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Duets 2


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  • Audio CD (15 Nov 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TO1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. For Once In My Life
2. Come Fly With Me
3. Bewitched
4. The Best Is Yet To Come
5. Moonlight In Vermont
6. Fly Me To The Moon
7. Luck Be A Lady
8. A Foggy Day
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. The House I Live In (That's America To Me)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
If like me you never get tired of listening to Ol' Blue Eyes you won't be disappointed by this album. It features many talented performances by well-known artists and Frank Sinatra's amazing voice.
Duets II is almost as good as the first Duets album and after having been the happy owner of this album for years I still don't get tired of listening to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Russell C. Witheyman on 24 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Duets 2 was quickly rushed into production due to the overwhelming success of the first volume the previous year. Duets 2 unfortunately suffers from the same problems as it's predecessor in that Sinatra, now 77 yrs old, is not in great voice and the bizarre singing partners he's paired with are quite ridiculous,this coupled with the fact that no actual duetting took place just separately recorded vocals by the guest artists make this a somewhat disappointing album. I mean what the hell people like chrissie hynde are doing here i can't fathom!, what next lady gaga and charles aznevour ! Chrissie Hynde completely ruins one of my favourite sinatra songs of all time in "Luck be a lady" even a 77 yr old Frank easily outsings Miss Hynde (sorry pretenders fans.. Chrissie just can not sing!) and the end result is quite strange. It just seems that when putting the album together they said..oh lets get as many big names as we can! without really thinking about who would compliment Frank on the songs. If this album dropped the guest singers it would be quite a nice album as even a 77 yr old Sinatra isn't a bad singer, though obviously not anywhere near the singer he was from the 50's and 60's he does sound reasonable and a much better singer in his 70's than the likes of Tony Bennett and Andy Williams who are roughly the same age now. The album does have a few good tracks but not many. Tthe main highlight for me was an excellent rendition of "Moonlight in Vermont" with Linda Ronstadt who is the type of singer Sinatra should have been paired with,Frank's old voice really suits this song as it shows a tenderness and sadness he wouldn't have been able to convey in his earlier yrs.

This is really for Sinatra completists,if your a casual sinatra fan and are looking to add some of his albums to your collection i wouldn't recommend this one to be honest.

This was also to be Franks last album. He never recorded again after this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. E. F. Walton on 6 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very good CD a very late sinatra but still has the voice to make you stop and listen plus all the the other guest on the cd make it worth while to stop and listen to .
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It is striking that the "Duets" are the Frank Bestsellers albums. You can not explain this phenomenon. They are among the few of the hundreds who recorded that are not good. Frank's voice is hoarse, synchronization among peers is not good, anyway. You can not record a good album of Duets if interpreters are not together just because you lose the excitement or the feeling. Think and see these albums as tributes or curiosities. Nothing more.

Llama la atención que los Duets son los albúmenes mas vendidos de Frank. No se puede explicar este fenómeno ya que los colocaría entre los pocos de los cientos que grabó que no son buenos. La voz de Frank es ronca, la sincronización entre sus compañeros no es buena, en fin. No se puede grabar un buen álbum de Duets si los intérpretes no están juntos sencillamente porque se pierde la emoción. Pensemos y veamos estos discos como homenajes o curiosidades. Nada mas.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Its the SINGER--Regardless, this is FRANK SINATRA 7 Mar 2000
By "dproct01" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As with virtually anything Frank Sinatra tried after his triumphs in the 1950s and early 1960s, the knives came out to attack Duets II and Mr. Sinatra.
No this is not the Sinatra that sang with Tommy Dorsey, or Capitol records in the 1950s or Reprise. Why is that such a crime? Does anyone actually listen to the Sinatra music of the 70s, 80s or 90s, and not just with their ears but with their emotions and hearts. How anyone can say that the Lena Horne-Sinatra duet on Embraceable You is anything but beautiful is beyond me. He sings with such raw emotion, such real feeling, that is what music is about. That aside however, his breath control and phrasing are not what they were FORTY YEARS AGO, but its ridiculous to expect it to be. Further, does it remotely occur to anyone that both Duets albums contain (with a few exceptions) manifestly revised arrangements of these standards. These were not the same arrangements Sinatra had been singing on the road for the past few years. Yet, he adapts. Yes his voice is weak in a several spots, but usually to great emotional effect.
There is a haunting beauty to Embraceable You, to the Lori Morgan duet and to most of the others slower pieces. The uptempo numbers find Sinatra swinging as sharp as ever, but with the occassional growl which only adds to the emotion being created.
I have heard an unending chain of great jazz, blues and rock singers who hobble out on stage, sing a song with no passion, no emotion, totally univested in the lyrics, and in relatively lousy voice (Bob Dylan--who can even understand the man) only to have the critics tell us what a riveting performance. Sinatra however, is given no such reprive. Anything that isnt the 50s Capitol era is riddled with flaws.
Well, I for one have had enough of it. TRUE SINATRA FANS can appreicate the man and the singer in all phases of his career because each phase represented something truly special and unique. His later works require the listener to actually enter the music with Sinatra, but when you do, the rewards are astounding. What Sinatra may lack in vocal precision in the 1990s he makes up for in sheer emotional power.
I would be delighted if they would release a Duets III since there are supposedly unreleased takes from the Duets I and II sessions. I have even heard their is a Sinatra duet with Clint Black somewhere out there.
Lastly, though not on this album, his final released duet with Pavoratti on "MY WAY" has to be one of the most haunting pieces ever created. It has Sinatra singing MY WAY in the arrangement he was using in the last few years of his touring, an arrangment I don't believe is avialable anywhere else (which in and off itself makes this version worthwhile). His voice is tremulous at times and I suppose in reality we could do without Pavarotti, however, througout the entire song is the underlying text that says good bye. If you really listen to this MY WAY, you can't help but be overwhelmed.
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Duets II is another Hit for Sinatra and Company 10 May 2003
By kone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Following on the heals of the wildly successful "Duets" album, Duets II is a continuation of the theme of combining Frank Sinatra with other "name" singers. If you liked Duets I, you will also like Duets II, as it is equally as entertaining as the first.
Some highlights include "The House I Live In" with Neil Diamond, "Luck Be A Lady", with Chrissie Hynde (her low sexy voice grows on you), "Fly Me To The Moon", with Antonio Carlos Jobim, and "The Best Is Yet To Come" with Jon Secada. This is by no means all there is; every track is uniquely pleasing. What I especially enjoy about this album is the finger snapping swagger that many of the songs impart - true Sinatra style.
Although my fellow reviewers do not rate this album as high as Duets I, I have to disagree - I think the two are on equal standing - both are delights to the ears. Duets II is one of my favorite albums and I think you will agree.
Jim Konedog Koenig
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More listenable, still silly 22 Nov 2010
By Mr. Contrarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was Sinatra's final studio album, and I am glad he was able to make it. It allowed him to correct many of the wrongs on the original DUETS album; thus ending his career on a upbeat note. Sinatra was 79 years old when this set was recorded, and he sounds better than anyone would have expected. Obviously he took care of his voice. Still, his performance is a bit uneven and a bit rougher than the first DUETS recording. That first DUETS album by Sinatra and his guests was marred by three major misfires. This second set avoids hitting bottom like that, and thus is an improvement. It is still mostly a collection of silly novelties good more for background music than for pleasurable listening. Basically this is cocktail party music. Still, it is fun for what it is.

