Duets (Elton John album)

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Duets
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Studio album by Elton John
Released November 23, 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)Rare Masters1992
Duets
(1993)
The Lion King (soundtrack)
(1994)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
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 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. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Teardrops" (with k.d. lang) Cecil Womack, Linda Womack Greg Penny 4:55
2. "When I Think About Love (I Think About You)" (with P.M. Dawn) Attrell Cordes P.M. Dawn 4:34
3. "The Power" (with Little Richard) Elton John, Bernie Taupin Greg Penny, Elton John 6:25
4. "Shakey Ground" (with Don Henley) Jeffrey Bowen, Al Boyd, Eddie Hazel Don Henley 3:52
5. "True Love" (with Kiki Dee) Cole Porter Narada Michael Walden 3:35
6. "If You Were Me" (with Chris Rea) Chris Rea Chris Rea 4:26
7. "A Woman's Needs" (with Tammy Wynette) Elton John, Bernie Taupin Barry Beckett 5:19
8. "Old Friend" (with Nik Kershaw) Nik Kershaw Nik Kershaw 4:17
9. "Go On and On" (with Gladys Knight) Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder 5:50
10. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with RuPaul) Ann Orson, Carte Blanche Giorgio Moroder 5:00
11. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (with Marcella Detroit) Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson Chris Thomas 3:36
12. "I'm Your Puppet" (with Paul Young) Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn Steve Lindsey 3:36
13. "Love Letters" (with Bonnie Raitt) Edward Heyman, Victor Young Don Was 4:01
14. "Born to Lose" (with Leonard Cohen) Ted Daffan Steve Lindsey 4:33
15. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live, with George Michael) Elton John, Bernie Taupin George Michael 5:48
16. "Duets for One" Elton John, Chris Difford Elton John, Stuart Epps, Greg Penny 4:52

LP edition[edit]

Side one
No. Title With Length
1. "Teardrops" k.d. lang 4:55
2. "When I Think About Love (I Think About You)" P.M. Dawn 4:34
3. "The Power" Little Richard 6:25
4. "Shakey Ground" Don Henley 3:51
Total length: 19:45
Side two
No. Title With Length
1. "True Love" Kiki Dee 3:34
2. "If You Were Me" Chris Rea 4:26
3. "A Woman's Needs" Tammy Wynette 5:18
4. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Live) George Michael 5:46
Total length: 19:04
Side three
No. Title With Length
1. "Old Friend" Nik Kershaw 4:15
2. "Go on and On" Gladys Knight 5:50
3. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" RuPaul 5:00
4. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" Marcella Detroit 3:36
Total length: 18:41
Side four
No. Title With Length
1. "I'm Your Puppet" Paul Young 3:36
2. "Love Letters" Bonnie Raitt 4:01
3. "Born to Lose" Leonard Cohen 4:33
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, Alan 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.