Duets II

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the multi-platinum success of Duets, Capitol Records assembled Duets II, a sequel that followed the blueprint of its predecessor to the letter. Assembled from leftover tracks from the first album, Duets II is a somewhat more consistent album than the original. Lacking the superstar names of the first Tony Bennett, Julio Iglesias, Kenny G, Barbra Streisand, Bono, Aretha Franklin, the artist roster on the sequel generally consists of either faded stars Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, Gladys Knight or mid-level singers Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan who are popular within their genre, but fail to command the attention of the general public. However, there are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the multi-platinum success of Duets, Capitol Records assembled Duets II, a sequel that followed the blueprint of its predecessor to the letter. Assembled from leftover tracks from the first album, Duets II is a somewhat more consistent album than the original. Lacking the superstar names of the first Tony Bennett, Julio Iglesias, Kenny G, Barbra Streisand, Bono, Aretha Franklin, the artist roster on the sequel generally consists of either faded stars Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, Gladys Knight or mid-level singers Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan who are popular within their genre, but fail to command the attention of the general public. However, there are standouts like Lena Horne and Antonio Carlos Jobim who help lift Duets II to a higher level than Duets. But that's a minor distinction, actually. The nature of the electronic duet prohibits the album from having any sort of emotional resonance, even on tracks that feature strong vocals by Sinatra or his partner. It might be nice to hear Horne and Sinatra together on "Embraceable You," but the song doesn't rise above anything more than a technical marvel. The real tragedy is, their performance hints that the album could have been so much more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/1994
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724382810322
  • Catalog Number: 28103
  • Sales rank: 6,808

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist, Vocals
Lorrie Morgan Track Performer
Willie Nelson Track Performer
Eydie Gorme Track Performer
Jimmy Buffett Track Performer
Neil Diamond Track Performer
Gladys Knight Track Performer
Patti LaBelle Track Performer
Linda Ronstadt Track Performer
Lena Horne Track Performer
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet
Patrick Williams Conductor
Jon Secada Track Performer
Luis Miguel Track Performer
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Rhythm Bass
Chrissie Hynde Track Performer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Track Performer
Clay Ostwald Keyboards
Rita Quintero Background Vocals
Terry Trotter Piano
Stevie Wonder Harmonica, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Ron Anthony Guitar
Gregg Field Drums
Frank Sinatra Jr. Track Performer
Jorge Noriega Background Vocals
Bill Miller Piano
Technical Credits
Quincy Jones Arranger
Billy May Arranger
Patrick Williams Arranger, Director, Musical Director
Earl Robinson Composer
John Aquilino Engineer
Edwin Bonilla Contributor
Billy Byers Arranger
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ed Calle Contributor
Jorge Casas Contributor
Bill Cavanaugh Engineer
Don Costa Arranger
Mike Couzzi Engineer
Charles Dye Engineer
Frank Foster Arranger
Larry Greenhill Engineer
Don Hahn Engineer
Jay Healy Engineer
Tom Hensley Vocal Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim Contributor
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Alan Lindgren Vocal Arrangements
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Juanito Marquez Contributor
George Massenburg Engineer
Paul McKenna Engineer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Charles Paakkari Engineer
John Patterson Engineer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Charles Pollard Contributor
Jose L. Quintana Vocal Producer
Ed Rak Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Don Rubin Executive Producer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Ted Stein Engineer
James Van Heusen Composer
Dick Williams Vocal Arrangements
Frank Wolf Engineer
Hank Cattaneo Producer
Carl Glanville Engineer
Bernie Becker Engineer
Paul Cartledge Engineer
T-Bone Demmar Engineer
Geraldo Fernandes de Souza Jr. Engineer
R.R. Harlan Engineer
Scott Perry Engineer
Rick Southern Engineer
Larry Walsh Engineer
Tom Young Engineer
Bill Zehme Liner Notes
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Eliot Weisman Executive Producer
Ron Taylor Engineer
Andy Engel Illustrations
Kiko Cibrian Vocal Producer
Allen Lewis Composer
Eric Schilling Engineer
LeRoy Neiman Paintings
Bart Howard Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I really like this C.D. and I've had it for a while,

