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

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Jewels In the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen
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Compilation album by Aretha Franklin
Released November 12, 2007 (US)
July 5, 2008 (UK)[1]
Recorded 1980–2007
Genre R&B, soul, pop
Length 63:05
Label Arista
Aretha Franklin chronology
So Damn Happy
(2003)So Damn Happy2003
Jewels In The Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen
(2007)
This Christmas, Aretha
(2008)This Christmas, Aretha2008
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 yet reached #7 on the R&B Albums chart - her first Top 10 since 1998. It remains in print as of 2017.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Duet with Keith Richards, from Aretha, 1986) Richards 5:08
2. "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (Duet with Eurythmics, from Who's Zoomin' Who?, 1985) Stewart 5:53
3. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Duet with George Michael, from Aretha, 1986) Narada Michael Walden 4:03
4. "What Now My Love" (Duet with Frank Sinatra, from Duets, 1993) Phil Ramone 3:16
5. "Put You Up on Game" (Duet with Fantasia)
The Underdogs 4:16
6. "What Y'all Came to Do" (Duet with John Legend) Devo Springsteen 3:17
7. "Never Gonna Break My Faith" (Duet with Mary J. Blige, featuring Boys Choir of Harlem)
  • The Underdogs
  • Adams
4:17
8. "Through the Storm" (Duet with Elton John, from Through the Storm, 1989) Walden 4:26
9. "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Duet with Whitney Houston, from Through the Storm, 1989)
  • Hammond
  • Warren
Walden 4:52
10. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Live)" (Duet with Bonnie Raitt & Gloria Estefan, from Greatest Hits: 1980–1994, 1994) Ken Ehrlich 4:40
11. "Doctor's Orders" (Duet with Luther Vandross, from What You See Is What You Sweat, 1991) Vandross 4:34
12. "Ever Changing Times" (Duet with Michael McDonald, from What You See Is What You Sweat, 1991)
  • Bacharach
  • Sager
5:12
13. "Chain of Fools (Live)" (Duet with Mariah Carey, from VH1 Divas Live, 1998) Donald Covay Sean Murphy 3:12
14. "Don't Waste Your Time" (Duet with Mary J. Blige, from Mary, 1999)
Babyface 4:11
15. "Love All the Hurt Away" (Duet with George Benson, from Love All the Hurt Away, 1981) Sam L. Dees Arif Mardin 4:21
16. "Nessun dorma (Live)" (Duet with The New York Recording Orchestra, from The 40th Annual Grammy Awards, 1998) Giacomo Puccini Ramone 3:20

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