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Classic Duets
Classic Duets
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Release date(s)
November 5, 2002[1]
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1950 - 1960
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1
Total tracks
21
Length
59:20
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Classic Duets is a compilation of songs Frank Sinatra recorded under Capitol Records. The album was released in 2002.

As the name suggests, this album features songs that were only duets. This album's theme features not only studio recordings of duets Sinatra made, but also, the album is riddled with live performances made by Sinatra alongside his duet partners.

The album was released with an intentional similar art style to Sinatra's initial duets album, his 1993 Capitol album, Duets. The album's cover may resemble Duets and Duets II, but the recordings of this album were made entirely different.

Duets Edit

The album features a total of twenty-one songs, all of which duets, but not all of which with the a different duet partner. Sinatra performs three different duets, "Can't We Be Friends?," a melody of "Moonlight in Vermont" and "I May Be Wrong," and, closing the album, "Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)," with "The First Lady of Song" herself, Ella Fitzgerald. "Side by Side" on this album was song alongside Sinatra's daughter Nancy as well as the Tri-Tones, and Nancy reappears near the end of the album to perform "You Make Me Feel So Young" with her father.

Sinatra goes back to Rat-Pack routes with a few of these performances as well. Dean Martin appears on the album alongside Bing Crosby to sing with Sinatra on "Together." Martin returns to the album, performing nine songs in a five-minute melody – "Sunday, Monday or Always," "On a Slow Boat to China," "Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)," "Memories Are made of This," "The Girl that I Marry," "Innamorata," "I've Got a Crush on You," "Oh, Marie," and "Don't Cry, Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go)" – alongside Sinatra. Sammy Davis, Jr. takes the next track of the album, featuring Sinatra and Davis, Jr.'s interpretation of "Me and My Shadow."

Another interesting duet on this album is Sinatra's first release of his duet with "The King of Rock 'n' Roll," Elvis Presley. The King's representation of Sinatra's "Witchcraft" falls short while compared to Sinatra's swinging through the King's "Love Me Tender." Sinatra later recorded "Love Me Tender" on his own for his 1980 album, Trilogy: Past Present Future.

Sinatra performs a duet with Lena Horne of several songs written by Harold Arlen in the last leg of this album. Horne is one of the few artists that was selected to perform in Sinatra's 1990s Duets projects, performing "Embraceable You" alongside Sinatra.

Track listing Edit

  1. "The Birth of the Blues" (Ray Henderson, Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown) (with Louis Armstrong) - 3:23
  2. "I'll Never Smile Again" (Ruth Lowe) (with The Hi-Lo's) - 2:10
  3. "Can't We Be Friends?" (Paul James, Kay Swift) (with Ella Fitzgerald) - 3:04
  4. Medley: "You Make Me Feel So Young"/"Them There Eyes"/"A Foggy Day (In London Town)"/"I've Got You Under My Skin"/"Taking a Chance on Love"/"They Can't Take That Away From Me"/"All of Me"/"Daddy"/"I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby"/"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" (Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon)/(Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber, William Tracey)/(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)/(Cole Porter)/(Vernon Duke, John La Touche, Ted Fetter)/(G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)/(Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons)/(Bob Troup)/(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)/(Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer) (with Dinah Shore) - 5:50
  5. "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) (with Peggy Lee) - 2:31
  6. "Side by Side" (Gus Kahn, Harry M. Woods) (with the Tri-Tones) - 2:14
  7. "Something's Gotta Give" (Mercer) (with the McGuire Sisters) - 2:16
  8. "If I Loved You" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) (with Shirley Jones) - 3:26
  9. "Together" (Henderson, DeSylva, Brown) (with Dean Martin and Bing Crosby) - 3:44
  10. "High Hopes" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) (with the Kids) - 2:43
  11. Medley: "Sunday, Monday or Always"/"On a Slow Boat to China"/"Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)"/"Memories Are Made of This"/"The Girl That I Marry"/"Innamorata"/"I've Got a Crush on You"/"Oh, Marie"/"Don't Cry, Joe (Let Her Go, Let Her Go, Let Her Go)" (Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)/(Frank Loesser)/(Cahn, Jule Styne)/(Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, Frank Miller)/(Irving Berlin)/(Warren, Jack Brooks)/(G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)/(Eduardo di Capua)/(Joe Marsala) (with Dean Martin) - 4:49
  12. "Me and My Shadow" (Al Jolson, Billy Rose, Dave Dreyer) (with Sammy Davis, Jr.) - 2:38
  13. "September Song" (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson) (with Bing Crosby) - 1:57
  14. "You're the Top" (Porter) (with Ethel Merman) - 1:39
  15. "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" (Clarence Gaskill, McHugh) (with Louis Prima and Keely Smith) - 1:05
  16. Harold Arlen Medley: "As Long as I Live"/"It's Only a Paper Moon"/"One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"/"Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"/"Stormy Weather"/"Get Happy"/"Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)/(Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Rose)/(Arlen, Mercer)/(Arlen, Mercer)/(Arlen, Koehler)/(Arlen, Koehler) (with Lena Horne) - 3:59
  17. "You Make Me Feel So Young" (with Nancy Sinatra) - 1:55
  18. Medley: "Witchcraft"/"Love Me Tender" + Reprise (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)/(George R. Poulton, W.W. Fosdick) (with Elvis Presley) - 2:15
  19. "Love Is Here to Stay" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) (with Peggy Lee) - 2:22
  20. Medley: "Moonlight in Vermont"/"I May Be Wrong" (Jack Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf)/(Harry Ruskin) (with Ella Fitzgerald) - 4:33
  21. "Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)" (Lowe, Paul Mann, Stephen Weiss) (with Ella Fitzgerald) - 0:44

Personnel Edit

Personnel
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist
John Blackburn Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Wendy Brueder Project Manager
Sammy Cahn Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Frank Collura Producer
Bing Crosby Guest Artist, Primary Artist
Sammy Davis, Jr. Guest Artist, Primary Artist
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Dave Dreyer Composer
Andy Engel Illustrations
Robert Finkelstein Executive Producer
Ella Fitzgerald Guest Artist, Primary Artist
Clarence Gaskill Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Brendan Gormley Editorial Supervision
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
The Hi-Lo's Primary Artist
Lena Horne Guest Artist, Primary Artist
Paul James Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Carmell Jones Primary Artist
Bryan Kelley Producer
Kids Performer, Primary Artist
Peggy Lee Guest Artist, Primary Artist
Jose Legaspi Package Design
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Ruth Lowe Composer
Paul Mann Composer
Dean Martin Guest Artist, Primary Artist
Vera Matson Composer
The McGuire Sisters Primary Artist
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Ethel Merman Primary Artist
Josef Myrow Composer
LeRoy Neiman Cover Painting
Charles Pignone Liner Notes, Producer, Transcription
Cole Porter Composer
Elvis Presley Composer, Guest Artist, Primary Artist
Louis Prima Primary Artist
Richard Rodgers Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Dinah Shore Primary Artist
Frank Sinatra Primary Artist
Frank Sinatra, Jr. Liner Notes
Nancy Sinatra Guest Artist, Liner Notes, Primary Artist
Tina Sinatra Liner Notes
Keely Smith Primary Artist
Barrie Smithers Producer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Kay Swift Composer
Tri-Tones Primary Artist
Larry Walsh Digital Remastering
Shannon Ward Producer
Kurt Weill Composer
George David Weiss Composer

References Edit

  1. http://www.allmusic.com/album/classic-duets-mw0000231934
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