Duets - Friends & Legends

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Not resting on her laurels -- 50 million records sold since her 1967 debut with "Snowbird" -- Anne Murray has teamed with legendary producer Phil Ramone on what is certainly one of the early surprises of 2008 and, moreover, one of the best recordings of her distinguished career. Many of the songs here have been mega-hits, but for this special event the Canadian thrush (whose mature voice shows an appealing rough edge these days) teamed up with a cast of all-star female vocalists and revisited some of the grand moments in her recording history. With Shelby Lynne releasing a contemporaneous tribute album to Dusty Springfield, Murray offers her own tribute to the pop-soul ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Not resting on her laurels -- 50 million records sold since her 1967 debut with "Snowbird" -- Anne Murray has teamed with legendary producer Phil Ramone on what is certainly one of the early surprises of 2008 and, moreover, one of the best recordings of her distinguished career. Many of the songs here have been mega-hits, but for this special event the Canadian thrush (whose mature voice shows an appealing rough edge these days) teamed up with a cast of all-star female vocalists and revisited some of the grand moments in her recording history. With Shelby Lynne releasing a contemporaneous tribute album to Dusty Springfield, Murray offers her own tribute to the pop-soul diva in the form of a lush, soulful duet of "I Just Fall In Love Again," with Dusty's ethereal vocal imported from her original 1979 recording, and the two voices meshing seamlessly in the aching closing verse and chorus. Lynne herself joins the proceedings on a stomping cover of Lennon-McCartney's "You Won't See Me," a real barnburner of a track made doubly incendiary by the thundering drums, soaring, Beatles-like horns, and chanting female background chorus. A beautiful orchestral arrangement and a more introspective vocal add an earthier feel to Murray's new treatment of Kenny Loggins's "Danny's Song," to which Martina McBride lends an affecting blues-tinged reading. The disc's most seductive moment is an orchestra-and-small combo waltz rendering of Murray's 1980 Grammy winner, "Could I Have This Dance," featuring a silky vocal contribution from Amy Grant. Emmylou Harris, Celtic Woman, Shania Twain, k. d. lang, and Sarah Brightman (on a feisty rendition of "Snowbird") make the most of their moments as well, and Murray knocks everything out of the park, without any performance enhancers save her own impeccable vocal artistry.
All Music Guide - Thomas Inskeep
For her 34th studio album, Anne Murray recorded a set of duets with many of her favorite female singers, from Nelly Furtado to Sarah Brightman. There are a number of country duet partners here, such as Shania Twain, Emmylou Harris, and Martina McBride, but there are even more pop-oriented women singing with Murray, encompassing the likes of Celtic Woman and Celine Dion. This makes perfect sense, as Murray's always straddled the pop-country fence effortlessly. Her singing on Duets: Friends and Legends is just as effortless. Now in her fifth decade as an active recording artist, her voice hasn't lost a beat, sounding just as pure and clear as it did on 1970s "Snowbird" (done here with a surprisingly relaxed, easy vocal from Brightman, sounding for all the world like a young Olivia Newton-John). The majority of these songs are ones which have been sizeable hits for Murray in the past, most of which work nicely recast as duets, or at least showcases for harmony singing. There are exceptions, of course: sadly, the late Dusty Springfield's voice doesn't fit "I Just Fall in Love Again" at all, and Nelly Furtado sounds mightily out of place on "Daydream Believer." But for each of those there's an Emmylou Harris on "Another Pot o' Tea," k.d. lang matching Murray perfectly on "A Love Song," and most of all, Shania Twain showing up with what might be the best vocal of her career on the classic "You Needed Me." Murray clearly inspired most of her duet partners to bring their "A" games, and since she's pretty much always on hers (and Phil Ramone, of all people, provides sterling production which knows when to stay out of the way), what results is often magical.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2008
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • UPC: 094638627821
  • Catalog Number: 86278
  • Sales rank: 31,446

