Album Remarks & Appraisals:
To mark the 90th birthday of Frank Sinatra Capitol is packaging Duets and Duets II. The Duets albums have already scanned over 4 million and now combined together for the first time with a previously unreleased version of 'My Way', as sung by Willie Nelson and Sinatra. 2005.
DUETS AND DUETS II contains a one-hour bonus CD, "Frank Sinatra Duets/The Radio Special."
Personnel includes: Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Charles Aznavour, Carly Simon, Liza Minnelli, Anita Baker, Bono, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Luis Miguel, Patti Labelle, Jon Secada, Linda Ronstadt, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chrissie Hynde, Willie Nelson, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Lena Horne, Jimmy Buffett, Lorrie Morgan, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Neil Diamond (vocals); Kenny G (soprano saxophone).
Personnel: Paul Viapiano, Ron Anthony (guitar); Michael Melvoin (piano); Chuck Berghofer, Dave Stone (bass instrument); Gregg Field, Jeff Hamilton (drums); Chrissie Hynde, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Buffett, Jon Secada, Kenny G, Lena Horne, Liza Minnelli, Lorrie Morgan, Luis Miguel, Luther Vandross, Neil Diamond, Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett , Natalie Cole, Julio Iglesias, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Barbra Streisand, Bono , Wille Nelson, Carly Simon, Charles Aznavour.
Capitol repackaged and re-released Frank Sinatra's Duets/Duets II as a slipcased box set to coincide with the singer's 90th birthday. It's not a bad way to acquire the albums if you don't already own them, and it does include one bonus track "My Way" with Willie Nelson, making this version of marginal interest to hardcore collectors. ~ Al Campbell