    I originally bought it for the Luis Miguel duet with Frank Sinatra but I end up liking all the other artists as well, since I love Jazz an also I'm a big Sinatra fan. I will say however about the Luis Miguel duet...he holds back! and yes he's probably the best singer in the world, but he holds back a lot. His people are very conservative, that's why going to his concert is great because you realize that no one really comes close to him...seriously he's that good. I wish he would get over his fears and sing in English for once, maybe a compilations of his hits including "amarte es un placer" the song. (google it, and listen to it, is great)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is really bad

    Frank was seventy-nine years old when he recorded this. His voice wasn't good because of his age and years of smoking. The recordings of Sinatra in the 1950's and 1960's are the best. A young Sinatra is my favorite singer. The people he is singing with aren't really all that good either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mid level Singer??? I love Frank but let me say, with all due respect, not even Frank compares to Luis Miguel

    Okay, the only reason why Frank wanted Luis Miguel in his duets album is because he is/was very well aware of who LUIS MIGUEL is. Please do yourself the favor to attend one of his concerts. You will be blown away with his beautiful strong voice, he sound even better live than on his records, as opposed to most artist who sound horrible live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frank Sinatra is great!

    this cd is awsome! it is playing right now. i love the origanal songs on this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ignorance Is Not Bliss

    The album is overall ok. I honestly only took it into consideration because of Luis Miguel. To the person who called Luis miguel a mid level singer....you obviously barked up the wrong tree. You must understand that Luis Miguel is Huge everywhere not just in Mexico. Your Ignorance is offensive. I'll give you a bit of advise, be open minded. You seem to think that the only way an artist can make it big is if he does so in the US. Well news flash thats not true. I'll tell you why. Because you could go to another country and ask people what they think of Frank Sinatra and sadly they probably wont know who your talking about but you ask them about Luis Miguel and they will tell you he's wonderful. Grow up a little and pick up some taste while your at it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ignorant when it comes to Luis Miguel the Elvis of Mexico

    I cannot believe you refer to Luis Miguel as a mid level singer. I am dumbfounded! How can you voice such a strong remark about someone who has been refered to as the Latin Elvis or Sinatra Latino. A man who has won 5 Grammys his first at the tender age of 14! World Music Awards, 1 American Music Award, an a Star in the walk of Fame in Hollywood! He has been number 1 for more than 21 years in not only the spanish speaking countries but also in the Portuguese and Italian nations. I am shock when u call Luis Miguel a mid level singer , what's more I find your comments extremely ignorant. That'd be just like calling Sinatra or Elvis an average singer. Luis Miguel may not have recorded in english yet, but he is a living legend and even here in Australia his records are widely sold

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Far from a MID-LEVEL singer

    Quite dissapointed after reading the negative commentary about Mexican singer Luis Miguel. Ignorace is no excuse for such foolishness. Has the reviewer ever listened to ''Romance''? Ever felt chills at the sound the title track of ''Amarte es un placer''. Thousands of L.M. fans bought this album just to get a chance to hear him sing in English (a special treat). This man's talent has made him so popular that even casual sightings of him on the streets of New York or L.A. have made national news. Not an exageration, he is that talented. The record company and Sinatra knew these things when they invited him to participate. Now as to the quality of the album as a whole, it's not as good as Duets (original), buy still worth getting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SINATRA AND CHRISSIE HYNDE

    This cd is worth it just for ''Luck be a Lady'' alone. Chrissie Hynde just oozed the feeling of this song as if she and Frank had spent years singing it in saloons. The Two DUETS by Sinatra and Partners are not the strongest vocals by the man, but choice of singers is very good and breathes a lot of new life into some old material

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Number One!!

    I believe that this album is very good and I truly believe that Luis Miguel gives this album a great up-lift to it. I feel that Luis was invited to participate for two reasons; one he is a great singer and two (with all do respect) to sell this album to all spanish speaking people which cover millions and millions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mid level singer!

    I just bought album for the duet with LUIS MIGUEL who IS NOT A MID-LEVEL SINGER. Just because he does not sing or records in English DOES NOT MAKE HIM A MID-LEVEL SINGER. He Sings better than all of the other's singers in the album! He has followers all over the world, including those who do not speak SPANISH!

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