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|Petula Clark||Primary Artist|
|Petula Clark||Composer, Producer, Liner Notes|
|David Gest||Executive Producer|
|E.Y. "Yip" Harburg||Composer|
|Cary E. Mansfield||Producer|
|James Van Heusen||Composer|
|Claude Wolff||Executive Producer|
|Jim Pierson||Producer, Overdub Producer|
|Bill Pitzonka||Art Direction|
|Ted Carfrae||Overdub Producer|
|Tony Heester||Creative Consultant|
Posted October 1, 2010
I realize that putting together a Duets package on someone is difficult, especially where there is not much of studio recorded duets available. Varese's new PETULA CLARK DUETS features some studio and some TV soundtrack duets with some of the greats. However, clocking in at 54:15, two definite ommissions could have been included with time still left to spare. One track features is the track LEAD ME ON, a single for Petula on Polydor in the UK in the 70s featuring French star, Sacha Distel. I'm extremely happy that this track has finally made CD, but what about the even better B-side called TAKIN' IT ON? Personal opinion would have flipped tracks and used TAKIN' as the A-side upon original release. A second Rod McKuen studio track called LAH-DEE-DAH could have rounded out the set, even if it offered Mr. McKuen two tracks over the other partners. It is a cute song, and hopefully will be included on a forthcoming album of McKuen songs Petula is doing, where this track could be a Bonus feature. Petula gives her own take on each track with comments noted in the booklet, which is a nice touch. I'm not sure of who was responsible for final selection. However, other Petula projects, among other artists produced by Pierson have also lacked, so why should this one be any different. The saving grace of this collection is a newly created duet between Petula and the late great Dusty Springfield mixed last year, with Dusty's portion coming from 1974. "Corner Of The Sky" from PIPPIN takes on a new light, and I'm glad this was able to happen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2008
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