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anne Murray Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gil Goldstein Strings, Accordion, Conductor
Doug Riley Keyboards
Abe Appleman Violin
Kevin Axt Bass
Diane Barere Cello
Elena Barere Violin, Concert Master
Virgil Blackwell Bass Clarinet
Peter Bleakney Bass
Peter Cardinali Bass, Background Vocals
Jim Cox Keyboards
Gary Craig Drums
David Finck Electric Bass
Michael Francis Background Vocals
Brian Gatto Keyboards
Hae Young Ham Violin
Georges Hebert Guitar
Birch Johnson Tenor Trombone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Barry Keane Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Ann Leathers Violin
Richard Locker Cello
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Rob Mathes Strings, Conductor
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Dean Parks Guitar
Shawn Pelton Drums
Lou Pomanti Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes Bass
Steve Sexton Keyboards
Pamela Sklar Bass Flute
Andy Snitzer Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Gregg Field Drums
Diane Lesser English Horn
Billy Masters Electric Guitar
Craig Mumm Viola
Carol Webb Violin
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Dawn Langstroth Background Vocals
Aidan Mason Guitar
David Chan Violin
Chris Hall Tuba
Phil Myers French Horn
Nathan Moore Background Vocals
Vince Lionti Viola
Chris Caswell Keyboards
Enrico DiCecco Violin
Jonathan Dinklage Violin
Katherine Fink Alto Flute
Irene Breslaw Viola
Katherine Fong Violin
Desiree Elsevier Viola
Catherine Ro Violin
Eva Burmeister Violin
Bob Carlisle French Horn
Technical Credits
Anne Murray Producer, Audio Production
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
John Stewart Composer
John Lennon Composer
Kenny Loggins Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Gil Goldstein Horn Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jeff Balding Engineer
Charlie Black Composer
Rory Michael Bourke Composer
Jim Cox rhythm arrangement
Steve Dorff Composer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Randy Goodrum Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Producer
Harry Lloyd Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Gene MacLellan Composer
Rob Mathes Horn Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Doug McClement Engineer
Bob McDill Composer
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Bill Rice Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Gloria Sklerov Composer
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
Victor Young Composer
Larry Herbstritt Composer
Larry LeBlanc Liner Notes
Peter Hamilton Engineer
Steve Genewick Digital Editing
Glenn Matullo Engineer
Allister MacGillivray Composer
Tommy Rocco Composer
Pamela Phillips Composer
Paul Grady Composer
George Seara Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's done us proud

    To my heart and mind, there are two singers who represent Canada - Gordon Lightfoot and Anne Murray. While Lightfoot has written and performed songs that capture the Canadian personality, Anne has presented herself on the world stage as a proud Canadian and built a significant career her way, which included remaining in Canada. There are songs so tied to Anne's voice that I was wondering how a duet format could ever enhance. Takes a lot of courage to reinterpret songs like "You Needed Me", "Danny's Song" and "A Love Song" but Anne bravely steps into her proven territory and shares the spotlight with today's top female vocalists. The most successful pairings, in my opinion? k.d. lang on "A Love Song" is worthy of serious radio time. This song is now a classic reborn. Shania Twain's contribution on "You Needed Me" lends a heart-breaking tone to this beautiful song. Olivia Newton-John on "Cotton Jenny" allows the twangy, country feel of the song to show its face. Anne's daughter Dawn offers the most gentle vocals of all on "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do". Some of the other pairings are curiousities. Carole King's vocals on the song she wrote "Time Don't Run Out on Me" really do not help the song regain any relevance. Nelly Furtado on "Daydream Believer" sounds as if she's wondering how she ended up in this situaton. But we can't ignore the fact that these guest vocalists assembled to record with a singer they admire, and a career they respect. And for this reason, Anne has done us proud, very proud.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure bliss

    I've been an admirer of Anne Murray since I first listened to one of her recordings (it was still vynil) back in my years as an adolescent. Since then I've always enjoyed her remarkable and distinctive voice, sincerity in her delivery, and the emotion she imparts to the lyrics. I was unaware of this DUETS recording until a friend of mine recommended it to me a while ago. I enjoyed it immensely; her selection of songs and singing partners could not have been better. Listening to it rekindled cherished memories of my youth and college years for which I'm deeply grateful; I've played it again and again and it always leaves me with a blissful feeling.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This has become my favorite CD

