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Frank Sinatra "Duets" Celebrates 20th Anniversary

10/25/2013
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FRANK SINATRA ‘DUETS’ CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

 

THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, SINATRA STARTED THE TREND OF ‘SUPERSTAR’ DUETS

 

GROUNDBREAKING ALBUM IS THE BIGGEST WORLDWIDE SELLING DUETS ALBUM IN HISTORY

 AVAILABLE IN THREE EDITIONS: SUPER DELUXE BOX SET, 2-CD DELUXE EDITION, AND BEST OF DUETS SINGLE DISC COLLECTION

 

SUPER DELUXE AND 2-CD DELUXE EDITIONS INCLUDE NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED RECORDINGS

 

"Frank Sinatra Duets" still exudes the feeling of a hot all-star recording session. Not since the sessions in 1985 for the U.S.A. for Africa charity single "We Are the World" have so many pop superstars performed on the same record.—The New York Times, 1993

What was referred to as “The Recording Event of the Decade,” Frank Sinatra’s groundbreaking and highly successful album Duets was originally released in November 1993, bringing together an array of global superstars, including Charles Aznavour, Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Luther Vandross for an album of standards that included many songs instantly associated with the Chairman of the Board.  

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking, multi-platinum selling album,    Capitol/Universal Music will release Frank Sinatra: Sinatra Duets - Twentieth Anniversary, on November 18, 2013, bringing together the original Duets and the follow-up Duets II with special extras. Frank Sinatra: Sinatra Duets - Twentieth Anniversary will be available in three editions:

 

  • · Super Deluxe Box Set featuring Duets and Duets II 180-gram vinyl records in a gatefold LP jacket, three CDs including Duets and Duets II with bonus and unreleased tracks, a bonus CD of Classic Duets – the rare deleted album of duet performances from Sinatra’s ABC TV shows from 1957 to 1960 – along with a DVD featuring interviews, the official EPK and a promo video of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” duet with Bono, plus a 20-page LP sized booklet with rare photos and new liner notes, an embossed lithograph, all housed in an elegant 12”x12” box complete with a gold foil-stamped title.

 

  • · 2-CD Deluxe Edition with bonus and unreleased tracks and a 32-page booklet with rare photos and new liner notes.

 

  • · 2-LP Vinyl version of the original Duets and Duets II releases on 180-gram vinyl, gatefold jacket.

 

The Super Deluxe Box Set and 2-CD Deluxe Edition releases will include two never-before-released recordings, “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” featuring Tom Scott and “Embraceable You” with Tanya Tucker, plus the rare bonus tracks “Fly Me to the Moon” with George Strait, and two versions of “My Way,” one recorded with Luciano Pavarotti and the other with Willie Nelson.

In addition to these three anniversary editions, Capitol/Universal Music will also release Best Of Duets, a 14-song, single-disc collection featuring key tracks from both Duets and Duets II and the bonus track “My Way” featuring Luciano Pavarotti.

Sinatra recorded his tracks “live” with a 54-piece orchestra at the Capitol studios, the way he originally recorded his classic Capitol albums. In a pioneering move for the recording industry, at various locations using digital technology, Sinatra’s ‘duet’ partners recorded their own vocal tracks to his recordings, allowing them to virtually ‘duet’ with one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Duets made history, not only for its cutting edge recording techniques, and having a renowned contemporary artist, LeRoy Neiman, specially commissioned for album artwork, but for being one of the most successful selling albums of the year, with the album shipping more than 1.3 million units and putting the 77-year-old Sinatra at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts, between Pearl Jam’s Vs. and Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell II.

The highly successful follow-up, Duets II, was released the following year and included Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Lena Horne, Chrissie Hynde, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patti LaBelle, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Luis Miguel, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Secada, Frank Sinatra Jr., Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight. Once again, Sinatra enjoyed a multi-platinum Top 10 record on the charts with Duets II at No. 9 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.

Even after 50 years of recording, Sinatra continued to blaze a trail for artists and once again cut across all musical genres. These unique recordings are tributes to his legacy and to the immeasurable impact and influence he continues to have on music today.

CONFIGURATIONS:

2-LP VINYL

2-CD DELUXE EDITION

SUPER DELUXE BOX SET (3-CD, 2-LP, DVD)

1 CD BEST OF

 

2-LP TRACKLISTING:

LP 1 (DUETS)

1.            The Lady Is A Tramp - duet with Luther Vandross

2.            What Now My Love - duet with Aretha Franklin

3.            I’ve Got A Crush On You - duet with Barbra Streisand

4.            Summer Wind - duet with Julio Iglesias

5.            Come Rain Or Come Shine - duet with Gloria Estefan

6.            New York, New York - duet with Tony Bennett

7.            They Can’t Take That Away From Me - duet with Natalie Cole

8.            You Make Me Feel So Young - duet with Charles Aznavour

9.            Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - duet with Carly Simon

10.          I’ve Got The World On A String - duet with Liza Minnelli

11.          Witchcraft - duet with Anita Baker

12.          I’ve Got You Under My Skin - duet with Bono

13.          All The Way / One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Kenny G

LP 2 (DUETS II)

