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Duets [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
     

Duets [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

by Frank Sinatra
 

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As a marketing concept, Frank Sinatra's comeback album Duets was a complete success. A collection of Sinatra standards produced by Phil Ramone, the record wasn't a duets album in the conventional sense -- Sinatra never recorded in the studio with his partners. Instead, the other singers recorded their tracks separately, sometimes in

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As a marketing concept, Frank Sinatra's comeback album Duets was a complete success. A collection of Sinatra standards produced by Phil Ramone, the record wasn't a duets album in the conventional sense -- Sinatra never recorded in the studio with his partners. Instead, the other singers recorded their tracks separately, sometimes in different studios, and the two tracks were pasted together. In the case of several duet partners, including Bono and Barbara Streisand, this means they rely on camp as a way of making their performances interesting. Duets was a gigantic hit, rising to number two on the pop charts and selling over two million copies, becoming Sinatra's single most commercially successful record. The album was promoted as a piece of nostalgia, primarily to baby boomers but also to Generation X as a piece of kitsch. "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," essentially a solo performance introduced by an instrumental from saxophonist Kenny G, is a track in which the real emotional core of Sinatra's music is on display. [For the 20th Anniversary of Duets, the 1993 album that was Frank Sinatra's last studio album (and, accordingly, his last big hit), record was released as a Deluxe Edition that also contained its 1994 sequel Duets II. These two records were combined once before, back in 2005 as Duets & Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collectors Edition, but this is distinguished by bonus tracks: the original Duets contains a version of "My Way" with Luciano Pavarotti and a "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) with Tom Scott, while Duets II has a "My Way" with Willie Nelson, "Embraceable You" with Tanya Tucker and a version of "Fly Me To The Moon" with George Strait.The Super Deluxe Edition arrives in a 12X12 box set and contains a 20-page booklet, the two expanded CDs, Duets and Duets II on vinyl, then a DVD containing the original Electronic Press Kits and promo videos from the release, plus some new interviews.]

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Release Date:
11/19/2013
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0602537544929
catalogNumber:
001945102
Rank:
22478

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