Duets (Elton John album)

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Duets
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Studio album by Elton John
Released 23 November 1993
Recorded August – October 1993
Genre Rock, Pop
Length 74:39
Label MCA (US)
Rocket (UK)
Producer Various (See Below)
Elton John chronology
Rare Masters
(1992)
Duets
(1993)
The Lion King (soundtrack)
(1994)
Singles from Duets
  1. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
    Released: 25 November 1991
  2. "True Love"
    Released: 8 November 1993
  3. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
    Released: 14 February 1994
  4. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
    Released: 2 May 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Duets is the first collaboration album by the English singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1993.

Background[edit]

Duets was released on a single CD, a single cassette and also as a double vinyl LP in the UK, with a slightly different running order. It was initially a Christmas project of John's, but that soon grew into an album, Elton John's Christmas Party, of its own. The live version of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with George Michael, track number 15 on the album, had already become a UK/US No. 1 hit in 1991. Three singles were released from the album in Britain: "True Love" (with Kiki Dee, reached #2), "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with drag queen RuPaul, reached #7) and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (with Marcella Detroit, reached #24). The album debuted at No. 7 in the UK. This is one of only 3 albums released between 1983 and 2016 without John's regular guitar player, Davey Johnstone. In the US, it was certified gold and platinum in January 1994 by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

CD edition[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Teardrops" (with k.d. lang)Cecil Womack, Linda WomackGreg Penny4:55
2."When I Think About Love (I Think About You)" (with P.M. Dawn)Attrell CordesP.M. Dawn4:34
3."The Power" (with Little Richard)Elton John, Bernie TaupinGreg Penny, Elton John6:25
4."Shakey Ground" (with Don Henley)Jeffrey Bowen, Al Boyd, Eddie HazelDon Henley3:52
5."True Love" (with Kiki Dee)Cole PorterNarada Michael Walden3:35
6."If You Were Me" (with Chris Rea)Chris ReaChris Rea4:26
7."A Woman's Needs" (with Tammy Wynette)Elton John, Bernie TaupinBarry Beckett5:19
8."Old Friend" (with Nik Kershaw)Nik KershawNik Kershaw4:17
9."Go On and On" (with Gladys Knight)Stevie WonderStevie Wonder5:50
10."Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with RuPaul)Ann Orson, Carte BlancheGiorgio Moroder5:00
11."Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (with Marcella Detroit)Nickolas Ashford, Valerie SimpsonChris Thomas3:36
12."I'm Your Puppet" (with Paul Young)Spooner Oldham, Dan PennSteve Lindsey3:36
13."Love Letters" (with Bonnie Raitt)Edward Heyman, Victor YoungDon Was4:01
14."Born to Lose" (with Leonard Cohen)Ted DaffanSteve Lindsey4:33
15."Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live, with George Michael)Elton John, Bernie TaupinGeorge Michael5:48
16."Duets for One"Elton John, Chris DiffordElton John, Stuart Epps, Greg Penny4:52

LP edition[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWithLength
1."Teardrops"k.d. lang4:55
2."When I Think About Love (I Think About You)"P.M. Dawn4:34
3."The Power"Little Richard6:25
4."Shakey Ground"Don Henley3:51
Total length:19:45
Side two
No.TitleWithLength
1."True Love"Kiki Dee3:34
2."If You Were Me"Chris Rea4:26
3."A Woman's Needs"Tammy Wynette5:18
4."Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Live)George Michael5:46
Total length:19:04
Side three
No.TitleWithLength
1."Old Friend"Nik Kershaw4:15
2."Go on and On"Gladys Knight5:50
3."Don't Go Breaking My Heart"RuPaul5:00
4."Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"Marcella Detroit3:36
Total length:18:41
Side four
No.TitleWithLength
1."I'm Your Puppet"Paul Young3:36
2."Love Letters"Bonnie Raitt4:01
3."Born to Lose"Leonard Cohen4:33
4."Duets for One" 4:52
Total length:17:02

