Thursday, January 10, 2013
LABEL: Capitol Records
TRACK LISTING: The Lady Is A Tramp, What Now My Love, I've Got A Crush On You, Summer Wind, Come Rain or Come Shine, New York New York, They Can't Take That Away From Me, You Make Me Feel So Young, Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, I've Got the World On A String, Witchcraft, I've Got You Under My Skin, All the Way/One For My Baby (And One More For the Road
IMPRESSIONS: The other duets album of 1993. The genesis for this album may well have been the similar duet between Frank Sinatra and Cyndi Lauper of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" which appeared on the benefit cd "A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS VOLUME 2" in 1992. Regardless, old blue eyes got some flak for not actually being in the room with his duet partners but having them sing to pre-recorded Sinatra vocals. This frankly never bothered me. The man was up there in age and only had another 5 years to live so I think a good deal of slack can be cut here. And despite this fact, Frankie's vocals are surprisingly OK which leads to a rather enjoyable group of songs; the only downside is pairing Sinatra with execrable performers like Anita Baker and Kenny G (kryptonite to my ears). Ah, the ignominy! How could they do that to Frankie?!?!?!!!! Again, this kind of album is bound to be something of a mixed bag. Some of the performers seem to stiffen up a little when confronted with dueting with Sinatra but some manage to conjure a genuine warmth (Streisand, Minnelli) or good-natured humour (Bono).
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: What Now My Love, I've Got A Crush On You, Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, I've Got the World On A String, I've Got You Under My Skin
GUEST ARTISTS: Luther Vandross (vocals on "The Lady is a Tramp"), Aretha Franklin (vocals on "What Now My Love"), Barbra Streisand (vocals on "I've Got A Crush On You"), Julio Iglesias (vocals on "Summer Wind"), Gloria Estefan (vocals on "Come Rain or Come Shine"), Tony Bennett (vocals on "New York New York), Natalie Cole (vocals on "They Can't Take That Away From Me"), Charles Aznavour (vocals on "You Make Me Feel So Young"), Carly Simon (vocals on "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning"), Liza Minnelli (vocals on "I've Got the World On A String"), Anita Baker (vocals on "Witchcraft"), Bono (vocals on "I've Got You Under My Skin"), Kenny G (cacophony on "All the Way/One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)")
FACT SHEET: There's no way I'm gonna try and figure out what number Sinatra album this is! The album features duets with performers from all different musical genres personally selected by Sinatra himself. DUETS sold over 3 million copies in the U.S. and is the only Frank Sinatra album to date that has gone triple platinum. The album was produced by Phil Ramone. Sinatra's duet partners did not record in the same room with him but instead sang along to pre-recorded Sinatra vocals. The album cover painting is by LeRoy Neiman specially commissioned by Frank Sinatra.