- Audio CD (8 April 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music Cmg
- ASIN: B00B8WXG9G
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Paul Anka was born on July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Ontario. His hit singles have spanned a few decades. He has a total of 60 charted hits on Billboard Hot 100, with three number 1 singles: Diana (1957), Lonely Boy (1959), and (You’re) Having My Baby (1974). To have a complete singles or album discography of Paul Anka is much more challenging because he has changed labels a few times: ABC-Paramount, RCA-Victor, Barnaby, Buddah, Fame, United Artists, Epic, RCA-Victor, Columbia, Verve and Universal.
His major singles output was on ABC-Paramount label (from 1956-1962), RCA Victor (from 1962-1969) and United Artists (from 1974-1977). Beside a great singer, he was also a fantastic writer: ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ (Buddy Holly), ‘She’s A Lady’ (Tom Jones, and the English lyrics to ‘My Way’ (Frank Sinatra). He also wrote the theme for TV’s ‘The Tonight Show.’ He also appeared in the 1959 movie ‘Girls Town’, the 1962 movie ‘The Longest Day’ and the 1992 movie ‘Captain Ron.’
Paul Anka is also an astute businessman, having the foresight to take control of the copyrights to all his songs (the other being Dave Clark of Dave Clark Five). In one of his interviews with DJ Uncle Ray from Radio Hong Kong, Paul said that (like Dave Clark) he has no intention to release all his output into box sets. Many of his RCA output is still sorely missing. Dave Clark and Paul, why??? (see also my reviews on Dave Clark Five)
This set has 14 duet songs, a combination of newly created ones and past efforts. This is the latest album release by Paul Anka, following his excellent sounding “Dianacally Yours” from Bear Family in 2013, (my review elsewhere), “Song of December” in 2011, “Classic Songs, My Way” in 2007 and his very popular “Rock Swings” in 2005. Prior to “Rock Swings” he released the first duet album in Spanish called “Amigos” in 1996, followed by his English duet album “A Body Of Work” in 1998. 4 songs from the current set were extracted from his “A Body Of Work” album:
A more detailed song listing (with personal comment) is as follows:
01 Walk A Fine Line (with Michael McDonald and George Benson) 2013
02 Find My Way Back To Your Heart (background vocal: Tita Hutchison) 2013
03 Do I Love You (with Dolly Parton) 2013*his duet with his daughter Anthea Anka in
“A Body Of Work” album was also very moving and tender.
04 This Is It (with Michael Jackson) 2013*I feel this is the highlight of this album.
Michael was in top form. Paul Anka performed this song in his recent blu ray concert
release “Live in Switzerland” (my review elsewhere)
05 I Really Miss You (with Leon Russell) 2013
06 Think I’m In Love Again (with Gloria Estefan) 2013
07 Pennies From Heaven (with Michael Buble) 2013
08 Crazy (with Willie Nelson) 2013
09 You Are My Destiny (with Patti Labelle) 1998
10 Les Filles de Paris (with Chris Botti) 2013
11 It’s Hard To Say Goodbye (with Celine Dion) 1998
12 She’s A Lady (with Tom Jones) 1998
13 Hold Me ‘Til The Morning Comes (with Peter Cetera) 1998
14 My Way (with Frank Sinatra) 2013
The sound was very well remastered, with clean, crisp vocals and precise differentiation of different instruments.
I am a big Paul Anka fan, and so far have collected 95 of Paul’s CDs (many individual albums of which I recreated using my own 32-bit/96kHz digital remastering) and 19 vinyl albums (some still waiting for me to convert into CDs). My journey to start collecting Paul Anka on ABC started with a precious 2 CD set, called Original Classics from Japan (1991), then later by Rhino, and finally, if you are looking for the above missing tunes on ABC, look for his 2 CD set of The Story of Paul Anka (Volumes 1 and 2) on Canadian Artists label (1994). Looking for his songs on RCA, United Artists and Buddah, etc., is a completely different and frustrating story.
I personally like “duet” album, showing off another side of the artist’s talents. It is hard to imagine that Tony Bennett became the oldest artist to have an album to reach No. 1 on Billboard 200: his “Duet” album. There are countless artists doing the same thing. One of my personal favourite duet albums is “Two’s Company” by Sir Cliff Richard in 2006. This current album has 14 great songs, supported by well-known artists (although some has past their prime), and some recreated after the artists’ death (like Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra).
Paul Anka is almost 75 years old, and is still going strong. I hope he will release his RCA recordings to share with all his fans. If you are already a Paul Anka fan, this is a no brainer. For casual fan, this set is still very enjoyable, and is still recommended.
Interesting to see him duetting with Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones.
In the 50s the music of Paul Anka was seen as teen fodder and was probably not the sort of thing Sinatra listened to but Anka was a millionaire long before Sinatra.
Though he was mainly an early singer songwriter he also did many covers including a nifty Darin styled one of Hello Young Lovers
With She's A Lady the biggest hit was by Tom Jones so here Anka covers himself as he duets with the one who covered him.
Not sure whether She's A Lady was an Anka hit though
This is all new stuff though as they didn't include his 70s duet with Odie Coates
The artists he duets with have their own unique vocals and they compliment each other on all the tracks.
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