Duets II (Frank Sinatra album)

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Duets II
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Studio album by Frank Sinatra
Released November 15, 1994
Recorded July 1, 6, 9, October 12, 14 1993
Genre
Length 52:01
Label Capitol
Producer Phil Ramone
Frank Sinatra chronology
Duets
(1993)
Duets II
(1994)
Frank Sinatra Sings the Select Johnny Mercer
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 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]

Unless otherwise indicated, Information is based on Liner notes[2]

No.TitleWriter(s)Duet withLength
1."For Once in My Life"Ronald Miller (Lyrics), Orlando Murden (Music)Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder3:18
2."Come Fly with Me"Sammy Cahn (Lyrics), James Van Heusen (Music)Luis Miguel4:17
3."Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"Richard Rodgers (Music), Lorenz Hart (Lyrics)Patti LaBelle3:31
4."The Best Is Yet to Come"Cy Coleman (Music), Carolyn Leigh (Lyrics)Jon Secada3:12
5."Moonlight in Vermont"John Blackburn (Lyrics), Karl Suessdorf (Music)Linda Ronstadt4:07
6."Fly Me to the Moon"Bart HowardAntônio Carlos Jobim3:06
7."Luck Be a Lady"Frank LoesserChrissie Hynde5:17
8."A Foggy Day"George Gershwin (Music), Ira Gershwin (Lyrics)Willie Nelson2:24
9."Where or When"Rodgers (Music), Hart (Lyrics)Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé3:53
10."Embraceable You"G. Gershwin (Music), I. Gershwin (Lyrics)Lena Horne3:45
11."Mack the Knife"Marc Blitzstein (English Lyrics), Bert Brecht (German Lyrics), Kurt Weill (Music)Jimmy Buffett4:26
12."How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" / "My Funny Valentine"Alan Bergman (Lyrics), Marilyn Bergman (Lyrics), Michel Legrand (Music) / Rodgers (Music), Hart (Lyrics)Lorrie Morgan3:58
13."My Kind of Town"Cahn (Lyrics), Van Heusen (Music)Frank Sinatra Jr.2:33
14."The House I Live In"Lewis Allan (Lyrics), Earl Robinson (Music)Neil Diamond4:14
Notes
  • ”For Once in My Life” arranged by Don Costa in 1969.[3]
  • ”Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” originally arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1957 for ‘’Pal Joey’’ film soundtrack.[4]
  • ”Moonlight in Vermont” Originally arranged by Billy May in 1957.[5]
  • ”Embraceable You” arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1960.[6]
  • ”My Funny Valentine” originally arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1957 for a Seattle, Washington concert.[7]
  • ”My Kind of Town” arranged by Nelson Riddle in 1963 for ‘’Robin and the 7 Hoods’’ film soundtrack.[8]
  • ”The House I Live In” music arranged by Don Costa in 1964.[9]

Personnel[edit]

Information is based on Liner notes[2]

Production

  • Billy Byers - music arranger (9)
  • Hank Cattaneo – producer (1, 3-14, music on 2)
  • Kiko Cibrian - vocal producer (2)
  • Don Costa - arranger (1, music on 14)
  • Frank Foster - arranger (11)
  • Tom Hensley - vocal arranger (14)
  • Ted Jensen - mastering
  • Quincy Jones - arranger (4, 6)
  • Charles Koppelman – executive producer
  • Alan Lindgren - vocal arranger (14)
  • Johnny Mandel - arranger (8)
  • Billy May - arranger (2, 7)
  • Jose Quintana - vocal producer (2)
  • Phil Ramone - producer (1, 3-14, music on 2)
  • Nelson Riddle - arranger (10, 13)
  • Don Rubin – executive producer
  • Eliot Weisman – executive producer
  • Dick Williams - vocal arranger (9)
  • Patrick Williams - arranger (3, 5-6, 11-12), conductor, musical director
  • Bill Zehme – liner notes

Engineers

  • John Aquilino, Bernie Becker, Paul Cartledge, Bill Cavanaugh, Mike Couzzi, T-Bone Demman, Charles Dye, Geraldo Fernandes de Souza, Jr., Carl Glanville, Larry Greenhill, Don Hahn, R.R. Harlan, Jay Healy, Charles Paakkari, John Patterson, Scott Perry, Csaba Petocz, Ed Rak, Paul McKenna, George Massenburg, Dave Reitzas, Eric Schilling, Al Schmitt, Rick Southern, Ted Stein, Ron Taylor, Larry Walsh, Frank Wolf, Tom Young

Assistant engineers

  • Craig Brock, Scott Canto, Marcelo Anez, Bryan Carrigan, Jim Caruana, Sean Chambers, Peter Doell, Troy Halderson, David Hall, Sebastian Krys, Mike Mazzetti, Francisco Miranda, Jennifer Monnar, Marcelo Moura, Mark Ralston, Kevin Scott, Andy Smith, Chris Wiggins

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duets II at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Sinatra, Frank. “Duets II”. Capitol Records. 1994.
  3. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “For Once in My Life”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/For%20Once%20in%20My%20Life
  4. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/Bewitched,%20Bothered%20and%20Bewildered
  5. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “Moonlight in Vermont”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/Moonlight%20in%20Vermont
  6. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “Embraceable You”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/Embraceable%20You
  7. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “My Funny Valentine”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/My%20Funny%20Valentine
  8. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “My Kind of Town”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/My%20Kind%20of%20Town
  9. ^ Sinatra, Frank. “The House I Live In”. Frank Sinatra Sessionography. https://sinatrafamily.com/session/-/-/-/-/0/The%20House%20I%20Live%20In