by Frank Sinatra


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As a marketing concept, Frank Sinatra's comeback album Duets was a complete success. A collection of Sinatra standards produced by Phil Ramone, the record wasn't a duets album in the conventional sense -- Sinatra never recorded in the studio with his partners. Instead, the other singers recorded their tracks separately, sometimes in different studios, and the two tracks were pasted together. In the case of several duet partners, including Bono and Barbara Streisand, this means they rely on camp as a way of making their performances interesting. Duets was a gigantic hit, rising to number two on the pop charts and selling over two million copies, becoming Sinatra's single most commercially successful record. The album was promoted as a piece of nostalgia, primarily to baby boomers but also to Generation X as a piece of kitsch. "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," essentially a solo performance introduced by an instrumental from saxophonist Kenny G, is a track in which the real emotional core of Sinatra's music is on display.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/1993
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0077778961123
catalogNumber: 89611
Rank: 42811

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Liza Minnelli   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbra Streisand   Vocals,Track Performer
Anita Baker   Vocals,Track Performer
Natalie Cole   Vocals,Track Performer
Gloria Estefan   Vocals,Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Vocals,Track Performer
Carly Simon   Vocals,Track Performer
Luther Vandross   Vocals,Track Performer
Kenny G   Saxophone,Track Performer
Tony Bennett   Vocals,Track Performer
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Bob Cooper   Saxophone,Woodwind
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Woodwind
Lanny Morgan   Saxophone,Woodwind
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Julio Iglesias   Vocals,Track Performer
Charles Aznavour   Vocals,Track Performer
Murray Adler   Violin
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass,Rhythm Bass
George Bohannon   Trombone
Bono   Vocals,Track Performer
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Harp,Viola
Bette Byers   Violin
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone,Woodwind
Assa Drori   Violin
Arni Egilsson   Bass
Rick Gerding   Viola
Harris Goldman   Violin
Joseph Goodman   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Diana Halprin   Violin
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Thomas "Snake" Johnson   Trombone
Anne Karam   Cello
Miran Kojian   Violin
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Brian Leonard   Violin
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Joy Lyle   Violin
Earl Madison   Cello
Rene Mandel   Violin
Michael Markman   Violin
Gordon Marron Strings   Violin
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Dick Mitchell   Saxophone,Woodwind
Cynthia Morrow   Viola
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Dick Nash   Trombone
Buell Neidlinger   Bass
Irma Neumann   Violin
Jack Nimitz   Saxophone,Woodwind
Don Palmer   Violin
Joe Porcaro   Percussion
Phil Ramone   Piano
Dorothy Remsen   Harp
Emil Richards   Percussion
George Roberts   Trombone
Jay Rosen   Violin
Nancy Stein-Ross   Cello
Robin Ross   Viola
Bob Sanov   Violin
Kwihee Shambanari   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Margaret Storer   Bass
Gloria Strassner   Cello
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Paul Viapiano   Guitar
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Jennifer Woodward   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Ron Anthony   Guitar
Dixie Blackstone   Violin
Gregg Field   Drums
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Gayle Levant   Harp
Dave Stone   Bass
Patricia Aiken   Violin
Ann Atkinson   Bass
Alan DeVaritch   Viola
Michael Ferril   Violin
Ann Koons   Violin
Bob O'Donnell   Trumpet
Rafael Rismik   Violin
Jim Ross   Viola
Christina Soule   Cello
Haim Strum   Violin
Michael Melvoin   Piano,Keyboards
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Mari Tsumura-Botnick   Violin
Bill Miller   Piano
Jerry Williams   Percussion
James Thatcher   French Horn
Karen Jones   Violin
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Ralph Morrison   Violin
Harold Wolf   Violin
Michael Matthews   Cello
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Patrick Williams   Arranger,Director
Harold Arlen   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Foster   Producer
Albert Hammond   Producer
Josef Myrow   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Paul Barrett   Engineer
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Bill Bookheim   Engineer
Billy Byers   Arranger
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
André Fischer   Producer
Don Hahn   Engineer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Daren Klein   Engineer
Charles Koppelman   Executive Producer
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Henry Mayer   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Bruce Nazarian   Engineer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
John Richards   Engineer
Don Rubin   Executive Producer
Schmitt   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Hank Cattaneo   Producer
Paul Cartledge   Engineer
Larry Walsh   Engineer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Eliot Weisman   Executive Producer
Steve Harrison   Engineer
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Andy Engel   Illustrations
Maco Saboia   Engineer
Hans Bradtke   Composer
Eric Schilling   Engineer
LeRoy Neiman   Paintings
Steve King   Engineer
Carlos Alvarez   Engineer

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Duets 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sinatra was seventy-eight years old when he recorded this. He was already starting to lose that beautiful voice of his when he was in his late fifties, as most singers do. Everyone made a big deal out of this CD when it came out because Bono sang with Sinatra. They said that's how cool Sinatra is, because Bono sang with him. Well, Sinatra was cool before Bono was even born. The shame here is that Bono was a better singer than Sinatra when this CD was recorded. That should have told Sinatra he shouldn't have recorded this CD. Sinatra's voice was now deeper, and he couldn't hold notes like he did in the past. The best I've ever heard his voice is when he sang "Where or When" on the CD "Songs for Only the Lonely." His voice was great on that CD, not this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frank is at his best when performing with others such as Dean and Sammy. This album is recorded in his twilight years where he is paired with some of the best vocal talents of the time. Summer Wind, with Julio Iglesia is among my favorites but the best cut on the album is a duet with Luther Vandross of The Lady is a Tramp. Stellar performances with an excellent band!