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Duets II (Frank Sinatra album)

Duets II
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 1994
RecordedJuly 1, 6, 9, October 12, 14 1993
GenreTraditional pop
Length52:01
LabelCapitol
ProducerPhil Ramone
Frank Sinatra chronology
Duets
(1993)
Duets II
(1994)
Frank Sinatra Sings the Select Johnny Mercer
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
NME3/10[2]

Duets II is the 59th and final studio album by American singer Frank Sinatra. It was released in 1994, and was the sequel to the previous year's Duets. Phil Ramone and Hank Cattaneo produced the album and guest artists from various genres contributed their duet parts to Sinatra's already recorded vocals. Though not as commercially successful as Duets, it still rose to #9 on the Billboard albums chart and sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. It also peaked at #29 in the UK.

The album received mixed reviews from critics, although some viewed it as an improvement over its predecessor. However, the album won Sinatra the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, his last competitive Grammy Award.

These would be the last studio recordings made by Sinatra, who had begun his recording career fifty-four years earlier. Both were packaged together in a "90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition" released in 2005; North American pressings add an unreleased duet recording of "My Way" with Willie Nelson, while international pressings have him singing with Luciano Pavarotti.

Track listing

Unless otherwise indicated, Information is based on Liner notes[3]

No.TitleWriter(s)Duet withLength
1."For Once in My Life"Ronald Miller (Lyrics), Orlando Murden (Music)Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder3:18
2."Come Fly with Me"Sammy Cahn (Lyrics), James Van Heusen (Music)Luis Miguel4:17
3."Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"Richard Rodgers (Music), Lorenz Hart (Lyrics)Patti LaBelle3:31
4."The Best Is Yet to Come"Cy Coleman (Music), Carolyn Leigh (Lyrics)Jon Secada3:12
5."Moonlight in Vermont"John Blackburn (Lyrics), Karl Suessdorf (Music)Linda Ronstadt4:07
6."Fly Me to the Moon"Bart HowardAntônio Carlos Jobim3:06
7."Luck Be a Lady"Frank LoesserChrissie Hynde5:17
8."A Foggy Day (In London Town)"George Gershwin (Music), Ira Gershwin (Lyrics)Willie Nelson2:24
9."Where or When"Rodgers (Music), Hart (Lyrics)Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé3:53
10."Embraceable You"G. Gershwin (Music), I. Gershwin (Lyrics)Lena Horne3:45
11."Mack the Knife"Marc Blitzstein (English Lyrics), Bert Brecht (German Lyrics), Kurt Weill (Music)Jimmy Buffett4:26
12."How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" / "My Funny Valentine"Alan Bergman (Lyrics), Marilyn Bergman (Lyrics), Michel Legrand (Music) / Rodgers (Music), Hart (Lyrics)Lorrie Morgan3:58
13."My Kind of Town"Cahn (Lyrics), Van Heusen (Music)Frank Sinatra Jr.2:33
14."The House I Live In"Lewis Allan (Lyrics), Earl Robinson (Music)Neil Diamond4:14
Notes
  • “For Once in My Life” arranged by Don Costa in 1969.[4]
  • “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” originally arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1957 for Pal Joey film soundtrack.[5]
  • “Moonlight in Vermont” originally arranged by Billy May in 1957.[6]
  • “Embraceable You” arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1960.[7]
  • “My Funny Valentine” originally arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1957 for a Seattle, Washington concert.[8]
  • “My Kind of Town” arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1963 for Robin and the 7 Hoods film soundtrack.[9]
  • “The House I Live In” music arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1964.[10]

Personnel

Information is based on Liner notes[3]

  • Duet Partners – vocals (2–5, 7–14)
  • Frank Sinatra Sr. – vocals (1–5, 7–14, lead on 6)
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim – lead vocals, intro music performer (6)
  • Gladys Knight – vocals (1)
  • Stevie Wonder – harmonica, piano, vocal ad-libs (1)
  • Ron Anthony – guitar
  • Chuck Berghofer – bass, rhythm bass
  • Edwin Bonilla – intro music performer (6)
  • Ed Calle – intro music performer (6)
  • Jorge Casas – intro music performer (6)
  • Gregg Field – drums
  • Paolo Jobim – intro music performer (6)
  • Juanito Marquez – intro music performer (6)
  • Bill Miller – piano
  • Jorge Noriega – backing vocals (6)
  • Clay Ostwald – additional keyboards (9)
  • Rita Quintero – backing vocals (6)
  • Arturo Sandoval – trumpet solo (7)
  • Terry Trotter – piano (9)

