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Duets [Elton John] [CD] [1 disc]
2. When I Think About Love (I Think About You)
3. Power, The
4. Shakey Ground
5. True Love
6. If You Were Me
7. Woman's Needs, A
8. Old Friend
9. Go on and On
10. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
11. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
12. I'm Your Puppet
13. Love Letters
14. Born to Lose
15. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
16. Duets for One
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MCAD-10926
Personnel includes: Elton John (vocals, piano, keyboards); Stevie Wonder (various instruments, programming, background vocals); Nik Kershaw (various instruments); Marcella Detroit (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Chris Rea (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Bonnie Raitt (vocals, slide guitar); K.D. Lang, P.M. Dawn, Little Richard, Don Henley, Kiki Dee, Tammy Wynette, Gladys Knight, Rupaul, Paul Young, Leonard Cohen, George Michael (vocals); Don Potter (acoustic guitar); Dan Huff (electric guitar); Dean Parks (guitar, lap steel); Danny Jacob, Martin Bliss, Mike Thompson, Paul Jackson, Jr., Mark Goldenberg (guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Corrado Rustici (mandolin); Andy Hamilton, Plas Johnson (saxophone); Nathan East (bass).
Producers include: Greg Penny, P.M. Dawn, Elton John, Don Henley, Narada Michael Walden.
Engineers include: Van Arden, Stuart Epps, Gabe Veltri.
Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, keyboards); Marcella Detroit (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Chris Rea (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Bonnie Raitt (vocals, slide guitar); Little Richard (vocals, piano); Don Henley, George Michael, k.d. lang, Kiki Dee, Nik Kershaw, Paul Young, RuPaul, Tammy Wynette, Leonard Cohen, Gladys Knight (vocals); Don Potter (guitar, acoustic guitar); Dean Parks (guitar, lap steel guitar); Danny Jacob, Martin Bliss, Mike Thompson , Mark Goldenberg, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Dann Huff (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Corrado Rustici (mandolin); Andy Hamilton, Plas Johnson (saxophone); Joel Peskin, Brandon Fields (tenor saxophone); Dan Higgins, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Stephen Kupka (baritone saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone, horns); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (trumpet); Bill Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Steve Grove, Greg Smith , Lon Price, Bill Churchville (horns); James Cox, Jim Cox (piano, organ); Greg Phillinganes (piano); Greg Wells, Billy Preston (organ); Louis Biancaniello (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Harald Kloser (keyboards, programming, keyboard programming); Robbie Buchanan (keyboards, programming); Chris Cameron, David Clayton , Guy Dabylon, Etienne Lytel, Guy Babylon, Scott Plunkett, James Perkins, Mark Taylor , Max Middleton (keyboards); Mike Knapp, Phil Naish (synthesizer); Alan Estes (vibraphone, tabla, tambourine, bells); Martin Ditchum, Martin Ditcham (drums, percussion); Chuck Sabo, Curt Bisquera, John "J.R." Robinson , Ed Greene, Jonathan Moffett, John Guerin, Ricky Fataar, Eddie Bayers (drums); Luis Conte (congas); Danny Cummings (percussion); Stevie Wonder (programming, background vocals); Thomas Schobel, Derrick Perkins, Giorgio Moroder, Matthew Vaughan (programming); Claytoven Richardson, Sandy Griffith, Lynn Fiddmont, Portia Neeley-Rolle, Marietta Waters, Marietta Wates, Connye Florance, Linda Campbell McCrary, Linda McCrary-Campbell, Kelli Bruce, Candy McKenzie, Jay Henry, Michelle Johnson, Jim Gilstrap, Johnny Britt, Kimberly Brewer, Lynn Mabry, Andra Crouch, Phil Perry, Precious Wilson, Sandra Crouch, Shirley Lewis, Beverley Skeete, Yvonne Hodges, Kathy Burdick (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Frazer; Ed Cherney; Van Arden; Jon Ingoldsby; Michael Fossenkemper; Brian Reeves .
Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Bosstown Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; metropolis Studios, London, England; Mill Recording Studios, Berkshire, London, England; Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Olympic Studios, London, England; Soundtrack Recording Studios, New York, NY; Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA; Townhouse, London, England; Wembley Arena, London, England; Woodland Digital Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Stephen Harvey; Allan Titmuss; Brian Aris; Brad Branson; Albert Watson ; Sophie Muller; Mark Contratto; Dominique Issermann; Firooz Zahedi; Harry Langdon; Paul Cox; Randee Saint Nicholas; Hideo Oida; Robert Goldstein; Albert Sanchez.
Unknown Contributor Role: Andra Crouch.
Arrangers: David Campbell ; Mort Lindsey; Elton John; George Michael; Jerry Hey; Louis Biancaniello; Mike Gibbs; Andra Crouch; Narada Michael Walden; Nik Kershaw; Arif Mardin; Steve Lindsey; Stevie Wonder.
It is a credit to Elton John's gregarious nature and artistic malleability that DUETS works on so many different levels despite having a line-up of partners that appear to have been picked by someone throwing darts at a list of names. Some appear to make sense whereas others seem unfathomable. It's only proper that EJ's first and most successful partner Kiki Dee returns on a lush remake of Cole Porter's "True Love," while drag superstar RuPaul kitschs it up in Dee's place during a high energy reading of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."
Bonnie Raitt helps our hero take the standard "Love Letters" to church with some aid from Billy Preston's sanctified piano playing, whereas the faux countrypolitan pacing of "Born To Lose" works surprisingly well in accommodating both John's supple tenor and Leonard Cohen's low rumble of a voice. Elton John's solo singing is given excellent representation by "Duets For One," an amazingly upbeat song co-written with Squeeze's Chris Difford that features Chris Rea's twangy slide guitar. Rea does double-duty, getting his turn at the mike with John on the guitarist's self-penned "If You Were Me."
Rolling Stone (12/9/93, p.66) - 3 Stars - Good.
Entertainment Weekly (11/26/93, pp.63-64) - "...On DUETS, Elton John glides effortlessly from lilting country to the pile-driver funk of Don Henley's 'Shakey Ground'....John is clear on exactly how much of the spotlight to relinquish..." - Rating: A-
Musician (1/94, p.92) - "...once you get past the obvious show-biz aspects, you're left with a fair picture of Elton as a soul singer..."
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