Duets II

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This article is about the Frank Sinatra album. For the Tony Bennett album, see Duets II (Tony Bennett album).
Duets II
Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released November 15, 1994
Recorded July 1, 6, 9, October 12, 14 1993
Genre Vocal jazz, Classic pop
Length 52:01
Label Capitol
Producer Phil Ramone
Frank Sinatra chronology
The Song Is You
(1994)
Duets II
(1994)
Frank Sinatra Sings the Select Johnny Mercer
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Duets II is the 59th and last studio album by American singer Frank Sinatra. It was released in 1994, and was the sequel to the previous year's Duets.

Phil Ramone 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.

Critical notices were again mixed at best, 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 five 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[edit]

  1. "For Once in My Life" (Ron Miller, Orlando Murden) (with Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder) – 3:18
  2. "Come Fly with Me" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) (with Luis Miguel) – 4:17
  3. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (with Patti LaBelle) – 3:31
  4. "The Best Is Yet to Come" (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) (with Jon Secada) – 3:12
  5. "Moonlight in Vermont" (John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf) (with Linda Ronstadt) – 4:07
  6. "Fly Me to the Moon" (Bart Howard) (with Antonio Carlos Jobim) – 3:06
  7. "Luck Be a Lady" (Frank Loesser) (with Chrissie Hynde) – 5:17
  8. "A Foggy Day" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) (with Willie Nelson) – 2:24
  9. "Where or When" (Rodgers, Hart) (with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme) – 3:53
  10. "Embraceable You" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) (with Lena Horne) – 3:45
  11. "Mack the Knife" (Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) (with Jimmy Buffett) – 4:26
  12. "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"/"My Funny Valentine" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand)/(Rodgers, Hart) (with Lorrie Morgan) – 3:58
  13. "My Kind of Town" (Cahn, Van Heusen) (with Frank Sinatra, Jr.) – 2:33
  14. "The House I Live In" (Lewis Allan, Earl Robinson) (with Neil Diamond) – 4:14

Personnel[edit]

  • Dave Allen – technical assistance
  • Marcelo Anez – assistant engineer
  • Ron Anthony – guitar
  • John Aquilino – engineer
  • Bernie Becker – engineer
  • Chuck Berghofer – bass, rhythm bass
  • Craig Brock – assistant engineer
  • Billy Byers – arranger
  • Scott Canto – assistant engineer
  • Bryan Carrigan – assistant engineer
  • Paul Cartledge – engineer
  • Jim Caruana – assistant engineer
  • Hank Cattaneo – producer
  • Bill Cavanaugh – engineer
  • Sean Chambers – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Kiko Cibrian – vocal producer
  • Don Costa – arranger
  • Mike Couzzi – engineer
  • Jill Dell'Abate – production coordination
  • T-Bone Demmar – engineer
  • Peter Doell – assistant engineer
  • Charles Dye – engineer
  • Susanne Edgren – production coordination
  • Andy Engel – illustrations
  • Geraldo Fernandes de Souza, Jr. – engineer
  • Gregg Field – drums
  • Frank Foster – arranger
  • Jim Giddenes – technical assistance
  • Carl Glanville – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Larry Greenhill – engineer
  • Michael Guerra – technical assistance
  • Don Hahn – engineer
  • Troy Halderson – assistant engineer
  • David Hall – assistant engineer
  • R.R. Harlan – engineer
  • Jay Healy – engineer
  • John Hechtman – technical assistance
  • Tom Hensley – vocal arrangement
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Quincy Jones – arranger
  • Charles Koppelman – executive producer
  • Sebastián Krys – assistant engineer
  • Scott Lechner – technical assistance
  • Alan Lindgren – vocal arrangement
  • Johnny Mandel – arranger
  • George Massenburg – engineer
  • Chie Masumoto – production coordination
  • Billy May – arranger
  • Mike Mazzetti – assistant engineer
  • Paul McKenna – engineer
  • Bucky Meadows – technical assistance
  • Bill Miller – piano
  • Jeff Minnich – technical assistance
  • Francisco Miranda – assistant engineer
  • Jennifer Monnar – assistant engineer
  • Marcelo Moura – assistant engineer
  • LeRoy Neiman – paintings
  • Kim Niemi – coordination
  • Jorge Noriega – backing vocals
  • Clay Ostwald – keyboards
  • Charles Paakkari – engineer
  • John Patterson – engineer
  • Scott Perry – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Csaba Petocz – engineer
  • Jose L. Quintana – vocal producer
  • Rita Quintero – backing vocals
  • Ed Rak – engineer
  • Mark Ralston – assistant engineer
  • Phil Ramone – producer
  • Dave Reitzas – engineer
  • Nelson Riddle – arranger
  • Don Rubin – executive producer
  • Arturo Sandoval – trumpet
  • Eric Schilling – engineer, mixing
  • Al Schmitt – engineer
  • Kevin Scott – assistant engineer
  • Frank Sinatra – vocals
  • Andy Smith – assistant engineer
  • Rick Southern – engineer
  • Tommy Steele – art direction
  • Ted Stein – engineer
  • Ron Taylor – engineer
  • Denny Thomas – technical assistance
  • Terry Trotter – piano
  • Larry Walsh – engineer
  • Eliot Weisman – executive producer
  • Chris Wiggins – assistant engineer
  • Dick Williams – vocal arrangement
  • Patrick Williams – arranger, conductor, director, musical director
  • Frank Wolf – engineer
  • Stevie Wonder – harmonica, piano, vocals
  • Terry Woodson – music preparation
  • Tom Young – engineer
  • Bill Zehme – liner notes

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