TONY BENNETT - Duets (2006 / 2011)

2006 - Duets
At this point, who else but Tony Bennett would have the clout to round up stars on the scale of Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bono, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand for some duets? The material consists of relatively obvious classics in standard big-band arrangements, and Bennett himself is in top form at age 80, so much so that he doesn't need anybody else to handle "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." But the fun comes from checking out how his collaborators fare. The Dixie Chicks provide wonderful Andrews Sisters–type harmonies on the percolating version of "Lullaby of Broadway" that opens the festivities. The best songs tend to be the ones where Bennett's slightly craggy voice is juxtaposed to smooth female ones, like Diana Krall on "The Best Is Yet to Come," familiar accomplice k.d. lang on the sultry "Because of You" and Streisand—-perhaps Bennett's only equal in stature at this point—on "Smile." Among the less expected guests, soulman John Legend is a revelation on the hard-swinging "Sing, You Sinners," while George Michael confirms he’s quite the crooner on "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" Elvis Costello, Celine Dion or Juanes don't sound as comfortable, and sometimes it feels as if they overdo it to compensate, but overall this collection is among the best of its kind, with most guests rising to the occasion. - amazon.com
01. Lullaby Of Broadway (with Dixie Chicks) 02. Smile (with Barbra Streisand) 03. Put On A Happy Face (with James Taylor) 04. The Very Thought Of You (with Paul McCartney) 05. The Shadow Of Your Smile (with Juanes) 06. Rags To Riches (with Elton John) 07. The Good Life (with Billy Joel) 08. Cold, Cold Heart (with Tim McGraw) 09. If I Ruled The World (with Celine Dion) 10. The Best Is Yet To Come (with Diana Krall) 11. For Once In My Life (with Stevie Wonder) 12. Are You Havin' Any Fun (with Elvis Costello) 13. Because Of You (with K.D. Lang) 14. Just In Time (with Michael Buble) 15. The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (with Sting) 16. I Wanna Be Around (with Bono) 17. Sing, You Sinners (with John Legend) 18. I Left My My Heart In San Francisco 19. How Do You Keep The Music Playing (with George Michael)

2011 - Duets II
2011 release from the legendary crooner. Duets II is the follow-up to Tony Bennett's multi-platinum CD, Duets, which was released in conjunction with Tony's 80th birthday in 2006. Duets won three Grammy Awards and was the singer's best selling album to date. Now the legendary performer celebrates a milestone 85th birthday with the release of Duets II. The singer has completed recording with Lady Gaga and Aretha Franklin, adding to a celebrated list of artists previously announced including Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Queen Latifah, Carrie Underwood and many others. - amazon.com
01. The Lady Is a Tramp (feat. Lady Gaga) 02. One for My Baby (feat. John Mayer) 03. Body and Soul (feat. Amy Winehouse) 04. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (feat. Michael Bublé) 05. Blue Velvet (feat. KD Lang) 06. How Do You Keep the Music Playing (feat. Aretha Franklin) 07. The Girl I Love (feat. Sheryl Crow) 08. Sunny Side of the Street (feat. Willie Nelson) 09. Who Can I Turn To (feat. Queen Latifah) 10. Speak Low (feat. Norah Jones) 11. This Is All I Ask (feat. Josh Groban) 12. Watch What Happens (feat. Natalie Cole) 13. Stranger in Paradise (feat. Andrea Bocelli) 14. The Way You Look Tonight (feat. Faith Hill) 15. Yesterday I Heard the Rain (feat. Alejandro Sanz) 16. It Had to Be You (feat. Carrie Underwood) 17. When Do the Bells Ring for Me (feat. Mariah Carey)




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