals
George Michael Vocals
Sting Vocals
James Taylor Vocals
Dixie Chicks Vocals
Tim McGraw Vocals
Bono Vocals
Chris Botti Trumpet
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Bill Charlap Piano
Lawrence Feldman Flute
Harold Jones Drums
k.d. lang Vocals
Lee Musiker Piano
Gary Sargent Guitar
Stevie Wonder Vocals
Torrie Zito Conductor
Pinchas Zukerman Fiddle
Diana Krall Vocals
Juanes Vocals
Michael Bublé Vocals
John Legend Vocals
Paul Lagosch Bass
Technical Credits
Cy Coleman Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Sacha Distel Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Dae Bennett Engineer
Danny Bennett Executive Producer, Management
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Orchestration
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Humberto Gatica Vocal Mixing
Adolph Green Composer
Arthur Hammerstein Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Johnny Mandel Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Lee Musiker Musical Director
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Jack Reardon Composer
Thom Russo Engineer, Vocal Producer
Charles Strouse Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Sadie Vimmerstadt Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Torrie Zito Brass Arrangment
Ron Miller Composer
Tom Young Engineer
Geoff Parsons Composer
John Turner Composer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
James Minchin Back Cover
Ian Wright Cover Art
Sam Coslow Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Orlando Murden Composer
Dudley Wilkinson Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Brian Dozoretz Digital Editing
Charlie Pakkari Digital Editing
Kevin Harp Digital Editing
Lee Adams Composer
W. Frank Harling Composer
Cyril Ornadel Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Legendary CD

    Like a fine wine, Tony Bennett seems to improve with age. And bringing back these beautiful and lyrical classic tunes are what most people over the age of 30 want to hear. The songs have stunning lyrics and haunting melodies. And coupling Tony with some of the greatest modern artists like the amazing Stevie Wonder, the magnificent Celine Dion and the dulcet tones of KD Lang was nothing less than a stroke of genius. I recommend this to EVERYONE and guarantee you will enjoy it, no matter how young you are!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    This is wonderful.

    Heartwarming and romantic and fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Tile, Great album!

    The fabulous classical flutist, Pamela Sklar, can be heard on six songs, including 'Smile', 'The Shadow of your Smile', 'Because of You' and For Once in My Life'. She sounds so beautiful!! Pamela Sklar's name- along with the names of the orchestral woodwind and string players- is missing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tremendous Recording!!

    I love the flute soloist on Shadow of Your Smile. It sounds like Pamela Sklar, who is on Dream Theater recordings and their Live at Radio City Hall DVD. I'd even be willing to bet that it is her!! So, I checked the album credits...but it appears that a number of musicians aren't listed there. There is a jazz flutist is listed, but he has a completely different sound and style of playing than Pamela sklar. I know Pamela's playing from a number of recordings. I would recommend a complete listing of all instrumentalists on the credits- write to the producers or record company.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He still can sing

    Eighty-years-old and his voice is still going strong. There were great songs and guests on this CD.

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