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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Charles Aznavour's double-disc Duos album boasts a lot of starpower and a bunch of his greatest hits, but there's less than initially meets the eye here. Sure, a quick glance at the track listing shows a long list of international superstars who team up with Aznavour to sing duets on the album, including Céline Dion, Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Laura Pausini, Elton John, Johnny Hallyday, Nana Mouskouri, Sting, Josh Groban, Carole King, Paul Anka, Herbert Gronemeyer, Liza Minnelli, and Bryan Ferry. Even the late Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin show up for duets. Moreover, the track listing reads like a greatest-hits collection, compiling the classics ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Charles Aznavour's double-disc Duos album boasts a lot of starpower and a bunch of his greatest hits, but there's less than initially meets the eye here. Sure, a quick glance at the track listing shows a long list of international superstars who team up with Aznavour to sing duets on the album, including Céline Dion, Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Laura Pausini, Elton John, Johnny Hallyday, Nana Mouskouri, Sting, Josh Groban, Carole King, Paul Anka, Herbert Gronemeyer, Liza Minnelli, and Bryan Ferry. Even the late Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin show up for duets. Moreover, the track listing reads like a greatest-hits collection, compiling the classics "Toi et Moi," "Hier Encore," and "La Bohème," among many others. Yet a more careful study of the track listing reveals that the featured superstars show up not once but twice -- once on each disc, in general -- and that the songs are likewise duplicated -- once on the French-language first disc and then, with some exceptions, again on the English-language second disc. Essentially, Aznavour and the guest vocalists cut a French- and English-language version of each song, one for each disc. So there's less than meets the eye here on Duos, as the second disc mostly repeats the first disc, albeit in a secondary language English in most cases, but also Spanish, Italian, and German in the case of the respective Domingo, Pausini, and Gronemeyer duets. This repetition is one thing, but the duets sound almost as canned as the musical backing tracks, as if this were an Aznavour karaoke session. Granted, Aznavour is in fine form, but the duet vocals sound terribly overdubbed and often half-hearted, and worst of all is the music, which couldn't be blander. With little more than novelty appeal going for it, Duos is for Aznavour fanatics only.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Emi France
  • EAN: 5099924368223
  • Catalog Number: 243682
  • Sales rank: 56,056

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toi et Moi (3:38)
  2. 2 Que C'est Triste Venise (3:15)
  3. 3 Les Bateaux Sont Partis (2:27)
  4. 4 Paris au Mois d'Août - Laura Pausini (3:40)
  5. 5 Hier Encore (3:28)
  6. 6 Il Faut Savoir - Johnny Hallyday (3:33)
  7. 7 Mourir d'Aimer (4:02)
  8. 8 L' Amour C'est Comme un Jour (4:09)
  9. 9 La Bohème - Josh Groban (4:21)
  10. 10 Ton Nom (2:53)
  11. 11 Je N'Ai Pas Vu le Temps Passer (3:53)
  12. 12 Mes Emmerdes - Herbert Grönemeyer (3:08)
  13. 13 C'est un Gars (4:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Yesterday When I Was Young (3:28)
  2. 2 Quiet Love (5:27)
  3. 3 Love Is New Everyday (4:09)
  4. 4 Young at Heart (2:55)
  5. 5 To Die of Love (4:03)
  6. 6 She (2:29)
  7. 7 I Didn't See the Time Go By (3:53)
  8. 8 You and I (3:37)
  9. 9 La Bohème (English Version) - Josh Groban (3:30)
  10. 10 El Barco Ya Se Fue (2:28)
  11. 11 The Sound of Your Name (2:53)
  12. 12 You've Got to Learn - Johnny Hallyday (3:33)
  13. 13 Parigi in Agosto - Laura Pausini (3:40)
  14. 14 Als Es Mir Beschissen Ging - Herbert Grönemeyer (2:39)
  15. 15 Everybody Loves Somebody (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Aznavour Primary Artist
Michel Amsellem Piano
Eric Benzi Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
Yannick Hardouin Bass
Laurent Coppola Drums
Nicolas Yvan Mingot Guitar
Loïc Taillebrest Flute, uillean pipes
Technical Credits
Paul Anka Producer
Aldo Nova Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Paul Mauriat Arranger
Charles Aznavour Composer, Personal Manager
Eric Benzi Programming, Producer
Steve Jeffries Producer
Ken Lane Arranger
Michael Kunze Adaptation
Roger Loubet Arranger
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Del Newman Arranger
Phil Ramone Producer
Philippe Saisse Arranger
Marcel Stellman Adaptation
Roland Guillotel Engineer
Al Schmidt Engineer
Eric Mouquet Producer
Georges Garvarentz Composer
Christian Gaubert Arranger
Fred Ebb Adaptation
Raphaël Jonin Mastering
Herbert Kretzmer Adaptation
André Manoukian Arranger
Tom Rainer Adaptation
Nicolas Baillard Engineer
Stanislas Renoult String Arrangements
Jacques Duval Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Duos by Charles Aznavour

    Purchased without prior knowledge of main artist. One selection (with two versions) was a duet with Josh Groban. Being a major Grobanite, was determined to own this recording. Due to Josh's collaboration with various artists and styles, have elevated personal exposure to a gobal level.

    Pleasantly pleased with entire CD. Discovered many selections were duets with other artists that are favourites (i.e. Sting, Placido Domingo).

    Wished the linear notes explained more about the production of the various duets - some obviously electronically engineered (i.e. Sinatra, Dean Martin). Unfortunately, there is no libretto, so songs in languages other than English are not interpreted.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    For enjoyment and replaying once and again,

    Unfortunately the years from which the producers took the indivual sound tracks are not available.It would have explained or enlightened the making of the new tracks,

    But for those of us who do not need further information it is an acceptable product to cherish and remember.

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