Production

  • Billy Byers – music arranger (9)
  • Hank Cattaneo – producer (1, 3–14, music on 2)
  • Kiko Cibrian – vocal producer (2)
  • Don Costa – arranger (1, music on 14)
  • Frank Foster – arranger (11)
  • Tom Hensley – vocal arranger (14)
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Quincy Jones – arranger (4, 6)
  • Charles Koppelman – executive producer
  • Alan Lindgren – vocal arranger (14)
  • Johnny Mandel – arranger (8)
  • Billy May – arranger (2, 7)
  • Jose Quintana – vocal producer (2)
  • Phil Ramone – producer (1, 3–14, music on 2)
  • Nelson Riddle – arranger (10, 13)
  • Don Rubin – executive producer
  • Eliot Weisman – executive producer
  • Dick Williams – vocal arranger (9)
  • Patrick Williams – arranger (3, 5–6, 11–12), conductor, musical director
  • Bill Zehme – liner notes

Engineers

  • John Aquilino, Bernie Becker, Paul Cartledge, Bill Cavanaugh, Mike Couzzi, T-Bone Demman, Charles Dye, Geraldo Fernandes de Souza, Jr., Carl Glanville, Larry Greenhill, Don Hahn, R.R. Harlan, Jay Healy, Charles Paakkari, John Patterson, Scott Perry, Csaba Petocz, Ed Rak, Paul McKenna, George Massenburg, Dave Reitzas, Eric Schilling, Al Schmitt, Rick Southern, Ted Stein, Ron Taylor, Larry Walsh, John Wheeler, Frank Wolf, Tom Young

Assistant engineers

  • Craig Brock, Scott Canto, Marcelo Anez, Bryan Carrigan, Jim Caruana, Sean Chambers, Peter Doell, Troy Halderson, David Hall, Sebastian Krys, Mike Mazzetti, Francisco Miranda, Jennifer Monnar, Marcelo Moura, Mark Ralston, Kevin Scott, Andy Smith, Chris Wiggins

Television special

On 25 November 1994, Sinatra recorded a television special which aired on CBS, titled Sinatra: Duets. This was intended to promote both his previous album Duets as well as its successor, Duets II.[11][12]

Charts

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 16
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 27
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[15] 21
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 20
US Billboard 200[17] 9

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[20] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Silver 60,000*
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ Duets II at AllMusic
  2. ^ Cameron, Keith (19 November 1994). "Long Play". NME. p. 47. Retrieved 13 November 2023.
  3. ^ a b Sinatra, Frank. “Duets II”. Capitol Records. 1994.
  4. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “For Once in My Life”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/For%20Once%20in%20My%20Life
  5. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/Bewitched,%20Bothered%20and%20Bewildered
  6. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “Moonlight in Vermont”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/Moonlight%20in%20Vermont
  7. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “Embraceable You”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/Embraceable%20You
  8. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “My Funny Valentine”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/My%20Funny%20Valentine
  9. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “My Kind of Town”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/My%20Kind%20of%20Town
  10. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “The House I Live In”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/The%20House%20I%20Live%20In
  11. ^ "TV REVIEWS : Faux Pairings Hurt 'Sinatra Duets'". latimes.com. 25 November 1994. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Sinatra Duets". imdb.com. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Frank Sinatra – Duets II". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Frank Sinatra – Duets II" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Frank Sinatra – Duets II" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Frank Sinatra – Duets II". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  17. ^ "Frank Sinatra Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Frank Sinatra – Duets II". Music Canada. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  19. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Frank Sinatra – Duets II". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  20. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 938. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Frank Sinatra/Various – Duets II". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Frank Sinatra – Duets II". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
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