    I have loved Anne Murray's voice since I first heard her on the radio (and this was when the "good music" was on AM!), own several of her LPs as well as CDs and once relished her performance live in the 90's (we had seats in the third row and my husband swears Anne made eye contact with him). When I saw that she had teamed up with other excellent women vocalists, I had to check out the recording. I fell in love with it the first time I listened to it. There were some of my favorites of Anne's -- Danny's Song, When I Fall in Love Again, Could I Have This Dance -- and some I'd never heard -- Another Pot O'Tea, Song for the Mira, Nobody Loves Me Like You Do. On every song the two singers' voices blend or contrast or support each other, whatever is needed for that particular piece. The production is outstanding. Some of the songs make me smile, some make me cry and I wind up singing along to most of them. I especially love Time Don't Run Out on Me with Carole King (another favorite singer/songwriter), Cotton Jenny with Olivia Newton-John and Nobody Loves Me Like You Do with Dawn Langstroth (who was new to me). There's also an exceptional live recording of Anne and Celine Dion, from a PBS special I remember seeing, where Celine surprised the audience by joining Anne in "When I Fall In Love," which both recorded and has hits with. This is really a terrific CD and I have already given two as gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Duets: Friends & Legends

    For any person who enjoys the distinctive sound and music of Anne Murray, this is a "must have" for your collection. It is a soothing rendition and collaboration of familiar songs and talented vocalists, mixed with the traditional, unique sound that is Anne Murray. Featuring vocal legends, such as Dusty Springfield, Olivia Newton John, and Carole King and intermixing some of today's most prolific artists....Amy Grant, Celtic Woman, Martina McBride, Celine Dion (just to name a few) this CD is destined to be a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Super!

    If you are an old fan of Anne Murray's then you will like this album as much as I do! Not only do you get Anne Murray singing her old favorites but you also get fantastic singers like Nelly Furtado, Emmylou Harris, k.d. lang, and Celine Dion combining their vocal power with Anne's. The CD booklet that comes with it contains interesting comments from Anne and each singer on what the song means to them and how they went about recording it. Super!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Duets - Friends & Legends

    Anne - I have always loved your music and have many of your albums. You were sent to us when we needed you the most. However, I just saw a clip of Sarah Brightman, you and Jann Ardon (I think) singing "Snowbird" at the Juno Awards. You have always been such a wonderful hostess with all your guests however, I thought you were less than friendly to Sarah Brightman especially when Jann Ardon came out on stage. I still can't believe that you did that. Now I don't know who Jann Ardon is and perhaps she is a special friend of yours but still I thought you treated Sarah Brightman as if she wasn't even there. And frankly Anne, Sarah is a great talent, perhaps more so than anyone else you have as a guest on this album. You will always be a bright star in my life and I really hope I am being too sensitive with this incident with Sarah Brightman and the Juno Awards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this album should get grammy of the year

    I got this album for my birthday love it my favority's are I just fall in love again with Dusty Springfeild another pot of tea with Emmylou Harris you needed me with Shaina Twain could I this dance with Amy Grant and snowbird with Sarah Brightman I don't care for Celine Dion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shakes the Soul

    Anne Murray's distinctive throaty, deep and yet female voice, will be playing in the background when you check in with Saint Peter in the Hereafter...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply the best!

    About the time you think an artist can't improve on perfection, they go and suprise you. I fell in love with her voice in 1970. She is a positive role model to many of today's artist's. She's professional & prepared in everything she does. This album is full of great songs with different twists. My favorite is Nobody Loves Me Like You Do with her daughter Dawn. But the duet with Dusty Springfield is amazing!!! You can tell that all the ladies on the album are thrilled to work with Anne. Whether you're a die hard Anne Murray fan like me or new to her music, this record is a keeper. Happy listening!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best duet albums

    it seems these days many artists put out duet albums to make some quick sales. anne murrays new album is a perfect mix of singers bty all women who compliment each other. this is a greqat album!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Duets - Friends & Legends

    The Duets are beautiful and for those of us who have loved you for so many years, the duets are overdue. Celine Dion's performance, although live rather than in the studio was good also. Anne, it is quite a coup to get Sarah Brightman as one of your duet partners and I'm pleased that you were able to do that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I have loved and been a fan of Anne Murray for for a long time I have every album I love Anne's music and I know I am going to love this album Anne Murray wanted to to duets with only female artists that's fine I hope Anne Murray keeps on going don't stop Anne Murray still has a very beautiful voice that still lights up a room.

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    Posted November 23, 2010

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