Duets

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Petula Clark is nothing if not a strikingly gifted vocalist and a show-biz professional of the old school; she can sing nearly anything she puts her mind to, and will try just about anything (musically speaking) that suits the gig of the moment. All this becomes evident when listening to this collection of tunes Clark performed with other recording artists of note; while she is in fine form throughout, the same cannot always be said for her guests, and the material and arrangements don't always seem especially well suited to her talents. A significant number of the tracks on Duets were taken from television appearances, and some of the numbers seem a bit clunky all these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Petula Clark is nothing if not a strikingly gifted vocalist and a show-biz professional of the old school; she can sing nearly anything she puts her mind to, and will try just about anything (musically speaking) that suits the gig of the moment. All this becomes evident when listening to this collection of tunes Clark performed with other recording artists of note; while she is in fine form throughout, the same cannot always be said for her guests, and the material and arrangements don't always seem especially well suited to her talents. A significant number of the tracks on Duets were taken from television appearances, and some of the numbers seem a bit clunky all these years later, especially mismatched versions of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with a very non-seductive Rod McKuen) and "I'm a Woman" (with Peggy Lee, who doesn't sound at all comfortable with the material), and rewritten versions of songs that point to then-recent triumphs in Clark's career (the worst offender being "Fancy Meeting You Here" with Matt Munro). And while Clark sounds pleased as punch to be singing with Bobby Darin, Perry Como and Dean Martin, their styles don't always mesh especially well (though she fares much better with Harry Belafonte and jazz pianist Oscar Peterson). Clark is in fine voice on more recent recordings with Andy Williams and Anthony Newley, but the same cannot be said for her vocal partners ("The People Tree" with Newley was recorded only a few months before his death, and sadly he sounds like a shadow of his former blustery self). Given the rarity of the television material on Duets, this album will be of interest to Petula Clark completists, but sadly it isn't as impressive as the lineup of participants would lead you to expect. Clark wrote track-by track liner notes for this disc, and to her credit she's unfailingly generous and charming throughout as she remembers her partners in song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206679120
  • Catalog Number: 066791

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Petula Clark Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Petula Clark Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Michael McDonald Mastering
Laura Nyro Composer
Joe South Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Rod McKuen Producer
Lionel Bart Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Wayne Bickerton Producer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
David Gest Executive Producer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Jack Keller Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Teddy McRae Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Gilbert O'Sullivan Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Andy Richards Producer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Claude Wolff Executive Producer
Victor Young Composer
Ian Grant Composer
Jim Pierson Producer, Overdub Producer
Ernie Sheldon Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Leslie Reed Composer
Sidney Wyche Composer
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Ted Carfrae Overdub Producer
David Hadzis Producer
Tony Heester Creative Consultant
Lionel Rand Composer
Brooks Arthyr Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NICE SELECTION BUT MISSING SOME KEY TRACKS

    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.

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