B-sides[edit]

Song Format
"The Show Must Go On" (live) True Love 7"/CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Remix) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Don't Go Dubbing My Heart) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (MK Mix) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Serious Rope 12" Mix) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (US/UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Roger's Dub) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Serious Rope Instrumental) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (US/UK), CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Serious Rope Dirty Dub) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (US/UK), CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Roger's Runaway U Betta Work Bitch Mix) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (US)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Moroder 12" Mix) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12"/CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Sanchez Club Mix Edit) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Sanchez Radio Mix Edit) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Sanchez Club Instrumental) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Sanchez's Man's Rubba Dub Mix) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 12" (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Moroder 7" Mix) Don't Go Breaking My Heart CD (UK)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Serious Rope 7" Mix) Don't Go Breaking My Heart CD (UK)
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (Kenny Dope Extended Mix) Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing CD (UK)
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (Troopa Mood Mix) Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing CD (UK)

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Barry Beckett, P.M. Dawn, Stuart Epps, Don Henley, Elton John, Nik Kershaw, Steve Lindsey, George Michael, Giorgio Moroder, Greg Penny, Chris Rea, Chris Thomas, Don Was, Narada Michael Walden and Stevie Wonder.
  • Associate Producer on "True Love" – Louis Biancaniello
  • Executive Producers – Steve Brown, Ray Cooper and Elton John.
  • Production Supervision – Greg Penny
  • Production Coordination – Stephanie Andrews, Debra Johnson, Julie Larson, Janice Lee, Lisa Louie, Connie Pappas-Hillman, Cynthia Shiloh, Toby Taibi, Sam Stell and Kevin Walden.
  • Engineers – Jim Champagne, Ed Cherney, Mark Evans, Mike Fossenkemper, David Frazer, Ron Jacobs, Jon Ingoldsby, Paul McKenna, David Nicholas, Csaba Petucz, Brian Reeves, Marc Reyburn, Matt Still, Gabe Veltri and Frank Wolf.
  • Assistant Engineers – Van Arden, Dominick Barbera, Dan Bosworth, Jim Champagne, Todd Childress, Shaun de Ego, Jim DeMain, Billy Gabor, John Hendricksen, Amy Hughes, Steve Holroyd, Pete Lewis, Charles Paakkari, Thomas Rickert, Rail Jon Rogut, Brian Scheuble, Matt Still and Ben Wallach.
  • Mixed by Van Arden, Ed Cherney, Mike Fossenkemper, David Frazer, Jon Ingoldsby and Bill Schnee.
  • Mix Assistants – Dominick Barbera, Todd Childress, Steve Holroyd and Matt Still.
  • Mix Consultant – Chris Lang
  • Recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Conway Recording Studios & Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA); A&M Studios & Wonderland Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Tarpan Studios (San Rafael, CA); Soundtrack Studios (New York City, NY); Bosstown Recording Studio (Atlanta, GA); Woodland Studio (Nashville, TN); Sol Studios (Cookham, Berskhire, UK), The Town House (London, UK), Olympic Studios (Barnes, West London) & Wembley Arena (Wembley Park, London).
  • Mixed at Ocean Way Recording, Soundtrack Studios, A&M Studios, Tarpan Studios, Wonderland Studios, The Townhouse, Schnee Studio (N. Hollywood, CA); Skip Saylor Recording (Los Angeles, CA); Record One (Sherman Oaks, CA); Metropolis Studios (Chiswick, West London).
  • Digital Editing: Pete Fausone and R.R. Harlan
  • Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Photography: Brian Aris, Brad Branson, Mark Contratto, Paul Cox, Robert Goldstein, Stephen Harvey, Dominique Issermann, Harry Langdon, Sophie Muller, Hideo Odia, Albert Sanchez, Randee St. Nicholas, Allan Titmuss, Albert Watson and Firooz Zahedi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1993-11-23). "Duets - Elton John | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-24.