Duets - Friends & Legends

Duets - Friends & Legends

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by Anne Murray

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…  See more details below


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.

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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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Manhattan Records


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anne Murray   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gil Goldstein   Strings,Accordion,Conductor
Doug Riley   Keyboards
Bob Carlisle   French Horn
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

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
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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Duets - Friends & Legends 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JourneysWriter More than 1 year ago
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.
jcarneg More than 1 year ago
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.