In general, the male singers are less up to the task than are the women here. Willie Nelson is simply a poor match for Sinatra. I would have liked to heard Willie singing "A Foggy Day" solo. Jimmy Buffet is unrecognizable and renders "Mack The Knife" as lame although not terrible. Perhaps the biggest missed opportunity is the inclusion of Neil Diamond. "The House I Live In" is a corny patriotic song from the 1940s which is best left in that era. Diamond and Sinatra seem like natural duet partners but this song does not allow them to prove it.

Linda Ronstandt's voice is pure sweetness on "Moonlight In Vermont." She obviously prepared herself well; her several recordings with Nelson Riddle certainly must have helped. The only flaw here is that her smooth vocals make Sinatra's seem rougher. Nonetheless, unlike Barbra Streisand on the original DUETS, Ronstandt clearly is sensitive to the fragility of Sinatra's aging voice.

Because Chrissie Hynde's voice actually is a bit rough, she matches very well with Sinatra on "Luck Be A Lady Tonight." In fact, this might be my favorite version of this song. Hynde and Sinatra actually give the impression that they might be singing in a casino.

The best performance on this disc is "Where or When" with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. This is the only song on either DUETS album which sounds as though the singers are actually singing together in the same place at the same time. The chemistry is so right that I am convinced that all three singers had to be together to generate such fun. This is the one song here which leaves me wishing that I could still whistle a tune.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Surprisingly Touching Finale 13 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is not an album for everyone -- obviously the end was near. To the casual fan, Frank may sound spent. However, the true Sinatra afficianado will find this disc to be a surprisingly touching finale for the Old Man. His duet with Lena Horne on "Embraceable You" works particularly well because each is such a good fit for the other -- both are legends of similar ages and their vocal frailties lend a poignant aura to the song -- its like the grandparents of cool looking back and longing just one more time. The best cut is by far Steve and Edye's take on "Where Or When," in which they sing the classic horn arrangement we all know so well. A close second is the Jobim cut -- another partner who is clearly simpatico with Frank and whose samba opening to "Fly Me To The Moon" revisits the classic Frank-Jobim sound of '66. Several of the pairings are dogs -- back off, Jimmy Buffett -- but for the most part, the Old Man was still swingin' to the end!
17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Know the difference between good and bad 23 April 2001
By Darren Gauthier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is a distinct difference in being a so-called "true fan" and being a lapdog fanatic that just "loves" everything an artist puts out. (Streisand fans are like this, even voting like their idol. For shame!)
That being said, I own the complete Columbia, Reprise and Capitol output of Frank Sinatra and I can say with utmost respect for the man and his recorded legacy that these albums should have never been released. The idea of recording Sinatra in his later years is a great idea. Slapping on mindless interpretations by Jon Secada and Chrissie Hynde (whom I also respect) among others is just ludicrous. Simply, these are not "Duets" in the purest sense. Duets are when two performers take the stage and interact with each other as they interpret a song. (Sinatra's TV duets with Ella Fitzgerald are prime examples of this kind of magic.) This album oughta be called "Dubs" -- Sinatra sang his version first and another singer came in and dubbed his/her/it's voice over that of the great Francis. Isn't that sad?! Isn't it insulting to us to think that Capitol believes that we don't know the difference? Isn't a pity that we can't enjoy the talents of Sinatra without some inferior singer coming along and destroying it? (Hearing Aretha on the first album going "WHAT NOW WHAT NOW WHAT NOW!" is like seeing a fish flopping on the beach wondering "wht am I not in the water? Why can't Frank and I sit down and work out a vocal arrangement and reinterpret this song?")
I'd rerelease these albums as "SINATRA SOLO - THE FINAL RECORDINGS". The arrangements are top notch, the sound quality as good as it gets. And even with years of wear and tear, Sinatra's voice is as dramatic an instruments as afforded any performer.
The Antonio Carlos Jobim cut and the Frank Jr. cut are the only good things on the record. Please, buy the best Sinatra stuff you can from Reprise and Capitol before you buy this. Get to know the real Sinatra, unedited and IN YOUR FACE!
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