Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen

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Jewels In the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen
Compilation album by Aretha Franklin
Released November 12, 2007 United States
July 5, 2008 United Kingdom[1]
Recorded 1980–2007
Genre R&B, soul, pop
Length 63:05
Label Arista
Aretha Franklin chronology
So Damn Happy
(2003)
Jewels In The Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen
(2007)
This Christmas, Aretha
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

Jewels In The Crown is a duets compilation album by American Soul singer Aretha Franklin. It was released in 2007 by Arista,[4] and comprises a combination of classic duets spanning Franklin's career, and two newly recorded duets with Fantasia and John Legend. It also contains two live duets, one from 1993, the other from 1998. The album concludes with a previously released rendition of "Nessun Dorma", of which Franklin had performed a version at the Grammy Awards of 1998, when she filled in last minute for Luciano Pavarotti.

The first and only single, "Put You Up On Game" featuring Fantasia, was released to radio on October 1, 2007. The single peaked at a disappointing #41 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and never charted on the Pop side. However it was Aretha's biggest R&B hit since "Here We Go Again" reached the top 30 in 1998.

During her career Franklin has also recorded duets with Ray Charles, The Four Tops, and James Brown; however, these songs are not included on the album; neither is a duet she reportedly recorded with Christina Aguilera.[5]

The album peaked at a modest #54 on the Billboard album chart and at #7 on the R&B Albums chart, reportedly selling close to 25,000 copies during its chart run. As of 2012, the album had reportedly sold close to 65,000 copies in the United States.

Tracklisting[edit]

# Title Time Featured performer(s) Songwriter(s) Producer(s) Year
1 "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 5:08 Keith Richards, Ron Wood Mick Jagger, Richards Richards 1986
2 "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" 5:53 Annie Lennox Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart Lennox, Stewart 1985
3 "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" 4:03 George Michael Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan Michael 1987
4 "What Now My Love" 3:16 Frank Sinatra Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, Carl Sigman Hank Cattaneo, Phil Ramone 1993
5 "Put You Up on Game" 4:16 Fantasia Barrino Antonio Dixon, Kaleena Harper, Larry Jackson, Harvey Mason, Jr., Steve Russell, Damon Thomas The Underdogs 2007
6 "What Y'all Came to Do" 3:17 John Legend Paul Cho, Devon Harris, Isaac Hayes, Legend, David Porter Legend
7 "Never Gonna Break My Faith" 4:17 Mary J. Blige, Boys Choir of Harlem Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy, Andrea Remanda Adams, The Underdogs 2006
8 "Through the Storm" 4:26 Elton John Albert Hammond, Diane Warren Narada Michael Walden 1989
9 "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" 4:52 Whitney Houston Hammond, Warren Walden
10 "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" (live) 4:40 Gloria Estefan, Bonnie Raitt Gerry Goffin, Carole King 1993
11 "Doctor's Orders" 4:34 Luther Vandross Hubert Eaves III, Vandross Vandross 1991
12 "Ever Changing Times" 5:12 Michael McDonald Burt Bacharach, William Conti, Carole Bayer Sager Bacharach, Sager
13 "Chain of Fools" (live) 3:12 Mariah Carey Don Covay 1998
14 "Don't Waste Your Time" 4:11 Mary J. Blige Denise Rich, Josh Ruben Babyface 1999
15 "Love All the Hurt Away" 4:21 George Benson Sam Dees Arif Mardin 1981
16 "Nessun Dorma" (live) 3:20 Giacomo Puccini 1998

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