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on 7 October 2011
Wonderful product and it is so great to hear an artist like Lady Gaga showing her full talent, singing with a Big Band, as anyone who has studied music will know, this is the hardest music to play, you have to be a perfect sight reader and to be able to improvise as well. This is an Album that features a bunch of the best musicians in the world and if you have any sort of musical ear, even if you are not sure about some of the singing performances, then focus on the musicians. This is an Album where the big band would have recorded a live studio performance and it sounds like a living Album, compared to rather dull recordings of countless Midi tracks, so often now recorded in a bedroom to a click track. The Amy Winehouse song was the performance of her life, singing with her idol, she was apparently very nervous and he had to put her at ease, how very sad, in spite of her starting off singing with a big band (NYJO) she did not record more big band tracks, she shows such class and I am sure will bring a tear to many peoples eyes. If you like this material I also recommend this fantastic product, good value and is a great introduction to top quality Jazz recordings. Jazz On A Summers Day - HD Remastered 2010
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on 20 September 2011
"Duets 2" is Tony's follow up to his hugely successful 2006 "Duets" album, like Sinatra's Duets albums from the 90's both these have been produced and overseen by legendary producer Phil Ramone. Ramone's approach to the music doesn't have the deft touch of legendary arrangers like Nelson Riddle or Billy May from the 50's and 60's but does bring a wealth of experience in getting the best out of artists.

"Duets 2" features a more youthful line up than the first album, Lady Gaga might seem an odd choice for a pairing with Bennett but she does possess a very good voice and she has lots of fun with Tony on their rendition of "Lady is a tramp" with lots of vocal interplay between the two and you can tell both had a lot of fun together, this is about as swingin as the album gets though with the large majority of the album being made up of slower songs and mid tempo material.

Other highlights are the gorgeous "Body and Soul" featuring Amy Winehouse, a fantastic rendition of a truly classic song, after a slightly rocky start Winehouse completely nails down a stunning vocal and it's so sad she lost her life a few months ago, a great talent lost but not forgotten. Fittingly it was her fathers all time favourite song.

Elsewhere "Speak low" with Norah Jones and "Stranger in paradise" with Andrea Bocelli are also stand-outs.

There are a couple of misfire's "When you wish upon a star" with Jackie Evancho is saccharine beyond belief and Sinatra's classic "One for my baby" with John Mayer has been arranged without the classic melody and passion of the original and loses something in the translation.

At 21 songs deep this has something for everyone, ok so 2/3 tracks don't work that well but this is still a great album by one of the true legends of the business,very very much still at the top of his game. At 85 yrs old Tony's voice may not have the youthful vibrancy it did 40 yrs ago but with age comes a different set of skills and Bennett's voice on a few of these numbers eschews a sensitivity and delicacy he couldn't have put forth on the songs all those years ago.

If this is to be his final album (as rumoured) then this is a fantastic swansong to an outstanding career!

4/5
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on 30 March 2013
I did not get the earlier 'Duet' album, and only bought this after hearing a couple of tracks on audition, so I had no pre-conceived notion at all about this CD. Only the notion that I thought I had more than enough recordings by the estimable Mr Bennett. Not so. This is a wonderful album, filled with great choices of both music and artists to perform with Tony, and somehow seems to make him a 'modern' fixture in music, rather than a guy who has been around forever. Maybe it's the influence of his sons, as well as his decisions on who to perform, and therefore, be associated with. Get this one, you won't be sorry....and particularly if you think you've heard all the Tony Bennett you ever need to....
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on 17 June 2014
Though he still has a great voice, Bennett seems to have scraped these duet barrels to their limits.
Nowhere near as good as the first selection (American Classics) this smacks of both a frenzy by young hipsters to be attached to the coat tails of an old crooner & a tired exploitation by a record company to milk a golden egg.
A few tracks are, indeed very good, not least the haunting baritone of Josh Grohan on "This is all I ask"-also one of the better song selections & arrangements
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on 6 March 2014
If you have the duets 1 album ,then you must add this one to your collection.It's equally as good as the first album,a real classic.
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on 10 August 2013
Nice album, pity it wasn't made 10 years ago as, sadly, Bennett's voice doesn't hold up against most of his partners anymore
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on 9 January 2012
Bought for christmas, this album made mum and dad sing and dance to all the sounds of there youth. It has certanly made them feel 20 yrs younger best buy !!!!
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on 27 May 2013
I saw his programme on T.V., enjoyed it so much that I instantly 'went on line' to purchase the CD from Amazon. One or two of Tony's 'partners' are not quite to my taste, however, I have discovered a few artistes I'd never heard of. (I am one of the older members of Tony's fan club)
Overall I thought this a great CD.
I will now be catching up with Duets I
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on 16 September 2015
Very good,arrangements far less safe(bland) than the original duets set,and all the more enjoyable for it.Do I like every duet partner?Well,some more than others,to be honest,but I certainly didn't dislike any.Doubt I'll be buying their records,though,with the exception of Kd Lang,who is a superb vocalist,and who I already have discs of.
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on 23 November 2012
Unlike the first volume the booklet runs pics of Bennett with his duet partners thus putting the lie to rumours that the contributions had been emailed in.
While not every singer is suitable-Aretha Franklin is no more than average in my opinion
Tony Bennett has a real governor voice which is why he's lasted into 3 generations
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