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Duets II [Frank Sinatra]


  • 1. For Once in My Life
    2. Come Fly with Me
    3. Bewitched
    4. Best Is Yet to Come, The
    5. Moonlight in Vermont
    6. Fly Me to the Moon
    7. Luck Be a Lady
    8. Foggy Day, A
    9. Where or When
    10. Embraceable You
    11. Mack the Knife
    12. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? / My Funny Valentine
    13. My Kind of Town
    14. House I Live in, The (That's America to Me)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 28103

  • Credits
    ProducerPhil Ramone
    EngineerAl Schmitt; Ed Rak

    Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra (vocals); Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica, piano); Antonio Carlos Jobim (vocals, piano); Gladys Knight, Jon Secada, Linda Ronstadt, Crissie Hynde, Willie Nelson, Luis Miguel, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Lena Horne, Jimmy Buffett, Lorrie Morgan, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Neil Diamond (vocals); Ron Anthony (guitar); Arturo Sandoval (trumpet); Bill Miller, Terry Trotter (piano); Clay Ostwald (keyboards); Chuck Berghofer (bass); Gregg Field (drums); Rita Quintero, Jorge Noriega (background vocals); Charlie Pollard, Paolo Jobim, Juanito Marquez, Edwin Bonilla, Jorge Casas, Ed Calle.
    Includes liner notes by Bill Zehme.
    DUETS II won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
    Even as Tony Bennett soars atop the charts, riding the crest of a phenomenal youth revival, The Chairman Of The Board, The Sultan Of Saloon Singers himself, swaggers back to the microphone for a series of cross-generational duets. DUETS II honors his timeless stylings, while celebrating the greatness of the American song itself.
    With a hip, ad-libbed intro from composer Stevie Wonder (on piano and chromatic harmonica) setting the stage, "For Once In My Life" juxtaposes the swing and gospel stylings of Sinatra and a Pip-less Gladys Knight. Likewise, R&B diva Patti LaBelle provides a near-operatic counterpoint on Rodgers & Hart's "Bewitched." On a more tender note, Sinatra and Lena Horne turn Gershwin's "Embraceable You" into an autumnal paean to true love, while Linda Rondstadt brings a frosty, delicate sense of sentimentality to her harmonies on "Moonlight In Vermont."
    Among the more curious pairings are a laid-back "A Foggy Day" with Willie Nelson, a sassy exchange with Chrissie Hynde on the GUYS AND DOLLS showstopper "Luck Be A Lady," and a flagwaving "The House That I Live In" with Neil Diamond. But a pairing of Sinatra, Sr. with Frank Sinatra, Jr. provides the real fireworks on DUETS II: a hard-swinging rendition of Van Heusen & Cahn's "My Kind Of Town," with brassy charts by Sinatra's favorite arranger, Nelson Riddle. Riddle tosses in a tasty figure from Basie's famous "April In Paris" chart as a closing tidbit.

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