1.            For Once In My Life - duet with Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder

2.            Come Fly With Me - duet with Luis Miguel

3.            Bewitched - duet with Patti LaBelle

4.            The Best Is Yet To Come - duet with Jon Secada

5.            Moonlight In Vermont - duet with Linda Ronstadt

6.            Fly Me To The Moon - duet with Antonio Carlos Jobim

7.            Luck Be A Lady - duet with Chrissie Hynde

8.            A Foggy Day - duet with Willie Nelson

9.            Where Or When - duet with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

10.          Embraceable You - duet with Lena Horne

11.          Mack The Knife - duet with Jimmy Buffett

12.          How Do You Keep The Music Playing/ My Funny Valentine - duet with Lorrie Morgan

13.          My Kind Of Town - duet with Frank Sinatra, Jr.

14.          The House I Live In (That’s America To Me) - duet with Neil Diamond

 

2-CD TRACKLISTING:

DISC 1 (DUETS)

1.            The Lady Is A Tramp - duet with Luther Vandross

2.            What Now My Love - duet with Aretha Franklin

3.            I’ve Got A Crush On You - duet with Barbra Streisand

4.            Summer Wind - duet with Julio Iglesias

5.            Come Rain Or Come Shine - duet with Gloria Estefan

6.            New York, New York - duet with Tony Bennett

7.            They Can’t Take That Away From Me - duet with Natalie Cole

8.            You Make Me Feel So Young - duet with Charles Aznavour

9.            Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry / In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - duet with Carly Simon

10.          I’ve Got The World On A String - duet with Liza Minnelli

11.          Witchcraft - duet with Anita Baker

12.          I’ve Got You Under My Skin - duet with Bono

13.          All The Way / One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Kenny G

BONUS?TRACKS

14.          My Way - duet with Luciano Pavarotti

15.          *One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Tom Scott

*previously unreleased

 

DISC 2 (DUETS II)

1.            For Once In My Life - duet with Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder

2.            Come Fly With Me - duet with Luis Miguel

3.            Bewitched - duet with Patti LaBelle

4.            The Best Is Yet To Come - duet with Jon Secada

5.            Moonlight In Vermont - duet with Linda Ronstadt

6.            Fly Me To The Moon - duet with Antonio Carlos Jobim

7.            Luck Be A Lady - duet with Chrissie Hynde

8.            A Foggy Day - duet with Willie Nelson

9.            Where Or When - duet with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

10.          Embraceable You - duet with Lena Horne

11.          Mack The Knife - duet with Jimmy Buffett

12.          How Do You Keep The Music Playing / My Funny Valentine - duet with Lorrie Morgan

13.          My Kind Of Town - duet with Frank Sinatra, Jr.

14.          The House I Live In (That’s America To Me) - duet with Neil Diamond

BONUS TRACKS:

15.          My Way - duet with Willie Nelson

16.          *Embraceable You - duet with Tanya Tucker

17.          Fly Me To The Moon - duet with George Strait

*previously unreleased

 

SUPER DELUXE BOX SET TRACKLISTING (3-CD, 2-LP, DVD):

Featuring the 2-LP and 2-CD as above, plus:

DISC 3: CLASSIC DUETS

  1. The Birth of the Blues – duet with Louis Armstrong
  2. I'll Never Smile Again – duet with The Hi-Lo's
  3. Can't We Be Friends? – duet with Ella Fitzgerald
  4. Medley:  You Make Me Feel So Young / Them There Eyes / A Foggy Day / 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  – duet with Dinah Shore
  5. Nice Work If You Can Get It  – duet with Peggy Lee
  6. Side by Side  – duet with the Tri-Tones
  7. Something's Gotta Give – duet with the McGuire Sisters
  8. If I Loved You –  duet with Shirley Jones
  9. Together – duet with Dean Martin and Bing Crosby
  10. High Hopes – duet with the Kids
  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 – duet with Dean Martin
  12. Me and My Shadow – duet with Sammy Davis, Jr.
  13. September Song – duet with Bing Crosby
  14. You're the Top – duet with Ethel Merman
  15. I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me – duet with Louis Prima and Keely Smith
  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 – duet with Lena Horne
  17. You Make Me Feel So Young (Old) – duet with Nancy Sinatra
  18. Medley:  Witchcraft / Love Me Tender  + Reprise duet  – duet with Elvis Presley
  19. Love Is Here to Stay – duet with Peggy Lee
  20. Medley: Moonlight in Vermont/ I May Be Wrong – duet with Ella Fitzgerald
  21. Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day) – duet with Ella Fitzgerald

 

DVD TRACKLISTING:

DUETS DVD – 51:08

1.            Sinatra: Duets (Electronic Press Kit, 1993)

2.            I've Got You Under My Skin - duet with Bono (Music Video)

3.            Bonus Interviews

1 CD BEST OF TRACKLISTING:

  1.         Come Fly With Me - duet with Luis Miguel
  2.         What Now My Love - duet with Aretha Franklin
  3.         Come Rain Or Come Shine - duet with Gloria Estefan
  4.         For Once In My Life - duet with Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder
  5.         I've Got A Crush On You - duet with Barbra Streisand
  6.         The Lady Is A Tramp - duet with Luther Vandross
  7.         Moonlight In Vermont - duet with Linda Ronstadt
  8.         My Kind Of Town - duet with Frank Sinatra, Jr.
  9.         Embraceable You - duet with Lena Horne
  10.         Luck Be A Lady - duet with Chrissie Hynde
  11.         I've Got You Under My Skin with Bono
  12.         All The Way / One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - duet with Kenny G
  13.         New York, New York - duet with Tony Bennett
  14.         Bonus Track My Way - duet with Luciano Pavarotti
  15.         Target Bonus Track All The Way - duet with Celine Dion

 

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